Fitness elastic band is also called fitness resistance band, fitness tension band, or yoga tension band. It is mostly composed of rubber materials. It is mainly used to exert resistance or provide assistance to the body in the process of fitness.

How to choose the resistance band?

If you want to buy a good, cheap, and easy-to-use fitness resistance band, you need to choose the most suitable resistance band according to your own situation from the aspects of weight, length, and structure.

How to choose the resistance band?

1. Weight

Regardless of the width and thickness of the resistance band, its weight is generally expressed in pounds. Generally, women with no fitness foundation and average muscle strength can choose the resistance band with a starting weight of about 15 pounds; Women with a certain fitness foundation and strong muscle strength can choose the resistance band with a starting weight of about 25 pounds; Men without fitness foundation and women with strong strength can choose the resistance band with a starting weight of about 35 pounds; Male professional bodybuilders can choose the resistance band with a starting weight of about 55 pounds. In addition, if you want to use a resistance band to exercise the strength of small muscle groups in the shoulder, forearm, neck, wrist, and other parts, please halve the above-recommended weight.

2. Length

The length of the common resistance band is 2.08m. In addition, there are products with different length specifications such as 1.2m, 1.8m, and 2m.
Theoretically, the longer the resistance band is, the better. However, considering the convenience of the use process, the length of the resistance band should not exceed 2.5 meters. Even if the resistance band over 2.5 meters is folded in half, it seems a little too long, and it often feels sluggish when used; In addition, it shall not be less than 1.2m, otherwise, it is easy to overstretch and shorten the service life of the resistance band.

3. Shape

According to the different shapes of the resistance band, there are three types of resistance bands on the market: ribbon, strip, and tube. For Yoga users, the thin and wideband resistance band is more suitable; The thick and slender strip resistance band is more flexible and easy to use for users with various uses of muscle strengthening and shaping; For the power players who use it frequently, the solid and durable cylindrical rope (wrapped with fabric) resistance band is the best choice.

4. With or without handle

The strip-shaped and strip-shaped pure rubber band is not necessary to install a handle at all (if there is a handle, it will affect the flexibility of use); The resistance band with a length of more than 1.5m does not need to be equipped with a handle; The resistance band used by yoga users and various muscle strengthening and shaping users does not need to install a handle. Only the resistance band with a length of less than 1.5m, wrapped with fabric and mainly used for large muscle group strength training is necessary to install the buckle and handle.

August 02, 2022 — Zachary FitBeast

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