In general resistance bands are heavier and need more strength to pull than do stretch bands. Resistance bands are measured by the force need to double them in length i.e. a band rated at 30 pounds requires that much weight to double it in length. I have not ever seen stretch bands rated as to their level of resistance. Resistance bands normally have some form of handle which makes them easier to use and many have interchangeable bands allowing the user to increase or decrease the resistance for different exercises.
You can purchase a three band set with handles and a DVD from Walmart for about $15 USD which makes an excellent beginning set. You can add or subtract bands from the handles as you choose for different exercises.
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It may depend on the equipment; when I saw "stretch band" I thought of my thigh toning bands which look a LOT different than my resistance bands. But if you can actually see what is being used in a video or picture, then go off of that.
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I think so. Resistance bands, stretch bands, resistance tubes - they're all used for the same purpose.
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I know dumb question but I'm curious.cuz I have spent a few mins looking for "rowing" exercise video and I keep finding resistance band "rowing video's..how ya just wanna check and see if they are the same..like I said I know dumb question.
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