Monday, May 11, 2009
I got two different kits to test them out. They were less than $15 each so I figure I got each band for $5 more or less. Cheap enough to see if I like them for some heavier weight replacement at least.
One is a short band kit. Two handles, three bands (one light, medium, heavy), DVD and workout sheet, and a mesh carrying bag. The long band kit is similar except the 48" long bands each come with a cover on them middle of them. This allows you to step on them with less damage.
Needless to say I'm surprised that when you have all three bands connected how much pull they really have. These things have come a long way from the first generations I used over a decade ago. I was buying them as a reward and I think I may have just bought some of the coolest test gear ever in some ways.
I'm slowly finding sites with free examples of how to use them for exercises. While Spark does have a lot of them , there are tons of variations on the theme. Especially if you can hook them to a door, overhead hook, etc. The range of workouts is rather amazing.
I saw this product and I think it may be my next set depending on how I feel with these:
The Gold's branded ones are all plastic, but its hard to say if that is bad. I have some gear made with these types of clips that will support over 800 pounds of force ... That being said I've also had a lot of high duty fiber plastics like this that couldn't handle 100 pounds ... *shrug*
I did most of the previous resistance band workouts for the swimsuit challenge with weights and a rope. Now I can actually do the things as shown. :)
Found a pic on eBay of the long bands. You can see the covering on them.