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NITEMAN3D's Photo NITEMAN3D Posts: 15,228
3/8/18 1:13 A

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I may be jumping to a conclusion, but it sounds like you're using one of the flat ones with no handles. As Coach describes, you can change the tension of those in several different ways. Something else you may want to consider if you'd like to spend a few dollars is the type with handles and carabiners that come in a set (usually five as you stated) so that you can work your way from lightest to heaviest and then start doubling up and using two or more bands at once as you get stronger. Good luck!

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Edited by: NITEMAN3D at: 3/8/2018 (01:15)
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3/7/18 8:11 P

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Thank you, I will give that a try.

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3/7/18 6:31 P

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For most exercises with bands, you don't want much slack to begin with or it won't really be challenging. Often, you can adjust that by using both feet to hold the band down, adjusting the width of your feet, wrapping the band more around your hands (usually if they don't have handles), or adjusting the handles if you have a band that allows for that.

If you find that having little to no slack is to easy, make some adjustments as you can so there is more tension to start with OR if you find an exercise is too difficult, the you can adjust it the opposite way and give it more slackl

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3/7/18 5:59 P

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I was given a 6-foot length of exercise band. Of 5 tension levels offered, with 1 being the easiest, this one is level 4. I've found some printable exercises and want to get started, but I'm a little confused on how to start.

I went to the Spark printable exercise library and am interested in Seated Rows with Band, Bicep Curls with Band, Triceps Rows with Band, Lying Abduction with Band, etc. When I start the exercise, should there already be tension in the band, or should it be slack? If I use handles, won't I have to change the length of the band and redo the handles for each exercise? Should I just dig in and go for it and see what happens? Maybe I'm overthinking this, but it seems like the exercise will be very different depending on how much tension you have in the band in a neutral starting position.

I would describe my strength training level as intermediate. I want a good workout and don't want to make it too easy, but also not ridiculously difficult so I get discouraged. Any help anyone can offer is appreciated.

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