Having seen the bands on p90x and used one that my friend had purchased with 10 minute trainer, I was impressed enough to take the plunge and commit funds. I've not worked out properly for about two and a half years due to a house move away from my local gym and have been meaning to set something up at home for some time. Given that these bands were touted to cover all the excercises I would ever need, I decided to get this set to re-start my "training programme".
Two things struck me first off -
1)it was very easy to change bands (level of resistance) and position of the door anchor (you need to "fix" the bands at different heights to effectively and safetly do different exercises). Compared with free weights, where dropping 10Kg off dumbbells seems to eat in to your exercise time and be a right game, unclipping one band and replacing it with another couldn't be easier, especially as they weigh next to nothing. Moving between bicep curls, to chest press, to tricep extensions to squats takes seconds, even when adjusting the positioning and level of resistance you need to optimally perform each exercise; and
2)as it's a piece of elastic, it's smooth - really smooth to the point it feels a little strange. I've read that you can exert more power as your muscles contract, so for example as you do a bicep curl you can handle less weight when your arm is straight than when it's at 90 degrees. With free weights this is a problem, as to workout your bicep you effectively need a heavier weight than you can lift at the start of a curl. Your form suffers and you end up getting less out of each rep. With these, the resistance is progressive, and seems to match your curl. After one or even a few curls it feels like you're not doing anything - but get the resitance and/or the reps right and it feels like you've had a proper workout.
The routines are quite shoulder orientated, but I'm guessing that the moves also engage stabaliser muscles which will help with building "real" strengh rather than "gym" strengh - and you can definelty feel it working your core. I was worred that the resitance wouldn't be enough - I have been managing 3 sets of 15 reps (bicep curls) using 15kg dumbells these past few months, but slap a couple of bands together (black and blue) and it feels about the same after you've finished the three sets. Seem good quality and well made. Oh, and aparently 99% snap resistant, which is nice.
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