Introduction To Resistance Bands:
Resistance bands have been used as an integral part of rehabilitation for at least the last two decades. With recent improvements in material technology and versatility, they are now also a popular tool for home and Gym workouts – making exercise more accessible and effective for all.
Resistance bands are a simple, effective, and versatile exercise tool that can be used anywhere by anyone at any time. This makes them a fantastic choice for anyone looking to workout as they travel, prefers outdoor exercise, or does not have easy access to a Gym.
Most bands come in different lengths and tensions which vary from very light to very heavy resistance. Existing bands available vary from looped bands to tubed bands, with and without handles.
Each type of band can be used for different purposes and different types of workouts.
In this article, we compare the three most popular types of Resistance Band, and why we think Onterra looped resistance bands stand head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd…
Being very light and portable whilst still offering a range of resistances makes resistance bands a fantastic alternative to traditional dumbbell & barbell workouts. The versatility of their application also means they compliment existing resistance programmes extremely well.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Looped Resistance Bands:
Looped resistance bands often come in two forms; pull up assist and mini thigh band.
Pull Up Assist bands, such as the Onterra resistance band set, are made from multiple layers of natural latex fused together to create one sturdy durable loop.
Benefits of Pull Up Assist:
Perfect for any workout – this type of band can be used at full length to both assist and resist bodyweight exercises such as pull ups and Tricep dips.
Can be knotted and shortened – to use in the same way as a thigh band for exercises such as Glute Bridges and Clamshells. In this sense we think Pull Up Assist bands offer dual benefits over thigh bands alone.
If you’re not already sold on Pull up assist over thigh bands then consider the additional benefits of Onterra’s inclusive high-quality door anchor accessory.
Adding a door anchor to the setup not only increases the safety and simplicity of your resistance bands but also allows you to use the band as if it were a pulley system, giving you yet more options for exercise such as Overhead extensions, Tricep Pulldowns, and multiple variations of rows.
If you are serious about taking your workouts to the next level with resistance bands then this should be a staple accessory in your routine!
Mini thigh bands, such as the Meteor Fabric Essential, are a small band usually made from either natural Latex or a soft and flexible fabric with a woven silicone lining.
Benefits of Mini thigh bands:
Glute work – really do what they say on the box. They are a very suitable option for a lightweight Glute-intensive workout.
Shoulder stability work – the small loop of a light resistance band makes a mini band useful for increasing rotator cuff activation when performing shoulder exercises.
Various resistance levels – as with all other types of looped band.
When comparing looped bands, we are big believers in the pull up assist over the thigh band due to their increased versatility in application, allowing you to get more creative with your workouts and target the whole body versus one muscle group alone.
How do Tubed Bands compare?
Tubed resistance bands, like FitLife Exercise Bands, are another great option for a light and inexpensive tool to add variety to workouts at all levels.
Benefits of Tubed Resistance Bands:
Suitable for a wide range of body weights and varying uses – Due to their multiple layers of bonded natural latex making them durable like looped bonds.
Key disadvantages with tubed bands versus looped bands:
Reduced durability where the stitching connects the door anchor to the band. We find that they tend not to stand the test of time quite as well as an anchor that needs only feed through the loop of a band.
Reduced surface area of these bands – comparable to pull up assist loop bands, meaning that you need more length. This causes a reduction in stability and portability, which are really some of the key advantages to using resistance bands in the first place.
Can only use the handles – This limits the variable tension available. For example, when using a looped band you can increase or decrease resistance simply by holding the band closer or further from its anchor point. This is not possible with tubed bands as the handles on the end are often immovable.
In this respect we would always choose looped resistance bands over tubed because of this.
In conclusion, we are genuinely inclined to believe that looped bands offer increased safety, comfort, versatility, and portability versus their tubed counterparts.
Naturally we believe Onterra to be the pick of the bunch in terms of quality and design, and we are confident you’ll agree with us when you try yours. If you are looking the best of the best in resistance bands, try us out!