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Choosing and Using ExerciseTubings/Resistance band



What are Exercise Tubes?

Exercise tube (or resistance tube) is a generic term for any rubber tubing or flat tube device used for strength training. During strength training, a resistive force greater than normal is applied to your body. This force can be provided by machines, your own body weight, free weights (dumbbells, barbells) or rubber resistance.

When additional force is applied, your muscles, bones and connective tissue respond by getting stronger. The advantages of using exercise tubes include portability, ability to vary the tension to make an exercise harder, and performing exercises that cannot be done with free weights.

Exercise tubes work certain parts of the body according to where they are placed and how they are used. They are especially great for strengthening & toning legs and arms and work great for abdominal muscles.

Exercise tubes vs. free weights

Exercise resistance tubes have different properties than free weights. When using free weights, you always know exactly how much weight you're lifting. On the other hand, resistance tubes produce a bell-shaped strength curve that does not rely on gravity. For certain exercises, the weights offer resistance on one phase, and gravity takes over during the return phase of the movement. In contrast, tubes provide equal resistance during both phases and alter the resistance according to the strength curve of the muscle.

Precautions:

  • Do not stretch tubes beyond 3 times their resting length.
  • Change the tube immediately if you spot tears or abrasions on the surface.
  • Periodically check the connection points of the bands or tubing to the attachment device.
  • Always inspect the bands or tubing before use.
  • Always secure the bands or tubing to a sturdy, non-movable object.
  • Use the Door Anchor, Exercise Handle, and Assist for connection.
  • Jewelry, fingernails, and other sharp objects may cause tears or abrasions.
  • Always protect the eyes during exercise with elastic bands or tubing.
  • Tubes and bands should be replaced every 1-2 months in case of heavy use.
  • Use Extremity Strap to connect to the legs or arms.

Cleaning the tube:

  • Immerse the band or tube in fresh clean water in a sink or under a running faucet.
  • Rub a small amount of mild hand soap over the wet tube and then rinse in fresh water.
  • Lay flat to dry, or drape the tube over the back of a chair and allow to thoroughly dry.
  • Once dry, rub a small amount of talcum, baby powder, or similar powder over the surface of the tube to prevent sticking.



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