About Bodylastics Resistance Bands
Here are some
frequently asked questions about resistance training and
specifically resistance bands:
Resistance bands are currently being used by hospitals and rehab
clinics across the country for one reason, they work! They create
tension and stress on your muscle as your muscle is moving. This
may not sound good, but it actually is! Your muscle will change
in strength and shape by the principle of adaptation. This means
that when you create new stresses on the muscle it will have to
adapt to those stresses.
How do resistance
bands compare to free weights?
Your muscle does not know whether you are lifting a free weight,
a weight stack from a machine or stretching elastic bands. It only
knows that it is working against resistance, not what type of resistance.
Also, similar to some of the weight machines, resistance bands
actually have an advantage. As you stretch them they become more
difficult which means that you are placing more stress on the muscle
at the right time.
Will I get
too bulky from resistance training?
usually comes from women who are afraid to look like the bodybuilding
women that they see in the media. To answer the question, no you
will not get too bulky. In order for you to look like the huge bodybuilding
women you would have to take male hormones, yes, steroids. Don't
get me wrong, if you lift very heavy weights are work with very
high resistance levels you can add some bulk to your frame. This
can all be avoided though by keeping the resistance levels
low and the repetitions high.
I look for in resistance bands, there are so many styles?
My recommendation is to find a resistance band system that
gives you the most versatility. In other words you will want to
be able to change the level of resistance and create the best exercises.
Many of the new systems use a clip system so that you can add or
subtract resistance in a snap. Some systems also come with
a door anchor so that you can easily secure them to a door. This
is crucial for some of the better exercises like seated back row
and laying hamstrings curl.
Do they ever
snap or break?
Some elastic products actually snap more often than others.
The flat resistance bands snap much more often than the tubing.
Remember that this is a product made of rubber. What happens to
a rubberband when you stretch it too far - sure, it snaps. Try to
follow the manufacturers recommendations for use and just be aware
that if it feels like the elastic is going to snap during a certain
exercise, it probably is.
will it take before I start to see results?
Listen, you've got to be patient. If you start looking for results
within one to two weeks you are going to get discouraged and want
to quit. You must at least give yourself three to four weeks (probably
closer to four) before you start to see and feel real improvements.