Here are some frequently asked questions about Bodylastics exercise bands:
Are these exercise bands really effective?
Big time! exercise bands are so effective that they are used by the medical community - how's that for an endorsement? Adjustable exercise bands similar to the Bodylastics system are currently being used by hospitals and physical 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. Here's a great example - have you ever seen a skinny steel worker. No, why? because their bodies have to adapt to carrying huge heavy pieces of steel.
How do exercise bands compare to free weights?
Let's start this answer by stating a fact: your muscles are blind. Your muscle does not know whether you are lifting a free weight, a weight stack from a machine or stretching elastic exercise bands. It only knows that it is working against resistance, not what type of resistance. Also, similar to some of the weight machines, exercise 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 working out with exercise bands?
This question 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 exercise 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.
How durable are your exercise bands?
We have spent 8 years tooling and retooling this system so that it is incredibly durable. Not only do we use the highest quality latex available, but we have incorporated a method of fastening the clips to the elastics that places less stress on the elastic.
How long will these exercise bands last?
This is a hard question to answer. There are many factors which contribute to the answer. I always compare exercise bands to sneakers (both are rubber products). If you wear your sneakers every day and you are hard on them - they could last 6 months - or more. If you wear your sneakers often but you treat them well they could last for years. We have plenty of customers who are still using their Bodylastics exercise bands after 3 to 4 years. In the case that you do snap an elastic, Bodylastics offers single replacement exercise bands so that you will not have to buy a complete new set.
How long 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.