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Bands Snapping


#1

has anyone ever heard of/had happened to their bands snapping while working out? just curious


#2

I've only heard of one case of this happening. But the bands were old and weren't taken care of and already cracking.


#3

I snapped a mini trying to triple loop it. Other than that, I have found some very small tears in a couple of bands.

By the way, I bought a complete set of bands, and like them, but I'm not going to buy another one when they wear out. I have found that I can purchase 2 sizes of surgical tubing for 40-50 cents a foot and make my own.

One size is 3/8 inch thick tube and is dead on with a mini if I make a 5 foot diameter loop. I can make 8 pairs of these for 40 dollars and 8 pairs is the more tension than 4 large bands and easier to add in increments and get up over the bar in the squat rack as well.

The second size is about 3/4 inch tube and thicker walled and is equal to a large so for 50 bucks I can make 8 large equivalant bands. I have also made some 1/2 size bands for shorter range applications and the rounded shape seems to be easier to loop around different attachment points.


#4

I had one occurance of a band snapping. I was doing an extra workout in my basement so i hooked a strong band a hook on the ceiling (which i had done numerous times before) and i start to do some ab pulldowns. I do the first set, then a couple reps into the 2nd set the band snaps and i fall head first into the concrete floor with nothing to break my fall except my nose which i broke.

And I also suffered a mild concussion. Then I had a meet 3 days later. I am sooo HARDCORE!


#5

so how long do you guys think that a bands life lasts on average?


#6

I've already had to reds tear, and I've only been using them for a few weeks. Haven't even abused them that much...

Shoulda gone with the jumpstretch bands. I've never had a problem with product quality from the efs site.


#7

Multiple surgical tubes are safer, it is unlikely that they will all snap at once, also, the tube shape is safer than a band shape. Also, you can use 8 tubes of different lengths and further customise the resistance curve. To join them I recommend using a "tape knot" as used in rockclimbing.

Dry bands, or nicks, or oil on the band, these things can weaken them.

Some athletes use bungee bands inside a strong mesh so that when they break, they don't whip out and take out an eye.

It is pretty rare for a band to break though, but you should be cautious. Or at least, not completely careless.