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What Resistance Bands to Get?


#1

Hi,

I'm going to be away from gym access (or possibly I will be able to get gym access) when I return to Hong Kong in 2 months. (I will be in Hong Kong for 1 1/2 months to 2 months). I am thinking about ordering some Jumpstretch bands for training (so at least I can add some resistance to my bodyweight exercises).

My question is what type of bands (light, average, heavy) should I order? I'm relatively new to training (consistently) and I don't want to disrupt my new start to training again after going back. Also, should I order a pair or will one be enough? Many thanks.


#2

I'd recommend getting a few different bands (mini, monster mini, light) to use for a variety of exercises. If you're new to training, the average and heavy will probably be too much for you at first.

http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?SearchPhrase=bands&x=0&y=0&m=SR

There are TONS of exercises you can do with them:

http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?tid=101&__N=Band%20Exercises


#3

I see. Many thanks for the reply. If I get those bands, should I get one of each or should I choose something like a light flex band and get a pair of them?

Also another question would be if I wanted to do resistance band sprints or vertical jumps with them, which should I get? Many thanks!


#4

I would get one of each because you're going to be stronger or weaker with certain exercises and you'll want to switch to the band that's the appropriate resistance. You can always use two different strength bands (i.e. a mini + a monster mini) if one isn't enough resistance.

You'd definitely want a pair of each strength band if you were going to use them for lifts in the gym (i.e. squat, bench, deadlift) though, but it doesn't sound like that's how you intend on using them for now.

As far as the second question, I have no experience with using bands for jumps or sprints, so I really can't answer that one. Sorry.


#5

Many thanks for the reply. I will be waiting for an e-mail from the gyms in Hong Kong, I asked whether they have 2 month plans and if I get what I want, I will probably delay ordering the bands.


#6

Hi, I'm a student pretty short on money and space and i was wondering if these would be good buy. londonkettlebells do a beginners package wich is one each bands 1, 2 and 3 for £32.50 which is about the limit of my budget. would this set be enough for me as a complete novice to do a full workout? i think they would but most of the archives talk about them as supplementary to freeweights so i just thought id make sure.


#7

Does anyone have experience with resistance bands for agility drills or resistance bands for basketball? I'm a beginner to weight training (less than 1 year of lifting experience) and I'm looking to get bigger and improve athletic performance too.

I'm wondering if I get a pair of small bands:

Resistance: 25 to 80 lbs.

would that be plenty enough for a beginner? I full squat around 200 (with strict technique)

Many thanks!


#8

IMO, if you get the bands, save your money.

do:

legs
band thrusters
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=58194&tid=101

reverse band leg press
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=36554&tid=101

band leg curl (do extentions too, if you're creative enough)
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=33906&tid=101


arms

band pushdowns
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=4174&tid=101

tate curls
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=13328&tid=101

back width

band lat pulldown (or chinup)
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=36586&tid=101

http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=46410&tid=101


chest/ delts

band resisted pushups
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=36587&tid=101

or

http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=43945&tid=101

band flys
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=62619&tid=101

band rear delts
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=44126&tid=101

shoulder raises

http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=13317&tid=101


DL/GM variations:

band GM
http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=13411&tid=101

How many days a week do you want to lift? I would try to hit each bodypart twice a week with bands legs/push/pull twice a week.

legs: all of the above leg excercizes

push:
all pec+shoulder excercises+triceps

pull
band gms+ back width and thick

day 4 off

repeat


#9

Since it's holiday for me a month later, I will be able to lift pretty much 4-5 days a week. My question is, since I'm a beginner, do you think Resistance: 25 to 80 lbs. will be enough for agility drills and some resistance for bodyweight exercises, providing I don't get the gym access in Hong Kong. Although I've asked but I still haven't gotten any reply yet. Many thanks for y'all's help.