Used & Approved By Professional Sportsmen!
Paul Johnson, Former Great Britain, Wigan, Bradford & Warrington Pro Rugby League player.
Vince Mellars, Pro Rugby League player for the Wakefield Wildcats.
Jordan James, Pro Rugby League player for the Salford Reds, DJ & former Royal Marine.
Mark Bryant, Pro Rugby League player for the London Broncos.
The above comments were in reference to the "PRO Ultra" set before the sleeves or Mamba were added. All comments were 100% voluntary, these people came to ElastiTone as customers and nobody was paid to write comments.
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- Set Information.
- Honest Tension Ratings.
- The Tension Ratings.
- The Ratings Explained
- Essential Safety Sleeve.
- Essential Clip System..
- Durable Larger Attachments.
- Bands Versus Weights.
A Set To Suit Everyone
There are 3 main exercise/resistance band products currently available.
The first option is the "PRO Ultra" set, which is made up of 6 bands ranging from "Extra Light" to "Extra Heavy" with a total combined tension of 135.5KG. It is ideal for bodybuilders and beginners alike and is the best selling set by far. This set is also perfect for P90X program as it gives a varied amount of tension and is safer to use than the original non-sleeved P90X exercise bands.
The second option is for those who want maximum resistance! "The Pro Ultra Mamba Edition" is basically the Pro Ultra above, along with the "Black Mamba" band added, which is the thickest exercise band in the world! The total tension offered by this set is 191.5 KG and it is aimed at serious bodybuilders.
The third option is the "Quad Tension" bundle, which contains the 4 heaviest / highest tension bands, handles, straps and a door anchor for those who don't want or need the lighter bands. The total tension is 156KG and it is also the cheapest option in the range.
You can also add extra bands and attachments to your order should you need them, or purchase the bands and components alone to create your own bundle.
Higher & Honest Tension Ratings!
Many sellers use misleading tension ratings or even made up ones, and these sellers are giving resistance bands a bad name. People think that because they bought some exercise bands that offered very little tension which were advertised as having more, that they must all be bad.
However not all bands are rated the same! What one seller states as being a 20 KG band could be far thicker or thinner than another sellers 20 KG band, depending on how it was rated and how honest the retailer or manufacturer wants to be.
This is because the tension of a band, just like with anything that stretches, varies. The more you stretch it the more resistance it will give you. This fact leaves the door wide open for sellers to rate bands any way they choose, and most tend to use the tension rating of the band stretched almost to breaking point as it makes them sound better. This is misleading to customers since during most exercises your band will never reach the length at which the rating was taken.
For a visual example, below is a side by side comparison of our standard black "Heavy" band on the left, and a cheap competitor band on the right which can be found on eBay. The ElastiTone band has an average rating of 46lb and the competitor band claims to be 50lb.
As you can clearly see, the walls of the ElastiTone black band are much thicker than the competitors and reach the very edges of the photograph.
The ElastiTone band reached a tension of almost 50lb when stretched around halfway, but the competitor band could only manage 50lb when stretched to almost 4 X its original length. You get what you pay for, as they say...
For another comparison, below is a side by side of the ElastiTone "Black Mamba" resistance tube on the left, and a competitors "Black Sniper" tube on the right. The "Sniper" at the time was advertised as being "Extreme tension".
As you can see from the image, the ElastiTone "Black Mamba" band is the true king of extreme tension. If you were looking for something with a bit more ooomph or want a challenge, this is it!
The "Black Mamba"is the thickest resistance band in production anywhere in the world, it is however not so extreme that it cannot be used. It is designed for strong individuals and is perfect for exercises such as bicep curls and forward/backward rows.
Below is an internal close up of the Mamba band.
Resistance / Tension Ratings
The Tension Ratings Explained...
ElastiTone use 2 easily understandable resistance ratings, and then explain clearly how they were taken...
The "Average" rating is the minimum rating that is easily achievable for all exercises and is taken with the bands stretched to around 2x their resting length, so a bicep curl would be a good example of an exercise that will produce around the average rating. By using a wider foot spacing on the band or standing further from the anchor point, you can easily achieve a higher resistance than the average.
The "Overhead Press" rating is taken at the very top of an overhead press by a person of average height (about 5ft 7") with feet close together. During the overhead press is about as far as you will ever stretch an exercise band, so any tension that may be created beyond that point is irrelevant and would be both unfair and pointless to record.
Using these 2 ratings gives you a better and more realistic idea of how much resistance each band will offer you, and is not misleading.
A 21 Kg rated band will produce AT LEAST 10.5 Kg on each side when using a handle on both ends, just like a 21 Kg barbell would have 10.5 Kg of weight on each side. The wider apart your feet are, the higher the tension will be, every inch makes a noticeable difference in tension but also reduces how far you can stretch the tubing. You can also attach both ends of a band to the same handle and use it like a single dumbbell, this will give you the total rating on one side of your body, e.g. 21 Kg on one arm.
NOTE: As with ALL exercise bands things such as your height, limb length and posture will effect the tension. E.g. a taller person may achieve a higher rating, a shorter person may achieve a lower rating. If you are quite short you can put more length between your feet to make up for this.
Ratings are rounded off to the closest 0.5 Kg for the sake of simplicity, e.g. if a band is 20.2 Kg it will be rounded down to 20 Kg, if it is 20.4 Kg it will be rounded up to 20.5 Kg. Because the tension of an exercise band constantly changes as it is being stretched and relaxed this really makes no difference.
Essential Safety Sleeve
The Safety Sleeve has 3 main functions...
Anti-Snap: The sleeve will only allow the user to stretch the bands up to a maximum distance of 5 meters, beyond this the sleeve will physically prevent the user from stretching it any further and breaking the band. This helps stop the user from snapping or tearing bands by accidentally over stretching them, a common problem with resistance bands.
The sleeves work in a similar fashion to the only other existing Anti-Snap technology, which is a piece of cord inside the band, but with the two added benefits below..
Anti-Wear: The sleeves also help protect the tubing inside the sleeve against wear and tear from scuffs, scrapes and scratches etc, meaning they will last much longer than non-sleeved bands. Also the band will not become stained by the rubber on the users trainers or be affected by the friction, which was found to be a problem.
The sleeve also protects the bands from UV damage, as sunlight degrades and discolors latex over time. If you use your bands outdoors a lot in the summer, sleeves are a must!
Anti-Injury: If a user does somehow manage to snap a band, e.g. the band was defective, it will repel inside the sleeve and the user will not be hit by the band as it shoots towards them at great speed (OUCH!), making ElastiTone bands not only the strongest around, but also one of the safest.
The sleeve material has excellent resistance to Mildew, Acids, Alkalies, Oils and Greece, good resistance against UV rays, and will not absorb water, so is perfect for outdoor use and you don't have to worry about rain or sweat ruining the sleeve. It is also very strong and should easily take the full force of a person pulling against it. I personally have been able to hang from the sleeve and I weighed 12.5 stone at the time.
Why a sleeve is a must...
Snapping resistance bands are a serious safety issue that the sleeve helps prevent. Serious injury's can and have occurred from breaking bands. The force of a resistance band hitting you can cause anything from a nasty bruise to permanent scarring or even blindness. To avoid this make sure you have a sleeve, as it is always better to be safe than sorry.
All purchased bands also have an anti-snap warranty which lasts a total of 5 years. In the rare event that you suffer a breakage, any purchased band will be replaced free of charge and postage will be paid for you (in the UK) within this period. If outside the UK there is a small ¬£5 postage fee.
The Essential Quick Switch Clip System!
All ElastiTone band sets now come complete with 70mm heavy-duty zinc coated iron carbine clips on the straps and handles, and durable rings on the bands. This enables users to create different resistance combinations, just like you can with free weights or at a gym.
The Advantages of the Quick Switch System
Some other brands do not offer a clip system, instead they have handles attached to the bands which you cannot remove. Bands designed in this way have no resistance combinations at all since you can only use one at a time, and they are very limited in functionality because once your body becomes used to the resistance each band alone offers, which it will eventually do as you grow stronger such is the nature of the human body, you are forced to use the next band up. This may either be too much of a step up, or may not be enough meaning you are then stuck with a useless set of bands.
Yet another problem with bands that come with attached handles is that you only ever get half of the stated resistance rating! For example a 50 Kg band will only give you 25 Kg per side because you are forced to use a hand at both ends, like with a barbell. With a clip system however you can simply attach both ends of the band to just one handle giving you the full tension on one side.
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Durable & Comfortable Attachments!
The handles, straps and door anchor are bigger and of a higher quality than your average resistance band set.
The handles are made from nylon plastic which is a lot stronger than the average thin standard plastic alternative, and they are 13.5cm wide to help prevent chaffing of the material against your hands. The circumference is 11cm so you get a better grip. We tested regular handles but with the thicker bands they just bent and were not very comfortable to use.
The straps are now made almost fully from thick neoprene for extra comfort on bare legs instead of just nylon with a thin layer of neoprene sewn on, and come with detachable carbine clips.
The door anchor is extra large with plenty of foam to stop your paintwork getting damaged, and comes with a detachable carbine clip in case you only want to attach one end of a band. Normally you would remove the carbine before use and simply thread the band through the padded loop at the end.
Elastitone attachments compared to some others...
How can you offer such low prices for such high quality products?
This is a very good question, since other sleeved bands such as the Adidas power bands cost around ¬£16.99 - ¬£20 EACH and have less tension and options.
The biggest reason for the costs being low is that ElastiTone does not use 3rd party retailers, wholesalers or brick and mortar stores, so cutting out the middle man means savings can be passed directly to the customer, giving you close to wholesale prices. The only reason brands like Adidas and Nike etc cost so much is that they sell mostly through 3rd party retailers such as sports and fitness stores, and those stores also need to make a decent profit, meaning a very large chunk of the money you pay for the product goes to the retailer and is not going towards the quality or production of the product. ElastiTone sells direct ONLY which means higher quality at a lower price.
Secondly, time and money was not spent paying for fitness models, photo shoots and a studio to make DVD's, instructions and demonstrations. There are already well over 1000 resistance band videos and exercises on YouTube and the Internet, creating more of the same really was not needed and would only push the price up.
In general most people will either already know how to use the bands OR will look Online to see how the equipment is used before purchasing it. They have been around for so long that using an exercise band is becoming as common as using a dumbbell, with plenty of info available Online if you don't know how.
To point you in the right direction, I have created a collection of some of the very best instructional videos and workouts from the Internet in our Exercise & Workouts link at the bottom of every page or you can click HERE, which should keep you going for a while. You will even find links to competitors videos on this site, and the reason for this is simply because no matter what brand you use the exercise is still performed the exact same way.
Are bands as good as free weights?
Free weights and resistance bands are not in competition with each other and never will be, they are simply different tools for the same job. They both stress and grow your muscles, but both use a different method to do so and each has it's advantages. Neither is better than the other.
Muscles grow during the repair process when they recover from being stressed, regardless of whether that stress comes from a weight, a band or even your own body weight. Bands do however have many advantages over free weights...
Weight Training Versus Resistance Training
Resistance band training involves the application of elastic or hydraulic resistance to cause muscle contraction, rather than gravity.
Weight training provides the majority of the resistance at the beginning, in the initiation of the movement, when the muscle must overcome the inertia of the weight’s mass. After this point the overall resistance alters depending on the angle of the joints being used.
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Dumbbells do no not give the same kind of workout as a band can because dumbbells are at their heaviest from the bottom (the beginning) of the curl, up to the half way mark when your forearm is at 90 degrees to you elbow, after they pass this mark the weight is greatly reduced the more you curl, due to the way the elbow handles the weight and gravity, and the fact that weights only work on a vertical plain. For example at the top of a curl the weight is almost falling in to your shoulder due to gravity, which is of no benefit to your muscles.
The above is why people can do a lot more curls from the middle to the top than from the start to the middle, or walk around for ages holding heavy weights at chest height, because the joint angle of the arm and the direction of gravity have helped relieve most of the stress. Of course you can get around this by bending over to do all of your bicep curls but that's not really ideal.
Elastic resistance (or tensile force) however, provides a more progressive amount of resistance throughout the entire range of motion. Elastic resistance rises and provides the greatest resistance at the end of the motion, when the band is stretched to the greatest extent. This allows the user to put more stress on their muscles towards the end of the motion.
As an example, most people would struggle to lift a 28 Kg dumbbell as they would not be able to lift it from the start of the curl onwards due to their wrists and forearms maybe not being able to handle the weight.
With a band resistance gradually progresses, enabling the user to perform the full curl, and exert 28 Kg of tension upon the muscle at the top of the curl.
Also the resistance from elastic works on a horizontal and diagonal plain as well as a vertical plain and everything in-between, something free weights simply cannot ever do. Free weights can only provide resistance when being moved up or down and that is all, because they rely 100% on gravity alone, which only affects the weight vertically.
Because of this, resistance bands challenge your muscles in a way that free weights simply can't and have many more exercise possibilities than free weights. For example you cannot row with free weights properly unless doing so up and down, the only alternative is an expensive cable or rowing machine, but with bands, you can also row forwards, backwards, diagonal, any direction you can think of, thus challenging your muscles in a way they have likely never been challenged before.
Of course there are some exercises, such as the bench press, dead lift and squat, were the user wants the constant weight that free weights offer, and not an increasing tension like bands offer. Also a dead-lift obviously cannot be done with an exercise band as you are not lifting a dead weight. So...
Why not combine weights and bands for the ultimate workout?!
Many people like to attach bands to their weights in order to get a lot more out of a workout than they could otherwise.
To do this either wrap the band around your bar, or attach 1 or 2 ankle straps to the bar and then clip the bands on to the hooks on the straps.
Next either stand on the band or thread it through the anchor point or around an object, to prevent the band from lifting up off the floor, then simply pick up the bar with the bands attached and proceed to exercise as normal.
This way you get the benefit of the weight and the band at the same time, which is great for stepping up your routine and fantastic for breaking out of a plateau, since your muscles like to be challenged in ways they haven’t been before which should encourage growth. You can also use bands to confuse your muscles, e.g. spend one week using weights only and the next week using bands only for more variety.
Safer Than Weights & Easier On Your Joints!
The major problem with free weights is that they are a weight! With bands you are not holding any weight in your hands worth mentioning, so there is never any pressure on body parts such as your back or knees until you begin the exercise, which means keeping perfect form is much easier and the chance of injury is vastly reduced. This also makes them great for rehabilitation after an injury.
Very Light & Portable, Workout Anywhere, Anytime!
Bands are very light and portable which allows you to take them with you anywhere! On holiday, to a hotel room, on business trips, to work, camping, etc etc, because they are easily folded in to the surprisingly small bag provided and weigh very little in comparison to the tension offered.
Bands are basically like a portable cable machine and you can perform all the exercises you generally could with a cable machine and free weights, but without the need for the size and space free weights and machines require.