If the above information is not enough to convince you ElastiTone should be your first choice when looking for the best resistance bands, feel free to read a more detailed description of what you are buying below....
Quick jump menu:
- Set Information.
- Honest Ratings.
- The Resistance Ratings.
- How the ratings work.
- Safety Sleeve.
- Essential Quick Switch Clip System.
- Higher Quality Attachments.
- ElastiTone V Other brands.
- Bands Vs Weights.
Used & Approved By Professional Sportsmen!
Check out some of the comments received via Twitter from Pro Rugby League players below!
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 were added, and are proof that bands are not JUST for Women or rehabilitation!
All comments were 100% voluntary, these people were not targeted, they came to ElastiTone as customers, and nobody was paid a single penny to write comments.
More reviews can be seen HERE.
A Set To Suit Everyone!
There are 3 exercise/resistance band sets currently available, more details below...
The first option is the "PRO 5", which contains 5 bands, rated from "Extra Light" to "Heavy", which is ideal for females and beginners.
The 5 bands within this set can be used on their own, or in combination with other bands to create as much resistance as you need. It does not however contain the "Extra Heavy" band which is advised for people of mid-high strength, or the "Black Mamba" band, which is for bodybuilders and people wanting a real challenge.
The second option is the "PRO Ultra" set, which is made up of 6 bands and is aimed at mid - high strength individuals. This sets contains the "Extra Heavy" Band as well as the 5 standard bands. It is ideal for bodybuilders, strength athletes and people looking to add a lot of muscle. This is the best selling set by far.
The 3rd set is for those who want maximum resistance! "The Pro Ultra Mamba Edition", which is basically the Pro Ultra above, but with the "Black Mamba" band added also, at a reduced price.
You can also add extra handles, straps or anchors to the ones you will already get for just a few pounds more! It is recommended to do this when you purchase a set and not afterwards, as it will save you paying more postage.
Higher & HONEST Resistance Ratings!
The amount of sellers on the Internet today using misleading tension levels, or even made up ones, is crazy! These sellers gives resistance bands a bad name! Forums end up full of people who believe that because they bought some bands that offered little resistance, which were advertised as being more, that they must all be bad. It is time this borderline illegal activity ended!
Most people very wrongly presume that all bands are rated in the same way, and this could not be further from the truth! What one seller states as being a 50 Lb band could be far thicker or thinner than another sellers 50 Lb band, depending on how it was rated and how honest the retailer wants to be.
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 many other brands when giving ratings for their bands tend to use the tension rating of the band stretched almost to the maximum, just before it breaks.
This is incredibly misleading to customers as it makes thin low tension bands sound far better than they really are, since during most exercises your band will never reach maximum length! This gives the potential buyer a very false impression indeed.
For a visual comparison, below is a side by side comparison of our standard black "Heavy"band which has an average rating of 49.5 Lb, shown on the left, and a competitor band, rated as being 50 Lb, on the right.
As you can clearly see, the walls of the ElastiTone black band are much wider than the competitors, even though the competitors gave their band a higher tension rating...
The ElastiTone band reached a tension of almost 50 Lb when stretched around halfway, but the competitor band could only manage a reading of 50 Lb when stretched to 4x its resting length!
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". Oh really......
As you can see from the image, the ElastiTone "Black Mamba" band is the true king of extreme tension, nothing else compares, nothing ever has and probably never will!
It is however not so extreme that it cannot be used. It is designed for strong individuals and is ideal for bicep curls and forward/backward rows.
If you have tried other bands and found that they don't give you enough tension, or you just want a challenge, then the "Black Mamba" is certainly for you!
2 Resistance / Tension Ratings
ElastiTone are the first ever band retailer in the world to show 2 easily understandable resistance ratings, and then explain clearly how they were taken...
The "Average" rating is the 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 the rating 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.
All bands have a label at both ends showing the resistance level. Below is a chart showing the labels and the related tension ratings...
For more detailed specs, click HERE.
"Black Mamba" - The Worlds Thickest Resistance Band!
The "Black Mamba" is the Thickest and heaviest resistance band in the world!
With an average resistance rating of 35 Kg and an Overhead Press rating of 56 Kg this band has no rival! It is designed for performing bicep curls, squats, rows and pull downs, and is aimed at strong individuals who find that other bands don't offer them enough of a challenge in these particular exercises.
How the ratings work...
A 21 Kg band will produce at least 10.5 Kg on each side when using a handle on both ends. If standing on the band, the wider apart your feet are, the higher the tension will be, every millimeter makes a difference.
You can also attach both ends of a band to the same handle and use it like a single dumbbell, which will give you the full total rating on one side of your body, e.g. 21 Kg on one arm!
NOTE: As with ALL exercise bands, the rating are approximate. When performing any routine that involves standing on a band, things such as your height, feet spacing and posture will effect the ratings. E.g. a taller person may achieve a higher rating, a shorter person may achieve a lower rating. This however can be compensated for by increasing or decreasing the amount of band between your feet, or standing further away from / closer to the anchor point.
ElastiTone Versus Other Big Brands
Below is an easy to read chart comparing the product quality and warranty/guarantee against the top 4 other brands. All data is based on the info shown on the competitors web sites, and research is accurate as of 17/8/12 to the best of my knowledge, and is a fair and legal comparison that does not violate any copyright or trademark laws.
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 stops 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 from scuffs, scrapes and scratches etc, meaning they will last much longer than other brands. 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 rather annoying problem with many trainers.
The sleeve also protects the bands from UV damage, as it is proven that sunlight degrades and discolours 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 snap inside the sleeve and the user will not be hit by the band as it flys 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, Alkalis, 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 weigh 12.5 stone.
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 disfigurement or even blindness.
The seller cannot be blamed for this at all, no more than York could be blamed if you dropped one of their dumbbells on your foot. Everything on earth has a breaking point and no elastic tubing is 100% snap proof, it is just common sense that when using a band it could break and it is always possible, so make sure you buy sleeved bands!
All bands also have an anti-snap warranty which lasts a total of 5 years, after which any breaks will be classed as wear and tear. In the rare event that you suffer a breakage, the band will be replaced free of charge and postage will be paid for you.
The Essential Quick Switch 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 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 to much of a step up, or may not be enough, meaning you are then stuck with a useless set of bands since you can not use more than one band at a time!
Bands with attached handles are also pretty useless when it comes to some lower body exercises, and you may have to buy another separate set of bands for the legs.
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 Lb band will only give you 25 Lb per side, because you are forced to use both hands like with a barbell. With a clip system however you can simply attach both ends of the band to just one handle, which allows you to use the band exactly like you would a dumbbell, giving you the full resistance on one side!
There are 63 different possible resistance combinations (not including the Mamba), which you can download HERE.
Higher Quality Attachments!
The handles, straps and door anchor in every ElastiTone kit are bigger and of 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 prevent chaffing of the material against your hands, and 11cm in diameter so you get a better grip!
The straps are made from padded neoprene for extra comfort on bare legs.
The door anchor is extra large with plenty of foam to stop your paintwork getting damaged.
Check out some comparison pictures below...
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 are not even close in terms of tension options or specifications. So how on earth does ElastiTone manage to sell an entire 6 band set with thicker bands and higher quality components, for under ¬£50 then?
Firstly, large amounts of time and money were not wasted 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 You Tube and the Internet, creating more really was not needed at all and would create more costs.
In general most people will either already know how to use the bands OR would have looked online to see how the equipment is used before purchasing it. They have been around for so long that using a band is now almost as common knowledge as how to use a dumbbell, with almost as much info available online if you don't.
You can see a collection of some of the very best instructional videos and workouts from the Internet in our Exercise & Workout links at the top of this page, 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 simple...
Just as with free weights, once you have seen one bicep curl video you have pretty much seen them all, and you are not seriously going to prefer one brand of dumbbells over another, just because their video was better, are you? Are you even focusing on the brand of weight being used when you watch workout videos online, or are you more interested in the technique? Exactly! Regardless of what brand of band is being used in online videos, the principle is exactly the same.
Secondly, ElastiTone does not use 3rd party retailers, wholesalers or stores, so cutting out the middle man means savings can be passed directly to the customer, you! 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, so a chunk of the money you pay goes to them and is often not going towards the quality of the product at all. ElastiTone sells direct only!
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.
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 joint angle 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.
Or, in layman’s terms‚Ä¶.
Dumbbells are simply not capable of giving 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 arm 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 literally 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 of the arm and the direction of gravity have helped relieve most of the stress from the weight.
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!
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 28Kg 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 cannot do.
Free weights can only provide resistance when being moved up or down, 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 could never achieve 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 may be some exercises, such as the bench press, were the user wants the constant weight that free weights offer, and not an increasing tension like bands offer. So‚Ä¶.
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 (for exercises like curls) or thread it through an anchor point or around an object, or even your weights bench (for bench presses) to prevent the band from lifting up. Then simply 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.
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 so there is never any pressure at all on any body part until you begin the exercise, so keeping perfect form is much easier.
A good example of this is squats, which can destroy your back and knees if you use incorrect form, due to the load you have to be under and the extreme pressure on your lower spine and knees, but with bands there is no weighted load whatsoever on your body, and when you perform a squat your legs get all the benefit and you don’t put your back out.
With bands the pressure on your joints, e.g. the wrists and knees, is greatly reduced, which is why when they were first introduced to the market they were mainly used for rehabilitation. Thankfully now businesses like ElastiTone now offer much thicker bands designed for building serious muscle!
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. The full 6 band Pro Ultra set weighs just 2.7 Kilos!
Bands are basically 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 demand!