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Elastic band training

Published: 21 Sep 2008 - 08:28 by aprice1985

Updated: 26 Sep 2008 - 06:57

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I have seen that some sports people are using elastic bands for "resistance" style training, anyone know anything about this, and where you can get these sort of bands?  I am in need of more fitness stuff and hate the gym ( cost, time and other people!) and while i run and swim a bit i would like more stuff i can do easily at home

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From rippa rit - 22 Sep 2008 - 09:11

This Rubber Band Exercise demo will be much easier to follow than me woffling on.

You have already been doing gym and once you get started with your tubing you will soon work out how to duplicate the exercises using those same muscles.  You can stand, lie, sit, fasten the tubing at different heights, double it to get more tension, hitch it around a post so you can use both arms, wrap it around your feet, loop it around your hands so you get a firm grip (those handles are not so necessary)..  You will be surprised how many different exercises you can do.

Hey, you can do this some of this stuff while you watch television.

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From aprice1985 - 21 Sep 2008 - 23:57

thanks, once i knew what to look for on google it was easy, any advice on specific exercises?

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From rippa rit - 21 Sep 2008 - 08:57   -   Updated: 21 Sep 2008 - 09:11

aprice - just a short answer.  You are in the right field to access Physio Rubber Tubing (available in a couple of different strengths) and a very cost effective way to start off is to purchase a 2m length.  You can double it to get more tension depending whether you are using your arms or legs; you can wrap it around a post to get the pulling/pushing actions;the exercises will be the same type as used with the Chest Expander concept (and it had 3/4 springs with a handle each end), with even more variety. Our forebears would have probably used their old bicycle tubes to do the same job!

I used to put mine in my travel bag when doing trips - very light and convenient, easy to use.

Sounds too simple really.

Here is a link to Aerobic Rubber Bands

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