Saturday, July 14, 2012

Product Review: Bodylastics Resistance Bands

Getting to the gym can be a real challenge given our busy lives of work and family responsibilities.  When I was in college and even grad school, there seemed to be plenty of time to get to the gym and enjoy a leisurely workout.  Now that I’m a bit older, time is definitely more limited.  I’ve noticed the same thing with my clients over the years.  Once they hit a certain age, it becomes very hard for them to get to the gym on a consistent basis.   Therefore, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big advocate of working out at home. 

Most parts of the body are very easily exercised with a flat bench and some dumbbells.  However, the back can be a bit more challenging to workout at home.  There are several dumbbell exercises that focus on the back, but to really get the variety you want, you’ll need to bring in some other equipment.  I figured I’d use this post to introduce one such piece of equipment: Bodylastics Resistance Bands.  

Bodylastics Resistance Bands are a stackable and adjustable resistance system.  The kit I purchased has up to 96 pounds of resistance, but they also sell kits with more or less resistance.  The system comes with 4 different colored bands of varying thickness that you can combine to produce the exact resistance you need for any exercise.

In addition to the stackable resistance bands, the system comes with handles for both your hands and ankles as well as a door anchor.  The door anchor is the absolute key.  It allows you to attach the system to any door that closes in your home.  If you put it up high, you can simulate high pulley exercises like lat pulldowns.  If you keep the anchor a bit lower, you can simulate low pulley exercises like seated rows.  This adds a completely new element to how you can work your back at home.  Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of the Bodylastics system.

Pros
1) Extremely Well Made And Durable:  These will last you a lifetime.  I’ve had mine for 2 years and they are showing no signs of wear and tear.

2) Serious Resistance: I’ve historically been a bit down on resistance bands in general.  I never felt like I was getting the type of resistance that I needed.  Not so with the Bodylastics system.  These feel a lot tighter than other bands I’ve used.  I get a great workout with these.

3) Comes With A Door Anchor:  Great for working the back with simulated high and low pulley exercises.

4) Very Portable:  The system comes with a carrying case that can easily fit in your luggage for when you need to bring your workout on the road.

5) Very Secure Door Anchor: Door anchors tend to make me nervous.  Not this one.  It is solid and it’s going no where, so feel free to workout with confidence.

Cons
1) The only con that I can come up with is the price.  They are a bit more expensive than other resistance bands.  They retail for $54.95, but as of this writing, amazon.com has them on sale for $35.95.

Do I Recommend Bodylastics Resistance Bands?
Absolutely.  These are a great addition to any home gym and will allow you to be much more creative with your workouts.  While they cost a bit more than other bands on the market, the quality of the product easily makes it worth the extra investment.  To learn more about these bands or to pick them up, check out their amazon page (here).

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