Saturday, May 13, 2017

Product Review: Bodylastics Resistance Bands

When I was in college and even grad school, there always seemed to be plenty of time to get to the gym and enjoy a leisurely workout. Now that I’m older, time is definitely more limited. I’ve noticed the same thing with the majority of my clients over the years. At the end of the day, it is just not realistic for most people to get the gym on a daily basis. It is for this reason that I am a huge proponent of working out at home.

You do not need a lot of space or equipment to successfully exercise at home. An inexpensive piece of cardio equipment (such as the Gazelle Edge), a flat bench and some dumbbells will get the job done quite well for most people. However, working out your back can be a bit more challenging in the home environment. There are a few 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 version that I purchased has 96 pounds of resistance, but they also sell versions 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 hand and ankle handles, 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 pull downs. 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: I’ve had my bands for 6 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 $29.95, which is a great price while it lasts.

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 this 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).

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the company that makes these bands and make no money if you buy them.  I just think they are great and want to let you know.


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