Idc if it’s poor quality, always wanted to try resistance training gear to see if I liked it as Ive never tried it before. 15 bucks seems like a good initial purchase to see if I like this type of exercise or not, and if I do I can move on to better more expensive equipment
@Michaelforman I was a little surprised that no fail compilation videos seem to have made their way into the comments, so here’s a fail compilation video: (Looks like there’s the additional feature where it can de-pants the user!)
@andymand@Michaelforman@strider72 I laughed until I cried and my stomach hurt. Looks like you can get a pretty good workout just watching others fail at workouts.
(To be honest, I’m not -proud- that I laughed so hard, so there’s that.)
@andymand@Michaelforman The number of people relying on their doors to hold these things is frankly shocking to me, and not a good indicator of the continuation of the species.
However, that door that completely came off its hinges near the end was quite a surprise. (that guy took it rather well, though!)
In short, I feel like almost all of those were genuine failures to think things through… or else there are a lot of people who have never snapped themselves with a rubber band in a rubber band fight. (kids still have rubber band fights, right?)
Not all of these types of elastic bands are equal. I would be cautious. I’ve noted less desirable types of elastic material proliferating in these exact types of exercise bands. Basically in the lower quality ones the “stiff” band feels exactly the same as the “light” band. These say “natural latex” material which is the same read as a brand I got a while back which had the above characteristics. Clearly, I haven’t gotten over this wrong.
If you want a good feeling elastic experience I’d look elsewhere such as SPRI because there is a lot more junk in this space lately.
No idea of the quality of this specific set, but since the write-up made a big point of comparing this to lifting actual weights, I figured I’d share my experience.
I normally go to the gym three times a week for 30-40 minutes of fairly intense lifting per session. It makes me a lot better at the sports I play, and looking good with my shirt off is a nice bonus.
During lockdown, I used resistance bands (with body weight exercises and a small medicine ball) because they were my only option. Even with some creative integration of various pieces of furniture, the number of effective moments was still significantly smaller than what I can do at any decent gym. The variable resistance made dialing in the correct band(s) for some movements interesting, and I never felt like I got full “value” from the exercises compared to weights/commercial machines. When I was able to go back to the gym, my strength in most things had dropped 15-20%.
However, if the options are no workout or bands, definitely get bands. Any sort of resistance workout is very good for your body, from strengthening joints to elevating your heart rate to releasing feel-good hormones. Everyone has different fitness goals, and bands are an easy/cheap/portable way to get going. Just don’t expect the same results as using actual weights and commercial gym machines.