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Resistance Bands Suggestions
I broke the frame on my door with a pull up bar and the others around are similar in make. No injuries thank goodness, but decided to stop doing pull ups using the door frames.

I rent an apartment (don't want to drill into the hallway) and don't have cash to spare for a standalone pull up bar.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good set of high intensity resistance bands? Something strong enough to rival a good pull up.

Appreciate it, thanks guys!
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08-28-2017 11:05 PM
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Not at the price range you want. They make very strong bands but they are very expensive. Look on Craigslist or FB yard for a cheap used pull up bar. I just scored a used nautilus squat rack for 80 bucks on FB yard sale.
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Damn Steelex. If price wasn't an issue, what would you recommend?

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RE: Resistance Bands Suggestions
The Bodylastics MMA set are very good.
They are threaded through a door. But I can't see how they could damage the door.
Also, you can connect them to a post/park bench or whatever. Or use them by holding them or standing on them.

There are also very short resistance bands. The ones you attach to your ankles etc.

Personally, I prefer bands to weights in many ways.
You can do speed and plyometric work with them too. Which is better than standard weights.
08-29-2017 05:07 AM
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If you're trying to build muscle I don't reccomend bands at all for anything other than light movements to warm up the joints.

Now you can say "oh well it's better than nothing" and be right, but that's like saying eating sugar free jello is better than starving. It is, but not by much. A quick Google search will show you that the heavy bands are 50-60 bucks.

There's like a minimum level of investment needed here, and a chin up/dip stand is about as minimum as it gets.

If you wanna be cheaper than that, go get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it up with rocks from the park. You gotta spend some money, even runners gotta buy shoes.
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RE: Resistance Bands Suggestions
I'll take it back. I do have cash to spare, but I definitely do not have the space to afford for a pull up/dip space.

Google has returned multiple hits on bands of varying quality and price.

I'll check out bodylastics. Any other suggestion would be appreciated.
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(08-29-2017 07:08 AM)Steelex Wrote:  If you're trying to build muscle I don't reccomend bands at all for anything other than light movements to warm up the joints.

Now you can say "oh well it's better than nothing" and be right, but that's like saying eating sugar free jello is better than starving. It is, but not by much. A quick Google search will show you that the heavy bands are 50-60 bucks.

There's like a minimum level of investment needed here, and a chin up/dip stand is about as minimum as it gets.

If you wanna be cheaper than that, go get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it up with rocks from the park. You gotta spend some money, even runners gotta buy shoes.

They are used for actual bodybuilding/powerlifting etc. Powerlifters used them way before they were well known to the public.

Personally, I really like the range of exercises you can do with them.Obscure exercises like neck and also for curls when you can't "hit it" properly with dumbells etc.

The problem with weights is that they can only exert counter force in down direction - down.
08-29-2017 11:01 AM
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I'd recommend using that cash to pay for half a year of gym membership. You'll get far more out of it.
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Powerlifters use them to increase resistance at the top of the movement. But in and of their own they're pretty much useless.

Why are you dead set on being a cheap ass?
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(08-29-2017 11:01 AM)BelyyTigr Wrote:  The problem with weights is that they can only exert counter force in down direction - down.

That's pretty much where you need it to be. In fact, all of the major exercises work in the vertical plane of motion. Does it make sense to train in a plane of movement other than the vertical plane?

Powerlifters use bands to add resistance at the end of a lift to make it harder. However it's still in the vertical plane.

One of the great things about the manosphere is that we strive to represent things as they are, and reject what doesn't work. Now im not going to personally call you a fool, but I think the train of thought you're going down is based on budgetary concerns. Hence why you had the pull up bar first, and now that you can't have one you're rationalising replacing pull ups with a rubber band.

Cmon bro.
08-29-2017 03:26 PM
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(08-29-2017 03:26 PM)Steelex Wrote:  
(08-29-2017 11:01 AM)BelyyTigr Wrote:  The problem with weights is that they can only exert counter force in down direction - down.

That's pretty much where you need it to be. In fact, all of the major exercises work in the vertical plane of motion. Does it make sense to train in a plane of movement other than the vertical plane?

Powerlifters use bands to add resistance at the end of a lift to make it harder. However it's still in the vertical plane.

One of the great things about the manosphere is that we strive to represent things as they are, and reject what doesn't work. Now im not going to personally call you a fool, but I think the train of thought you're going down is based on budgetary concerns. Hence why you had the pull up bar first, and now that you can't have one you're rationalising replacing pull ups with a rubber band.

Cmon bro.


On the pullup bar thing and the "budgetary concern" thing, you're confusing me with the opening poster, The Beast. I don't have any budgetary concerns BTW. And I've never used a pullup bar in a door.

As for bands, try them or don't try them. Your choice. I've done martial arts for over 20 years, trained with world champions, grandmasters etc . And I'd say bands gave me one of the most quantum leaps ever.

We don't use our muscle purely to counteract gravity ie the vertical - so why should we adopt that principle in our training?

With bands I can simulate many martial arts moves AND gain the bulk if I want. Or football/sprinting etc if I want to. With freeweights/machines/old fashioned ankle weights etc, the problem is you "look like a weight trainer" - the muscle tends to build in the wrong places. And it fires in the wrong way.

Check out what elite footballers, boxers and the like are doing these days with heavy duty resistance bands, a huge resistance level BTW! They aren't those silly thin things girls used in the 1990s!

Cmon bro : ) )
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Alright, budget is no longer a concern. I've got all the money in the world.

What bands are recommended?

I don't have the time nor the cash to commit to any gyms near my house and space is at a premium in my home. I'll be traveling again for work and need something to keep me looking and feeling good on the go.
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Bands on their own are fine.

OP wants to replace his pullup bar with bands, which is completely doable.

Here is the band setup I recommend. No I don't get paid to promote this, I spent a lot of time messing around with equipment for home and travel and this was the band setup I found to be the most versatile.

http://www.sierraexercise.com/order.html

The Hook handles look like this :

[Image: Hook_Handles.JPG]

Here are the bands that you use with them :

[Image: Hook_Bands.JPG]

I recommend Hook handles as a strandpulling setup because you can easily add and subtract bands instead of retarded elaborate setups like Lifeline TNT cables or anything of that nature. Lifeline is alright, but the bands themselves have to be bought from them, you can only use three of them on the handles (so instead of using the same weighted bands, you now have to keep buying heavier and heavier ones) and they seem to be easier to break.

If you want to save some money on the actual bands, you can make them yourself out of some surgical tubing. Here is a link to the article. The actual Hook Handles will run you about 33 bucks for a set of them. $10 worth of surgical tubing and a dowel stick will have you set on bands for a long, long time. I quoted the article but the pictures in the link provided are helpful.

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/shenandoah/...rings.html

Quote:Surgical Tubing Exercise Band

Surgical tubing makes the best Exercise Bands. Resistance is almost consistant throughout a stretch, and it looses virtually none of its elasticity. I'm still using the same bands I made five years ago.

Here's how to make a Band:

1. Get a wooden dowel the same diameter as the inside diameter of the tubing. Determine how long you want your band to be when flattened out, and then cut a length of tubing twice as long plus one inch.

2. Make a Tool. Cut an 8" length of dowel and then round out and smooth one end with fine sandpaper.

3. Make a Plug. Cut a 1 1/2" length of dowel and then chamfer and smooth the edges with fine sandpaper.

4. Using a felt marker, mark 1" in from the end of the tubing. Do the same for the other end.

5. Slip the rounded end of the tool about an inch and a half into one end ot the tubing

6. Spread the end of the tubing back over itself to 1", or up to the mark made on the tubing. It doesn't matter if a portion of the tubing rolls up a bit. Next, take hold of the folded back portion of tubing, and the tool, and then ease the tool back out of the tubing.

7. Slip one end of the plug about 1/4" into the folded back tubing.

8. Straighten out the folded back tubing so that it encompasses the plug as shown. When straightened out, there should be about 1/4" of the plug sticking out.

9. Follow steps 5 and 6 for the other end of the tubing. Take the folded back end of the tubing and slip it over the exposed end of the plug. Make sure that you don't twist the tubing before inserting the plug into the end.

10. Straighten out that end of the tubing so that it overlaps the other end by about an inch. Overlapping the ends in this manner will assure that the exercise band will never pull apart.

This is the exact setup I use for strandpulling. I make my own bands and they've lasted me a couple years now with no real problems.

Strandpulling is alright for working upper body. For lower body you're better off with actual weight.

The strandpulling exercises I recommend you might refer to as "The Big Four" or the four main exercises to concern yourself with.

These would be the :

Front Chest Pull

Behind the Back Press

Military Press

Overhead Downward Pull

Two other honorable mentions would be the Curl and the Lateral Raise.

Google pictures of the exercises as I can't post too many images in one post.

Here is a link to two PDF books on strandpulling. They are fine books on strandpulling and they'll give you plenty of ideas to work with.

http://yoga-horizons.com/2011/04/strand-...brad-reid/

At the very least, read the guide by Fatman. It's concise and gives a good rundown on strandpulling.

Here's an obligatory picture of a guy who spent the majority of his training career with bands. Yes, they work.

[Image: Rollon.jpg]

His name is Fred Rollon and he was a German strongman from the 1920's. Details on him are pretty light to say the least.

I've noticed that bands produce an extraordinary back and shoulder pump, probably because the resistance goes up at the end of the movement. I recommend rep ranges of 10-20 for most of these exercises; band training does not lend itself well to low rep work. For the most part I stick to chins and swings for back work and I use the bands as accessories (front chest pull in particular is awesome for shoulder stabilization). Shoulder problems seem to disappear overnight with regular use of bands.

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If you want some PDF's on bodyweight exercise with little to no equipment, send me a PM and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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