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    Well i goto the gym and its free and all but since my dad went to iraq i dont think i will be able to go that often and i was wondering if resistance bands would be a good way to work out because free weights are really expensive.
    I was looking at the Maximum Resistance (the one on the right)
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    Also what advantages and disadvantages do resistance bands give you opposed to free weights?
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    I don't know too much about them, but they remind me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerrys dad uses one that connects to Kramers door knob hahahaha so good!

    Does your school have a gym? You may not have to buy any if you can just workout during your lunch break or something.
    Free weights are usually sold pretty cheap as the people who bought them no longer use them anymore. I undertand it's harder when you're young and dont have the money though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTjCW View Post
    I don't know too much about them, but they remind me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerrys dad uses one that connects to Kramers door knob hahahaha so good!

    Does your school have a gym? You may not have to buy any if you can just workout during your lunch break or something.
    Free weights are usually sold pretty cheap as the people who bought them no longer use them anymore. I undertand it's harder when you're young and dont have the money though.
    well i actually started doing online school like a couple days ago so i dont have the school option anymore. But i will try to find someone that is selling weights.And if not i will get the resistance bands and see how those work
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    well if your on post cant you use the gym the or i am sure the mwr knows of a place or a program you can sign up for
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko View Post
    well i actually started doing online school like a couple days ago so i dont have the school option anymore. But i will try to find someone that is selling weights.And if not i will get the resistance bands and see how those work
    Hi mate, resistance bands will only allow a certain amount of muscle work, but to get muscles to grow you have to overload the muscle with increasing weight....Which you wont be able to do with resisitance bands
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    Doug- not true about bands. Exercise bands are ok for muscular programs but there are some problems as well or differences from free weights. A bowFlex is similar to exercise bands in that as the bow bends resistance is created. So if the bow bends all the way down to the pulley or bent in half you would have the resistance listed on the bow. This is called progressive resistance. The band is similar in that if the band when it is long you will have less resistance and if you choke up on the band where you are using a shorter length band there would be more resistance. Free weights are different in that the resistance does not change with the motion of the weight. If you lift 35 lbs dumbbells they will always be 35 lbs.

    The problem is that how can you standardize where you are on the band for your exercises. If you are doing Bicep curls and you place the band under 1 or 2 feet would alter the resistance. So you need to remember where you are holding the band to get the resistance you desire. This would be very hard to do and without a force gauge it would be hard to standardize so you would know what you are doing as far as weight, and remembering this for your next work out.

    In my profession we use exercise bands to enable recovery from injury and give people(patients) specific exercise techniques to perform the exercises. We do use multicolor or multiple resistances. So if they start out with a rotator cuff tear we would use a lighter color and as they progress(get stronger) the color would get darker. Thus for you to get one band(black) it would be very hard to progress as Doug indicated.(except when the band is shorter or longer and this as we previously discussed is very hard to do on a regular basis to get a uniform progression of resistance).

    Yes, bands are cheap and can go anywhere like when you travel, but to perform as a strengthening program(with one band) I think you will be disappointed. Check out some of the recent posts where we discussed using household objects to get a great workout.
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    right now i dont have a gym membership and im working out really cheaply, i have 2, 20pound dumbells and i belt them together sometimes or bungee cord them to a mettle pole sometimes. you can use water jugs, backpacks.

    thing about resistance bands, over time they loose their resistance.

    go to parks and do chinups, tricep dips. all the good stuff

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    Bands applied to bench presses or squats and other movements can be excellent to build strength, as they increase the resistance at the strongest point of the movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    Bands applied to bench presses or squats and other movements can be excellent to build strength, as they increase the resistance at the strongest point of the movement.
    Roflmao...I suppose they would in a girls gym, or you could nail them to the floor, the resistance is limited. In real gyms we use chains.....PS what colour do you use
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Roflmao...I suppose they would in a girls gym, or you could nail them to the floor, the resistance is limited. In real gyms we use chains.....PS what colour do you use
    You can get bands with over 20kg resistance. Defranco, widely regarded as one of the best strength coaches in the world uses them as well as chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    You can get bands with over 20kg resistance. Defranco, widely regarded as one of the best strength coaches in the world uses them as well as chains.

    Real men dont care about how they look working out Doug my friend, its not all about the ego
    yep ego has no place in the gym

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTjCW View Post
    I don't know too much about them, but they remind me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerrys dad uses one that connects to Kramers door knob hahahaha so good!

    Does your school have a gym? You may not have to buy any if you can just workout during your lunch break or something.
    Free weights are usually sold pretty cheap as the people who bought them no longer use them anymore. I undertand it's harder when you're young and dont have the money though.
    that episode was great, thats what i thought of too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    You can get bands with over 20kg resistance. Defranco, widely regarded as one of the best strength coaches in the world uses them as well as chains.

    Real men dont care about how they look working out Doug my friend, its not all about the ego
    Your quite right ego has no place in the gym, neither does resistance bands in weight training gyms. Apart from rehabilitation training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Your quite right ego has no place in the gym, neither does resistance bands in weight training gyms. Apart from rehabilitation training.
    Totally not true. Metal Militia and Westside both use a combination of bands and chains. Plus, many gyms simply don't allow chains to be brought in for whatever reason. -EK
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    Quote Originally Posted by EKnight View Post
    Totally not true. Metal Militia and Westside both use a combination of bands and chains. Plus, many gyms simply don't allow chains to be brought in for whatever reason. -EK
    Chains are also a pain in the ass to carry around
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    Chains are also a pain in the ass to carry around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum View Post
    Chains are also a pain in the ass to carry around
    i wonder if they can get you for carrying a deadly weapon if you are walking along with them?

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    Hey that's slick rick. He lives 3 blocks down from me. Seriously. Nah no charge for chains. I once seen a guy carrying two Japanese swords I was like WTF
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