WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LATEX & TPE?
Latex are made from 100% natural latex. Bands that are made from 100% latex material tend to be more durable than bands that are made from a combination of latex and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which are less durable.
Latex bands are snap, stretch and sweat resistant. Other bands start to stretch and crack after a while and that’s why heavy duty bands are offered as an alternative, i.e. so you can focus on your workout instead of worrying about the bands snapping or not.
The second factor albeit it’s a personal one – Latex bands are much smoother and nicer to touch, they are less prone to sticking together, and more flexible when storing.
UPGRADED RESISTANCE TUBES (both TPE & Latex)
All 5 training tubes = 1 x Black (30lbs), 1 x Blue (25lbs), 1 x Red (20lbs), 1 x Green (15lbs), 1 x Yellow (10lbs) are all upgraded versions: i.e. stronger thicker latex, with heavily stitched ends to eliminate the potential of snapping during stretching.
UPGRADED HEAVY DUTY HANDLES
For anyone who has used resistance tubes (i.e. we have over 10 years experience with their daily usage), yet those who have similar previous experience will understand that the standard, normal, usual handles are small and uncomfortable, and can break within a short time frame. As a general rule, the cross sectional diameter of a standard hand grip is approximately 2.5CM, with a width of 12CM, with a weight of 28 grams. Whereas the UPGRADED HEAVY DUTY hand grips are approximately 4CM in diameter (50% thicker), with a width of 14.5CM. and an overall weight of 62 grams (double material strength) please see pictures for size comparisons.
In short, the hand grips have been totally redesigned replacing the old hand-grips with new stronger, thicker, wider, and longer grips that are at least 2 x 3 times more durable and a lot more comfortable.
Final words on the hand-grips – The feeling in the hand is lovely, in comparison to the older budget version, “the new heavy duty grip/squeeze is solid”, making training much more pleasant and a lot more comfortable.
UPGRADED ANKLE STRAPS
Standard ankle straps are normally without extra padding, the fixing hook is small 3CM width centred in the middle, and the width strap is 3.8CM of the which in real world use creates angle chaffing and burn like sores, eventually may stop using them, (i.e. the reason we re-designed and upgraded them).
The upgraded heavy duty ankle straps have been totally redesigned from ground up (they are not the same as the old ones). The new upgraded straps are 42 Grams vs the old 21 Gram, they are heavily padded for skin and bone comfort as well as protection with a heavy duty fixing hook of 6CM (2 X bigger and stronger) which is now located at the end allowing for better protection and more comfort. The overall width is of new strap is 5CM with the Velcro placed to give ample flexibility for sizing.
UPGRADED CARABINER HOOKS
Standard hooks are generally made from hollow steel which can and have “broke” under normal training. Upgraded versions are made from stainless steel and are much more durable, the issue being that ove the years even the stainless steel ones are now graded. Most fitness sets use number 5 (M5) which denotes size and strength. We use M6 which is a grade up from M5, and we do this to reduce and eliminate any possibility of a potential breakage (which if that were to happen, that is,,,, if you’ve ever seen one break,,,, it can be both damaging to the person, and the environment around them).
For anyone planning to train at home, near or around furniture, then tube snaps, hand-grip breaks, and carabiner breaks are a key factor when choosing the right set.
If you are planning to perform light short term training in an open area where breaks, snaps and comfort are not important, then a budget set may well be the right choice for you. If on the other hand you plan to take up regular resistance usage, where your furniture and health matters, and you plan to use them year in year out, consider using the heavy duty version.
WHO CAN USE THEM?
Resistance bands/tubes are for all ages, all types of bodies, for use at home, gym, outside in at a park, even traveling for business, holiday, or during a hotel stay, etc. The really nice thing about resistance bands and tubes is that they fairly light and can be transported and stored anywhere. They can give as much pleasure to an individual who practices yoga or stretching, as they do for the serious fitness, or gym athlete.
Opposed to machines or weights, resistance bands and tubes target a wider area. That is, instead of isolating the muscle, resistance training targets the overall muscle area and surrounding muscle groups making them more suitable for fat burning, and quicker definition.
Some industry experts profess the older one gets the better the result from resistance training, and while on a scientific level that debate continues, on personal level, and as a long term user of both gym weight training and resistance band/tube training the results are obvious.
Resistance band/tube training allows the individual greater flexibility, thus more control, thus higher repetitions than traditional weights.
Higher repetitions attract more oxygen into the surrounding muscles and muscle group thus creating more pump (i.e.better definition). No matter the age, shape or size of a person, beginner or long term user, results happen for all.
Traditional gym weights typically rely of weight to stretch the muscle to a strict form. That is, an arm curl of say 5KG with traditional dumb-bells is usually performed with a degree of righty to a set, (a set means a number of repetitions, normally 10, 12, etc). Yet because resistance bands/tubes absorb energy in a different way it allows the individual to continue training until the entire muscle group is fatigued. While repetitions to fatigue can be achieved using traditional weights, resistance training allows the individual to use less weight and higher repetitions. The end result (along with a nutritional diet) is faster fat burning, and better body definition. (ideal for those who want to lose weight, tone up, and look good).
PORTABLE BAG FOR TRAVELLING
Specifications: The kit comes with a breathable bag.
5 x resistance bands – Yellow (10 lbs), Blue (20lbs), Green (25 lbs), Black (30 lbs), Red (15 lbs)
2 x comfortable handles
2 x ankle straps
1 x door anchor
1 x carry bag
To arrive in pristine condition – The fitness set will be packaged in it’s original format, then placed into a well protected box.
Any questions – Please ask before purchasing – We are happy to answer anything.
On a side note – These are really heavy duty resistance sets and I “David” have used them myself for quite some, i.e. I use them on a daily basis and have done so for many years. They are wonderful (and can be used at home or at the gym, even taken on vacation trips – I do this myself).