Band vs. Tubes



Band vs. Tubes is A weekly question I get all the time

Can my “Tubular Type” Elastic device do the same things your flat layered resistance bands can?


What is the difference between my “Tubular Type” elastic bands and your Flat Resistance Bands?

Matter a fact I even had someone go on my blog and promote a well known tubular based training tool which I thought was pretty interesting.  Needless to say, that comment did not stay around long.

However it does bring up a good question that needs a little more review.  So I thought I would explain why I do not use tubular type bands or recommend them.

Band vs. Tubes

1.  Tubular elastic devices are molded and will not withstand the aggressive pressure I put on bands with my workout routines.  Tubular devices can be used for light upper torso or rehabilitative exercise but when it time to get after it be careful.  Any small tears will result in the tube breaking quickly.

2.  Tubes and bungee cords are round and will not adhere to the body like flat latex bands will.  As a result they roll and slip making drills that use hip attachments and double crossover set ups difficult to do.   Hooking them on your feet is next to impossible and they do not stay in place to create good proprioceptive feedback with core or hip stabilization training, which to me is a huge issue when we discuss reactive band training.

3.  Nylon covered tubes and bungee cords have a firm stopping point and do not allow for overstretching to accidently occur.   This is an injury waiting to happen, my friend.    If you try to do aggressive running drills with these types of elastic tools, you are a back injury waiting to happen and if it is a client… Well you don’t want to go there.

Even if you try to adjust your running it will not work.  First you or your client will not work as hard because you are concerned about getting jacked up and secondly as you keep going you will naturally keep running out further and further without knowing it until all the sudden you stop

4.  Lastly in looking at price you are going to probably pay at last 20% more for a tube that has equal tension.  Reason being is you are buying handles and door straps with ever set up and you do not always need that.  Thats why we keep those as separate accessories.

Let’s just stop the madness!!

Let’s agree on one thing…. Resistance bands are in a class by themselves and offer a level of versatility that tubular or bungee cords cannot match up with.

Understand I am not saying these are worthless training tool.  They simply do not provide the training options and bang for your buck that flat layered bands can.

I know most of you have heard me say this before but I wanted to help those out that are still trying to decide and circle back on this issue considering my recent blog comment.

Let’s Get BETTER with BANDS


PS… Coach Dos just posted my Spartacus 1 workout on   This guy is one of the best strength coaches in the country and to be featured on his site is a true honor.

Thanks Dos.

18 Responses to «Band vs. Tubes»

  1. February 14, 2011 at 9:33 am, Greg Beitling said:

    I have to agree with Dave. His products are top-notch and, while I’ve never used tubes with a client but have tried them myself, I feel the bands are much higher quality.

    In fact, I’ve finally had to replace some bands that get next to daily use out of my boot camps (red bands that are the 2nd to smallest he offers) after over a year.

    I always point my clients to his website if they’re looking to replicate the same exercises at home that we offer in our classes to great praise.

    If you are on the fence, get ’em. They are so versatile and worth every penny.

  2. February 14, 2011 at 9:39 am, Lidy van der Vliet said:

    I bought a “theraband” last year that snapped right though the middle the other week. I was lucky that it didn’t hit me in the face. It was a flat band, 5 cm wide and 1.50 meters long made of very thin latex. Now that I have seen you in action with your bands I feel confident they will stay in one piece while I am working out. The theramethingy gave me quite a scare!

  3. February 14, 2011 at 9:45 am, roger festor said:

    Dave, One disagreement. Unless you are eighty-five years old, Tubular bands are worthless.

  4. February 14, 2011 at 10:52 am, Robert said:

    Dave is right about the superiority of bands over a trainer i spent alot of money on tubings of every color in the rainbow..however lets be fair and honest..Tubing came first with handles and webed attachment points long before bands..even now unless your gym has attachment points.. bands will be cut and sliced in a nano second..To me there is room for both bands and tubings in ones training regimen depending on your situation..However I do believe based on Dave’s intructional videos over the yrs that bands are the way to go.

  5. February 14, 2011 at 10:55 am, Pete Simon said:

    I recommend your site and products to all my athletes. I have never really thought about the difference of bands and tubes that much but realize your products are mandatory when going beyond rehabilitative exercises. Since I coach mainly triathletes and cyclists we commonly use old bicycle inner tubes for our lateral side steps and rotator cuff exercises which I find works well for those light rehab exercises that help keep my athletes out of the orthopedic surgeon’s office. However, I also have lots of athletes that simply can’t or don’t want to go to a gym due to their busy life schedule. This is where your product really shines and comes into play. I also find your video’s of great value and help.

  6. February 14, 2011 at 11:55 am, Scott said:

    No contest. Flat bands win hands down.

  7. February 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm, admin said:

    Hey everyone, Thanks for all the feedback and for taking the time. Glad to see I am not alone.


  8. February 15, 2011 at 8:06 am, Rafen said:

    I really prefer flat bands over the tubular ones. They seem to be a better product all around! Over the past year, I have incorporated flat bands in my boot camps, private sessions & even my own workouts & have been nothing but pleased!

  9. February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am, Ed Dudley said:

    I’ve had at least 5, of my 20′ nylon covered overspeed tubings break. I’ve NEVER had a band break. And I use my bands every day….the overspeed tubing, maybe once every 8 weeks!! I’ve got $8,000.00 in bands – and they are worth every penny!!

  10. February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm, brian mc ginty said:

    Dave, im looking for your baseball exercise video did i miss it ?

  11. March 07, 2011 at 1:48 pm, jb said:

    I have never tried flat bands so I can’t be completely objective. I will say that the tubing I have and use does work well and stands up to many of the workouts you put out there. I can see the flat bands being more versatile in some.situations but will also say not all tubing is created equal. I have considered buying some flat bands for some things but honestly don’t see the point when the tubing I have has stood up to some very heavy use for the last 2 years without a hiccup. No breaks , will admit to needing to replace some door anchors.

  12. March 09, 2011 at 8:46 am, admin said:


    what type of tubes do you use??


  13. March 09, 2011 at 9:31 am, jb said:

    I have had the TO set from bodylastics for about 2 years now. Currently a.friend who is new to band training is using them. I have another set that I use almost daily. Like I said, I can see where bands. Could work better in some situations but with money being tight we all have to make do with what we have. I’ve watched and tried some of the routines you put out and its good stuff. I sometimes have to get creativein how i attach things but where there is a will theres a way to het things dones. Between you, the bodylastics folks, and Jeff Cavaleire From Athlean x i have learned alot on how to get the best out of elastics whether They be Tubes or bands. As i said before, much particular tubing has served me very well. That isnt to say flat bands wouldnt as well, i just use what i have and make the best of it.

  14. March 09, 2011 at 4:00 pm, JB said:

    I know some of that last response looks like i used a translator but i was using my phone and it puts things in there i dont really want lol. Sorry about that.

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  17. July 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm, mike duffy said:

    I have to disagree with most of the comments about tubular bands,i have had a set of bodylastics for 2 years with absolutely no problem and as for resistance my set goes to over 300 pounds of resistance with literally 1000s of exercises to perform including most of your own.the only difference i see is with the exercises where the band is wrapped around your own body but then i can do this with my own bands i simply put the handles or ankle straps on and hey presto there you go for any pushing exercise

  18. May 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm, John Philion said:

    I agree with Dave and rate his products as very good. However, there are layered and not molded tubing (LifelineUSA) that I use daily. After over 10,000 sessions I believe you get what you pay for.

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