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 www.coachdos.com. This guy is one of the best strength coaches in the country and to be featured on his site is a true honor.