I recently got a chance to actually try out a recently redesigned set of exercise resistance bands.
I was so impressed that I decided to write this … a quick and easy to understand Bodylastics review.
The other thing I wanted to do is test your claim that these resistance tubes could be the — “$ 50 Bowflex alternative.”
When I first looked at this home gym with resistance bands, I was very skeptical.
You see, I have been a personal trainer for over 20 years and have spent a good portion of that time training my clients in health clubs and gyms. So you could say that I am biased in my opinion on using resistance bands to get a full and total body workout. (Most notably, the fact that you need to have a lot of different bands to do a decent workout.)
That doesn’t mean I’m a fan of free weight.
Not at all. I am open-minded and always looking for an advantage for my clients and myself.
So when I saw Bodylastics workout bands being touted as a complete alternative to the Bowflex home gym, I was extremely skeptical! I have also trained many clients at home using a Bowflex and / or a Total Gym.
And while they are both good exercise equipment, in my opinion … they are very expensive. Unless you are looking to build a national bodybuilder physique, you really do NOT need to join a health club or gym. You can get a great workout at home, all you need is discipline and commitment. (It also helps to have the proper nutrition and training program.)
With an investment of less than $ 200, you can outfit your home with a host of equipment to aim and build a ripped, muscular body that any bodybuilder would be proud of.
When I received the Bodylastics training bands, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the product. (One of the things I liked about these exercise bands was their low cost, under $ 50.)
Now mind you, these are not cheap resistance bands! They are of high quality and come with a lifetime warranty.
What really struck me about the resistance tube was the ability to attach more than one band to the handles. The great part of this is that it has allowed me to increase resistance for each exercise without having to have a dozen exercise bands lying around. I simply attach more bands to the handle (up to seven bands can be attached to one handle) to increase resistance. Similar to adding plates to a dumbbell set.
The other thing that was different about the Bodylastics training bands is that they have a “smart color-coding system” (each exercise band has a unique color and the color indicates the tension level).
As I mentioned earlier … I’ve always been a huge supporter of using gyms and free weights and have used resistance bands in my clients’ training before. So when I put the Bodylastics training bands up to speed, I wasn’t really expecting much.
My Bodylastics Training Experience
My first training with these bands was a total shock to me. I was instantly impressed by the quality of the handles, the smooth resistance, and the thick design of the stretch tube. When I started my training, it became clear to me that Bodylastics had done its homework designing these bands.
It even comes with a door attachment and ankle straps to make it easy for everyone to do extra exercises. (In my opinion, it comes with all the right tools to get an effective muscle pumping workout at home with very little exercise equipment.)
I found myself, while exercising … really enjoying the versatility and amount of exercises that could be performed with the Bodylastics training bands. You can easily use muscle building principles like muscle shuffling and super sets to jumpstart your strength training program.
Here’s another thing I liked. With these bands you can perform over 140 quality health club-style exercises and resistance levels start at 5 pounds … up to 245 pounds (with the new Terrell Owens Bodylastics resistance bands).