Thanks to a number of damaged and arthritic joints, I've been to physical therapy a lot. On some of those occassions, they gave me exercise bands so that I could continue to work at home. So, I have a few of those "freebie" exercise bands lying around the house. They did the job, but they always felt thin and cheap to me. Those bands came on a roll and the therapist would simply cut a length of stretch band from the spool, then tie the two ends together to form a ring. Thus, they always had an annoying knot in them which sometimes made them uncomfortable to use.
This time around, I decided to upgrade my home exercises by buying a less ugly and less annoying set of exercise bands. After looking a bit, I decided to give this set from Fit Simplify a try. Here are my notes.
The good points: 1. I must say, I don't miss that annoying knot one bit. The Fit Simplify exercise bands are pre-formed into a continuous "loop," akin to a normal rubber band. As a result there is no knot-tying required to form the loop. It's a smooth, evenly distributed band of rubber with no lumps or bumps of any kind. Because of this, the Fit Simplify bands are far more comfortable to use. 2. Compared to the freebies I got from the physical therapist, the Fit Simplify bands are made of much thicker rubber, which seems to be of more consistent quality. When stretched, they stay consistently thick along every inch of the ring. The physical therapist bands had sections which seemed to stretch thinner than the rest. You could see it because those thinner areas became almost translucent when stretched while other sections were thicker, blocking more of the light. 3. The difference in effort required to stretch each resistance level seems to be better-defined. You can feel an obvious and consistent difference between Medium and Light tension bands, for example. 4. The color coding is useful for picking out the correct band for each exercise at a glance. In addition to the color coding, the bands are clearly-labeled. The junk freebies I have received over the years were also color coded, but had no labels. If you don't know which color means "heavy resistance," you were a bit lost. 5. In this set, you get one band for each of the resistance levels. The resistance levels are X-Light, Light, Medium, Heavy, and X-Heavy. It's a pretty complete set which will apply to most users at most strength levels. 6. This set includes a pamphlet which shows diagrams of some common exercises one can perform using these bands. 7. Even better, they include links to their web site where you can watch a video guide and find their full-color ebook containing a lot more exercises.
The drawbacks: 1. Um...
I'm at a loss to come up with a single negative about these bands. They were a definite and obvious upgrade from the freebie bands I've received from physical therapists over the years. They are consistently high quality. They are well-packaged, color-coded, and well-labeled. The amount of instructional information included is also excellent. They are what they say they are and they do what they say they do. They feel well-made and have no irritating attributes.
Overall, these are the best exercise bands I've ever used, and they are a steal at this price. I highly recommend them.
Edit 10/26/18: My Light (blue) band became a sticky, goopy mess. I had to throw it out. Might be because I haven’t used the bands in a while.
I am very satisfied with my purchase. I never knew that elastic bands could cause me to feel so much burn! I was very surprised by how durable and elastic these bands are. Even after prolonged rigorous workout sessions, I have noticed absolutely no wear or tear whatsoever! Extremely good quality for the price. I love the strength ladder too. The product comes in a neat little carry bag with 5 different strength tier-based bands. Each band has a different weight estimate. They are as follows: Extra Light: 2-4 lbs, Light: 6-8 lbs, Medium: 10-12 lbs, Heavy: 15-20 lbs, Extra Heavy: 25-30 lbs. I recommend starting out with a lower resistance band and then when it becomes too easy for you move on to the next! The DVD isn’t necessary as the product comes with a user manual that contains several workouts for each part of the body. There are online videos for you to watch too! I 100% recommend this product to any fitness enthusiast -- beginner or expert! I would give 10 stars if I could! Purchase this product! You won’t regret it!
When I was in the hospital, my doctor recommended that I begin working out. I had seen these bands before but wasn't sure if they really worked. I needed something low impact and could easily use. So I ordered them. It has been a few weeks and I have been pleasantly surprised. I can feel the difference. My arms and shoulders are getting stronger. I'm beginning to show some improvement that my wife is noticing. So much so that she is using them while I'm at work. This is a good product. Cheaper than weights and I believe more versatile. I can simulate exercises that I used to do while in the Corps. I wanted something low impact because of surgeries that I've had and these work great. Started with the lowest possible just to get used to them. Now working with the next higher resistance. After this quick workout, I feel like I've done something good for my health. Highly recommend
OKAY. This is the BEST product I’ve bought on amazon in a while. I’ve used these and incorporated them into my workout, for my glutes, thighs and abs, and I swear to god I have lost 5.5 lbs in 3 weeks, and gained muscle in all the right places. Just increase your resistance each week, and be consistent. I can’t believe I went this long without these. If you’re wondering if they work, I promise you they do. Buy these and change your life. I use the workout for women app and use these in every workout. Life changing.
I’ve had these for a year, using them 2 to 5 times per week. While overtime they do stretch a bit, none have snapped and still work very well. Very good quality for the price. I would highly recommend. For what it’s worth, I typically used the red and black, sometimes double looping for leg and glute work. The yellow was also useful for certain upper body exercises.
I think is pretty awesome. At first, I thought they were all the same strength. But after washing it, and I realized there are actually different strength. From light to extra heavy. I compared the price in store and Amazon, amazon is cheaper that 5 belts for $12 and store is offering 3 belts for $12. The light belt seems very thin... not sure if it is durable enough. The extra heavy is the thickest, seems pretty strong and durable. ;)
Bands came in perfect condition, well packaged in individual plastic wrappers which were then packaged in a small carry bag. Very compact and easy to carry to and from the gym. Bands are a little smaller width wise than I might've liked but overall fits the need perfectly. Would recommend/buy again.
I love these! I wasn't expecting them to be so durable, but the extra heavy one is legitimately solid and I'm not afraid to do deep lunges or squats with these. I have a couple sitting next to my bed so I can get a couple extra reps in before I sleep, and they're so portable I bring them to the gym to have a variety of resistance exercises with me. I LOVE the guide and discovered that there was more than lower-body strength these puppies are good for! For the price of just 10 bucks or so, my whole family is now wanting a set!
I have been slowly working my way into strength training, where before, I was solely a cardio and yoga girl. I watch several you tubers who use resistance bands to either A) warm up or B) increase intensity on various exercises. I chose these bands because of the resistance variation, as well as the outstanding reviews. The price was a wonderful bonus as well, coming in at between 5-10 dollars cheaper than most resistance bands, that typically only include a couple of resistances (however, I could see the use for these other options if you were familiar with resistance bands or knew the resistance intensity you were looking for). The Fit Simplify bands are incredibly lightweight and I still carry them around in the small drawstring bag that was provided (I have owned these bands for a little over a month now). I most often use the top two intensity bands for warming up on leg day. I will use the others for several arms exercises and to increase several specific exercises (mainly to target balancing muscles).
My PT's LOVE bands for everything. These bands are on the thin side so for people who are VERY strong? They might break in a few months. I'm doing not only P/T exercises with these but am finding other exercises that are very helpful. The website is good and you can just watch what other people do in the gym and add the bands for resistance.
I like that they come in a pouch that I can easily put anywhere. The website, instructions are really good.