Top positive review
Higher quality than the bands I got from a physical therapist.
January 21, 2019
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.
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.
I hope this was helpful.