Those who contemplate using elastic resistance as a form of exercise may wonder, “Why use elastics strength training? Simple, sports officials, physiotherapists, personal trainers, and athletes agree it improves strength equal to that of machine use. This means the amounts of muscle fibers stimulated are similar in both cases.
The Science behind Elastic Resistance:
This training is resistance performed against the natural resistive property of the elastic. Bands come in at least seven different varieties whose resistance depends on the type of band. There are band for to accommodate everyone’s preferential resistance level. A band with a hundred percent elongation is one that can stretch to twice its resting state. The force between the two weakest bands that is stretched to twice its length is a twenty percent elongation. The resistance between the bands with the greatest force is a fifty-nine percent elongation.
Common Myths about Elastic Resistance:
1. There are not enough stimuli to achieve strength-False. In nearly every clinical trial done on it, increases in strength were relevant. The key was applying the appropriate resistance for each individual.
2. For the best results, shortening the band is best. – False. While shortening the band does create added resistance, it also changes the overall strength curve.
3. There is just not enough scientific evidence which proves that it works. – False. More than 60 studies have been published on the effectiveness of it. In addition, more than 100 published clinical trials on it have been done all with positive results.
4. Machine resistance (isotonic) is more safe and effective than it. – False. Studies indicate that injuries associated with the use of elastic products are a lot less than the use of machines. Evidence shows that strength achieved by the use of elastic resistance is similar to the strength acquired by the use of isotonic equipment.
5. Because the bands stretch-out over time, their effectiveness lessens.-False. Actually, resistance bands increase their strength at resting after the first few pulls. After the bands have been stretched to 200 percent, its length is set.
Reasons to Use Elastic Resistance:
With elastic resistance you can train the whole body with a single band. Compound exercises can be used to train all the major muscle groups. In addition, single muscles can be focused on by using isolation exercises. They can also copy sports specific movements, (an advantage over machine or free weight use) that take place in planes. The most important advantage to using elastic resistance is the return to the start phase of an exercise. The returning to start phase stimulates the muscles, which enables them to resist gravity.
For the elastic resistance exerciser, easy adjustments that accommodate different exercises are one of many positive benefits of using elastic resistance equipment. Some popular products such as The Flex bands and the Thera-Bands are great, inexpensive ways to tone and strengthen the body.
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