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Postby ali » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:42 pm

I was just wondering how effective resistance bands are at toning up your arms.

I used to go to the gym and use the weights there, however I cannot afford to go to the gym anymore so I am looking for an alternative to help tone up my flabby arms!


Any help and advice you could give me would be great!

Thanks guys :D
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Postby reester33 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:12 pm

Hi Ali,

Resistance bands are a great substitute for free weights, and are good for toning. Just remember that the shorter the band the more resistance you get....works your muscles harder. You can even double-up your band or use more than one to increase the resistance. But with any exercise....start out slow and work your way up.

Physiotherapists even prescribe bands for strengthening exercises at home. I had one for my shoulder...which worked really well. I've also used bands for leg toning exercises too. You'll find a variety of exercises outlined in the websites below.....

http://exercise.about.com/cs/exerciseworkouts/l/blresistanceban.htm

http://exercise.about.com/cs/exerciseworkouts/l/blbandworkout.htm

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Postby SarahC » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:34 am

Thanks for that Maree! I'm interested in resistance bands as well. I have one at home that a physio gave me ages ago but not too sure what to do with it. I reckon it will be great to take away on holiday when there are no gyms around :)
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Postby HappyBella55 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:23 pm

I've printed those exercises out. I bought a resistance band from price line the other day for $7 :D

Now I know what to do with it :D
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Postby Rustie » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:00 am

I know this might sound strange but even a tin of baked beans or tomatoes will help. The work as well as lo weight dumbells. The trick to weights is the slower the better. If you do your exercises slowly you will feel the burn alot quicker
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Postby ali » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:08 am

Haha yeah Ive been using tins of fruit, I can actually feel it working, but Ive been pretty lazy.

Maybe if I get a resistance band it will motivate me more and also I think I can do more with one!

I think I might go have a look in price line, thanks for the tip Bella :wink:

I also printed off those exercise routines, now I just have to do them! Lol. :lol:

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:48 am

i used to use wine bottles now i use water bottles :)
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Postby Rustie » Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:49 pm

Even if u look out for an Avon book they sometimes have exercise stuff in them pretty cheap. I want to get the leg and arm weights just to add something extra.
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Postby Bread-Monster » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:07 pm

Resistance bands are crappy. Someone bought me one for christmas when I was 14, and believe me, at age 14, I was very strong. Well, needless to say, it lost it's resistance within 2 months.

I just do lots of military push ups, chin ups, tricep push ups, and heavy lifting. Try beating egg whites into a stiff peak with just a dessert fork! It took me a whole day.
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Postby MissE » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:13 pm

Part of the CSIRO study I'm doing is to do a bunch of exercises with a resistance band, and I think they are helping alot! Good to not have to go out too.
I think you get what you pay for, cheap ones will lose their resistance but the good ones last..
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Postby Bread-Monster » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:54 pm

Sorry, I meant I WASN'T very strong. It was a typo.

Yeah, I could get an expensive resistance band, or I can just push and pull my own body weight. The push up is one of the best exercises you'll ever have to do because it strengthens your stabilizing muscles as well as a whole bunch of stuff...

Also make those awkward flabs of skin under your armpits go away so you can wear those...boob...tube...tanktop thingies.
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Postby Ledzeppelin2007 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:22 pm

i had a resistance tube that i used for a few weeks.. make sure u get a quality one.. the one i got was off ebay and with the few weeks it broke.. there great but.. here's a link of a good video for afew exercises http://video.about.com/exercise/thigh-toning.htm[/url]
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