This isn't really a running-specific question, but can anyone help with a question about resistance bands? I recently started an exercise program which uses a progression of resistance bands. The program is meant to done through a physical therapist but I'm doing it on my own. I started with a couple bands I had from physical therapy I did years ago but recently reached a point where I needed bands of greater resistance so I ordered some online. I was surprised to find that although the bands I ordered online were described as professional grade, the resistance level in no way matches what I already have (based on color). For example, I tied various bands to a 5 lb weight and measured how far each stretched when held at 12" from the weight. The red band I had gotten from a physical therapist a while back was about equivalent to the highest level of resistance (black band) in the set I recently ordered. I thought band color, at least among professional-grade resistance bands, was standardized. I'm not sure whether the new bands are not really professional grade or if the old ones aren't, which is frustrating because I'd like to continue to follow the program. Can anyone recommend a source for resistance bands that really are standardized and professional grade? Or offer any insight into how resistance band grading works? Googling hasn't gotten my very far, unfortunately.
Maybe PTRunner could help? Or MarjorieAnn on RWOL. She's a physical therapist.
No idea about official numbers, but you can always add resistance bands together to increase resistance.
That's a good idea. Thanks!
Call your old pt place and ask where they get their supply?
I suppose I could, if I can remember which practice! It was over 12 years ago and 1000 miles away. I didn't realize how long ago it was until just now and it made me feel a bit old. Dang. Thanks for the suggestion.
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2017-07-31 5:58 PM
My experience has been that they aren't consistent. My PT used to cut bands from a large roll in her office. The ones that you buy special are usually already in circles and have different colors.This set
has Yellow as Medium.This set
has Yellow as Light.
This is more complicated than the exercise program made it sound. Perhaps I will just call some local PT practices and get their take. Thanks!
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