Hello everybody! Two months ago the owner of fitpoint.it contacted me asking if I can test his rubberbands. So I was sent several bands and used them for quite a while. As most of you know I have switched from weight lifting to bodyweight training mixed with rubber bands several years ago. Ever since I [...]
Hello everybody! Two months ago the owner of fitpoint.it contacted me asking if I can test his rubberbands. So I was sent several bands and used them for quite a while. As most of you know I have switched from weight lifting to bodyweight training mixed with rubber bands several years ago.
Ever since I haven’t touched weights again and I like my training better this way since it allows me to train everywhere, at anytime and also saves my joints.
The difference between the bands that fitpoint.it are selling and the bands that you have seen in my youtube videos is not big. My bands have handles and it makes it very convenient to use them for any assisting exercise like regular bodybuilding moves – biceps curling, triceps extensions, chest flies and so on. Fitpoint’s bands don’t have handles and make a whole circled band with no endings. This makes them very convenient for direct exercises.
1. Wrapping the bands
1.1. To decrease part of your weight
For example you can see me using the fitpoint bands in the how to do your first chin-up tutorial. You can use that resistance to help yourself on standard bar and parallel bars exercises like pull-ups, chin-ups and dips. Even more advanced exercises like planche, front lever or even an iron cross could be made obtainable for training using this type of rubber bands if you are creative enough and willing to experiment.
As you can see on the photo below, I have wrapped the band around the bar and stepped inside it. This way the band is taking care of some of my weight and making the pull-up easier for me.
1.2. To create additional resistance for your workout
Alternatively you can wrap these bands around any bar(vertical or horizontal) and this way create resistance. Either for the standard assisting exercises that I am showing in my tutorials or use it for conditioning. As for the conditioning you can see my friend Ross Enamait illustrating how you can use them for resistance running in the video below.
2. Not wrapping the bands
If you are not to wrap or attach them to any object you can still use them to create resistance for your training. The simplest example would be with push-ups. On the photo below you can see exactly how the guy in the photo has the band going around his back and his palms are pressing on it. At one point in my training I just stopped doing push-ups because I couldn’t gain anything from them regardless of the variation. After I received fitpoint’s bands I was trying just anything I could think of and eventually got to the push-ups. Using them for resistance does miracles and I was to feel my chest, shoulders and triceps burning right on the first set. I was very satisfied and started incorporating push-ups in my training once again.
In conclusion I will say that I am still relying on bodylastics for the most part of my workouts but began incorporating fitpoint’s wide lastics as well. If you are from Europe I think they will be your best option for bands since you won’t have to pay import taxes if you purchase them. The company is situated in Italy, you can check their website at http://www.fitpoint.it/.