There are main two types of bands for you to consider: flat bands and tube bands. Since either excel in different applications and have their own pros and cons, you may want to acquire a collection including both types.
- Suitable for light resistance only
- Comfortable to work with
Typically you’ll see the flat style bands (looks like a big ribbon) packaged with Pilates DVDs. These are made of latex, and while suitable for light use, it doesn’t take much to snap one after weeks of normal use. The advantage to this type comes down to comfort. You barely notice it wrapped around your body or positioned at the sole of your foot. The pressure is distributed along the ample width of the band, and evenly.
- Available in a huge array of resistance ratings for varying degrees of fitness and a huge variety of exercises
- Can be uncomfortable to work with in certain Pilates positions
Tube style bands are more rugged and come in varieties offering much more resistance. For strength training these are the ones you reach for. The only drawback is the concentrated pressure put on your feet and body, which can be uncomfortable when doing certain exercises. This becomes a greater concern when using a heavier resistance band.
The Best Bands
For flat or ribbon style bands you can’t go wrong with the set either by Aylio or Supremus Sports. Both include a light, medium and heavy band. The quality is nearly identical. The only main difference is the Supremus Sports includes a bag while Aylio throws in a door anchor. As the door anchor in more useful this gives the Aylio offering a slight edge.
For tube style bands I recommend getting a set either by Bodylastics or Black Mountain Products. You can read my thoughts on these in my main review. If I had to choose one, I’d go with Bodylastics because they offer a huge variety of bands in their catalog, leaving room for you to expand and add new bands over time if you so desire.
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