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Old 11-20-20, 11:12 AM  
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Resistance Tubing Suggestions

Can anyone recommend resistance tubing for shorties I'm 5'5" and I've used bodylastics in the past. Problem is, once I put the handles on, the tubing is a little long for some moves (seated back rows, bicep curls, etc.). I like bodylastics though, because they last a long time, are anti snap, and have the poundage listed on them. Plus, you can stack the tubing to up the weights. I suppose I could wrap the tubing around my feet.

Any suggestions on tubing for shorties? Or should I just wrap the bands around my feet?
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Old 11-20-20, 12:17 PM  
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according to one of the Amazon "Customer questions & answers," Bodylastic measurements are as follows:
https://www.amazon.com/Bodylastics-S...5890548&sr=8-4


Band only (unstretched) = 48"
with handles = 64"
band can stretch 4x its length

maybe for those moves that you cited you could switch to something shorter? you could compare the above measurements with other products to help narrow the search. you can also estimate how short you would need by comparing an unstretched Bodylastics band with the shorter length needed for your anatomy. Bodylastics might have a differently-designed product that might be shorter - maybe an "O" shaped loop?



Lifeline bands are slightly longer - these are the ones with the removable "soft" handles, and vary depending on the resistance:
https://www.amazon.com/Lifeline-Ulti...ef_=ast_sto_dp

Maroon band (40# resistance):
Band only (unstretched) = 60"
with handles = 66"

Teal band (10# resistance)
Band only (unstretched = 62"
with handles = 68"
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Old 11-20-20, 07:09 PM  
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Spri and Theraband have lengths that are reasonable. If you go with flat bands you can buy a box with 18' and cut them to any length you want. I've been cutting my own for 15 years.
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Old 11-20-20, 09:16 PM  
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I just found original p90x bands in my workout room tonight. I can measure them tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-20, 04:37 AM  
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I'm 5'2 and have the same problem with all the bands I find, once the handles are attached they don't work well. Would love to find ones for shorter people.
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Old 11-21-20, 08:50 AM  
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Does tying knots in the tubing defeat the purpose?
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Old 11-21-20, 01:11 PM  
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Does tying knots in the tubing defeat the purpose?
tying a knot makes it tougher. you could do this with the Beachbody ones since the bands have their own built-in "stopper ball" on the end, and by tying a knot. Alternatively, this video shows another way - using a separate ball (these are Dynapro, very similar to Lifeline/Beachbody bands):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYLYOlykRh8

this next demo is a loop, but you could apply this to a Bodylastics type - wrap around 1 hand or your foot (Bubbles mentioned this):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKDtKHka7vM

Here's one for Bodylastics in the standing position, but more time is spent showing modifications for taller people (taller people can extend the handles since Bodylastics has hooks):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPzHoCJF7j0

in the seated position, wrapping around one foot or one hand is the fastest way to do (or undo) it. tying knots would work too, but then it's semi-permanently in that length unless you're OK with tying and un-tying the knot on the fly.

I found another Bodylastics video with the same instructor - he took off the handles to make the bands shorter - you can do this too for seated moves:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYrJl22vCbo
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Old 11-21-20, 03:29 PM  
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Bzar, I'm going to check out those videos.
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Old 11-21-20, 09:36 PM  
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I don't use the handles. Hold the tubing itself. Cathe does that.
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