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Stretchable cords of varying resistance used in strength building exercises.

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  • Feb 27, 2009
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Quiet frankly, I don't know what I'd do without my resistance cords. Allow me to explain. I am a certified exercise addict. I'm also a travel junkie. I can't tell you how many times I've been to a hotel that boasts a fitness center. In most cases, my first reaction is "You call this a gym?"

That's why I always travel with the band. Resistance cords are "

  • Portable
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
Furthermore, they give you resistance in both parts of the movement. In most exercise, your muscles perform the lifting part of the exercise. Then, on the return motion, most people tend to use the force of gravity. resistance cords give you the option of  making the most of that return motion. It's called the eccentric phase, and your muscles are actually lengthening as they contract. So you get two movements for the price of one!

Need some resistance cord training ideas?  This oblique exercise can also be used as a training tool for tennis and golf.

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February 27, 2009
I actually use both. For upper body, I prefer handles. It helps me avoid hand injuries. However, when I'm teaching Pilates, I use a Theraband. I place it under the shoulder blade, and have my students pull down, to create the same sensation they would get on the Reformer. This keeps them from flailing their arms all over creation!
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If you're in between cord resistance needs, try doubling up two lower resistance tubing bands.
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Greetings from Summit County, Colorado. In 2000, I decided to put my 25 years of fitness expertise to good use. It was the start of a highly successful writing career, which lead to publication in Aspen … more
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A resistance cord or band is an exercise tool to work out various muscle groups with differing levels of resistance.  By shaping the cord in different ways, one will be able to replicate the gym experience with one cord.  Some Resistance Cord exercises include:

Chest Exercise #1: Resisted Push-up
Gym Equivalent:
Bench Press, Machine Chest Press
Area Targeted:

Chest Exercise #2: Chest Fly

Gym Equivalent:
Pec Deck, Cable Flys
Area Targeted:

Leg Exercise #1: Squat

Gym Equivalent:
Barbell Squat, Smith Machine Squat
Area Targeted:
Thighs, Buttocks

Leg Exercise #2: Lunge

Gym Equivalent:
Barbell Lunge, Smith Machine Lunge
Area Targeted:
Thighs, Buttocks

Leg Exercise #3: Hamstring Curl

Gym Equivalent:
Laying Hamstring Curl, Seated Leg Curl
Area Targeted:
Back of Legs

Leg Exercise #4: Hip Extension (Buttocks)

Gym Equivalent:
Cable Hip Extension
Area Targeted: Buttocks

Leg Exercise #4: Calf Raise

Gym Equivalent:
Machine Standing Calf Raise
Area Targeted:

Back Exercise #1: Overhead Latt pull
Gym Equivalent:
Machine Latt Pull, Cable Latt Pull, Chin Ups
Area Targeted:

Back Exercise #2: Seated Back Row

Gym Equivalent:
Seated Cable Row, Machine Back Row
Area Targeted:

Shoulder Exercise #1: Front Shoulder Raise

Gym Equivalent:
Front Shoulder Dumbbell Raise, Front Shoulder Cable Raise
Area Targeted:
Front Shoulder

Shoulder Exercise #2: Side Shoulder Raise
Gym Equivalent:
Side Shoulder Dumbbell Raise, Side Shoulder Cable Raise
Area Targeted:

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