As planned, I added exercise tubes/bands to my fitness regimen, in late January. I’d never used a tube before, only the flat bands. I know that the tubes (picture left) are also called bands, which is why I wrote “tubes/bands” above, but from this point on I will only refer to them as tubes. The ones I purchases were 20lb., which was a mistake; I should have bought the 15lb. tube. I can’t do the harder tube exercises, because I don’t have the strength to pull the tube above my head, if I’m standing in the center, but what I can do (and will discuss in a different post at a later time) has been quite effective for overall strengthening and toning. I like the tube far better than the bands I have used in the past, but I have had an unpleasant (to say the least) experience with the tube that I don’t think would have been possible with a band, which is why I want to warn others. To keep things in perspective, I want to share both the good and bad things I have learned about exercise tubes. Following are my Pros and Cons for this exercise equipment.
- Exercise tubes are very effective at toning muscle groups and building strength
- They take up very little space
- Light-weight and easy to transport, if need be
- If you lose focus while the tube is held taught you could hurt yourself … badly
- Should not be used in a space where you are in close proximity to others, because you could hurt them badly, and probably get sued for medical expenses, pain & suffering, etcetera
The pros are what make the tubes worth using despite the cons. I learned the hard and painful way why one should maintain focus while using an exercise tube. I was in the midst of doing lunges when I slid my foot back a couple of inches, without lowering my arms enough to make the tube slack first, and the tube swiftly rolled from under my foot and smacked me in the face. Thank God, I closed my eye in time, but it still hurt like hell. And even though it didn’t hurt much that first day, it was a little swollen and very achy the next day, and continued to be achy with no swelling for four more days.
I now take using the tube very seriously, and make certain to minimize any distractions. This means placing my cell phone on “flight mode” and turning the ringer off on my land-line (that’s what voice mail is for), and telling anyone who happens to be at home with me at that time not to bother me while I workout. So far, this has worked for me. I still worry about being blinded by the tube. I can still remember the pain and my eye has had some vision issues off and on since, but I’m mindful and pray that I will not make the same mistake twice. Fingers crossed. :)