Fitness gum is a relatively new phenomenon that has quickly spread throughout the world due to its unique qualities and availability in purchase. How to choose the right fitness band?

Despite being called «rubber bands», there are actually two types of materials used to make them.

  • Latex (An example of a fitness band made from high-quality medical latex, which guarantees skin safety and the absence of allergic reactions)
  • Textile (An example of a fabric fitness band that is actually rubberized with anti-slip hypoallergenic latex threads)

For those who don’t want to read the whole article and just came here for an answer, here’s our verdict on the matter.

Range of motion plays a decisive role when choosing between latex and fabric bands. If you are new in this business, then we advise you to first practice with latex fitness elastic bands, they can train not only the legs and hips, but due to the elasticity, you can turn on the arms and shoulders. More experienced ones can switch to fabric tapes. In addition, a special moment when choosing is comfort — if it is above all for you, then, let’s say right away, it is more convenient and more pleasant to work with fabric fitness elastic bands.

And now for those who do not want to take the above words at face value, let’s look at how latex fitness bands differ from fabric ones, and draw our own conclusions.

Briefly about latex fitness rubber bands

Latex fitness bands are made from latex, which in turn is obtained from the sap of the rubber tree. Natural rubber guarantees high strength and elasticity of finished products. This has become the main feature of all elastic bands for fitness: the properties of the material allow the use of fitness bands indefinitely without changing shape. That is why more than 70% of the fitness bands on the entire market are made of latex material.

Also, I would like to emphasize that our fitness elastic bands are hypoallergenic, they guarantee safety for the skin and the absence of allergic reactions.

Briefly about fabric fitness elastic bands

Fabric fitness bands are actually made from a mixture of fabric and latex. This combined fabric consists of cotton (40%), terylene (60%) and latex threads.

Thanks to synthetic terylene and latex threads (which also have hypoallergenic properties), the products keep their shape well and stretch perfectly, restoring their original position. And thanks to natural cotton, which takes care of maintaining the health of the skin, you can apply bright multi-colored prints, as well as bring unique designs to life. For example, Have you seen our fitness band with images of pizza and burgers?

Such fitness elastic bands are highly resistant to wear and discoloration, they perfectly withstand repeated washing, while not losing their properties from exposure to household chemicals.

Comparison of latex and fabric fitness rubber bands

There is nothing perfect in the world, the same applies to fitness rubber bands, both latex and fabric. Let’s look at the main advantages and disadvantages of such elastic bands for fitness.

  1. Elasticity.

If you take two elastic bands of the same length — one latex and the other fabric — and pull them with the same force, then the difference in increase in length when stretched will immediately become noticeable.

Since latex fitness bands are made from natural rubber, they stretch well and do not lose their shape. It is elasticity that is the main trump card and feature of such elastic bands. They have much better elasticity in comparison with analog. For example, our pink latex fitness band with a load of 1-3 kg can increase in length up to 3.5 times.

Fabric fitness elastic bands are less elastic, and at this point they lose to latex ones. However, less elasticity has its advantages, which you will learn about soon.

  1. Versatility in use

Versatility in use is affected by the first point — elasticity. Therefore, here the latex fitness rubber bands, which have greater elasticity, are superior. They can be called universal — they are suitable for training both a large muscle group, for example, on the back or chest, and for a small one, on biceps and triceps, shoulders.

Fabric elastic bands are not so versatile, they have more resistance and less elasticity, which are just what you need to train large muscle groups, for example, quadriceps, buttocks. And for small muscle groups, it is still better to purchase a set of latex rubber bands.

  1. Suitable for different age groups

Latex fitness bands are perfect for any gender and age. They can be used by children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. The main thing here is to pay attention to the characteristics of the gum, choose the right width and the level of resistance that you need, then it doesn’t matter what level of physical fitness you have.

Fabric fitness bands, as previously mentioned, have too much resistance, which is not suitable for children and older people with less intense workouts.

  1. Range of motion

Range of motion is a measurement of the distance between the flexed and extended position of a particular joint or muscle group. A higher range of muscle movement improves flexibility and prevents injury.

Due to the higher elasticity, latex bands can stretch to a greater range, thereby increasing the range of motion. A wider range of motion is safer, prevents injury, and improves flexibility. Also, longer muscle length exercises are much better than shorter movements for muscle growth and strength development.

Fabric fitness bands, as you might have guessed, do not stretch as well as latex, so they do not provide a full range of muscle movement during training, but due to a stronger load in a small amplitude of movement, they help speed up the process of losing weight in problem areas or achieving your slimming goals.

  1. Wash resistance

The surface of latex fitness elastic bands is smooth and does not attract dirt. Caring for these elastic bands is super easy: after an intense workout, wipe the band with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and leave to air dry. Avoid constant drying in direct sunlight, which can damage the material.

Fabric fitness elastic bands, just like any other clothing with the same composition (40% cotton, 60% terylene), easily attract dust. Fortunately, they are easy to wash along with other things, and despite repeated washes, fitness elastic bands made of fabric will last a very long time.

  1. progressive resistance

As we train, our body adapts to a monotonous training program, and muscle growth slows down over time.

To maintain muscle growth further, it is necessary to keep our body in good shape and constantly increase the load and resistance. Thus, the level of physical fitness will continue to improve. This phenomenon of constantly increasing resistance in endurance exercise is called progressive resistance.

Usually, latex fitness bandsand especially tubular expanders, made in different colors — and this is not just. If you were wondering: Why do fitness rubber bands of different colors?

This is done for a quick visual difference in the level of load of the rubber bands.

As regards, for example,expanders in fabric protective covers, which are also made of 100% latex, they are divided into 5 colors depending on the load. You can start with the lightest red expander with a load of 9 kg, and move on to other colors over time. The most difficult is a black expander, we have a load of 18.1 kg.

A set of fabric fitness elastic bands differs significantly from the latex series: the number of elastic bands is less, and the range of loads is much wider. In our kit, their minimum resistance is 5 kg, and the maximum is 25 kg.

  1. price issue

The cost of fitness elastic bands varies depending on the size, width and strength of their resistance. For example, latex fitness bands and latex loops can be purchased from us from 300 rubles. But fabric ones are a little more expensive — their cost starts from 400 rubles. The most expensive item in our catalog is a set of premium tubular expanders for 2500 rubles. Apart from, of course, functional loops, which go from 3000 rubles per set. In any case, all types of fitness bands are extremely readily available and outperform free weights in terms of price.

  1. Tactile comfort

Here, the championship unambiguously passes to fabric fitness elastic bands. After all, they are much wider than latex, do not slip, do not rub and do not cause irritation. It is pleasant to train with them — they do not cause any discomfort. In addition, fabric bands are safe for people with latex allergies — a big plus for those who cannot afford to exercise with latex bands.

  1. Suitability for different fitness levels

This point is a little in common with the third in some moments, but still it should be distinguished from the rest.

Latex fitness bands won the championship in elasticity for a reason — they are very flexible and able to provide extremely low resistance in the range from 1 kg to 3 kg. Like, for example, our pink ribbon from the set Wide latex fitness bands. This property makes latex bands a suitable option for both beginners and advanced athletes.

Fabric fitness bands, in turn, have great resistance, they are not at all as elastic as latex bands. If you have never worked with fitness bands before, we do not recommend starting with fabric bands. However, for those more experienced in this matter, their resistance force, which starts from 5 kg, is just right.

  1. Tendency to slip

Due to the smooth surface, latex bands can sometimes slip off their original position, then you have to adjust them, interrupting the exercise.

When it comes to the problem of bands slipping on bare skin, along with the issue of comfort, fabric fitness elastic bands rise to the pedestal, which are ideal for delicate skin. Working with them is always convenient and pleasant. The soft yet durable fabric won’t slip on clothes or bare skin regardless of the angle and direction of exercise.

  1. compactness

Compactness is the advantage of all fitness bands, regardless of what material they are made of. Some latex bands can be rolled up in the palm of your hand and can easily be carried anywhere. Those that are slightly larger reach a length of 60 cm, but do not lose their compactness. Fabric fitness bands are, of course, wider than rubber loops, but they also fit in a bag and do not take up much space.

The longest and, accordingly, less compact can be called latex loops, which have a circumference of up to 208 cm. Even though they are bulkier than other tapes, this does not mean that they cannot be carried around in a bag. They just take up a little more space.

Summing up

The task of all types of fitness bands is to help you do certain exercises for various muscle groups in order to improve your physical shape. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you are a beginner, it is better to start with latex bands, and if you have been working with bands for more than a year, then it’s time to take care of tactile comfort and purchase a fabric fitness band with a higher resistance.

That’s all! Train to improve!

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