Bodylastics Workout Bands – Are They the $50 Alternative to the Bowflex?
I recently had the opportunity to really try a newly designed set of exercise resistance bands.
I was so impressed with them that I decided to write this… a quick and easy to understand — Bodylastics Review.
The other thing I wanted to do is challenge their claim that these resistance hoses could be the — “$50 Bowflex alternative”.
When I first saw this resistance band fitness band, I was very skeptical.
You see, I’ve been a personal trainer for over 20 years and have spent a good chunk of that time training my clients at health clubs and gyms. So you could say I’m biased in my opinion on using resistance bands to get a full body workout. (Especially the fact that you need to have a lot of different bands to get a decent workout.)
That’s not to say I’m a freeweight fanatic.
No not at all. I am open-minded and always looking for advantages for my customers and myself.
When I saw the Bodylastics resistance bands being touted as a complete alternative to the Bowflex home gym, I was extremely skeptical! I have also trained many clients at home with a Bowflex and/or a Total Gym.
And while these are both good exercise machines, in my opinion they are… way overpriced. Unless you want to build a national level bodybuilder physique – you really do NOT need to enroll in a health club or gym. You can get a great workout in the comfort of your own home, all it takes is discipline and dedication. (Having the right exercise and nutrition program also helps.)
With an investment of less than $200, you can outfit your home with plenty of gear to purposefully build a toned, muscular physique that any bodybuilder would be proud of.
When I received the Bodylastics resistance bands I was immediately impressed with the quality of the product. (One of the things I liked about these exercise bands was their low cost — under $50.)
Now mind you, they are not cheap resistance bands! They are of high quality and come with a lifetime guarantee.
What really impressed me about the resistance tubes was the ability to attach more than one band to the handles. The great thing about it is that it has allowed me to increase the resistance for each exercise without having a dozen exercise bands lying around. I simply attach more bands to the handle (up to seven bands can be attached to a handle) to increase the resistance. Similar to adding plates to a set of dumbbells.
The other thing that was different about the Bodylastics exercise bands is that they have a “smart color coding system” (each exercise band has a unique color and the color indicates the tension level).
As I mentioned before… I’ve always been a big proponent of using gyms and free weights, and have previously used resistance bands in my clients’ workouts. So when I put the Bodylastics resistance bands through their paces, I wasn’t really expecting much.
My Bodylastics training experience
My first workout with these bands was a complete shock to me. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the grips, the smooth resistance, and the thick design of the elastic tubing. Once I started training, I realized that Bodylastics had done their homework when designing these bands.
It even comes with a door attachment and ankle straps, making it easy for anyone to add extra exercises. (In my opinion, it has all the right tools to do an effective muscle pump workout at home with very little equipment.)
As I worked out, I found that I actually enjoyed the versatility and amount of exercises that could be performed with the Bodylastics resistance bands. You can easily apply muscle building principles like muscle clutter and supersets to supercharge your bodybuilding routine.
Here’s another thing I liked. These bands let you perform over 140 gym-quality exercises, and resistance levels start at 5 pounds…up to 245 pounds (with the new Terrell Owens Bodylastics resistance bands).