natural rubber resistance band in use

Natural Rubber Resistance Bands

PriceFrom £5.55

Don’t sweat it. We’ve got some eco-friendly fitness resistance bands for all you gym bunnies, exercise shy (you can use these where no one is watching) and outdoor gym enthusiasts.

Get strong to beat up people who drop litter*.

 

*Not an actual recommendation for a workout. We’re not that savage!

 

These are exercise bands designed for fitness and physical therapy uses. Comes in different tensile strengths to enable exercise progression and injury rehabilitation. Made from fair traded natural rubber for the best strength and stretch. Use them for home workouts, stretching, to help warm-up and cool down muscles after exercising, balance practices, straps for use in yoga, strengthening particular muscles and muscle groups, resistance training, and for physio recommended injury rehab exercises. Suitable for use in a variety of fitness programmes – stretch your imagination, these resistance bands will fit the bill! These staps are easy to use, versatile and are a portable, convenient alternative to using weight machines at the gym. No excuses for skipping the gym when you can carry a gym in your bag!

 

Colour coded for progression –

Light resistance = yellow then red 0.16mm beginner

Medium resistance = blue then black 0.25mm intermediate

High/strong resistance = silver 0.35mm advanced

The mm measurement indicates the thickness of the band. The thicker the band, the harder you have to pull to stretch it.

 

Dimensions: 150cm length x 12.5cm width. Tie using an overhand knot to create a loop of the required length if needed.

 

Force at break =

15kg for light resistance bands

19.5kg for medium resistance bands

27.75kg for high resistance bands

Colour Progression
  • Fitness/exercise/therapy bands can come in both a latex and non-latex version. Most people, unless they are allergic to latex, wouldn’t bother to notice which they were buying, as who cares right? We care! What a product is made from should be a really important consideration before making a purchase. Where that product comes from is also important to note.

    Regardless, non-latex fitness bands are quite obviously, made out of plastic, which as you are here, you are keen on avoiding. However, latex bands aren’t necessarily plastic-free, as latex can be synthetically made, using, yep, you guessed it, petrochemicals, and is just another kind of polymer i.e., plastic. It is hard work trying to buy the right thing, there are so many unintentional pitfalls we can fall into when trying to locate eco-friendly products, which is why we here at ABP try and do this work for you.

    If an exercise band is labelled as natural rubber latex (as the bands on this product page quite clearly are) then bingo, you’ve found the eco-friendly, natural material you’ve been stretching for!

    I had purchased a few of these in different resistant strengths a few years ago from an osteopath clinic to help get over a climbing-related wrist and shoulder injury. After forgetting about them for a few years, when moving home recently I opened a draw to find one of these bands had disintegrated and stuck to the inside of the drawer. Not ideal! I have no idea what kind of material my therapy bands were made out of, as at the time, I wasn’t deep diving into the life cycle of materials in the same way I do now. The horror upon opening that draw full of disintegrated theraband was that I’d unintentionally created a load of microplastics, which despite my best efforts in cleaning up mindfully, would be bound to escape into the environment somehow. I can only hope they were made of natural rubber latex so that my fears are unfounded, but I’m not especially optimistic about that. …The moral of this anecdote is that if you know what material a product you are buying is made of, you don’t have these what-if scenarios and you are better placed to be able to properly dispose of the product if necessary.