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Elastic Bands & Tubes - Have you tried them?

Post by paul_k » Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:27 pm

What is your opinion about the Elastic Bands & Tubes?
I think they can be a very good exercise especially if you train at home since they can replace cables.
They can offer quite good resistance especially if you use 2-3 of them at the same time.

Can someone share his/he experience with this kind of training?

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Post by TimD » Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:04 pm

I think they are fine. They provide a resistance, and the movement patterns are endless, and only limited by your imagination. My father has shoulder problems, and we used them to strengthen his rotators. They are also extremely useful if traveling. They are light, easy to transport, and you can hook them under your feet, on doorknobs, on top of the door, on counters to do pretty much anything you want.
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Post by paul_k » Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:22 pm

Hi tim

Where could I find some literature about the possible exercises especially those which strengthen the rotator cuff muscles? As you might remember I am recovering from a serious shoulder injury.
You could probably create a special section in this website about the "rotator cuff muscles strengthening" with elastic bands and tubes.

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Post by TimD » Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:29 pm

Paul, I just did a search on "Resistance Band Training" and got a gazillion hits. Wy too numerous to list here. I suggest you do that search and you will find plenty of info.
I also did a search on "Rotator cuff repair" and got numerous hits, both on the surgies and rehab. Isuggest you do that search. I used the MSN search, but dogpile, or google should do well.
I don't see that much on the rotators, so I think I'm going to leave it in general for now. If there is a large number of requests for it, I can set up another forum on it.
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Post by Ironman » Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:22 pm

Warm them up before you work out. Do some arm rotation type exercises with light weight. Getting them loosened up and getting blood flowing in them helps. Be mindful of form on chest, back and shoulder exercises too. Always do your warm up sets.

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Post by paul_k » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:20 am

tim, yes there is a lot of info on the net about this theme.
I already found several good links. Here is one of them:
http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/re ... cises.html
Soon I will go out shopping.

ironman, of course i will warm them up first but I want to strengthen them too. Probably it is a harder than with normal muscles because rotator cuff muscles are small muscles and need dedicated and precise exercises.

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Post by Ironman » Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:57 pm

I have never found the need to go heavy on rotator cuff exercises. They get worked when working other parts of the body. I think injury occurs due to bad form or not warming them up. Warming them up kind of amounts to increasing their endurance anyway. Look in the exercise and muscle directory under the individual muscle names like infraspinitus, supraspinitus, etc. for exercises.

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