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Monday, July 27, 2015

MOBILITY MONDAY -- Phantom Fit Resistance bands

Phantom Fit Resistance Bands

The Secret Of Getting a Toned Body Without Clunky and Expensive Exercise Equipment Or A Gym Membership

Workouts can be such a hassle. If you're not running to the gym every day before or after work, you're trying to find the motivation to do an intense workout on your home gym.

Resistance loop bands are the best solution because they: 
- Are perfect for physical therapy exercises all the way to intense workouts
- Works flawlessly for arm, ankle, and leg workouts
- Are separated by resistance level to meet your needs
- Are extremely durable and long-lasting
- Are lightweight and portable
I really wanted to have photos for this review, but my cameras are on the fritz right now. I need to look into getting a decent camera setup.

Anyway, with having CP, I know I need to exercise to keep my joints lubricated and my muscles flexible. The best workouts for me are low-impact... swimming, adaptive yoga and stretching. Even walking is a no-go anymore.

When I was in the local hospital's physical therapy program, the therapist gave me some latex exercise bands to work with, and they helped a lot. I have one from a Tylenol freebie a few years ago that is the same premise as the ones from the hospital and I really like it. It has the right amount of resistance for me.

That being said, I was quite excited to get these bands for review. Sadly though, for me, they just didn't live up to my needs.

I'm NOT saying they are terrible, because they aren't. But for the exercises I need to do with them, they aren't efficient enough.

There are 4 bands in this set, each having a different level of resistance. Let's take a look at them.

The light band, which is a blue color, is almost paper-thin. It has less resistance than the one I got from the Tylenol promotion. As I was doing my leg exercises, I was afraid I was going to snap the band. It also rolled and bunched against my legs, pulling at the hairs. Can we say YEOWTCH??? I think this would be better suited for a child to stretch with or someone who has ZERO strength.

Now, this was the sweet spot for me. This band, which is red, was the right resistance for my legs and I didn't feel like the band was going to snap into pieces, nor did it bunch up or roll. This was my favorite and most heavily used of the bands.

The heavy band, which is green, was the worst one for me. It felt very stiff. I'd say the stiffness level on this was about on par with a vacuum cleaner belt and was a complete CHORE to work with. It was nearly impossible to do my exercises with this band.

Ironically, I could use the X-heavy black band better than the heavy band. The resistance is on the same level as a machinery belt (lawn mower or car engine), but is still stretchable. It doesn't roll at all. When I did my leg exercises with this band, I could REALLY 'feel the (good) burn' in my legs, but it didn't complete wipe out the strength I had. If the medium or the Tylenol band becomes too easy for me, I could see myself moving to this band.

This set also comes with a black nylon storage bag with a pull string and a 'push-clip' stopper, the kind you need to push in or together to move. I'm blanking on the proper name for them. The problem is, once the bands are unpackaged, they don't lay flat anymore.

The disabled person's level of strength will determine how much trouble they'll have with these. I personally think these would be better for arm exercises. I had a hard time using them for the leg exercises I need to do. If the person has better stability in their legs, they may be able to use them better.

This is available from Amazon for $12.99.

Better aimed for arm exercises, but still get the job done.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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