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Stretching, Strengthening and Resistance Bands
Posted by ChrisK - 04/01/11 05:15PM - 0 Comments - General Fitness, Health - 1/52/53/54/55/5

 

 

My name is Chris Kelly. I am a nationally certified medical massage therapist.  Last year I started having some low back pain, a new experience for me.  I stretched and stretched and did my warm ups and regular exercises but my back still continued to hurt.  Determined to get to the root of the problem on my own I started to think about what I would tell my clients.  It was then that I realized what I was missing.

One of the physiological concepts I use with my clients is the idea of antagonism.  Muscles work with and opposite each other.  An example is how your bicep flexes your arm at the elbow and yo

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ur triceps extends the arm at the elbow.  If one is compromised it will affect the other.  With this theory in mind I thought about my own dilemma.  What is the antagonistic muscle group to my low back?  The abdominals!  Oh joy, my favorite.  Since my back was hurting and tight and all I had been doing was stretching it out I decided to do a 6 week intensive focused on making my abdominals stronger.  I used a boxing workout video centered on abs/core and the result was that in about 4 weeks I felt no back pain anymore.  Pretty sweet.

I decided to take this idea to the next level and apply it to my whole body.  Now I have a very busy massage practice and a one year old at home so joining a gym was really not in the cards.  I didn’t want a bunch of equipment cluttering up my house waiting for the next yard sale either so I did some research.  What I found was Aylio Resistance Bands. They were very affordable and all of the equipment fits into a bag that could be hung on a wall hook.

Basically you get 4 or 5 bands ranging from 7-40 lbs. a piece.  They can be used individually or clipped together for customizing the weight.  Along with the bands the kit comes with handles, ankle straps, an anchor that fits in a door or under anything heavy enough to support the weight and an instructional booklet that covers 101 exercises for the entire body.  There are plenty of videos on YouTube that show the exercises in motion also.

Since I started using the resistance bands 4 months ago I can safely say that I am hooked on them.  I assessed the weakest muscles in my body and used the resistance bands to strengthen both the affected muscle or muscle group and it’s antagonistic muscle or muscle group. They work as well as any gym apparatus I’ve ever used and they can be taken anywhere.  I mostly use them at home but I’ve taken them on vacation and to work as w

 

ell.  My body feels strong and balanced.  I definitely recommend them to anyone looking for  a good quality and adaptable home gym.

                                                                                                                                                --C.K.




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