There's been a recent increase in people doing incredibly ill-advised and reckless activities using resistance bands. Just because you see someone doing something on YouTube doesn't make it safe - or mean you should attempt it. Here at trapbands, we want our customers to be safe. Since we have absolutely no control over what people do with our bands after they purchase, we offer the following information and disclaimer.
While we pride ourselves in making our best using only the very best material, please note that resistance bands are made from latex rubber. Since latex is an organic material, it will degrade over time, and that is a fact. In simple words everyone can understand, all bands (whether ours or someone else) will eventually wear out. How long it takes for this process to occur will depend on how you use your bands and if you take care of them properly. If anyone one tells you their bands will never break, they are lying. (Think of it as someone telling you that the tires on your car will never wear out or need to be replaced.) That being said:
All materials available on this website, particularly those containing health, exercise, and/or therapy information are presented for information and educational purposes only. While Trapbands makes every effort to present reliable information on this website, it does not guarantee it's accuracy. Trapbands is not responsible for any content found on any other website pages linked to it. This general information contained herein is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.
Trapbands assumes no liability or responsibility for accidents or injury to person or property that may result from the improper use of this product. Be sure to always consult your health care professional or licensed medical doctor before exercising with resistance bands or beginning any type of exercise program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with any exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
Consult your physician before allowing children to exercise with this product.
Improper use of Trapbands may cause serious physical injury. Use only as directed by your healthcare provider. Resistance bands do pose hazards, as all fitness equipment do, when not to treated and used properly.
The two main dangers involved with resistance band training are breaking of the band or letting go of an end while under tension. The result of both these actions can cause the end of the band to snap toward the user violently and potentially inflict serious damage.
By continuing to use our bands, you assume any and all risk. Please follow all instructions listed below to lessen your risk of injury.
1. Inspect Daily. Regularly check the bands and handles before every use. It only takes a few seconds to do it, and it’s important because issues can appear suddenly. Look for cracks around the white areas in colored bands, and search for signs of weakness around the handle, in the area where the manufacturers say the bands are more likely to break. Check for cuts, scratches, nicks, discoloration or anything that appears to weaken the band in that area. If you discover defects, immediately discard the band; never try to repair it.
2. Always wear eye protection. Use common sense. In purchasing bands, you agree to use them responsibly - and at your own risk. These are not toys. Trapbands assumes no responsibility for injuries caused by wear, breakage or misuse.
3. Wear Proper Shoes. When doing exercises that require stepping on the band, make sure to wear shoes made with nonabrasive soles. This avoids damage to the tape. Don’t worry about the band slipping under your feet, as this is rare. Also, avoid using your bands with bare feet.
4. Check the Floor. If you are stepping on the band, do not work out on the floor with an abrasive surface. It could damage it and cause it to snap.
5. Don’t Shorten. Use Multiple Bands. Shortening a band for more resistance is a common practice, but it can significantly decrease the life of the band and can cause it to snap. It is safer to use multiple bands than overstretching them. This will make the bands will last longer.
6. Don’t Overstretch. Everything has a breaking point. As a rule of thumb, never extend a band more than 2x its resting length.
7. Store Your Bands Properly. If you leave your resistance bands in direct sunlight the latex can become brittle and more friable. Stretching a dried band will result in easy breakage. Even if you do not keep your resistance bands in dry conditions, they will last much longer if kept well-conditioned and lubricated. It’s best to keep them in the storage bag it comes with when not in use.
- Always take a rest between sets.
- If you have any increase in pain, dizziness, trouble breathing, or begin to feel sick while exercising, stop and contact your healthcare provider.
- As with any exercise program, muscle soreness may be experienced over the first few days. If your pain should persist for more than four days, consult your physician. Do not exercise while experiencing pain.
- For beginners, perform exercises without the product until you are comfortable, and then begin exercises with this product.
- With any exercises, proper form is critical. When performing standing exercises, square your shoulders, contract the abdominals and slightly bend the knees maintaining your balance at all times. Be sure to practice the safest posture possible by maintaining the natural spinal curve.
- Avoid hyper-extending or over-flexing the joints when exercising. Don’t lock the joints.
- Breathe evenly while performing these exercises. Exhale during the more difficult phase of the repetition and do not hold your breath at any time.
- Perform all exercises in a slow, controlled manner. At no time should you feel “out of control”. Take control of the product rather than letting it control you. Do not allow the band to snap back.
STORAGE & PROPER CARE
Resistance bands can be a great and inexpensive exercise tool, but as with any piece of fitness equipment, proper maintenance is a critical aspect to ensure safe and proper function.
- Clean bands by wiping with a damp cloth
- Do not use soap or any cleaning products to clean bands as these can deteriorate the strength of the band.
- Avoid storing bands near direct sunlight (keep them in the storage bag when not in use)
- Keep stored bands away from heat sources
- Bands should not be stored outside or in cold environments
- The ends of the band where the handles are connected to the band are the weak areas and should be checked before every use for damage