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Get a Full-Body Workout with Rubber Tubing and Bands

Get a Full-Body Workout with Rubber Tubing and Bands

Doug Balzarini

Tubing

It’s safe to say that everyone is familiar with tubing. Most have plastic handles and can be used to perform a variety of exercises. Stand on them, wrap them around a pole or machine, have your trainer hold them; they can work the entire body with countless exercises. Tubing comes in a variety of resistances and is color-coded to indicate the various resistance levels. Lighter-resistance tubing is typically more common in rehab settings to facilitate stability and activation exercises, while heavier-resistance tubing is more often used to develop strength and power. SPRI and Perform Better are two popular manufacturers of tubing.

Tubing is a great solution for workouts on the road. Throw one or two in your suitcase and you’ve got everything you need to get a great session in without taking up any valuable suitcase space. You can wrap tubing around the bedpost, doorknob or the heater in the hotel room, provided they are sturdy enough. Alternate between a bodyweight movement and a tubing movement and a full-body workout is yours in 30 minutes.

Example Workout

A. Bodyweight Jump Lunges

B. Tubing Rows

*Alternate between the two movements for 2-4 rounds, 20 reps each

A. Bodyweight Squats

B. Tubing Torso Rotations

*Alternate between the two movements for 2-4 rounds, 20 reps each

A. Bodyweight Burpees

B. Tubing Squat & Overhead Press

*Alternate between the two movements for 2-4 rounds, 20 reps each

Bands

Much like tubing, bands come in a variety of resistances and can be used for a wide range of goals. Unlike tubing, bands typically do not have any handles; however, they can be used in the same manner for most exercises. I will use both tubing and bands interchangeably, depending on what I have at my disposal.

I do tend to use the bands for more explosive and power work, especially with the bigger and stronger athletes that I train. I’ve found they tend to be more durable and, therefore, can be used for this more explosive type of training. Resisted sprints, crawling, plyometrics and rotation work, are just a few examples of advanced band work. Some folks mistakenly believe that, unless we are lifting heavy steel and loading up the bar with plates, we can’t overload the system and get stronger. Get some 2-½-inch-thick bands and have them perform sprints, dynamic rows and rotations, and they will quickly realize the power of the rubber.