A good resistance band set is one of the best investments you can make for your home “gym”. When I mention my “home gym”, I mean the space on my living room floor where I workout and the space in the closet where I store equipment when not in use.
As someone who lives in an apartment, I do not have a dedicated room for my home gym. Resistance bands are handy for home or for travel. I especially like band sets that allow adjustable resistance and challenging levels of resistance.
Benefits of Resistance Tubing:
- Resistance Bands are easy to store and light weight.
- Using anchor attachments, the bands can be anchored to a door, pole or table leg. This allows you can replicate exercises done with most cable machines, Pilates reformers or other machines in a gym.
- You can vary the resistance depending how your hold the band.
- You can combine multiple bands to create higher resistance settings and can also combine bands with weights for variable resistance.
- I find I exercise with more controlled form when using bands. The resistance bands cause me to focus on the eccentric contraction of an exercise more than weights do because I do not like to snap the bands. Of course, whether we use bands or weights we want to focus on doing the entire exercise through all contractions with good form.
- Bands are inexpensive compared to weights and especially compared to machines.
The King Athletics Resistance Band Set Includes:
- Five color-coded nylon resistance tubes or “bands” with varying levels of resistance (Yellow: 6 lbs, Blue: 10 lbs, Red: 15 lbs, Green: 18 lbs, Black: 20 lbs. This band set can produce up to 69 lbs of resistance!)
- A pair of foam handles
- A pair of Velcro ankle straps
- one door anchor
- a handy drawstring bag to store the set
- $1 from every purchase you make is equally divided and donated to prostate and breast cancer research
Each band has a carabiner attachment on each end, there is also a carabiner attached to each ankle strap or handle. This allows you to easily combine the resistance tubes to your desired level of resistance.
My Experience Using the King Athletics Resistance Band Set:
I have been using a similar resistance band set from a different brand (Bodylastics) for about three years. I highly anticipated trying this set as I wanted more bands for more options and was curious about King Athletic.
I found the King Athletic set to be good value and good quality. The set is versatile and would make a welcome addition to any home workout collection.
To be honest, I felt the Bodylastics set I have is a little higher quality. The Bodylastics set features a heavier, larger carabiner that seems more sturdy and is easier to attach to the handles (and ankle cuffs). The tubing is different as well, the Bodylastics tubing is made of double dipped latex and contains a woven inner cord. The King Athletic tubing seems hollow like most resistance tubes (I can flatten it while I cannot flatten the Bodylastics). Does this make a difference? Maybe, maybe not. I’ve had my Bodylastic set for years and it shows no wear. I think it may be more durable, but I would need to use my King Athletic set a few years to say for sure.
In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with either set. I prefer the Bodylastics, but if I were to purchase again it would likely just depend on which set was priced lowest. Today when I did a cost comparison on Amazon.
- the Bodylastics 12 piece set was $29.95 (marked down from a list price of $54.95)
- and the King Athletic 12 piece set was $34.97 (marked down from 49.97).
So it is a little difficult for me to enthusiastically recommend the King Athletic Set when it is more expensive but slightly lower quality than the similar Bodylastics set. However, I will continue to use both sets.
Where to Purchase the Above Mentioned Resistance Band Sets:
Both the resistance band sets mentioned are available on Amazon.