Based on our research, read our solid advice on the need for lubrication of resistance bands validated with some apparent facts you might already be knowing.
So, do we need to lubricate resistance bands? In general, it is not practical enough to lubricate resistance bands often. Yes, you need to lubricate resistance bands if you use them underwater or keep them stored for a long time without usage. Otherwise, lubrication is not required.
Several questions might be bouncing back in your mind as the answer is neither complete YES nor an absolute NO. After all, if we lubricate any rubber-like material, it is going to be useful!
TO ANSWER THIS, I am just going to pose you some questions on some pretty common topic. That way, you will discover the answer without me even communicating with you.
Don’t afraid assuming it to be some lengthy survey form that you may have to fill up in the process. It is just an exciting exercise which you need to play in your mind.
Let us jump straight into this topic
Why do you need any lubricant is the first place, and what purpose it fulfills?
That sounds a pretty simple question. Let us rewind those old memories of lubricating those seals in-home equipment, toys, bicycles, and motor cars and think over the purpose.
For reducing friction between moving parts–
That pretty obvious too. To minimize heat developed by repeated rubbing of moving parts, we apply grease over the O rings and the metal chains of bicycles.
To speed up the assembly of parts –
Usually, when you disassemble any mixer grinder or coffee machine, the risk of those tiny rubber seals getting torn rises exponentially. So, we lubricate the rubber seals and even metal parts to speed up the installation process.
To seal the gaps –
Usually, lubricants primarily, with thick white grease, are used to seal the thin spaces left around the seals of water hose, vacuum pumps to prevent any air leakage.
To prevent corrosion and for waterproofing –
Some lubricants are highly inert and resistant to water. So, some oils are used for greasing underwater cameras and by fishers to protect their knives from salty water.
To prevent cracking and cutting of rubber–
The rubber seals often get cut & broken due to excessive rubbing with moving parts. Lubrications smoothens the surface with an extra layer of protection
Now, just check if above benefits make sense in order to increase the longevity of resistance bands you use for a workout in indoor and outdoor conditions.
Here is what we found after applying above applications of lubricants to resistance bands step by step-
Here is what we analyzed about the need for the application of lubricants on resistance bands
Do resistance bands need protection against friction?
The straight answer is ‘NO.’ Nobody will ever think of rubbing the latex rubber exercise bands against the wall or any other objects. Proper anchoring accessories would resolve the issue.
Do we need to speed up resistance bands assembly?
The answer is ‘NO’ again. There are no delicate parts involved in the reconstruction, which may require lubrication.
Do we need to seal any gaps in the case of resistance bands?
The answer is ‘NO.’ I don’t need to elaborate to this point.
Do we need to prevent corrosion and waterproofing for resistance bands?
For preventing corrosion of resistance bands, the answer is ‘NO’ and for waterproofing is ‘MAYBE REQUIRED.’ It depends upon usage. If you are looking to use resistance bands in the swimming pool or near the seashore, lubrication may be useful.
Do we need to prevent cracking of resistance bands?
The answer is a ‘BIG YES.’ That’s we you may be here. So the lubrication of workout bands is essential in such cases. But there are some pitfalls to it which I will disclose down the line.
If I summarize the answer to this question, to a buddy next to me like you are for me, I would say, Yes, you may need lubrication.
Here is what we finally opine based on our usage and findings –
The resistance bands are not such kind of a gear mechanism and seals beneath the machine driven by electricity or some fuel that you won’t touch once greased for years together. Once you lubricate the resistance bands, oiling and grease stay there for a long time.
It may make your hands oily and increase the risk of slippage of resistance bands under pressure during exercise. Optionally, you may have to wipe the exercise bands every time you are about to use resistance bands. Quiet tedious work to do. Isn’t it!
➤ Our Recommendation :
If you avoid using sharp objects in the workout area and keep them away from heat & direct sunlight, that may suffice to ensure your resistance bands last for 2 to 3 years easily.
Stop worrying about lubrication and change resistance bands as soon as you observe some signs of damage. It is always better to safe than sorry. The lubrication of rubber used in resistance bands with appropriate lubricant is still going to be beneficial.
The issue is that lubrication doesn’t have much scope and practicality for use in resistance bands.
Read here a fantastic article – Are resistance bands safe? – discussing some essential signals which tell about wearing out of resistance bands along with some quick tips to prolong the life of your loving resistance bands.
Related Questions –
How to lubricate resistance bands?
It is not advised to lubricate resistance bands. However, if it is required, then always lubricate with silicone grease or silicone-based oil. The use of petroleum-based oils & gels, including olive oil and cooking oil, is strictly not advised.
How to check if it is the time to replace resistance bands?
Observe the smoothness of the surface along the length of resistance bands. If some patches of roughness are found with some discoloration at places, it is time to replace the resistance bands with new ones.
How to clean resistance bands?
Use a damp piece of smooth cloth to wipe and remove dirt & other oils sticking on the surface of resistance bands on monthly or bi-monthly based on your usage.
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