Flat vs Tube Resistance Bands – Who wins

Flat Resistance Bands Vs Tube Resistance Bands - Head-on Comparison

Flat resistance bands and tube resistance bands work quite similarly based on the universal principle of stretching. Yet, they differ substantially in terms of the design.

When it comes to buying a resistance band, every purchaser must have asked a similar question at one time; which is better for me- flat or tube resistance bands.

Here I am going to introduce the types of resistance bands that come under the flat, resistance bands, and tube resistance bands. Thereafter, I shall be explaining the key differences between each of the resistance bands types in reference to design and exercises.

Do not forget to read my final recommendation and opinions on the winner between the flat and tube resistance bands based on my own experience and challenges I faced while training with both flat and tube resistance bands.

So what is the difference between the flat and tube resistance bands? Flat resistance bands such as therapy bands, mini loop bands, and pull-up assist bands are basically the plain & flat rubber sheets with closed or open-ended design, whereas the tube resistance bands are the hollow cylindrical tubes, which are sold as a part of the kits with accessories. Flat resistance bands are incredibly comfortable while anchoring and offers higher resistance. Wheres tube resistance bands generally provide medium resistance and resemble barbells/dumbbells when used with accessories. 

 

Read the most elaborated facts about flat resistance bands and tube resistance bands when both are pitted against each other. Take a well-informed decision instead of copying the other guys.

Here is the index of what you will learn in this article-

1)

Why are there two kinds of designs of resistance bands when the principle of providing the resistance is the same?

2)

Types of flat resistance bands in the market.

3)

Types of tube resistance bands in the market.

4)

Differences between the flat resistance bands and tube resistance bands

a.

Therapy style resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

My Final Opinion- Therapy bands vs. tube resistance bands

b.

Mini loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

My Final Opinion- Mini loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

c.

Power Loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

My final opinion- Power loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

Jump anywhere you want if you are just short of time.

Do not forget to read the battle of the power loop bands vs. tube resistance bands mentioned at Sr.No. 3 (C), which covers the head-on comparison between the two of the strongest rivals.

❝ Hi, I am Ravi, your companion and a passionate fitness athlete, cyclist, runner, gym enthusiast who just loves the concept of resistance bands for their extreme flexibility. I have been using resistance bands as one of my primary fitness equipment for the last many years ❞

Let us begin-


Why are there two kinds of designs of resistance bands when the principle of providing resistance is the same?

The above question is the most basic and equally important in the whole article.

What the heck is there in designing flat and tube resistance bands when they both provide resistance by stretching?

I am sure this question must have struck in your mind while deciding between the two.

As the name suggests, flat resistance bands are entirely flat rubber sheets. Whereas tube resistance bands are the cylindrical hollow tubes made from latex or non-latex rubber.

The flat resistance bands are the most basic resistance bands where multiple layers of rubber sheets are stacked over one another. They do not have the luxury of attaching handles or accessories on either end. The flat loop resistance bands may be in the open or closed-loop design.

Just like flat resistance bands, the tube resistance bands are also made from the multiple layers of rubber sheets. However, most of the tube resistance bands do come as a single layer tubical exercise bands.

The tube resistance bands also come in open or closed-loop design.

Now, let us come back to the same question as raised in this section.

The flat resistance bands are way more comfortable while holding with hands as compared to the tube resistance bands. That is the reason flat resistance bands do not need accessories such as handles or door anchors for the exercises.

The tube resistance bands, due to the narrow design, are incredibly uncomfortable when held directly in hands. Due to this reason, the tube resistance bands always come with accessories such as door anchors, foam handles, ankle cuffs, and waistbelts.

As such, the flat and tube resistance bands are the two ends of the pole. In this article, we will study all the relevant aspects of the flat and tube resistance bands head-on.


Types of flat resistance bands the market-

The foremost query, we are going to answer in this article is the flat vs. tube resistance bands. However, there are further subcategories under both flat and tube resistance bands. You might be interested in one of such subcategory of flat resistance bands to be compared with the similar category of tube resistance bands.

That is the reason I am introducing the types of resistance bands, which fall under the flat and tube resistance bands separately before I jump to the direct comparison between the two.

The flat resistance bands are divided into two broad categories based on the following characteristics-

1) OPEN LOOP design.

2) CLOSED-LOOP design.

Here are the types of resistance bands which fall under each of the above-said subcategories under flat resistance bands-

OPEN-LOOP DESIGN

a) Therapy style resistance bands-

Therapy Style Resistance Bands

The therapy style resistance bands are the purest form of flat resistance bands. They also come in the lowest most position in terms of functionality and resistance in the vast family of resistance bands.

As you may already know, the therapy style resistance bands are the thinnest and extra-wide rubber sheets with radial ends. They are preliminary meant for yoga, pilates, stretching, and general toning of the whole body.

CLOSED-LOOP DESIGN

b) Mini loop resistance bands-

These bands are also known by famous names such as booty bands, hip bands, leg bands, etc. In these flat resistance bands, ends are joined together to make a closed-loop. The circumference length of booty bands is only about 2 feet and a width of around 5 cm which makes them ideal for leg exercises.

c) Power loop resistance bands-

The power loop resistance bands are also famous with several names such as power bands, pull-ups bands, calisthenics bands,  heavy-duty bands, continuous loop bands, flat resistance bands, etc. They also make a continuous loop without any open ends.

The power loop resistance bands are wider and thicker as compared to the mini loop resistance bands.


Types of tube resistance bands in the market-

All the resistance bands where cylindrical rubber tubes are used come under tube resistance bands.

Some of the resistance bands falling under this category are as under-

Closed-loop Design –

a) Figure 8 resistance bands-

Here, the tube resistance bands are molded in the form of eight-figure. That is the reason; they are named as figure 8 resistance bands. As said earlier, the tube resistance bands are difficult to hold directly with hands.

That is the reason, foam handles are provided on both loop ends of figure 8 resistance bands.

These bands are designed works right out of the box without any hassle of attaching handles and other accessories.

Open-loop design

b) Tube resistance bands kit-

These are the most popular type of tube resistance bands, which come in the form of a kit. These tubical bands have radial ends with a carabiner attached on each side.

Tube resistance bands kit includes the tube bands of different resistance levels along with accessories like ankle cuff, door anchors, foam handles, and other sports-specific accessories.

Just in case, you have minimal knowledge about the variety of resistance bands in the market; I would recommend you to bookmark this fantastic in-depth article  – Types of resistance bands and their uses – an exhaustive guide

LET US ENTER THE BATTLEFIELD  OF FLAT VS TUBE RESISTANCE BANDS 


Flat resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands-head-on comparison-

Before I get into the battle between the flat exercise bands and tube resistance bands, I would like to simplify this battle by bifurcating it into the subcategories, which falls under the above two categories. This will simplify the process and avoid confusion.

Let me first take you to the battle between therapy style resistance bands and tube resistance bands-


Therapy style resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands-

Here, by tube resistance bands: I mean the tube resistance bands kit. The tube resistance bands in the form of figure 8 resistance bands are entirely restricted in scope. However, you can easily relate to the tube resistance bands kit, which is also the choice of most of the buyers.

Let us compare them head-on-

Let us compare the above bands based on some crucial parameters and find out the winner for each of these parameters.

1) Comfortability in using the resistance bands-

The therapy style resistance bands are such a wide & long piece of rubber that you feel like grabbing a long piece of cloth. You can easily anchor therapy bands under the feet and hold with hands without any irritation or discomfort.

The tube resistance bands are the narrow rubber tubes, which puts concentrated stress over the small area of the skin. This inefficient disbursement of stress developed by the exercises over the skin by the tube bands is a significant drawback of tube resistance bands.

Here is the picture showing better distribution of stress with therapy style bands –

That is the reason the accessories like foam handles and door anchors are provided with the tube resistance bands to bring them on a level playing field with the flat resistance bands.

? WINNER-

Therapy bands provide the maximum comfort by virtue of its extra-wide design. Whereas the tube bands provide a better handling experience by means of the accessories. The accessories add some extra work for the users to set up the resistance bands before starting any exercise.

So, in my opinion, the maximum votes go to the therapy style resistance bands, which are way more comfortable even without accessories.

2) Cost of resistance bands-

 

For some buyers, the price of resistance bands also matters a lot. For cost comparison between the two, many out of you must already be knowing the answer. So let me take you quickly to the final winner for this battle.

? WINNER-

As you already know that the therapy style resistance bands are the purest form of workout bands with no attachments and other tantrums incomparable to the tube resistance bands.

That means the therapy style resistance bands win the race for this parameter by a considerable margin.

3) Potential for doing exercises-

The therapy style resistance bands are famous for doing the therapy style exercises for healing the body pain and releasing tight muscles besides the general toning.

Here is the picture showing a difference in the kinds of exercises that can be performed with therapy style bands and tube resistance bands –

Whereas tube resistance bands are preliminary used for training all body parts similar to the dumbbells and barbells exercises in infinite plains of motions.

? WINNER-

We cannot directly compare therapy style resistance bands and tube resistance bands in the same basket. The therapy style resistance bands are made to serve kids, elders, and yoga lovers, whereas tube resistance bands are the most popular among the people who are more serious for shaping the body through higher resistance exercises.

So, there is a tie between the therapy style resistance bands and tube resistance bands because of the reason that they both serve a different class of activities and audiences.

My final opinion- Therapy style resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands.

If you are looking for general stretching of muscles and improvising flexibility routines by means of resistance bands, then you need not compare therapy style resistance bands to the tube resistance bands at all. What therapy style resistance bands can do, that cannot be achieved with tube resistance bands.

It is way easier to ankle therapy bands anywhere around your back, shoulder, arms, feet while doing power yoga, pilates, and after workout cooldown session.

In a nutshell, therapy bands and tube bands do not have any common area of interest where conflict may occur. That means buying both therapy style bands and tube resistance bands together is an absolutely right decision if you really love to perform flexibility and stretching sessions along with some harder workout routines for the body parts on a weekly basis.


Mini loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands-

Here again, tube resistance bands mean the kit of tube bands with radial ends. The mini loop bands and tube resistance bands are entirely different from each other in design and functionality.

Let us weigh the mini loop resistance bands and tube resistance bands on important parameters and find out the quick winners-

1) Comfortability while doing exercises-

The mini loop bands are used mainly for leg exercises where it is worn around the thighs or below the knees & around the ankles.

However, while using mini loop bands, many issues have been reported by users.

The most common challenge while doing mini loop bands exercises like squat, lunges, butt kicks is the rolling of resistance bands from their position as also shown in the image below –

Further, mini loop resistance bands are used directly over the skin of legs. Over the persistent use, they may cause irritation and swelling of the skin.

? Pro-Tip

There are improvised mini loop resistance bands, which have been designed after looking into the pain points of consumers using mini loop resistance bands. These improvised mini loop bands are called as fabric bands. They are a mix of fabric and latex rubber. The fabric bands are much broader and thicker as compared to the mini loop bands.

? To know more about fabric resistance bands, do check this article-Latex vs. fabric resistance bands -which one to choose?

Further, if you already own mini loop resistance bands, I would recommend you to go through this article (where some practical tips have been given to prevent rolling of the mini loop resistance bands) – Tips to prevent resistance bands from rolling – fully tested.

In comparison, tube resistance bands never come into direct contact with the skin. We always use tube resistance bands with the help of accessories. So the kind of problems which we have to face with mini loop resistance bands is non-existent in the case of tube resistance bands.

? WINNER-

Clearly, the winner is tube resistance bands when it comes to comfortability. However, there are several other factors that need to be analyzed before making a conclusion from this battle. So wait, read, and make the informed decision.

2) The cost of resistance bands-

The mini loop resistance bands are the simple rubber sheets which are joined together to form a closed loop. Whereas tube resistance bands are much more complicated with several elements to be taken care of while manufacturing in the production units.

? WINNER-

So, the clear winner is mini loop resistance bands, which beat tube resistance bands by a large number of votes.

3) The potential of different exercises with resistance bands-

The above parameter is one of the most relevant and vital differences to be read in this article for a comparison between the resistance bands types.

The booty bands have been designed to serve the muscles of the lower body. Here are some of the exercises where mini loop resistance bands shine-

  • Leg abduction
  • Leg adduction
  • Squat sidewalks
  • Hip thrusts.
  • Fire hydrants.
  • Push-up walks.

While some of the above exercises like leg abduction, leg adduction, kickbacks, can also be done with the help of tube resistance bands with the assistance of ankle cuffs and door anchors.

However, exercises such as bridges, squat works, clamshells, fire hydrant, and push-up walks are uncomfortable while doing them with tube resistance bands.

In contrast, tube resistance bands serve as an all-rounder for complete body exercises through a separate set of workout routines like biceps curls, chest press, biceps curls, and shoulder press, among others. Such, exercises are not feasible with mini loop resistance bands

? WINNER-

The mini loop resistance bands, aka hip bands and tube workout bands, serve their own set of exercises that complements each other.

That means buying a tube resistance bands kit and mini loop resistance bands together is a wise decision.

If I really have to compare mini loop bands and tube resistance bands for the parameter of potential for exercises, then tube resistance bands are way ahead as compared to the mini loop resistance bands. So clear winner on the scale is tube resistance bands.

4) The intensity of the exercises with resistance bands-

The mini loop resistance bands provide resistance in the range of 10 to 40  pounds on average. You can buy mini loop bands individually or as a combo pack of multiple resistance level bands.

The tube resistance bands provide average resistance in the range of  8 to 60 pounds. They always come in the form of a kit with multiple resistance level bands and optional accessories.

? WINNER-

The winner is tube resistance bands with full glory. The mini loop resistance bands cannot build serious muscles. Whereas tube resistance bands, when used individually or in parallel, provides enough resistance that any average person may need for gaining muscle mass.

My final opinion-mini loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands

If we combine the results from all of the above parameters that we used to weigh mini loop resistance bands and tube bands. Then, the mini loop resistance bands are left behind the tube resistance bands in terms of the potential, intensity, and value for money.

During my early training days, when I used to workout with tube resistance bands only. And I used to miss mini loop resistance bands for the kind of exercises where tube bands fail.

So, I would recommend that if possible, do buy a pair of mini loop bands along with the tube resistance bands kit.


Power loop resistance bands vs. tube resistance bands-

The comparison we discussed between the different subcategories of flat and tube resistance bands are quite easier to understand. Many readers here may not have any difficulty in deciding between the therapy bands, mini loop bands in comparison to the tube resistance bands.

However, analyzing the power loop bands and tube resistance bands against the costing, exercise potential, and usability is altogether a complete chapter in itself.

I will provide the best comparison to date between the two in the most simple words.

Let us start…

1) Comfortability in using resistance bands-

The power loop, resistance bands, as other flat loop bands are incredibly comfortable due to their flatness and the better distribution of stress over the larger surface area of the skin.

However, there are several instances while doing high-intensity exercises such as deadlifts, squat where even the power loop resistance bands may hurt a bit due to the extreme stress levels generated during exercises.

In the case of tube resistance bands, due to the lousy disbursement of pressure during exercises, they miserably failed when used directly over the skin.

Here is the picture showing better handling of stress by power loop resistance bands –

The attachments such as ankle cuffs, door anchors, and foam handles come to the rescue of tube resistance bands.

The new attachments mean the extra-work that you need to do while doing exercises with tube resistance bands.

? WINNER-

During my workout routines, while doing exercises with tube resistance bands, I need to use the complete resistance bands kit, including accessories according to the kind of exercise.

However, while doing exercises with power loop resistance bands, a pair of power loop bands are more than enough for the full-body exercises.

So, the power loop resistance bands are more practical and hasslefree when it comes to the ease of doing exercises.

NOTE

Some people may find tube resistance bands, more comfortable as compared to the power loop, resistance bands. This school of thinking may also be right, depending upon the kind of exercises that you perform most often. The power loop bands are mainly meant for doing high-intensity exercises and target the major muscle groups of the body.

I will be discussing the exercises with the tube resistance bands and the power loop resistance bands’ in complete detail in the following paragraphs.

Do stick with me.

2) The potential of exercises with resistance bands-

Both power loop resistance bands and tube resistance bands can be used for complete body workout as a standalone system. That means you may not feel like buying the tube resistance bands when you have two or three different resistance levels, pull-ups bands, and vice versa.

However, as per my experience, there are some exercises where power loop resistance bands are the leaders as compared to tube resistance bands.

I had been using tube resistance bands for a long time before I bought a pair of power loop bands. So I could understand the exercises in which I am able to perform well with my pair of power loop resistance bands. And compare them with the same exercises that I was performing with tube resistance bands.

Here is the list of some exercises where power loop resistance bands perform above expectations-

a. Deadlift

Dead lift exercise with power loop resistance band

Deadlift is one such exercise that is a proprietary of power loop resistance bands. Performing the deadlift exercises with tube resistance bands is really difficult due to the fact that you cannot remove the looseness from the bands at the bottom-most position.

Here is the picture showing slack in tube resistance band in the bottom-most position of the deadlift –

Further,  the deadlift exercises are meant for the major muscle groups like the back muscles, the resistance provided by the tube bands may not be enough for most of the advanced athletes.

b. Squat-

The squat exercise, similar to deadlift, is performed to target major muscle groups such as back and leg muscles, including glutes. Squats can easily be performed with tube resistance bands.

However, due to the fact that power loop bands provide much higher resistance, power loop bands are popular among the top athletes, powerlifters particularly for doing squats.

So, most of the intermediate and advanced athletes love to perform squat with continuous loop power bands with relatively high resistance to provide adequate tension to the major muscle groups.

The power loop resistance bands are the name of the game where the intensity of exercise is the priority.

c. Rowing-

Squat Exercise with power loop band

This exercise is mainly meant for back muscles. Both tube resistance bands and the continued loop bands are equally able to perform rowing with proper technique.

Rowing exercise also demands the intensity for most of the people who are into the fitness regimen for the last one and a half years, at least. The power loop bands do not disappoint in terms of resistance demands and comfort of doing this exercise.

d. Banded push-ups-

In this case, we increase the intensity of ordinary push-ups by wrapping the power loop bands around the upper back while pressing both loops ends with hands as shown in the picture below –

Banded push up exercise with power loop bands

Imagine if you are doing banded push-ups with the help of tube resistance bands by wrapping them around the upper back of your body. The narrow rubber tubes start irritating and itching the hands and upper back after two or three repetitions of the push-ups.

NOTE

Banded push-ups are just one example where you have to come in direct touch with the rubber bands. There are several exercises similar to the banded push-ups, where you need to anchor  resistance bands directly over the body parts. In such cases, the power loop resistance bands are the reality.

e. Calisthenics exercises-

It shall be really absurd if I do not introduce calisthenics exercises when I am talking about power loop resistance bands. The calisthenics exercises make use of body weight as the source of resistance. The typical examples of calisthenics exercises are pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, etc.

For beginners, who have not developed enough muscle mass, doing calisthenics is not only tricky but also prone to severe injuries. The power loop resistance bands, due to their ability to provide resistance of more than 200 pounds, are a perfect choice.

These bands can easily reduce the bodyweight impact over the targeted muscle groups during the initial training stages of calisthenic exercises. The tube resistance bands are just not eligible for doing calisthenics exercises.

Here is the video from TrainingPal providing detailed instructions for doing calisthenics with power loop resistance bands –

f. Functional exercises-

The exercises where you are continuously moving and changing positions rapidly are the functional exercises.

You must have seen the pro-athletes and sports persons running around the course/track with power loop bands wrapped around the waist. The wide design of flat resistance bands, such as power bands, does not irritate the skin and efficiently distributes the stress.

However, the tube resistance bands can easily overcome this shortcoming with the help of a waist belt attachment. The booty trainer and Jump training bands are the perfect examples of the tube resistance bands assisting in dynamic exercises.

The power loop bands are undoubtedly the most practical alternative for specific functional exercises without even using any accessories.

Now, many of you would be thinking about the potential of tube resistance bands in terms of the exercises they deliver in a better way.

Here are some of the exercises where tube resistance bands work much better as compared to the power loop bands in my opinion

a. Chest fly-

Doing a chest fly exercise with power loop resistance bands is way uncomfortable due to their close-loop design. However, performing chest fly with tube resistance bands by holding the foam handles with both hands and anchoring the tube bands at mid-length with door anchors is a breeze.

b. Lateral shoulder raise-

The loop design of power loop resistance bands creates an awkward situation while doing lateral shoulder raise exercise. Whether you anchor power loop bands below the knees (in a sitting position) or under your feet (in a standing position), the resistance provided by the power bands gets doubled due to the overlapping of two rubber sheets.

In case of the tube resistance bands, due to the presence of radial ends, there is no such problem.

c. Leg abduction and adduction exercises-

The leg side and front raise exercises are quite challenging to perform with power loop resistance bands due to their higher resistance and poor anchoring experience. These exercises can be very easily performed with the help of tube resistance bands by using a pair of ankle cuffs.

 

NOTE

Here, I have mentioned a few exercises to explain how pull up assist bands and tube resistance bands perform better with specific exercises than their counterparts. Do analyze the possibilities of other exercises with both types of resistance bands and find out your favorite bands for those exercises.

WINNER –So, who is the winner! Well, The tube resistance bands and power loop bands have some exclusive exercises to boast about while many of the exercises overlap with each other.

Choosing the leader between the two, on the significant part, depends upon the kind of exercises you prefer to do most often. If you are an advanced athlete who is hungry for power, the power loop bands are the winner. In case you are a beginner or an intermediate athlete, tube resistance bands are hands down for their comfort and versatility.

? Pro-Tip

It is worth mentioning here that you can improvise power loop bands by attaching handles to them using other accessories of tube resistance bands kit. Such modifications can quickly bring power loop bands on par with tube resistance bands to some extent.

? Check this creative lesson/article where I am providing the tips and tricks for attaching handles to the resistance bands  – How do i attach handles to the resistance bands?

3) The portability of resistance bands –

Portability of resistance bands may not be a priority for many of the readers. However, this factor may climb the ladder in the priority list for frequent travelers who may have to keep changing locations to serve their job.

As stated earlier, If you have tube resistance bands then you will need to carry its complete kit to be accompanied on business tours. However, if you own power loop bands, then only a pair of them, maybe more than sufficient.

Here is the picture showing a comparison of contents of the resistance bands kit needed for power bands vs tube resistance bands in the workouts –

Further, folding and storing the power loop bands and also booty bands in the briefcase or a travel bag is way more comfortable than the tube resistance bands kit.

? WINNER-

As discussed above, the power loop resistance bands occupy much less space as compared to the tube resistance bands. Further, while exercising with power loop bands, you do not need accessories as required with tube bands. As a result, the power loop bands are way more portable and practical for carrying along in family vacations and business tours.

4) The cost-effectiveness of resistance bands-

Due to the design complications and additional accessories, the cost of tube resistance bands adds up faster. The power loop resistance bands are a relatively flat piece of rubber with no carabiner and fancy attachments.

If we assume that the resistance (offered in pounds) is the most crucial parameter while analyzing resistance bands from cost-effectiveness, then we can easily conclude as under-

The typical tube resistance bands kit (including resistance bands from 10 – 60 pounds) costs higher than a typical power loop resistance bands kit having 3 to 4 different resistance level loop bands with resistance varying from 10 to 200 pounds.

? WINNER-

The power loop resistance bands are clear winners for the lowest amount of money that you have to shell out per unit pound of resistance they offer, due to their lower production cost and simple design.

5) The intensity of resistance training-

The power loop resistance bands are preliminary used because of the intensity they allow us to train our major muscle groups.

For the information of users. It is worth mentioning here that whereas the tube resistance bands provide the maximum resistance up to 50 pounds,  the power loop resistance bands can quickly provide the resistance up to 230 pounds.

The power loop bands are the first and only choice for pro-athletes and international coaches to enhance the maximum power and agility of their sportsmen.

Further, the power loop bands can easily be combined with dumbbells and barbells for added benefits of both the worlds.

Here is a relevant article where you can get more information about combining resistance bands with free weights- How to use resistance bands in combination with free weights?

? WINNER-

The power loop resistance bands are the king where high-intensity exercises for building serious muscles are concerned.

6) The shelf life of resistance bands –

The shelf life of resistance bands is one of the primary concerns for the buyers. People keep comparing the life of resistance bands with the dumbbells and barbells.

The dumbbells and barbells are a solid piece of equipment that can easily last for decades. Whereas the resistance bands can last for 2 to 3 years at maximum depending upon the exercises frequency and maintenance.

Here is a relevant article, which covers the concerns around the shelf life of resistance bands-how long do resistance bands last?

Coming back to the difference between the shelf life of power loop bands and tube resistance bands, the solid objects always live longer as compared to the hollow ones. The power loop bands are more stable and durable due to the flat design.

The tube resistance bands are the hollow from inside. Further, the detachable clips and accessories on both sides add weak links to the tube resistance bands.

? WINNER-

The power loop resistance bands are long-lasting in comparison to the tube resistance bands.

NOTE

That does not mean that the power bands can survive two or three times the life of tube resistance bands. Overall, the power loop bands are also made from the same soft and flexible natural rubber, which is bound to deteriorate with time, whether you use them or not.

That means the improvement in the shelf life of power loop resistance bands is marginally better as compared to the tube resistance bands.

7) The return on investment for your money-

The return on investment simply means how much returns you get in terms of exercises and muscle gain in comparison to the money you paid for purchasing the resistance bands.

As we discussed before, the power loop resistance bands are cheaper and cost-effective alternative to the tube resistance bands. Further, the power loop resistance bands challenge the existence of tube resistance bands through a library of high-intensity exercises covering the major body parts.

The tube resistance bands cannot be ignored easily. They stand for comfortability and versatility.

? WINNER-

The power loop resistance bands are a way to go when the return on investment is concerned. The tube resistance bands can be a good option for beginners and people who want the broadest range of exercises.

The tube workout bands provide gripping and feel similar to the dumbbells and barbells. That can be another reason for some people to choose tube resistance bands to overpower loop resistance bands.

? IDEA – 

To make your decision a bit more difficult, it is worth mentioning here that foam handles can also be attached to the power loop resistance bands. Just check the picture here- 

For more details, do visit this article – How do I attach handles to the resistance bands?


My final opinion- Power loop resistance bands vs. Tube resistance bands

Many congratulations to you for reaching to this point where I shall be shedding some more light on the battle between the power loop resistance bands and tube resistance bands.

Power loop resistance bands are the overall winner being the best value for money for people looking to make their workouts more challenging and more laborious.

However, when it comes to accessories and resemblance to the dumbbells/barbells, tube resistance bands are the best option. The tube resistance bands serve the purpose for most of the population looking for general fitness options within home premises.

? Just in case, you want to get detailed specifications for a variety of resistance bands and detailed methodology for choosing the bands, do check this article – How to choose resistance bands – ultimate visual guide you need


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