I understand the discomfort of frequent interruptions while working out, especially with loop resistance bands due to rolling up of resistance bands from their original position.
Here I put a more profound thought into the reasons behind rolling up of resistance bands and provide you with top seven tips that are super easy to implement along with some fantastic ideas you may never know –
Tips to prevent resistance bands from rolling up?
- Choose the right dimensions of resistance bands.
- Choose the right type of resistance bands.
- Choose the right material for resistance bands.
- Place exercise bands symmetrically around the legs.
- Don’t place loop bands too high above the knees.
- Wear tight leg pants
- Shave/wax the legs
Knowing the above-listed tips shall not be enough until you don’t understand what they mean actually in depth. Before letting me first provide you a quick explanation of the reasons behind the rolling up of resistance bands.
Let me quickly explain
Why do resistance bands roll up?
The most resistance bands are made with latex rubber having a slippery surface. When these latex loop resistance bands are wrapped around the legs above the knees. Due to the angled surface of thighs during exercise, the bands tend to roll up under stress.
Further, If bands are wrapped over bare skin or loose clothing, the issue of rolling up becomes more prominent.
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Some ladies with thicker thighs have this issue of rolling of workout bands more than skinny people. Thick thighs increase the angle at which loop bands are placed, causing the booty bands to slip more from their position.
Top Seven Fantastic tips we have for you with bonus recommendations
1. Choose the right dimensions of resistance bands
By dimensions of resistance, I mean working out with a sleek loop band vs. a wider resistance band. Wider loop resistance bands due to their better grip tend to slip lesser.
Further, if you are making use of comparatively lengthier loop bands according to your height, hip bands are sure to slip from their original position due to loose grip.
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The loop resistance bands come in two different circumferences of 9 inches and 12 inches. If you are below 6 feet in height, always for go for 9 inches loop workout bands.
2. Choose the right type of resistance bands –
There are numerous designs of resistance bands in the market. Just check this article – Types of resistance bands and their uses.
If you possess the kit of tube resistance bands with cylindrical hollow tubes and D cycles on both the ends and try to use them as booty bands around the thighs as under –
They won’t provide you with an adequate grip. Better go for extra wide loop bands instead.
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There are some unique kind of resistance bands made exclusively to prevent resistance bands from rolling up. Those bands come with thigh cuffs and ankle cuff which provides way better gripping than ordinary booty bands.
3. Choose the right material of resistance bands –
Ninety-nine percent of resistance bands sold in the market are made out of latex rubber along with non-latex synthetic rubber in some cases.
To know more about the latex and non-latex resistance bands, check this article – Latex vs non-latex resistance bands.
These bands come with a shiny and slippery surface, which is the root cause skidding of resistance bands.
The alternative to latex and non-latex resistance bands are the fabric loop bands, which are the mixture of latex and cloth fabric.
These fabric bands are way comfortable on bare skin and extra wider for much better skin.
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Fabric loop bands are not all rosy. They do have some limitations like lesser elasticity and bulky. Check out the head on comparison in this visual explanation – Latex vs. Fabric Resistance bands.
4. Place resistance loop bands symmetrically around the legs –
This tip sounds quite apparent. Be more focussed on symmetry while placing loop bands around the thighs.
Place booty bands at the same height around the legs. The side of the loop band at comparatively lower height tends to slip more than the other side.
5. Don’t place loop bands high enough from the knees–
When I put the hip bands several inches above the knees towards the butts, the slope at the sides of thighs become more angular, forcing the bands to move upwards at a faster pace during exercise.
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Always prefer to wrap loop bands below the knees and around knees where legs are in the vertical plane with no risk of rolling of resistance bands as shown in the picture below
Otherwise, keep hip bands only one or two inches above knees at the most if your exercise demands the use of thighs.
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6. Wear tight leg pants –
When loop exercise bands are placed around the thighs, the surface of both bands and legs matters. If you are wearing loose shorts or pants, then resistance bands slip more.
Always wear skin light leg pants to ensure a better experience.
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Always prefer pure cotton pants than clothes made with synthetic stuff to ensure a better grip with loop bands.
7. Shave your legs –
This tip works best for people who work out with shorts and needs to place workout bands around the bare skin in parks or on beaches.
I have hairy legs that not only tend to roll up the bands but also cause steep pain due to leg hairs sticking over the leg bands.
You can well imagine the discomfort in such a case. Better wax your legs regularly if you are the one like me.
After going through all of the tips out there, you must be confused between doing some modifications as mentioned above in your clothing and making some minor adjustments here and there while putting resistance bands around your legs OR upgrade the existing bands to a better version.
As per my own opinion, if you already possess resistance bands, especially booty loop exercise bands, do try to make some adjustments and see if those changes help you in reducing the rolling up of resistance bands.
If you are still in the initial stage of buying the resistance bands, I would suggest you go for broader loop bands with an appropriate length suitable for your height. Further, you may not also go for fabric resistance bands and other innovative designs, I discussed during the article.
You may also visit the Unique Collection of Resistance Bands from Unique Addict for some really unique resistance bands at affordable prices.
- My resistance bands hurt my skin during my daily workouts. What to do?
Do wear some clothing over your skin. That should solve your problem. Another reason may be the wrong type of resistance band used for the right kind of exercise. Go for flat and wider resistance bands for use over bare skin always. Otherwise, get medical advice for the risk of latex allergy and go for fabric and non-latex resistance bands.
- Resistance bands are still rolling up, and tips you suggested are not much working.
Upgrade the resistance bands to the broader designs along with accessories such as ankle and thigh cuffs. This should completely resolve the skidding of resistance bands altogether.
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