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Hexrox Resistance Bands

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

In January 2008 I had triple coronary by-pass surgery. That was a wakeup call that focussed my attention on health and wellness. After my post--surgery physio appointments, I purchased a Concept2 rowing machine which I used five days a week. The Concept2 is the only piece of exercise machinery that I have consistently used for cardio until two years ago, when I substituted my time on the machine for bicycle riding. I still use the Concept2 for those rainy days when I cannot go on my bike ride.

I also learned that strength training was especially recommended for older adults. Done regularly, strength training builds bone and muscle and preserves strength, independence and energy. I tried weight training for a while but found the workouts hurt my joints. Three years ago I discovered latex resistance bands. I found I could use them safely for various exercises without experiencing any post-workout joint pains.

Unlike free weights, resistance bands offer progressive resistance. This means that the resistance increases the farther the band is stretched. For example an extra- light 41 inch loop band may start at zero resistance and progressively increase to 16 pounds of resistance when stretched to double its length. This progressive resistance is easier on the joints as you don’t experience the heaviest resistance at your weakest point - in most cases at the start of the movement.

The following chart from the manufacturer of Hexrox latex bands shows the resistance levels of the bands at different elongations.

Hexrox Bands






0 pounds

16.1 pounds

22 pounds

31 pounds


0 pounds

28.7 pounds

45.6 pounds

59.7 pounds


0 pounds

49.6 pounds

72.8 pounds

97 pounds


0 pounds

54.6 pounds

88.2 pounds

116.8 pounds

Hexrox bands are manufactured in layers rather than molded. You will notice or be able to feel the sealed edge of a layer on both sides of the band. The special latex formulation, together with the layered process ensures that the bands will resist snapping even if there is a weak section such as a small tear or nick on the edges. This is the added safety feature we looked at when we considered band manufacturers. Even though our bands remain safe after hours of use, we do recommend that you periodically examine your bands and replace them if you notice any nicks or areas of weakness. Here are some safety and general guidelines to consider when using any resistance band.

  1. Examine your bands periodically for any tears and replace them if their integrity is compromised.

  2. Ensure that the bands are not in contact with any sharp edges or consistently stepped on when exercising on sandy or other abrasive surfaces.

  3. Avoid overstretching any section of the band. All the band exercises recommended on our site fall well within this guideline.

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