I am Blake Kassel and I am the creator of The Bodylastics strength
training gym. Our unique super system is a complete exercise or
fitness center membership in a 2 pound bag, for less than the cost
of one month at most better equipped clubs. Click
here to compare us to Bowflex and Soloflex
also known as resistance bands are not just for aerobics classes
anymore! Our unique and adjustable design will enable you to effectively
work all of the same muscles as Bowflex and Soloflex but for 100's
and even 1000's less!
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Men, Women, Children, Elderly, Athletic, what we have was designed
for you whether you are professional,
just starting, need rehabilitation or want something so you can
free up extra space in your home. Our friends in Japan where living
spaces are quite limited really love us for that reason!
I know I personally regret leaving home for business because that
means I must actually go to a gym when I travel. I have to look
for one, call them for directions, you know the routine....
Friends of mine even use Bodylastics to warm themselves up before
they go on stage or head out to the playing field. The uses are
endless. Try to stick a Bowflex in your suitcase!
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your life with Strength Training!
you are an athlete, busy mom, scuba diver, power lifter, construction
worker, older adult or high school senior, strength training can
greatly enhance you daily life and activities.
In recent years
there have been many, many exercise fads that have come and gone.
However, The one which has survived over the decades even centuries
is strength training. Strength training is so vital to every day
life because it can help maintain the muscular balance of the body.
The human body is very similar to a car, if one wheel or component
of the car is not working correctly it negatively effects the entire
system. This especially becomes important as we age or when we compete
in sports. Click here for an article
about strength training benefits for kids and teens. Click
here to read an article about the specific strength training
benefits for women.
can easily be performed with the old standbys, free weights and
machines. However, there are several problems with these two types
of equipment. They take up space, are not portable and in many cases
are extremely expensive. Just look at the Bowflex, do you have $1000
to spend right now? Well, there's great news! Recently, there have
been advances in effective workout systems, specifically resistance
bands. The new generation of resistance bands are versatile and
effective. They are perfect for strength training. Click
here to see the different types.
You will certainly
get the positive motion of the exercise and even more of the negative
(this is the strength building part of any movement). You see, with
free weights you can just drop the weights. This is not so with
elastic tubing, you MUST perform the negative under control.
am I and why should you listen to me?
Who am I and
why should you listen to me? My name is Blake Kassel and simply
put, I have already tried it all. Strength training has been a part
of my life since childhood. I had my first set of free weights when
I was 13, a Soloflex when I was 15, and joined a
hard-core bodybuilding gym in NYC when I was 16.
I once tried
to calculate all of the collective time that I had spent in the
gym and I was shocked to see that it worked out to several years!
Although I had
access to heavy weight equipment there were so many many times that
I wished I had a strength training machine that I could use in my
room, on the road, or even outside. When I was in college (those
were the days when I was competing in Bodybuilding) someone told
me about these new great resistance bands that I could use right
in my room.
There was one
problem - they did not have enough resistance to challenge my muscles
- and back then I WAS STRONG.
The newer resistance
band systems enable you to combine bands so that you can create
the equivalent of a 45lb dumbbell or barbell. This 45lbs feels like
60 lbs though because you must actually perform the negative movement
of the exercise.
does the muscle work?
we go any further, let's talk about strength and how it relates
to your muscle. Do you know how a muscle works? It's actually a
great question. Your muscle has many many fibers that run along
it's length. When your body tells your muscle to shorten something,
happens called crossbridging (this is very complicated so I won't
bore you) which in turn causes the muscle fibers to contract and
shorten. When you work your muscle against resistance microscopic
tears in the muscle are created. This is why you get sore. When
the tears heal it generates a stronger and many times a slightly
will my muscles get stronger with anything but weights?
pretty simple, really. When you overload your muscle with resistance
your muscle will have to adapt. How's it going to adapt? It is going
to have to become stronger. How will it become stronger? It will
have to get bigger. This is the principle of adaptation.
fact about working your muscle against resistance is that your muscle
does not know the type of resistance it is. Yes, your muscle is
blind. It will not know whether you are working with free weights,
machines or elastic bands.
I have met many
bodybuilders and powerlifters who have added muscle and strength
using resistance bands. As I said just make sure that you can add
enough resistance with your elastic set so that the muscle is struggling
on the last rep of every set.
How do resistance bands work?
have been around for a long time, although they have really become
popular again in the last 4 to 5 years. Jack La Lanne sold elastic
bands as an exercise tool in the 50's!
How do resistance
bands work? The first fact to remember is that your muscle is blind.
It only knows that it is working against resistance not what type
of resistance. Resistance bands create resistance (tension) as you
stretch them. Believe it or not they actually have an advantage
over free weights. Elastic Resistance bands create more resistance
as you stretch them as opposed to free weights where the tension
is constant. Why is that an advantage? When your muscle is just
starting to shorten it will be using less muscle fibers (fibers
actually are what make up your muscles) - this is when you want
less resistance. As it shortens further the muscle will recruit
more and more muscle fibers - this is when you want the muscle to
work harder against more resistance. This is very similar to the
"cam system" which you will find on the $1000 machines
in the best gyms