Now that the temperatures have dropped below freezing and snow is impending (I can’t believe we don’t have any snow yet, by the way!), my workouts have moved indoors. I don’t belong to a gym, so when Rubberbanditz offered to send me a “portable gym kit” to try out, I was more than happy to accept.
Rubberbanditz are flat resistance bands with optional accessories such as hand grips and door straps, which make a wider variety of exercises easily accessible. Says the company’s website, “with the guidance of our visual manual and self-guided tutorials, you will be able to follow one of our certified fitness routines or customize your own personal workout. Our user-friendly training materials will assist you in: strength training, bodyweight management, core strengthening/stabilization and stretching.”
I especially love the company’s focus on sustainability (all damaged bands are send to Scrap Exchange to be used for arts and crafts projects) and community outreach. Right now, Rubberbanditz is participating in the Carolina for Kibera Charity Match – For every mobile gym kit purchased before 1/31/2011, Rubberbanditz will donate a band to Carolina For Kibera (CFK), a grassroots organization that promotes youth leadership in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, through sports and women’s empowerment initiatives. CFK is using bands to develop a mobile fitness program led by local youth.
How cool is that?
And what about the workout itself, you asked? In true Savvy Eats fashion, I have broken it down into a pros and cons list.
- Portability. The full gym kit is small and weighs less than a pound. So not only is it great for home use, it is also perfect for traveling!
- The optional hand grips (which are easily attached/detached via carabiners) keep the bands from digging into your palms.
- The hand grips and door strap make a wider variety of exercises possible, so it is easier to do a full-body workout with just the workout kit.
- The bands are flat and sturdy, so they don’t roll up or ride up on your ankles or arms like other resistance bands I’ve tried.
- The bands often feel too long, so it is harder to get into the right position for some of the exercises. Part of this can be contributed to the fact that I am so short, but I’ve also found that some exercises are better if I fold one of the bands in half and hold each end instead of using one band for each hand.
- Because the bands feel so long, it can be difficult to achieve and sustain the right amount of tension in the bands to really “feel” the workout.
Want to try it out for yourself? Rubberbanditz has been generous enough to offer a giveaway so that one of you can try the workout, too! The winner will receive:
- 1 light band
- 1 instructional DVD
- 1 door strap
- 2 hand grips with carabiners
There are THREE ways to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite portable workout.
2. Follow Rubberbanditz on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. “Like” Rubberbanditz on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me you did so.
I will choose a winner next Tuesday, December 21!
* This contest has now closed. The winner is Kelsey, who said,
“My favorite portable work-out is sit-ups and push-ups! You don’t have to bring anything with you, all you need is a floor “
Congratulations, Kelsey! Send your mailing information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you your prize! *