Bravissimo, have you ever used the blue "strong" jumpstretch band?
If resistance bands can only improve your strength a little bit, then I'm sure that you must have no problem doing squats, deads, military presses, good mornings with this. That is a good feat for many here. It is basically a 175lb military press. Then, of course, there is no law that says that you can't double bands up. Those of us with a 350 lb military press, please stand up (Depalma remains seated).
I'll quote Alwyn Cosgrove from "Your Body is a Barbell,":
"Muscles are just plain dumb. Despite their ability at some level to perform amazing Cirque De Soleil type feats, muscles only ‘know’ two things – stretch and tension. They can’t differentiate between stretches (whether the stretch is coming from yoga or from Taekwon-do kicking) or types of tension."
While an argument can be made for or against certain types of resistance based on where in the range of motion the tension is greatest, this is goal dependent and cannot be used to make a blanket statement such as bands can only make you stronger a little bit.
As long as the bands are providing a challenging resistance, there is no necessity to go to the gym. Of course, I'm all for adding as many tools to my toolbox as possible, bands, dumbells, barbells, cable machines, free motion machines, kettlebells, medecine balls, sleds, etc. They all can have a place in a training program. However, if a person only has access to bands, as long as they follow the principle of progressive overload and choose the manner in which they provide that overload so that it coincides with their goals and start with nutrition that supports both their goals and their training, they will be fine.
Are you against body weight exercises too?
Last edited by Depalma; 05-20-2008 at 11:51 AM.