The Science Behind the Bands

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The Science Behind Kbands

Kbands are convenient.  They are not a new technology.  Resistance has been added just above the knee in all levels of training.  Bands are wrapped around the knee in rehabilitation centers and strength and conditioning facilities all over the world.  What Kbands offer, which has not been offered before, is the ability to move naturally with resistance due to the strap.  The strap keeps the bands in place while the tension added from the bands fire the glutes and hips. The quads and hamstrings can also be fired using specific isolated movements.

So why are the Kbands important for the average Joe?  The world is becoming sedentary. Everyone is sitting more than they used to.  By sitting so many people are beginning to develop short tight hip flexors and glutes that are not firing properly.  When they are not firing properly they start getting weaker and weaker.  What happens when they become weaker is that your body begins using other muscles and tendons to do the function your large muscle groups, glutes, are supposed to be doing. This may not cause any immediate problems, but over time it will lead to unstable hips and loose knees.  These two phrases may not mean much to the average Joe, but they can be devastating as people age.  Hip instability and loose knees will cause an array of lower leg problems.  The knees are one of the most important joints when it comes to getting around, and most would think that a bad knee is simply that, a bad knee.  But what they may not know is that the instability in their hips and weak glutes are causing their knee problems.  The knee is a hinge joint, and any time the knee does not move in that fashion, problems occur.

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So how will Kbands help my knees? Kbands add resistance to the legs by pulling them inward.  This may cause some people to say that cannot be good for the knees, but they would be mistaken.  The large glute muscles of the body are responsible for controlling internal rotation of the femur.  So by strapping Kbands around a person’s legs, that person’s glutes will begin firing instantly.  The instant activation of the glutes will help the average Joe bring hip and knee stability back into their life. This alone is enough for everyone to begin training with Kbands. Kbands can also target other muscle groups through different dynamic and static movements.  For example:Front Raise – Quad    RDL – hamstring    Oblique Knee Up – oblique, hip flexor, abdominals….Ect…..    

Another aspect of Kbands that I didn’t realize until I tested it, was how they can raise your heart rate.  In all my years of training I know resistance training will raise your heart rate, but I had no idea how effective the bands could be in aerobics until I began running group classes.  I noticed people in the class becoming winded much easier than before, so I began tracking their heart rates. What I found is that everyone’s heart rate increased around 15-18% simply by strapping the bands on and doing everyday aerobic movements.  Next, I wanted to make sure this was not a fluke.  So I did a squat test with and without the bands. The test was done on back-to-back days with identical resting heart rates.  The group I tested squatted once every two seconds for three minutes.  Once again I found each person’s heart rate to be 15-18% higher than when they were doing squats without the bands on.  Simply adding a bit of resistance gave that much of an increase.  I was very pleased with the results.  After these results I began developing a program that would maintain an elevated heart rate without over doing it, while using the bands to sculpt the legs through resistance training.  This program has evolved into what it is today.