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Session 2: Fitness Using a Theraband Therabands are a great tool for strength training, and have a number of benefits that traditional dumbbells don’t provide. For example, therabands are easier to use, can provide greater muscle power development, and are easy to travel with and store. Therabands also help prevent improper form when exercising, which results in an exercise that is safer and more effective. To begin any theraband exercise, make sure you have a good grip on the band: 1. Lay the band flat in your hand with the end toward your pinky finger. 2. Wrap the long end of the band around the back of your hand. 3. Grasp firmly.11

To change the resistance of a theraband (i.e., make it more or less challenging), focus on tension.

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 Move the location of your grip on the band. Moving your grip

closer to the ends of the band will make the exercise easier (less resistance); moving your grip toward the middle of the band will make the exercise more challenging.  Stepping on the band with both feet results in a more challenging exercise (more resistance) than with just one foot.  Change the amount of “slack” between your feet—more slack between your feet results in a tighter band and more resistance. Less slack equals less resistance.

Use of thera-bands [photograph]. Retrieved January, 2014 from

http://www.nia.nih.gov/sites/default/files/nia_exercise_and_physical_activity.pdf

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