Aug 312013 This video features a five-star review written by a 58 year-old man for SLEEK-TONE exercise bands and narrated by a voice familiar to nearly all Americans. The reviewer, "DDE", has reached the plateau of upper middle age and believes these loop bands are a way to help him stay limber as he gets older. He cites as an inspiration the German tennis player Tommy Haas, who at the age of 35 continues to rank high on the pro tour, an advanced age for the incredible demands of his sport. DDE points out that Haas uses resistance bands to stay fit and to rehabilitate the injuries that often plague tennis players.

Exercise bands, and the subset of closed loop bands that SLEEK-TONE focuses on and sells on, have risen in popularity recently. Aficionados of these simple but effective devices cite their reasonable cost and obvious convenience as practical reasons to own them. But as DDE's testimonial indicates, they offer very real physical benefits and should have a place in the workout routines of both occasional exercisers and serious athletes. Exercise bands use the resistance inherent in the latex rubber itself and therefore provide an alternative and a supplement to gravity-based weight work. It is possible to target specific muscle groups and carefully control the direction of force, which is one reason why physical therapists so often use and recommend them for rehab of injuries.

At the end of the video, our sonorous reader characteristically waxes philosophical about how exercise has "made DDE's feathers brighter," how he is "not caged, nor a couch potato", how this is what counts "as the days grow shorter, and the dusk comes upon us." A more cheerful and less weighty point is that resistance bands can help us stay fit, toned and flexible regardless of our age.

SLEEK-TONE is dedicated to making high-quality, reliable resistance loops that preserve their elasticity even through long use. The set of bands comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Aug 062013

In this video, Faye shows us the Side-Lying Leg Lift, an exercise that is particularly beneficial for firming hips, thighs, and glutes.

Resistance bands and the subset seen here of resistance loops have soared in popularity recently. Casual exercisers have embraced them because they are cheap, simple, and highly effective for strengthening and toning. Committed athletes make use of them to target specific muscle groups to improve their chances of succeeding in their sport. Physiotherapists favor resistance band loops because they are a safe way to target a range of ailments and injuries, and to develop and encourage greater flexibility in their patients, including the elderly.

Faye puts a SLEEK-TONE Resistance Loop around her ankles and lies on her side. With one leg anchored to the floor and her pelvis stable, she lifts her other leg against the band toward the ceiling, then slowly brings it back down. The resistance immediately met is great for toning hips, thighs and glutes. Maybe for this reason, the Side-Lying Leg Lift is particularly popular with women. As she explains, SLEEK-TONE resistance bands are color-coded and each set offers three distinct levels of resistance depending on the needs of the user. Faye instructs us to do 10 reps and then turn over to do the same exercise with the other leg.

She concludes by stressing the convenience and elegant simplicity of resistance bands. You do not have to be at the gym or health club to increase strength and flexibility. You can get in your refreshing workout anyplace you find yourself!

Jul 302013

In this video, Faye shows how to use resistance band loops to strengthen and tone the glutes or butt muscles. Exercise bands have risen in popularity recently. Faye mentions that convenience and portability are part of why she likes them so much. She can pack and take them with her and be able to have a thorough workout almost anywhere. Other people like resistance loop bands because of their simplicity and low cost. Finally, physiotherapists regularly use and recommend them as a safe way to rehab injuries.

The Great Glutes Exercise shown here starts from a standing position with a resistance loop around the ankles. You begin with a big lateral step while going into a squat. Then you power up and back to the neutral position. This motion works the glutes hard, with the band resistance enhancing the benefits. The exercise should be repeated with the amount of resistance right for each person, and should be repeated in the opposite direction. The Great Glutes is especially recommended for athletes such as basketball or soccer players who need to develop lateral speed.

Faye stresses the importance of correct posture while doing this exercise. You need to keep centered in the squat with head up, shoulders back, and knees square to keep the workout focused where you want it. As you get tired, your legs may either start to "bow" inwards, or else you may unconsciously start pointing your feet outward. Doing this puts most of the stress onto the quads and reduces the benefits to the glutes, so staying centered in the squat with knees square over the toes is essential.

Faye says that she uses SLEEK-TONE brand resistance band loops, available on, because she feels they are a little sturdier and better-made than others on the market. She also states that there are no 'magic bullets' when it comes to getting or staying fit, but varying your workout to target a range of muscle groups definitely helps. And resistance bands are a great way to achieve this.