Wearable Resistance Band Training is a relatively new entry into the field of Resistance Training. It can be traced back to 2006 when the MASS Suit was developed as a wearable resistance band training system (66). Backed with testimonials, expert opinions and reviews, the MASS Suit remains without high level peer reviewed research. Additional products, designs and upgrades have been developed over time that fill the marketplace with options that have little or no evidence basis.
I have accumulated historical facts, personal clinical experience, peer reviewed evidence, personal clinical trials, anecdotal testimonials and communications with other health care and movement and wellness professionals that has enabled me to present what I believe to be a logical progression of facts and ideas on the subject of Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) Training validating it’s usefulness and consideration.
Wearable Resistance Band Training is a type/class of Resistance Training that has rarely been presented by experts or researched. There is no definition of WRB Training that has consensus. I have developed terminology that will begin to define the subject more clearly for discussion, revision and eventual consensus for consideration and review of the reader and welcome your comments and edits.
Definition of Wearable Resistance Band Training
Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) Training involves the use of belts, straps, socks, gloves and other wearable garb to anchor resistance bands to various parts of the body to be used for resistance training.
Why Wearable Resistance Band Training?
Wearable Resistance Band Training represents a novel option for health care professionals and therapists to attach to and recommend to their patients/clients as adjuncts to their existing protocols, treatments and therapy for many applications in order improve outcomes, expand services and treat movement problems at different speeds, anywhere, anytime.
- Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) Training incorporates many of the advantages of Free Weight Training, Resistance Training Machine Training, Resistance Band Training and Wearable Weight Training (see above).
- WRB Training is hands free
- WRB Training has the wearer independent to move about
- WRB Training is not gravity dependent (not g-force)
- WRB Training recruits muscles at all anchored locations and beyond
- WRB Training is dependent on the length, strength and stretch of the component resistant bands
- WRB produces variable resistance training
- WRB Training has single joint, multiple joint and integrated body applications
- WRB Training improves balance
- WRB Training reduces sway and perturbation WRB Training improves balance
- WRB Training reduces sway and perturbation
- WRB Training promotes facial (connective tissue) function and fitness
- WRB Training promotes strength, stamina and speed of muscle engines
- WRB Training promotes bone strength and health
- WRB Training promotes cardio respiratory health
- WRB Training promotes weight loss
- WRB Training makes the wearer a better adapter/commentator because of CNS stimulation
- WRB Training promotes side-to-side agility
- WRB Training promotes core strength
- WRB Training promotes lower extremity strength and mass
- WR promotes postural health and fitness
- WRB Training promotes coordination
- WRB Training promotes vertical explosion
- WRB Training promotes speed and endurance
- WRB Training produces “real world” stresses when worn while gait training, walking, running, dancing, practicing Tai Chi or Yoga, sitting to standing that make living everyday life and performing everyday tasks therapeutic
- WRB Training is more effective in exercising dual task situations (a dual task situation is when someone is walking down a street and there is an obstacle in front of the walker that must be simultaneously addressed (72)
- WRB Training allows for indoor, outdoor and constant use
- WRB Training is portable and travels easily
- WRB Training is inexpensive
WRB Training is capable of amplify the force of g-force and grf as foundational stresses for resistance training using a different force than gravitational (see “Working With Gravity” below), temporary elastic stretch force.
Wearable Resistance Band Systems are inexpensive, travel well, and require little space to use. They are easy to use after a short and painless learning curve. The workout bands come in different strengths that are usually color coded.
Unlike RBT, using WRB Training allows for treatment of asymmetry and imbalances in muscles by applying different colored bands left/right or front/back to the anchors.
Key Takeaway: WRB Training users can move freely, untethered, while exercising and performing everyday functions and sports or designed exercise programs that provide full body benefits and connective tissue health that include CNS participation, facial stimulation and reaction (73).
Summarily, there is a logical progression presented here that wearable resistance band training has the potential to create an experiential paradigm in exercise, training and therapy that is incomplete and in its infancy.