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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here is the answer to your frequently-asked question:


Your question was: How do I exercise at the appropriate intensity during a Thera-Band workout?

Our experts said: While traditional resistance training utilizes a "percent of 1 repetition maximum" (ie, 6-80% 1RM), such intensity designations are not appropriate for elastic resistance. Instead, it's recommended to use the 'perceived exertion' scales, such as Borg or OMNI scales, in combination with a 'multiple repetition maximum' (RM), or the amount of resistance that can be moved over a certain number of repetitions. For example, exercise as a moderate perceived exertion* for 8-12RM for strength training to 20-25RM for rehabilitation. Once an individual can easily complete a prescribed number of sets and repetitions below the 'moderate' RPE level, progress to the next color level, and reduce the number of repetitions to the lower RM number.

*Moderate intensity on a Borg Scale is 12-14, while the Omni Scale uses 5.


TheraBand Elastic Resistance: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I exercise the same muscle with elastic resistance on consecutive days?
Can I print handouts from your website for my clients?
Can I use multiple pieces of bands or tubing to increase the resistance of an exercise?
Can Thera-Band resistance bands / tubing be chewed for oral sensory input exercises?
How much do your products cost?
Do I need to have eye protection while using Thera-Band elastic resistance?
Do the bands or tubing stretch out over time with repeated use?
Do Thera-Band latex bands and tubing contain phthalates, PVC, or lead?
Do you have a handout of precautions for patients using Thera-Band elastic resistance?
Do you have instructions for use for TheraBand Accessories (Assist Strap, Exercise Handle, Door Anchor)?
Do you have product instructions in other languages?
What are the bands and tubing made of?
Why do the bands or tubing break, and what precautions should I take?
When should I replace my bands or tubing?
Can latex bands and tubing be used in a chlorine pool?
Why and under what circumstances is it better to prescribe latex-free Thera-Band bands over standard latex Thera-Band bands?
How do the Thera-Band latex-free bands compare with the original latex bands?
Can Thera-Band bands be purchased powder free?
What is the shelf life of Thera-Band bands and tubing ?
How do I connect the bands or tubing for exercise?
Do you have a manual of exercises for bands and tubing?
Can I purchase single lengths of bands or tubing to replace the one I have?
How does Thera-Band brand compare to other brands?
Why should I purchase Thera-Band brand instead of a competitive brand?
How do the forces produced by bands compare to tubing?
Are there any specific conditions under which bands would be preferred over tubing or vice versa?
How do bands and tubing compare to free weights (such as dumbbells)?
Do elastic bands and tubing provide similar results compared to free weights?
Doesn't the force increase at the end range, not allowing me to complete a full range of motion?
How many repetitions will the bands or tubing withstand?
How long can I stretch the bands or tubing?
How do I clean the Thera-Band elastic bands or tubing?
How do I exercise at the appropriate intensity during a Thera-Band workout?
How do I know when to progress to the next color band?
How many calories are burned when strengthening with elastic resistance?
How do I purchase your products?
Do you support research projects with your products?
Should I clean bands or tubing between patient uses?
What is the Thera-Band System of Progressive Resistance?
What color band or tubing should I use?
What exercises should I do with your bands or tubing?
What is RPE or "Rating of Perceived Exertion"
What is the history of the Thera-Band Brand?
What is the OMNI Scale, and how is it used?
What length of band or tubing should I use?
What resistance or force is produced by the bands and tubing?