I know, some of you have your doubts (as do I, as do I) about the awesomeness of stretchy bands. Laura was all like, "Stretchy bands fit in my carry-on well when I travel, but they're just not as satisfying as real weights. Plus, it's really easy to wuss out on a stretchy band (just don't pull it so hard, or stand closer to whatever you're hooking it around), whereas with weights you're either lifting it or you're not."
These are all good points, and I appreciate the concern. I agree that weights would be better, and I do have a set of dumbbells at home, but the stretchy bands fit my apartment well -- not to mention my wallet's aversion to gym memberships. But I shall be careful not to wuss out.
As a beginner with these stretchy bands, I am following the "Beginner" program on the unhandy exercise poster that came with my Power Tubes. (Do they actually think I'm going to hang this thing?) Like some people, I work better with a set program, and these -- well, let's face it, they're instructions -- these instructions say to start with two days a week, focusing on back, chest and shoulders on Day 1 (that was Sunday) and then arms, trunk and legs on Day 2.
Day 1 whipped me pretty good, but Day 2 left a little to be desired. Trunk curls and crunches didn't feel very challenging, and the squats and lunges didn't do much for me either. I thought, Maybe I can do more. While still standing on the stretchy bands after the first set of squats, I thought perhaps I could work my calves into the workout. I stretched the handles up to my shoulders as explained for the squats, I lifted my heels, and -- thwACK!
Mission control to Viper, your feet were holding down the rubber band to create tension. If you lift your feet, bad things will happen. Over.My back suffered a mild lashing. So I have, at the very least, proven that I'm an idiot. However, Nitmos is not off the hook yet.