Until the early 1980s, rubber resistance products were mainly used for physical rehabilitation purposes. Then SPRI introduced the SPRI Xertube with looped tubing handles for upper-body use and SPRI Xercise Bands for lower-body use. These products allowed instructors to easily and cost-effectively lead large groups in resistance training for health, fitness, and performance applications. The demand for rubber resistance products—and the ever-expanding training needs of instructors —quickly grew in the ’90s, and the industry continued to push for more-advanced products.
SPRI developed and tested “dipped” tubing, the purest and most resilient form of rubber tubing available (compared to weaker “extruded” tubing). SPRI also added more specialized features to new and existing products. For instance, hard and foam-covered handles were added to the Xertube, cuffs were added to increase comfort and keep the product in place during use, and rings of tubing were made to withstand higher resistance demands.
Today, all SPRI rubber resistance ropes are still put through the most rigorous controlled testing available, including extensive trials in the field. The entire SPRI team, including the advisory committee and instructors, is constantly out there, visiting firsthand with those who use the products the most and staying ahead of the trends in the industry. This allows SPRI to actively explore new ways to continue offering the best, most cutting-edge rubber fitness & exercise bands and applications on the market.
Rubber resistance products—also known as rubber fitness & exercise bands —have multiple applications, including muscle isolation, integrated strength training, high-energy sports conditioning, and rehabilitation after an injury or surgery. They’re not gravity-dependent, which means the user can move in any direction, through any plane of movement. But best of all, they’re lightweight, portable tools, which means you can take them wherever you go, or use them at home on days when you can’t get to the gym.
SPRI’s rubber resistance bands include Resistance Ropes, Xercise Bands, Superbands, Braided Xertubes, Xerings, Step Tubes, Xercuffs, and Lex Loops. Most products are available in multiple levels of resistance that are color-coded for easy identification, with yellow being “very light” (for beginners) and blue being “heavy” (for more advanced applications). You simply move up to each successive resistance level as your training or rehabilitation exercises progress. Each product includes an exercise guide with handy tips and a sampling of workouts. Browse our rubber fitness & exercise bands today and get started on expanding your current workout routine!