During the course of your training session, your resistance bands will stretch as they are pulled away from the anchor point. If they are stretched over sharp or rough edges, wear-and-tear will speed up and the resistance band may snap even if it is still relatively new. Snapping resistance bands pose a risk of injury to the user and to those around them.
Aside from sharp edges you should also be cautious of square tubing with edges that are not rounded off.
Sharp edges can be easy to identify but textured surfaces can also lead to accelerated wear and tear for your resistance bands. Even if there are no sharp edges on your anchor point still look out for rough textures
The examples in these photos clearly show the sharp edges but you should also consider the texture of a surface as well. Some surfaces have powder coating that is textured and over time this.
Other times we could be training outside of our normal training facility and may not have normal anchors at our disposal. In this case, always choose a rounded anchor point - preferably made of solid steel - with a smooth surface. We found an example of a tree being used as anchor which is not a safe way to anchor your bands.
Resistance bands are not indestructible and choosing an appropriate anchor will reduce your risk of injury; save you money and enhance your overall training experience. If you are struggling to find a safe anchor point for your resistance band training, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you !
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We are very happy that Coach Harbert "Heartbeats" Egberts "The Flowing Dutchman" was kind enough to share his writing with us on this topic. The Flowing Dutchman was getting this question a lot, and it’s a good question. We are very happy to be able to share his knowledge and insight with you here.