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All of our Cables are color-coded, with each color representing a different amount of resistance. As a rule, when a Cable is stretched to three times its normal length, the following list applies:
Occasionally, we hear from customers who have had the same Cables for 10 years or more, but, if you use the Cables regularly, we recommend that you replace them at least once every 3 to 5 years. You can extend the life of your cables by keeping them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight or other heat, and wiping them down regularly.
Why are resistance cables better than weights?
There are several advantages. First of all, almost all of our products are portable, and most weigh less than 2 lbs. From a functional standpoint, the biggest difference is that our Cables provide variable resistance. For example, if you are doing a bicep curl with a 50 lb. dumbbell, the exercise actually gets EASIER as your forearm and the dumbbell get further above a parallel line to the floor. This is due to the leverage of your elbow assisting in the exercise. With our Cables, the resistance increases as the Cable is stretched, offsetting the leverage of your elbow. Finally, Cables provide a much smoother exercise through the entire range of motion. How many times have you been in a gym and seen someone "throw" the weight up and "catch" it on the way down. This is not the way to exercise!
Why are Lifeline's cables superior to your competitors' cables?
Lifeline uses only dipped rubber tubing, while many of our competitors use extruded rubber. The difference? Extruded rubber tubing is much cheaper, and is made by forcing rubber through a die, resulting in one thick layer of rubber, similar to how a rubber band is made. If there are any defects in this layer, the Cable will fail prematurely. Dipped rubber is made similar to how a candle is made, where the tubing is dipped numerous times in liquid rubber, resulting in a buildup of many independent layers. In fact, if you look at the end of our Cables under magnification, you will see rings similar to the trunk of a tree. With dipped rubber, if one layer is weak, the other layers compensate for it and the Cable lasts much longer, provides smoother resistance and will not fail. We know of several customers who have had their Cables for 15 to 20 years, and some of the layers of the Cable are shredded, but they continue to use the Cable, and it does not break! We must caution you, however, that some Cable distributors will tell you that their cables, tubes, bands and stretch cords are made using the dipping process. Often, they simply are not.
To check, simply look for the ‘tree rings’ on the edge of the end of the cable, or take a 12 inch length and stretch it 3x the original length. An extruded band will stretch nicely and then suddenly 'hit a wall'. In contrast, a Lifeline dipped cable will stretch smoothly and gradually build up force as you elongate it.
In addition to the quality of the Lifeline resistance cables, we also take great care to ensure the attachment points in handles, door anchors and cable pockets are smooth and rounded, without any sharp edges. This is both more comfortable on your skin and will reduce cable wear. Many common exercise bands use a metal ring, or 'grommet' to hold the cable. This is a relatively sharp object, and it also only grips the cable with small surface area. Lifeline's tapered cable pockets spread out the force on the band across the entire tapered area. This simple difference in our patented open-cable-pockets allow cables to last up to 10X longer than grommeted designs!
What is meant by "functional fitness" and how do Lifeline's products provide it?
Hey, did you ever see those bodybuilding gorillas at the gym or on those workout shows on television? They are all about isolating a muscle to increase its size. They even tell the viewer to "put your mind in the muscle." This kind of bodybuilding will build individual muscles and is great for posing, but did you ever see one of these guys try to scratch his back, swing a baseball bat, play basketball or even throw a football? The reason that these things all look funny is because the human body does not work functionally as isolated muscles! The human body is a chain, with all of the links working together to perform everyday tasks, as well as athletic functions. Lifeline's products promote "closed chain" exercises, where muscles are not isolated, but perform together. For example, we do not condone bench presses done while lying on a bench. These do absolutely nothing for your back, because your back is being supported by the bench. Our products provide the ability to do standing bench presses, where the back, legs and core are all involved in the exercise, along with the chest and shoulders.