Stretch Yourself to the Limit: CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gabriel Ryan, School Health Blog Writer and Contributor

Stretch Yourself to the Limit: CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser

Just about anyone can use a resistance band for stretching, strength training, weight loss and other fitness goals. You may be asking, "what is a resistance band?" A resistance band is a piece of equipment that can be used to strengthen and stretch your muscles as part of an athletic program. It is also used in physical therapy. There are many benefits to using resistance bands as they offer the ability to perform stretches and exercises in a variety of vertical and horizontal positions. Resistance bands are made in several levels of resistance; one set of bands could take the place of bulky and expensive weights. They are typically inexpensive and easily portable. Using these types of bands has been proven to increase strength, function of muscles, and flexibility for most people, including the elderly and those with limited mobility.

One product brand used by physical therapists, athletic trainers, and the general public since the 1980s is CanDo exerciser. CanDo has a product line that includes exercisers for strength and rehabilitation, balance and coordination, and flexibility. There are several resistance bands options offered by CanDo, but one product I have really enjoyed using is the CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser.

The CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser can be used in the following ways:

  • Designed to provide unlimited exercise options.
  •  Each exerciser contains both large and small loops that are easy to grip.
  • Small loops can be used as an anchor or for finger exercises.
  • Larger loops can be used with hands and feet to perform upper and lower body exercises.
  • Change resistance by moving one loop up or down the exerciser.

There are 8 different color-coded resistance levels, from light to heavy difficulty. The lightest resistance is 2lbs and the heaviest resistance is 13lbs.

Some other product highlights:

  •  Made of an unscented cloth that can be washed and dried.
  • Does not contain latex or a powder coating.
  • Available in 6 ft. bands that have 9-loops and 30-yard rolls that have 135 loops.

What I like the most about these bands are the large and small loops and that the bands are made of fabric. I’ve used resistance bands as part of physical therapy for range of motion and strengthening for as long as I can remember. The type of band I mostly used was more of a latex/rubber material. Creating loops for a hand or foot workout meant that the material was folded into a loop and tied as a knot. Typically, only one or two loops would be added to the band. Sometimes the knot would loosen or would be so tight that loosening the knot for another exercise was impossible or took extra time. The latex/rubber bands often have a strong scent which is distracting, not to mention the material made my hands sweaty. After a while, the band was uncomfortable to hold and dangerous when the loop sliped off. Many of these examples are common experiences of using latex/rubber resistance bands for a workout.

I was excited to learn about the CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser bands with built in loops! Just looking at it, it was obvious exercises that involved a hand or foot loop would be so much more efficient. Trying out this band once was all I needed to be convinced that this would be my go-to resistance band going forward. I took the CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser to one of my physical therapy appointments to brainstorm ideas with my good friend and Physical Therapist, Dr. Laura Sifuentes. The soft material was comfortable to hold, and the options of so many loops large and small, allow for multiple stretching and flexibility positions. It is easy to use while sitting in my wheelchair or laying down.

Check out the School Health website to learn more and purchase the CanDo Multi-Grip Exerciser 6-foot individual band, or 30-yard roll.


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