The bands themselves appear to be well-made, with heavy-duty components and reinforced stitching, attributes that were also highly praised in the overwhelmingly positive Amazon customer reviews (4.8 out of five stars across 2,300 reviews) They’re labeled on both ends with the estimated weight resistance, in pounds, that they’re intended to provide. Although those numbers don’t really mean much, the labels can help you quickly tell which band you’re handling. Like all the sets we tested, the Bodylastics kit provides ample resistance as well as plenty of tension combinations, from very light to quite heavy. The handles feel comfortable and secure in the hands and were our favorites of all to hold. Bodylastics handles added the least extra length to the tubes, a good thing because too-long handle straps can affect some exercises by adding unnecessary slack that shortens the range of motion. The door anchor strap is padded with the same cushy neoprene of the ankle straps, which additionally appears to protect the bands from damage.
The Bodylastics set comes with an in-depth manual, with printed URLs to free online videos on how to do everything from door installation to any of 34 exercises. These are grouped by muscles targeted and are also smartly photographed and described, including band placement and handle use. Altogether, this was the best manual accompanying any of the sets we tested, and its free workout instructions, available via the app and on YouTube, are a nice bonus, especially as no other tube set we tested explained how to put exercises together into a workout. For a fee, you can purchase additional Bodylastics workouts from LiveExercise.com.
Unlike most companies that sell resistance bands, Bodylastics also sells individual bands—to replace or supplement those included in this kit—separately.