How Long Do Resistance Bands Last? Easy Maintenance Guide

A resistance band is an easy piece of gym equipment for your home. But like the equipment at the gym, resistance bands need care and maintenance to increase their longevity.

This guide will help you find ways to care for your bands, keeping you training for longer and answer the question that everyone asks - How long do resistance bands last?

Resistance bands are great pieces of exercise equipment. Unfortunately, due to the amount of stress resistance bands are put under, they just aren’t as long lasting as other equipment.

Depending on the material and how often you use it, you’re looking at 6 months to 2 years of use.

That’s not a lot of time with your trusty band, but fear not! Below we will explore ways to keep your resistance band in use for longer so you can get the most out of your exercises.

How Long Do Resistance Bands Last

How to Tell your Resistance Bands are Wearing Out?

  • Thin Band Head 
    The material you attach to the hook/clip when exercising is the Band Head. Continuous use of the band head will wear it out over time, causing it to become brittle and thinner. If this happens, it’s time to replace it.
  • Breaks & Snaps 
    Any elasticated material will lose its stretch over time, and the same goes for your resistance bands. If your band does snap, this is a sign of a poorly made or cheaper band. Consider investing in a higher quality band.
  • Color & Texture Change 
    After prolonged use of your resistance band, the color begins to fade. While it isn’t necessarily an issue (it's a personal choice), it's an early tell-tale sign your band is past its prime.

Tips to Make Resistance Bands Last Longer

Our resistance bands won’t last forever, but if you follow the tips below, you may be able to get more workout time and avoid interrupting your exercise routine.

Keep the Band Dry

Water can degrade the rubber and cause damage to your resistance band. The same goes for direct sunlight. Store your bands in a cool, dry place when not in use.

Use on Smooth Surfaces

Using on a rough surface such as grass will damage the band easily. Always use on a flat surface, preferably indoors, for a sustained band.

Clean your Resistance Band

Don’t use soap or oils when cleaning, this will penetrate the rubber cause it to break down faster. Use a soft cloth to clean once finished. Only use a damp cloth to lightly remove any dust.

Anchor Bands Correctly

Don’t use door handles or table legs to anchor your band – sharper edges will easily snap the rubber. Always use the hook that comes with the band.

Use Multiple Bands

Using two bands will even the strain on your resistance band while also giving you a more challenging workout; kill two birds with one stone!


How to Repair a Broken Resistance Band: Easy Guide

Damaged Bulb Joints

A bulb joint keeps the handles on the bands from slipping. A metal ball is inserted into the joint and, in most cases, can tear the rubber. You can repair this yourself following these steps:

  1. 1
    Cut the damaged rubber and collect the metal ball.
  2. 2
    Use a nose plier with both hands to open the hollow end, stretch wide enough to reinsert the ball
  3. 3
    Once in, carefully remove the nose pliers, so the ball stays in place.
  4. 4
    Test the joint works by simulating an exercise to ensure it’s strong enough.

If your resistance band shows signs of discoloration or the surface is rougher with visible cracks on the edges, it’s time to replace it. This will lead to your band snapping in two and can cause you an injury.

How To Repair A Broken Resistance Band

Common Mistakes to Avoid when using Resistance Bands

Sawing + Over-Stretching

Sawing is when you pull two ends of the band side-to-side, creating friction. This will cause heat and damage your band. Overstretching is pulling the resistance band past its elasticity which can tear and snap the bands. Be careful not to pull too much on your bands when training hard.

Wrapping Bands around Hard Objects

Using a pole or a table leg to wrap your band will inevitably damage the band, as the harder objects damage the softer rubber.

Threading Bands through Rings/Wires

Using a wire fence or a metal ring you find will act like a knife and cut through your rubber. Always use the correct anchor when connecting to metal wires/rings.

Storing your Bands Improperly

Rubber latex is naturally moist, and leaving in direct sunlight will dry out your band, making a snap much more likely. You can lubricate your band with silicone-based lubricants to retain its natural moisture.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

Can resistance bands be lubricated?

The answer is yes and no – if you are using your band underwater or storing it for a prolonged period, then you should lubricate. Otherwise, constant lubrication can cause damage to the band.

What do you do if your resistance band is too long?

You may have to consider purchasing another band – if you use a resistance band that is not the right fit for your exercise, this can cause damage to the band or you could injure yourself.

When should I replace my resistance bands?

When the resistance band begins to lose its color, or you notice any tears/cracks, or the surface feels rougher. It’s important to check your bands regularly for these signs.


Conclusion

While your resistance band may not last as long as you desire, there are ways for us to keep them in service for longer. By following the tips above, you can give life to your band and keep your workouts going for longer. Don’t resist replacing your band if you need to!