FAQ

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

What can I do when wearing WearBands®?

In a word, ANYTHING!  WearBands® was designed to move as your body naturally moves.  Almost any movement you can make without WearBands® you can make while wearing WearBands®.  Athletes can better train sport-specific movements.  Fitness enthusiasts can increase the intensity and efficiency of ANY workout.  Even walkers can add all-important resistance to their walks.  And since it is lightweight and easily portable, you can enjoy the benefits of WearBands® anywhere.

What strength band is right for me?

The best band strength depends on many factors, including level of fitness, duration of the workout and type of workout.  WearBands® is designed to provide light, continuous variable resistance, which does not significantly alter your natural movement.  As such, you should not choose a band strength that significantly alters your natural movement.  Generally speaking, you should consider a lighter band for longer workouts, as the continuous resistance will add up over time.  You may consider a heavier band for shorter workouts and workouts where you are focusing on strength, but again, the bands should not significantly alter your natural movement.

Should I clip the front bands to the sock’s front ring, or should I clip the bands directly to my shoelaces?

This can be a matter of personal preference, but generally speaking the front bands may be clipped directly to your shoelaces, provided you use the enclosed WearBands® shoelaces for optimal performance.  Failure to use the WearBands® shoelaces voids the product warranty.  If you choose this configuration, simply tuck the front strap under your shoe’s tongue to keep it out of the way.

If you prefer, you may also attach the front bands to the front sock strap, which is designed to protrude up through your shoe’s tongue.  We recommend pulling the strap up through the tongue and feeding it under one row of your shoelaces for the best positioning.

The front sock ring is primarily for use if you prefer to use the system with no shoes.  Examples include foe yoga, mma training, at the beach, or if you just prefer the ultimate in minimalist shoewear; your own feet!.

My WearBands® sock slides on my foot and “bunches up” when I put my foot into my shoe. What can I do?

The WearBands® sock should snugly but comfortably on your foot.  If it seems too loose, and bunches up when slid into your shoe, your sock is too large.  Please notify us regarding your desire to exchange your sock for a smaller size.  We will happily send you a new sock in the proper size free of charge.

I am feeling pressure underneath my foot when using the system. What can I do?

 

Because of the rubber sole of the WearBands® sock, a short break-in period is sometimes necessary, until the rubber stretches a bit.  This should take no more than one or two uses.  If the discomfort persists, we recommend using our bungee shoe laces during the break-in period, and connecting the front bands directly to the shoe laces.  Please contact us to receive, free of charge, our bungees shoe laces and we will forward a set-up video to use the system in this manner.  This will alleviate your foot discomfort.

If I choose to use the front sock ring with my shoes, what is its proper positioning?

For the best fit, we recommend that the front strap be fed underneath your first row of shoe laces and pulled up.

Does it matter where I position the bands when attaching to my shoelaces?

This is typically a matter of preference, but here are some general guidelines when choosing which position to use:

  • If you are working on linear movement (straight forward or straight back), we recommend clipping the front bands to the laces nearest your toes to maximize resistance to the dorsi- and planar-flexion movement.
  • If your workout consists mostly of multi-directional movements, we recommend using a center position.
  • If you will be using the top of your foot to kick a ball, we recommend using a position nearest the ankle.

The front pad uncomfortably pushes against my abdomen. What can I do?

 

For women, the solution is easy…remove the front pad!  The pad is not really necessary for women.  Please refer to our System Set-up – Women to see how the pad can be removed.  For men, the likely cause of this sensation is that the belt is on too loosely.  The downward force of the bands is pulling the belt down too low.  Disengage the bands from the sock/shoe and readjust the belt to make it as tight as possible without being uncomfortably tight.  When the bands are clipped to the sock/shoe, the belt should now remain high enough on the hips to alleviate the discomfort.

The belt is pushing uncomfortably down on my hips. What can I do?

If there is pressure on your hips, reposition the belt so that it is placed just over the hipbone, as opposed to above the hipbone.  When the bands are engaged, this positioning should alleviate any pressure on the hips.

I find even the lightest band to be too hard. What can I do?

There is a short adjustment period, which usually lasts no more than a few sessions, when your body is getting used to working under full-time variable resistance.  During this time, the resistance may seem very challenging.  Do not overdo it during this adjustment phase.  Unhook the system as needed, gradually increasing your time in the system as your body adjusts.  By just the second or third time in the system, you will find that your body has adjusted quickly, and that the resistance level seems to have decreased.

If I want to take a break when wearing the system, what can I do?

It is simple to take a break from using the system without disrupting your workout.  Simply unclip the bands from your sock/shoe and clip the bands to the side rings of the belt, and continue with your workout.  If and when you are ready to re-engage the bands, simply unclip them from the side rings on the belt and clip them back on your sock/shoes.

Can the socks be used by themselves with no shoes?

ABSOLUTELY!  The WearBands® sock is designed to also be worn with no shoes at all.  Simply slip on the sock, attach the bands and you are ready to go sans shoes.

Are there ways I can save time putting on the system?

 

After a short learning curve, the entire WearBands®  system can be put on in about a minute.  If you are using the same level resistance band for an extended period of time, here is one tip to speed up the process further:

Rather than removing the bands from the belt, you can simply leave them attached to the front and rear belt rings.  When you are ready for the next use, simply put on the belt and rear attachment, hook the bands to your socks and you’re ready to go!  However, keep in mind that leaving the bands on the belt in this fashion may reduce the life of the bands and expose them to damage.

When is it time to move up to the next band strength?

This is a personal decision, but generally let your body be your guide.  If you get to the END of your workout, and you do not think the current band is providing sufficient resistance, then it may be time to move up a band.  But remember, after transitioning up a bend, do not attempt to complete the same workout.  Give your body time to adjust to the next level of resistance.

What activities are the different band strengths best suited for?

The number one rule is that the WearBands® system is meant to be light variable resistance system, which should not alter your movement in a significant way. Use this rule as a guide.

Generally speaking, a lighter band is best suited for longer workouts, as even light resistance will add up over time.  Heavier bands can be used for shorter workouts, which may focus more on strength than conditioning.  But again, the bands should never alter your natural movement in a significant way.  If you find you cannot move naturally, then you should move to a lighter band until you can.  Failure to follow this guideline can result in injury.

How often should I use the system?

Remember that the WearBands®  system is a RESISTANCE system.  Just like with any resistance workout, it is important to give your body time to recover between workouts.  We recommend at least two days off between WearBands® workouts. 

What advantages does WearBands® system have over typical resistance bands?

Unlike all other resistance bands, WearBands® allows unrestricted movement under variable resistance.   Typical resistance bands are either tied to a stationary object, held by another person or held in your hands.   These systems often do not allow the body to move in a natural way with proper posture and do not leave your hands free.  WearBands® allows true functional movement under resistance, the way body naturally moves.

With your hands free and your body untethered, you are free to add upper-body resistance if you wish, and you are free to move anywhere and everywhere.  This allows for a more complete workout.  Upper and lower-body muscle groups can receive a resistance workout simultaneously, and you can also add fully functional resistance to any cardio workout.  You will receive more results in the same time or the same results in less time, because you are burning more calories, getting more cardio and getting more toning from the same workout.

The muscles therefore receive a much more concentrated resistance workout, and for the first time ever, your muscles are trained under resistance to work in a coordinated fashion, as they do when you naturally move.  This is the WearBands® DIFFERENCE!

What advantages does WearBands® have over other resistance systems?

  • No longer confined to the gym to get an effective resistance workout, WearBands® frees you to add resistance to your workout anytime, anywhere.  Because it is worn, and not tethered to a stationary object or another person, you can take your resistance band workout anywhere.  On the field of play, to an outdoor boot camp, to the park, on vacation or a business trip….ANYWHERE.
  • True functional training can only be achieved if the body is allowed to move in a natural way.  Tethered resistance band devices put the body in an unnatural position  as you pull against the resistance.  WearBands® allows the body to move naturally and with correct posture, while applying resistance to all muscle groups in a coordinated fashion.  The result is free and natural movement under resistance.  True functional training.
  • Now free to move anywhere at any speed under variable resistance, not only are your muscles trained functionally, but your cardio system and endurance are improved simultaneously, as the full-time resistance gives you a cardio workout unattainable by tethered and hand-held devices.
  • WearBands® applies variable resistance, as opposed to static weight.  The farther the bands are stretched, the more resistance that is applied.  Variable resistance engages the muscle through the complete range of motion and has been shown to reduce the risk of injury when compared to static weights.
  • Unlike weighted vests and clothing, WearBandsR applies its resistance internally. Weighted vests and clothing simply add extra weight to the wearer, significantly increasing the force of impact with every stride.  Over time, this increased force of impact can cause significant injury to the leg joints and lower back.  The internal resistance applied by WearBands® adds no additional force of impact, resulting in a much safer and less injury-prone method of adding resistance to functional movements.

What advantages does WearBands® offer for sports training?

Sports-specific training focuses on improving the efficiency of functional movement related to a particular sport.  This is done by strengthening the muscles specific to the sports-specific movement and improving the connection between the brain and muscles, called the neuro-muscular system.  No other system takes functional muscle training and neuro-muscular feedback to this level, because no other system is able to apply variable resistance to full-speed, continuous athletic movement.

What is different about the way WearBands® trains the body?

For the first time ever, WearBands® has created a variable resistance system that trains all muscle groups, from the core to the toes, in a coordinated fashion. All muscle groups are trained as they work in concert, the way the muscles normally work during functional movement.  The result is a balanced application of variable resistance to the body while it is moving in a natural, functional way, resulting in Improved coordination and balance, and more efficient movement.

Does working out with WearBands® increase the amount of calories burned?

 

YES!  WearBands® significantly increases the number of calories burned during the same workout.  On average, WearBands®  burns 20% more calories during the same workout.

Does WearBands® improve cardio conditioning?

YES!  WearBands®  significantly increases the intensity of your workout, and therefore improves cardio conditioning.

Can I use WearBands® with my current workouts?

ABSOLUTELY!  WearBands® as designed to be used with virtually any workout.  Since WearBands® moves as you move, it can be used to intensify and make your current workout more efficient.  More calories, more cardio, more toning, same workout.

Does WearBands® have its own workouts and content?

YES!  WearBands® currently has two full-length fitness DVDs, sold under license from True Form.  One is a WearBands® dance workout, featuring renowned Master Zumba® trainer Lisa Marie.  The second DVD is a full body, high  intensity workout featuring athlete, dancer and So You Think You Can Dance All-star Neil Haskell.  Both DVDs were designed for use with the WearBands® system.

Coming soon, WearBands® will have its own fitness and athletic training videos featuring some of the industries leading and most knowledgeable trainers.

In the meantime, the beauty of WearBands® is that it can be used in conjunction with virtually any workout.  No need to change your favorite workouts to take advantage of WearBands®.  Just put it on and take your current workout to new levels.

Are there certified WearBands® trainers to train me with the system?

YES!  WearBands® has a complete trainer certification program.  We have several certified WearBands® trainers throughout the U.S. and can tell you which one is closest to your location. 

Can I become a certified WearBands® trainer?

YES.  We have a certification program.  If you are a qualified personal trainer, you can get certified to teach with the WearBands® system.  We have both an in-person certification class, as well as an on-line certification.  Please contact us from ore information.

Does WearBands® have an affiliate or ambassador program?

YES!  All certified WearBands® trainers become WearBands® affiliates.  Affiliates earn commissions on all orders, which originate from them, including from clients, through social media promotion or anywhere else.

Does WearBands® have physical therapy applications?

YES!  WearBands® allows light, variable resistance to be applied in functional way.  As such, it can be an ideal tool for slowly and gradually adding light resistance during recovery from lower-body injuries, increasing range of motion and strengthening the muscles around joints.  You should, of course, consult with your rehab specialist to see if WearBands® may be an effective tool for your recovery.

My band snapped. Why did this happen?

 

It is extremely rare for a band to snap.  The causes of a band snapping may include, (i) the front band accidentally being used as the rear band (ii)  the bands being clipped to the shoe BEFORE they have been properly secured to the belt rings  (iii) the band has been damaged prior to use.

If any of the above reasons caused a band to snap, please re-read the User’s Manual and view our System Set-up Video on You Tube to ensure that the system is being used properly.  The reasons cited above, or any other use not in accordance with the User’s Manual will void any warranties covering the bands and may result in injury.

If none of the above reasons apply to a band snapping, and you suspect there was a manufacturers or defect, please contact us.

What is the safest way to clip the bands to the my WearBands® sock/shoe or unclip the bands from the sock/shoe?

ALWAYS kneel down when clipping or unclipping the bands form the sock/shoes.  This will reduce the tension on the bands, reducing the risk of the bands snapping back if they should slip from your hand,  Failure to kneel down while clipping or unclipping the bands may result in injury.

 

PUTTING ON THE WEARBANDS SYSTEM

THE BELT

Should the rings on the belt be facing up or down?

The rings one the belt should always be facing UP for men and down for women.  Please see out System Set Up videos for reference.

Should the ring on the rear attachment face up or down?

The rear attachment ring should always face DOWN when worn.

How tight should I make the belt when putting it on?

The belt should be as tight as possible without creating discomfort.  Remember, when the bands are engaged, there will be downward force placed on the belt.  If the belt is too loose, it will slip downward, which can be uncomfortable.  So make sure the belt is nice and snug before the bands are engaged, and the you should have no problem with the belt’s comfort.

Where should I position the belt when putting it on?

This varies, mostly between men and women.  For men, positioning the belt just above the hipbones works best.  For women, positioning the belt just over the hipbones works best.  The first time you put on the system, you may need to adjust the belt position to find the best fit for you, and then you will know for future uses.

Do I need to use both belt buckles when putting it on?

Most users need only thread the belt through both buckles at once, and simply fold it back over and secure to the Velcro.

For larger waists (over 40 inches), you will need to thread the belt through the two buckles and then back through one buckle for a secure fit.

The belt wraps around my waist and overlaps the foam pad. What can I do?

The Spacer (foam pad) is designed to lift up, allowing the overlapping portion of the belt to lie beneath the Spacer.  Simply detach the Velcro strip holding the spacer to the back of the belt, lift up the spacer, place the belt securely beneath the spacer, and reattach the spacer to the back of the belt with the Velcro strip.

How is the rear attachment secured to the belt?

The rear attachment is simply wrapped around the belt and secured to the Velcro on the attachment.  Remember, The ring on the rear attachment should always be facing DOWN when worn.

Do I attach the front or rear band first?

 

Please view our System Set-up videos to see the easiest and most effective way to put on the system.

What is the foam pad on the front of the belt?

Called the Spacer, this pad serves to hold the bands away from the body to prevent uncomfortable chafing of the bands against the upper legs.  Women do not really need this pad, and it is therefore easily removed by unhooking the velcro straps.

Where should the foam pad be placed when the belt is first put on?

Please view our system set-up videos to for proper front pad alignement.

What are the rings on the side of the belt used for?

Rings have been placed on the side of the belt for use with future accessories to the system, which are currently under development.  The side rings SHOULD NOT be used in the current system, and doing so may result in injury.

THE BANDS

Which is the front and which is the rear band, and is there a difference?

 

YES!  The rear bands are always the longer of the two color-coded bands.  It is important for the proper functioning of the system that front and rear bands are located properly.  Failure to do so may result in injury.

Which bands should I start with?

ALWAYS start with the lightest bands, even if you are a fit athlete.  There is a short adjustment period as you body adapts to full-time variable resistance.  After your body becomes used to this new form of training, you should choose the appropriate level of resistance, depending on your fitness level and type of workout.  WearBands® is meant to be a light resistance system, adding variable resistance to your movements with significantly altering your natural movement.

Are one or two bands used on the front and back of the system?

 

TWO bands are used on the front and TWO bands on the rear of the system. The bands clip from the front belt ring to the front sock strap and from the rear belt attachment ring to the ring on the rear of the sock.

Should the bands be secured to the belt rings before or after they are clipped to the sock/shoe?

ALWAYS secure the bands to the belt rings before clipping them to the shoe. When clipping the bands to the shoe, ALWAYS kneel down to reduce the tension on the bands.

Can I leave the bands attached to the belt rings after use?

 

The bands can be left attached to the front belt ring and rear attachment between uses.   This will reduce the time to put on the system for the next use.  Choosing to leave the bands on the belt in this fashion may also reduce the life of the bands and expose them to damage.

How should the bands be stored when not in use?

We recommend that the bands be put back in the band pouches after every use.  They may be left on the belt ring and rear attachment, but this may reduce the life of the bands and expose them to damage.

WearBands® SOCKS

What size WearBands® sock should I order?

Please refer to the sizing chart in the WearBands® store to determine which size is best for you, based on your shoe size.

My WearBands® sock slides on my foot and “bunches up” when I put my foot into my shoe. What can I do?

The WearBands® sock should snugly but comfortably on your foot.  If it seems too loose, and bunches up when slid into your shoe, your sock is too large.  Please notify us regarding your desire to exchange your sock for a smaller size.  We will happily send you a new sock in the proper size free of charge.

I am feeling pressure underneath my foot when using the system. What can I do?

 

Because of the rubber sole of the WearBands® sock, a short break-in period is sometimes necessary, until the rubber stretches a bit.  This should take no more than one or two uses.  If the discomfort persists, we recommend using our bungee shoe laces during the break-in period, and connecting the front bands directly to the shoe laces.  Please contact us to receive, free of charge, our bungees shoe laces and we will forward a set-up video to use the system in this manner.  This will alleviate your foot discomfort. 

If attaching to the front bands directly to my shoelaces, which position should I choose??

There is no hard and fast rule as to which position to choose.  It depends on the type of movements you are making, what you are trying to train and your own personal preference.

These general guidelines may prove helpful in choosing which position to use:

  • If you are working on linear movement (straight forward or straight back), we recommend using the position nearest the toes to maximize resistance to the dorsi- and planar-flexion movement.
  • If your workout consists mostly of multi-directional movements, we recommend using a center position or one nearer the ankle.
  • If you will be using the top of your foot to kick a ball, we recommend using a position nearest the ankle.

What is the safest way to clip the bands to the shoe or unclip the bands from the WearBands® sock/shoe?

ALWAYS kneel down when clipping or unclipping the bands from the sock/shoes.  This will reduce the tension on the bands, reducing the risk of the bands snapping back if they should slip from your hand,  Failure to kneel down while clipping or unclipping the bands may result in injury.

After I have clipped the bands to the WearBands® sock/shoe, can I just stand up?

YES!  After the bands have been clipped to the WearBands® sock and your shoes, slowly stand upright.  The system is now engaged and you are ready to train.

WEARING THE SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST FEW TIMES

The bands feel very awkward when I first put them on and move. Why is that and what should I do?

There is a short adjustment period as your body gets used to moving under full-time variable resistance.  This is perfectly normal.  It won’t take your body long to adjust. We recommend first walking in the system, focusing on walking normally.  As you begin to walk normally, try jogging, again focusing on moving normally.  Then try some multi-directional movement.  It should not take long before your body adjusts to this new feeling, and then you will find that you are able to perform virtually any movement and the bands will move as you move.

How long of an adjustment period is required to get used to training with the system?

This varies from person to person , but most people find that after just the second or third time in the system, their bodies have adjusted and they are able to use the system with their current workouts and beyond.

The amount of resistance seems to be too much, even with the lightest band. What can I do?

There is short adjustment period, usually last no more than a few sessions, when your body is getting used to working under full-time variable resistance.  During this time, the resistance may seem very challenging.  Do not overdo it during this adjustment phase.  Unhook the system as needed, gradually increasing your time in the system as your body adjusts.  By just the second or third time in the system, you will find that your body has adjusted quickly, and that the resistance level seems to have decreased.

What types of activity should I do when I wear the system for the first time?

Walking, light jogging and simple multi-directional movements are recommended until your body adjusts to the new feeling of full-time variable resistance.  Let your body be your guide.    As your body gets used to the system, and you find that the bands are moving as you move, without significantly altering your movements, you may progress to more and more complex and faster movements.