How the Elastic Band Helps Me
I started using the elastic band in training with frequency maybe a month ago, when I came back from Pattaya, mostly because I wanted to train my punches to come back straight and stay tight. I had used it periodically before (enough that I thought to bring it all the way from the US, although I don’t remember ever using it there) but this was the first time of systematic use. When I use it for my punches on the bag I noticed that it had an amazing effect on my kicks, keeping my off-hand tight, and as I used it more and more I felt my whole form becoming more cohesive. It keeps you from being lazy by forcing you concentrate on the entire movement of a punch. It teaches focused practice because if you aren’t paying attention you can snap your strikes back into your face, which I’ve done a couple of times.
What I don’t show in the video is what I consider the best part, which is when you put the gloves back on. (I alternate one round of resistance band, one round regular bagwork with gloves.) Your muscles kind of remember the limited lines of resistance and they stay within those lines, which is very cool. I’ve noticed a lot of progress in my form in this last month, so I thought I’d share this discovery.