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February 17, 2022 3 min read

As fitness fads come and go, resistance bands are here to stay. We all know this by now. Resistance bands are user-friendly, cheap, and easy to bring around and store whenever and wherever. As such, people look to this equipment to reach their fitness and strength goals.

Resistance bands are classified into two types: tube bands and loop bands. While they may seem the same to many, their differences can actually help you determine which one is more superior for you. Continue reading to learn more about tube bands and loop bands, and how to choose which is best for you. 

Defining the Tube Band and the Loop Band

The Loop Band is a resistance band that is flat and made with rubber. Think of it as an oversized, rectangular, and hollow rubber band. Meanwhile, the Tube Band is a resistance band that serves the same purpose as a Loop Band. However, the Tube Band is not flat. Its string resembles a jump rope and comes with an attachment point in the form of a handle or an eyelet on both ends.

Learning Their Benefits

The maximum resistance of a loop band is greater than that of a single band. The leasest loop band is larger than the leasest tube band. Tube bands can be stacked. 

Loop bands are heavier, but the lighter ones are weight equivalent, resulting in a greater resistance range. 

The use of loop bands broadens the range of exercises available. Loop bands can be used alone or in conjunction with other exercises to change the power curve. 

Combine loop resistance bands with squats and bench presses to increase your gains. These bands are appropriate for use both at home and in the gym. 

The bands are slightly larger in diameter than tube bands, but they do not have handles. They're easier to store in a small space, though both types take up little room. 

Learning Their Drawbacks 

Loop bands are devoid of handles and attachments. You'll have to grip the band, which can be difficult. Because it is a loop, there will be some band between your hands, which may obstruct your progress. This can be a stumbling block, but it isn't insurmountable. 

Tube bands, on average, outlive loop bands. Snap guard' is used on some tube bands. This wire inside the tube keeps it from being overstretched and snapping. Safer. 

When used with the same attachment, tube bands stack easily. 

These bands frequently perform as part of a set or kits of varying resistance levels, attachments, and instructions. 

Tube bands, unlike loop bands, have handles. A resistance band with two handles is used in place of a loop. 

Being pressed against the body can be uncomfortable due to the smaller surface area. As a result, increased pressure is applied to a smaller area. During certain exercises, the bands will press against the body. In most cases, a long-sleeved t-shirt will suffice. 

If tube bands break (which is extremely unlikely), they may cause more damage than loop bands. There is also a chance that these eyelet handles may occasionally break, snap, and hit your body. Thus, be careful when using tube bands.

Tubular bands are more difficult to use because they are single-use only. They cannot be combined with other types of workouts, such as weight training. 


If you want to work out on your own, a set of tube resistance bands with handles is best. Loop bands are more versatile and better suited to weightlifting routines, but they are less comfortable to use. Now that you know about both tube bands and loop bands, it’s time to assess which type is best suited for your workouts. Simply note that at the end of the day, reaching your fitness goals is all about putting the work in!

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