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Resistance Cords – Which resistance level and functionality is right for you?

Choose the right level of resistance.

When purchasing resistance cords, you should know your strength and level of fitness. Start with your current level of fitness – not the fitness level you want to reach.  Choose a resistance you can use properly without deviating from proper form. You don’t want to injure yourself by altering your body mechanics or become discouraged because the workout is too hard.

Extra-light resistance cords are recommended for those who are frail or rehabilitating from an injury or illness.  Light resistance cords are great for rehab, older women and teens just starting out on their fitness journey. Medium resistance cords are a great place to start for getting back into the fitness routine or every day training. Active men and women who are training for their respective sports can use heavier cords.

Choose Different Levels

We recommend you choose at least two resistance cords. With the different resistance levels, you have the option of making your workout more challenging when one resistance band or cord becomes too easy to use. Having two cords or bands can also help your workout become more efficient. You can use a heavier resistance for strength training, and a lighter resistance for toning.

How are you planning on using your new resistance cord?

Decide what kind of exercises you will perform with your new resistance cords.  Are you a swimmer who needs to improve your breast stroke, IM time or looking for extra resistance for dryland training?  Have you been injured and your doctor told you to get some resistance bands for at home exercises? Are you looking to improve your agility on the court in basketball or on the soccer field? Are you a fencer looking to improve your attack speed?  Are you strength training for sports such as football or rugby?   Whatever your need is, we have the right resistance level and product you need.

The  StrechCordz® line is designed for swimmers and triathletes , who are looking for in-water and dryland resistance training gear.  With 4 resistance levels to choose from, our In-Water gear  provides just the right level of difficulty for training .  For dryland demands, we offer the athlete 5 levels of resistance to match their strength level.  Oylmpic Triathlete and IronMan, Andy Potts swears by his StrechCordz® with Handles, green resistance.  He has been using it on a daily basis before every swim workout for the last 8 years!

Designed for in office or at home use, The MediCordz® line is  for any one in physical therapy or rehabing from a sports injury.  With 10 resistance levels to choose from, athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors can have their patients on the path to a pain-free lifestyle from day one.

TurfCordz® gear is designed for athletic training and overall general fitness. For those looking for strength and agility training gear,  we have 6 levels of resistance to choose from.  Athletes who are looking for higher levels of resistance, look no further.  Our Bungie Cordz gear delivers up to 200lbs of resistance! Our patented bungie design, of braided nylon over rubber,  provides a heavier load and lasting durability.

What features are available?

If you are looking for features such as door attachments, removable handles/straps, belts, thigh straps, chest harnesses and wrist/leg straps, make sure the cord you buy is interchangeable.  These added accessories will make your resistance cord multi-functional and allow for more options while exercising the upper and lower body.

What about safety features?   You do not want to buy cheap knockoffs that can easily snap on you while exercising.  Make sure there are safety features set in place such as our safety cord design. Embedded inside our latex tubing is a strong nylon cord capable of spanning the maximum stretch length of the tube.  This minimizes over-stretching, while providing additional safety and security to the user.

Check out the Resistance Level Charts Below  for our gear.  All of our resistance gear is easily color coded so you know what resistance you are using.

Benefits of incorporating Turfcordz® Resistance Gear into your training program.

What do football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, track & field, rowing, lacrosse, hockey, floorball, soccer, volleyball and tennis have in common?  They all train with resistance!!  Coaches, trainers and athletes around the globe are incorporating resistance cords into their training programs in place of free weights and in addition to many exercises and drills.

What are the differences between resistance cords and free weights in resistance training?

As we all know, resistance training uses incremental weights while targeting specific muscle groups. When you use resistance cords they stretch throughout the entire movement generating greater resistance as the range of motion increases.  This resistance naturally produces a greater amount of tension on the muscle than free weights do.

The versatility of resistance cords also outweighs the use of free weights. The cords are used for warm-ups, stretches, exercises, drills and post workout recovery.   Strength training with resistance can also help prevent future injuries. Can your free weights do all that?

What about portability? Can you imagine having to drag your free weights with you on a trip? Carrying them in your bag for warm ups before a game or race?  Resistance cords are light weight, fold up easily and can be stuffed in any workout bag or suitcase.

How can you incorporate resistance cords into your training program?

You can easily add resistance to your plyometrics, carioca and shuffle exercises and drills.

Maximize power and performance laterally and vertically with additional resistance. Combining plyometrics with resistance cords allows for proper jump techniques that dramatically decrease knee injuries in athletes.   By adding the Jump Belt S130 to the drill, athletes strengthen their leg muscles which in turn increases their vertical leap.  Check out the demonstration!

Many drills train with forward and back movement, but it’s important to practice moving sideways and changing direction quickly. Watch how you can use our TurfCordz® Safety Cord Tubing with the Carioca drill.  Adding resistance to this side to side movement improves strength, stability and coordination and will help reduce the risk of injury by improving the hip, knee and ankle joints. This will improve performance in any sport  that requires agility, lateral moves and fast footwork.

Lateral speed and quick feet are essential for any sport. The Resisted Shuffle, using TurfCordz® Resistance Cords, increases the players agility, coordination and side to side movement. This added resistance works on the glutes, hip flexors, quads, calves and hamstrings.  Check out this field hockey shuffle exercise video demonstrating our cords.

Recently, we sent our Super Bungie Kit to Alexander Hart, a Swedish-American bandy and floorball player.  Here is what he had to say:

(Photo credit: Adam Troy)

I find it to be a great tool in practicing and improving technical movement, especially laterally.  I was able to use the TurfCordz® Bungie Kit together with my personal trainer/strength and conditioning specialist in preparing for the Floorball World Championships. We really love the cords and they are even better than I expected. My trainer and I made a video demonstrating the use,

The cords are fantastic, and I’m using them constantly now in preparing for my club team games, as I’m about to go back to Europe and finish the season next week in the Czech Republic.

To see how you can incorporate TurfCordz® Resistance Gear into your training routine, check out our videos on YouTube.


Importance of Choosing Quality Resistance Exercise Tools

As we near the end of 2016, many schools and universities are budgeting for next year’s expenditures. This means trying to figure out where to cut costs, especially when it comes to equipment for sports teams. At NZ Manufacturing, we’ve been manufacturing high quality resistance training tools since 1985. In the past three decades, we’ve seen a lot of competitors offer less expensive, and often inferior resistance band products, and we thought it would be critical to explain why you should be weary of purchasing these products simply to save money.

Why it Pays to Invest in High Quality Resistance Bands?

Reduce Injuries
The last thing that you want when it comes to training your athletes is to encourage a training regimen that results in injury. Unfortunately, some resistance bands are built using inferior materials, and manufacturing methods, which can result in injury. Cheap resistance bands are prone to breaking, which can result in the bands snapping back and potentially injuring an athlete.

At NZ Manufacturing, our resistance bands feature a strong nylon cord embedded inside our latex tubing, which helps to minimize over-stretching while still providing the security and safety that are critical when training athletes.

Resistance Bands can be Used in Place of More Expensive Training Equipment

Another financial benefit of resistance bands is that they can achieve the same results as much more expensive training tools. This allows schools, universities and other trainers to save money, yet still provide the highest level of training benefits for their athletes.

Our StretchCordz® line of resistance bands have been used by Olympians for decades and one of the reasons is that these training tools are so versatile. Andy Potts, an award winning swimmer, who actually competed in the 2004 Olympics had this to say about our resistance bands, “I try to use the StretchCordz® resistance bands on a daily basis…They are one of the few things that I can say have been in my training bag for my entire career.”

Our TurfCordz® are also extremely versatile, and can be used in place of a variety of other more expensive training equipment, such as football sleds. Because our products offer up to 200 pounds of resistance, they can help to increase endurance and strength, all while keeping the safety concerns that have plagued inferior resistance band products at bay.

Unfortunately with sports there is always the possibility of injury. Athletic Trainers turn to our MediCordz® rehabilitation tools in place of costly stationary rehabilitation equipment. Our portable gear can be used on the road, home or office.

NZ Manufacturing Products are Extremely Durable

In addition to being extremely effective, our resistance bands are highly durable and long-lasting. This goes back to our commitment to using the highest quality materials, and manufacturing processes to ensure that not only are our resistance bands safe, but they offer an incredible value for the athletes that use them.

Interested in Learning More About our Resistance Bands?

If you’re interested in purchasing some of our StretchCordz®, TurfCordz® or MediCordz® resistance bands, feel free to reach out to our team by phone at 800-886-6621 or through our contact form. While we understand that budgets may be tight, we’re confident that you won’t be sorry after choosing resistance training tools from NZ Manufacturing.

True Athlete Performance Interview with Matt Diener

Having the right resistance tools is important, but you need to have a specific program focused on your training goals to ensure success. We recently spoke with Matt Diener from True Athlete Performance (TrueAP), a company offering specialized athletic training programs for athletes of all ages. We were curious to talk with Matt about his approach to training and how NZ Manufacturing products are key to ensuring his athletes are able to train both on the field and off.

Can you give us a little bit of information about your background as well as your role at True AP?

I Went to Mount Union College in Ohio and was a Sports management major and minored in Exercise Science. I was a multi-sport athlete and played baseball, basketball and football growing up and went on to play football in college. I wanted to get into the business of Sports. I interned under Rob Rose, our company president and now we’re business partners. I’m currently in charge of sales and marketing. Everyone on our staff are trainers, certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

What type of athletes do you train at TrueAP?

We work with all sports and all age ranges, which keeps us involved with all different types of athletes.

Can you tell us more about the training approach of TrueAP?

We are a performance training company that embodies speed and strength. When it comes to strength training, it’s not only about helping our athletes get stronger, but also allows them to become more powerful and helps with injury prevention. We want our athletes to be strong through their core and hips, to be explosive on the field, but also reduce common injuries to ankles, knees, and lower back, which often can be traced back to lack of proper strength training.

The bulk of what we do is off season or preseason training. There are typically three components to each of our training programs:

Preparation Work

We use a variety of warm up routines to activate muscles, which include active stretching as well as neural activation to teach muscles to fire more quickly.

Performance Training Work

All of our training programs focus on speed, agility and quickness. We teach our athletes the proper mechanics to move. This phase of training is broken down into different training dynamics, which include:

  • Linear speed
  • Agility (change of direction)
  • First step and reaction
  • Power (jumping)
  • Quickness

A key part of our performance training work also includes strength training. We offer a variety of strength training programs depending on the age of the athlete. For younger athletes, our programs are very functional and use lighter weights, while our strength training programs for older athletes are geared towards improving strength and building muscle mass.

Recovery Work

Recovery is key to preventing injuries. We help properly teach athletes how to cool down and in turn increase flexibility and mobility, which helps to prevent injuries and soreness.

How have NZ Manufacturing products been an integral part of your training regimen?

We use NZ Manufacturing resistance training products in a wide array of different ways. We like the NZ Manufacturing products because they offer very consistent resistance. We can provide consistent resistance and can gauge how much resistance to give while keeping an athlete’s form. This additional resistance helps our athletes to become much more explosive on the field.

Our biggest use is probably the TurfCordz® training gear because of consistency and for first step training. For instance, we’ll attach NZ TurfCordz® to a wall and place athletes all on a line. We can do a 5 yard stretch out that will stretch the cord to the max, but help work on the first couple of steps, which is critical. We teach our athletes that they don’t necessarily have to be the fastest in the room, but if they have the quickest first step, they’ll do well on the field.

We also use StretchCordz® training tools for recovery work. It helps our athletes to get deeper into a stretch. It’s almost like having a partner even when you don’t. We’ll also use them for some of our shoulder prep work for throwing sports like baseball, softball and lacrosse. We can do shoulder raises with bands, with much lighter resistance to help put less stress on the shoulder, while building more strength in the back.

What sort of advice would you give to younger athletes about being successful as they get older?

You have to be an athlete and not specialize. If you look at most pro athletes, they played 2-3 sports growing up. They’re a variety of statistics that show how many professional athletes did not specialize in one sport. Our goal is to help our athletes learn and become better at their sport, not necessarily on how to be an athlete. Get out there and try different sports. Think of yourself as, I need to get faster, jump higher, get stronger, not that I need to be shooting 1000 shots a day. Specialization should never come at the expense of being an athlete.

We’ve seen countless athletes that focused on one sport early on become burned out by the time college rolled around. If you’re doing the same movements over and over, day after day, year after year, it can lead to more injuries, and can turn you off from the sport that you once loved.

Interested in learning more about TrueAP?

If you’re interested in learning more about TrueAP, you can check out their website at We really appreciate Matt taking the time to sit down with us today and we hope you learned something about how to better perform as an athlete. For more information on any of the NZ Manufacturing resistance products listed in this blog, feel free to reach out to our team today at 800-886-6621.

Interview with Andy Potts about Olympic and Ironman Experience

In our previous blog, we interviewed Brian Peresie, Head Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach for The University of Akron about his Olympic experience. We hope you enjoyed that interview, and we thought it would be a good idea to do another interview this month with an Olympic athlete, Andy Potts.

Andy Potts competed in the Olympics in 2004, and has since focused his energies on a variety of Ironman competitions around the country.  After a bad fall on his bike at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 8th 2016, Andy still managed to place 11th. Previously he has placed 4th twice at this event. We spoke with Andy to ask him a few questions about his Olympic and Ironman experiences, as well as his commitment to using our StretchCordz® band resistance tools in his daily training regimen.

Can you tell us a little bit about your Olympic experience and background?

As you might imagine, for my entire life, going to the Olympics was a dream of mine. I represented the US in the 2004 Olympics in the triathlon event. I placed 22nd and was 1st out of the water.  As a former swimmer, I always say that I won the 1500 in the Olympics.

Tell us how you were first introduced to NZ Manufacturing products?

I have used StrechCordz® brand stretch cords as part of my training routine for most of my swimming career. My coach, Mike Doane, recommended NZ products to me about 8 years ago and I have been using them ever since.

Which NZ manufacturing products in particular do you use, or have you used in the past?

I try to use the StretchCordz® resistance bands on a daily basis before every swim workout. They are one of the few things that I can say have been in my training bag for my entire career.

Have you ever noticed a drop off in your endurance when you stopped using StretchCordz® products?

The past two years I had gotten away from my regular StrechCordz® swim training tool work and my swimming definitely suffered (you may not be able to tell but I certainly can). In April, I made the adjustment to go back to doing 5-8 minutes of using StrechCordz® tools for dry-land work. I’m starting to see the results now, and my swimming will be better this year because of it. I learned that it’s too valuable to forfeit that type of work.

What are some tips for a young swimmer aspiring to make it to the Olympics?

As an aspiring Olympic swimmer, it takes a lot of time, energy, dedication and focus.  It also requires many different teams at different times in your development. I will tell you the same things I tell my kids, which is applicable to everything in life: The only things you can control are your attitude and your effort. You need to have an eye on the big picture, but still focus on the small daily goals to achieve your long term goal.  You always have to work towards continuous improvement.

How has your Olympics experience differed from Ironman competitions?  Has the training essentially been the same, or was one more difficult than the other?

The training between preparing for the Olympics and Ironman competitions is completely different. I took a lot of what I learned and have applied it to my Ironman training, but they require different strengths. Unlike Olympic distance racing, Ironman racing, as a function of its length, requires a few key additional areas to focus on such as nutrition and mental focus. It is critical in Ironman training to stay focused for 8+ hours, whereas an Olympic distance event is under 2 hours.

Interested in learning more about the wide array of NZ Manufacturing products that can greatly improve your resistance training?

We can’t thank Andy Potts enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us for this interview. We wish him all the best in his future competitions. If you’re looking to improve your own resistance training regimen, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to discuss our StretchCordz® products. We can be reached by phone at 330-634-0271, or through our contact form.