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X3 Variations

How can I shorten the X3 bands? #

We do not currently offer different length bands, but there are many tips in the users group on how to increase range of motion with the existing bands. Shorter people will need a heavier band than taller people of equivalent strength.

Many users simply wrap the band around the hook twice which will take up some of the extra slack.

There are discussions of other options in the X3 Bar Users Groups on Facebook on “shortening” the existing bands to increase your range of motion.

I have shoulder issues and can’t do the overhead press #

Upright row is an acceptable alternative for the X3 shoulder press for individuals with shoulder issues:

Can I use X3 without the bar or plate? Can I add other exercises? #

Let’s go over relevant weights: You cannot use heavy banding alone in any useful way for strength development other than rehabilitation. This is because in your strongest positions you are actually 7 times stronger than you might think you are in based on what weights you can lift.

In order to exert this massive power delivery capacity of the body in order to fatigue yourself, the forces required become too high for smaller joints to handle without being properly aligned. Resistance bands by themselves twist joints, causing pain, potentially damage the smaller bones and tendons in the wrists and ankles, and prevent you from applying these high forces. To address this, we developed and patented an olympic type bar (the X3 bar) that can handle over 800 lbs, as well a second ground (the X3 ground plate) so both the wrists and ankles are protected and properly aligned. When this is done properly, you truly access your body’s capability in a way you have never seen before.

Take a look at some of the high forces that can be achieved with X3 and you will understand why keeping joints neutral is a top priority.