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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between your bars?
We currently sell the K Bar (36", approx 11 lbs, 1 1/8" diameter) and the T Bar (28", approx 3 lbs, 1 1/16" diameter). Otherwise they are virtually identical. All our bars are predominantly stainless steel (all the metal on the K Bar is stainless steel) and compatible with all our slings and hooks. Stainless steel is a fantastic material which is reserved only for higher end gym equipment. It needs minimal maintenance to last forever and offers the best knurl experience vs other metals (aluminum or coated steels).
Where does your name come from?
The name is a hopeful one: it means “pulling together, caring, and sharing”. That’s what we are all about.
Why use bands?
Lifting with bands has numerous benefits:
1. You feel less stress on your joints as for most movements, the stress on the joint is at its peak when the joint is in a more optimal position (kiss knee pains good bye while doing squats).
2. Bands maintain constant muscle tension. You can't cheat a lift by using momentum to your advantage, so you can speed through reps (with control) and work those fast twitch muscles throughout the entire range of motion.
3. Bands take much less space compared to free weights.
4. Bands only deliver their rated forces. With weights you have what is called "shock loading". Meaning, if you drop a 100 lb weight 2 feet, you can feel upwards of 1000 lbs of force if you drop the weight on your foot or your spine! This will never happen with bands.
Can lifting with bands be as effective as lifting with weights?
Yes, here is a conclusion from a meta-analysis of 8 studies: “Evidence from this study suggests that resistance training with elastic devices provides similar strength gains when compared to resistance training performed from conventional devices.” By combining lifting with a heavier bar you get a sweet middle ground between weight lifting and band training. Join us in the Facebook group Harambe System to see people who almost exclusively use the system to build muscle and stay fit.
How do you tighten or loosen tension of the band?
By using different sized ropes and spacers you can use to increase or decrease the force. Adding a spacers makes the force greater. Using longer ropes makes the force less.
Is the rope strong enough?
Yes. These are high tech ropes with tensile strength of 4,500 lbs with dyneema SK78 cores. This kind of rope is used in place of steel cabling for heavy lifting. The stainless steel will bend in half before the rope gets close to breaking. And we took into account bending fatigue with all the turning radii and made sure the rope doesn’t feel any friction.
How did you test the strength of every part?
Along with physical tests, we used the finite element method (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method) to help simulate the strength of every part. We also compared with moment calculations to ensure we are well within limits of every material we picked.
How often should I replace the rope?
We recommend replacing the rope at least once every five years. Inspect the rope before every use. If you notice any change in the knot, a hole in the outer protective jacket of the rope, or any unevenness, then please contact us at email@example.com and we will assist you.
What program do you recommend for a beginner?
What program do you recommend for advanced lifters?
The workout program on our Workout Page works well for more advanced lifters. If you have more specific goals, we recommend you join us in the Facebook group Harambe System, and state your goals in a question and ask what program is recommended. One of our experts there will assist you.
What is your company's physical address?
Harambe System, 25 Central Ave STE B, Farmingdale, NY 11735
What is your warranty?
Unless stated otherwise, we have a five (5) year warranty on the bar, pulleys, rods and collars.
We have a one (1) year warranty on the rope and bands.
We do not have a warranty on the silicone grip.
Do you have a military discount?
Harambe System is thankful to all service rendered by the people of the US military. We do not offer discounts, but we do ship to APO/FPO addresses.
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