Bandu from Telebrands is the exotic name of an exercise system that claims to turn any household chair into a full gym. Bandu is said to do this by allowing you to attach a pair of resistance bands to the chair’s legs, which you then use to help you work out.
What’s so cool about working out with Bandu?
Bandu says that the convenience and portability of Bandu makes it great for busy or older people that have a hard time getting to the gym regularly. Bandu essentially consists of two stretchable bands, a pair of cups that fit on one end, and a pair of handles on the other.
To use Bandu, they instruct you to place the cups on the front 2 chair legs, which also have a flat piece for you to stand on. Then, grab the handles of the resistance band and they claim you are ready to work out.
Bandu states that their piece of equipment will provide enough resistance so you will build lean muscle, strong bones, and give you a total body workout in the comfort of your own home. They add that as you move, Bandu automatically engages your abs, so you’ll get a great abdominal workout to slim your waist and you will see results exercising as little as 8 minutes a day.
How much does Bandu cost for their exercise equipment?
Bandu sells for $19.95 plus $7.99 shipping and handling for a total of $27.94. Bandu is said to include:
- Bandu cups
- Bandu bands
- Advanced strength power bands
- Workout DVD
- Nutrition Guide with recipes
Is there a money back guarantee for Bandu?
Bandu is said to come with a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” but this merely means if you return it within 30 days they’ll give you back the $19.95 and keep the $7.99 in fees.
You must also: a) return all items in the original packaging b) pay for the return shipping and c) include a written, detailed explanation as to why you are returning Bandu or they could reject your request.
Telebrands customer service for Bandu: 1-855-789-4109.
Bottom Line: Is Bandu a good way to get exercise at home?
Working out with resistance bands is an excellent alternative to going to the gym or buying weights. This is not only because they are portable, Resistance bands may seem simple, but they create constant tension when you use them, which helps build lean muscle faster. This makes them a good choice for older people that have limited movement as well as younger folks who want an intense workout.
But there are a few considerations. First, you have to be careful with what movements you try, as if you don’t know what you are doing you can injure yourself.
And second, all bands are not created equal. You need one or more resistance bands that will give you enough tension and not become loose like an old rubber band after a few uses, or worse, break while you are using it and snap in your face. Ouch!
Therefore, we say “yes” to resistance bands and “maybe” to Bandu? Why are we on the fence? Because generally speaking Telebrands has a poor reputation with consumers for selling substandard products. They recently settled a lawsuit with the state of New Jersey where they promised to change their tactics and pay for an independent consumer advocate to monitor them.
Perhaps Bandu is a step in the right direction. Still, we advise waiting until Bandu is for sale at your local retailer where you can check it out in person and see if they are well made and will work for you.
If you are shopping around for resistance bands, we recommend getting a thinner along with a thicker band to vary the intensity. For more choices check out A Gym Rat’s 5 Best Resistance Bands.
Let us know your experience with Bandu below!
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