The Vela Project
Vela is a premium fitness accessory company providing products to help our network of gym goers reach their fitness goals on their own fitness journey. We are here to help with providing a foundation to fuel your passion and help with directing your journey on the road to fitness excellence!
Raphael Velazquez is a Strength and Conditioning coach who launched VELA to help fuel others’ passion for working out by developing lifestyle accessories that make working out fashionable, comfortable and fun.
Raphael is trained in Karate, has a background in Exercise Science, and currently helps others obtain their peak performance as a strength and conditioning coach in the New York Metro at one of the area’s Equinox Fitness Clubs – a “high-performance, lifestyle leader”.
Raphael’s intensity and passion for fitness is on display in the video “Impossible Happens”, which showcases the work of Equinox trainers in helping train clients to achieve the impossible.
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The Vela band really helps target muscle groups which otherwise aren't strengthened as intensely. For example, squats with the band forces you to push your knees outward keeping them in proper position over the toes and better targeting abductors. It is very comfortable and doesn't pull on your skin allowing you to focus on workouts and proper form. The band is perfect width and the tension is tight enough to provide ample resistance without impeding proper form.
The band is comfortable against the skin (unlike the rubbers ones at most gyms that hurt when the tension is increased. The band also has just the right amount of tension for squats and working the legs. The material is durable and doesn't weaken over with use.
I was absolutely floored when I tried the VelaBand. Out of various bands I've used, there's almost always a huge design flaw: easily snaps, not enough resistance, too much resistance, or doesn't stay in place. And in my opinion, there's nothing worse than being half way through an exercise, only for a band to uncomfortably roll up your legs and pinch you in the process. The VelaBand covers all of those blemishes - the material is thick, comfortable on bare skin, easy to put on, doesn't move out of place, and has just the right amount of resistance. If you're sick of bands that break mid workout and pinch your skin - I highly recommend going with the VelaBand. It'll last long-term and you're getting more bang for your buck.