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You might think an elastic band is an elastic band, but there are different types. There are flat bands, where you just grab the end with your hand, and bands with handles. You might prefer flat bands for tucking in your suitcase, but the ones with handles are more comfortable. You may want to use a specialized exercise band for pilates workouts. Bands also come in different resistance levels, so choose according to your strength. It's a good idea to get more than one level, so you can use a lighter one for rotator cuff and something heavier for stronger muscles like chest or back.