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mikew private msg quote post Address this user
What do you think of these?

http://rubberbanditz.com/powerlifting-bands-2/
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mikew private msg quote post Address this user
Or these: http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=493
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Cannonball private msg quote post Address this user
Are you asking about the bands or the training with bands? I hear Titan and elitefts bands are the best. They're extremely common amongst swedens top powerlifters (the bands, not necessarily the brands)
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Cannonball private msg quote post Address this user
I myself prefer chains, because it looks cooler.
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
If you are serious about getting stronger, use them. I personally use elitefts for mine.
They are a god send for stretching out my shoulders as well.
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mikew private msg quote post Address this user
My supp exercises for bench are board presses and floor presses and some triceps exercises. I'd like to integrate bands into my routine.

Looking for a recommendation (size, resistance). Maybe this chart will help:




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Originally Posted by Cannonball
I myself prefer chains, because it looks cooler.


I agree the chains are bad ass! This article states that bands are slightly more effective than chains:

http://www.musculardevelopment.com/articles/training/3038--bands-and-chains-increase-bench-press-strength-more-than-traditional-bench-press.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dukenhiemer
If you are serious about getting stronger, use them. I personally use elitefts for mine.
They are a god send for stretching out my shoulders as well.


@Dukenhiemer what length/resistance do you recommend?

I want to have a band long enough to stretch underneath the bench and provide the proper amount of resistance.
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Cannonball private msg quote post Address this user
Aye, bands are probably a bit more versatile.
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
I use the 30, 45, 55 and 75's. That's in resistance, not sure what that equals out to in length, but no matter what you get they will be beneficial!
I like chains too. They definitely help with lockout, which is where I struggle with!
You can also use the bands for band pulls which help strengthen up your rhomboids and low traps allowing you to build a better base for benching.
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
@Mike, you can also hang them from the rack too which really helps lockout and mentally allows you to handle heavier weight.
I have never been a fan of bands from the floor up, (not sure the technical term) I have found that setting the bars to where I'm able to touch my chest still with the weight but not be crushed has been beneficial for explosiveness.
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Cannonball private msg quote post Address this user
Dukenhiemer, wouldnt it be the exact same thing? Never tried em myself, but I've only seen people use them in the opposite way of yours.
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mikew private msg quote post Address this user
Very cool. Thanks fellas!
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
If I understood mike correctly, he meant wrapping the bands underneath the bench and onto the bar?
If that were the case it would make lockout harder.
Hanging them from the rack up above would make you stronger at the top of the lift which would allow you to play with more weight.
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Yeah, but I mean like

if you wrap em under the bench, onto the bar, and have
220 lbs on the bar
and 100 lbs band stretch

its the same thing wrap em from the rack and onto the bar, and have
320 lbs on the bar
and 100 lbs stretch

Like easy in bottom and tough at the top
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Dukenhiemer private msg quote post Address this user
Oh, duh. Yes, you're correct. Sorry, I'm trying to do homework and type this at the same time.
The biggest thing for me is benching is a lot of mental games, if I can have big weight on the bar and get used to handling it... That will go a lot farther than the opposite.
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That is true! It's the only reason I do brick bench, or whatever its called in english. And to get the nervous system accustomed.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cannonball
That is true! It's the only reason I do brick bench, or whatever its called in english. And to get the nervous system accustomed.


@Cannonball I think that would be called "board presses" in English.

@Dukenhiemer Hmmmm. Sounds like using bands from the top of the cage is the way to go...

I do board presses already but lifting HAW (heavy ass weight) for the full range of motion seems like it would be more effective.
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