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  • Tommy
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    Yes bands very well have a place in bodybuilding. It’s also a great way to change the resistance curve of a machine that thst otherwise would not be so good. I often add bands to a shitty machine and it turns it into a great machine.

    another little trick I do is a reverse band and a accommodated resistance band at the same time. Now you have a home made nice little smith machine feeling . Sounds crazy but don’t bash it until you try it!

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  • Ciara17
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    Yes, resistance bands can help you in bodybuilding. Here are some exercises for chest development using resistance bands. https://exerciseresistancebands.net/...chest-muscles/

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  • Theseus
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    When I was dealing with some tricep pain, the bottom of the weighted dip movement bothered me. SO I used bands. Bottom of the movement was bodyweight so no pain, top of the movement was friggen heavy like it was pulling me to the earths core. It worked perfectly and I still do band dips like this. I hook the bands on the foot plates and the other side around my neck.

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  • Adam2433
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    Originally posted by brineal View Post
    im talkng about using them for assistance as opposed to resistance which everyone here is talking about.. for example on a squat, wrapping the bands above rather than below (resistance) so you have less weight out of the hole but more at the top, much like a lockout (assistance)
    Movements like reverse band squats, deads, bench, etc accomplish the same thing... they overload the top end of the movement. They just do it in a different way with a different feel.

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  • apatrick
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    i have used them for the bench press and deadlifts. i know its great for strength gains

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  • brineal
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    Originally posted by Adam2433 View Post
    What are you asking about specifically? The whole thread is about the use of bands in assistance/bodybuilding training.
    im talkng about using them for assistance as opposed to resistance which everyone here is talking about.. for example on a squat, wrapping the bands above rather than below (resistance) so you have less weight out of the hole but more at the top, much like a lockout (assistance)

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  • LandryP
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    Originally posted by BigLar View Post
    Thanks, everyone.

    I am interested in bands for things like neck training, direct triceps and biceps work, and abs. Not for my compound lifts. I hear a lot of good experiences with them, but most guys are using them for strength work.
    Why wouldn't strength work be beneficial to size?

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  • Adam2433
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    Originally posted by brineal View Post
    does anyone have anything to say about using them for assistance work?
    What are you asking about specifically? The whole thread is about the use of bands in assistance/bodybuilding training.

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  • brineal
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    does anyone have anything to say about using them for assistance work?

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    Originally posted by BigLar View Post
    Thanks, everyone.

    I am interested in bands for things like neck training, direct triceps and biceps work, and abs. Not for my compound lifts. I hear a lot of good experiences with them, but most guys are using them for strength work.
    Well I only use them periodically for mostly multijoint lifts. I typically use them for like 2-4 weeks a few times a year. I really like them on squats, (back & front), incline barbell bench, close grip bench, and military press. I like the idea of loading the portions of the lift more where you have more mechanical advantage. Although thinking out loud here...not sure if that's always the case there...

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  • mountaindog1
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    Originally posted by Adam2433 View Post
    I like them a lot in moderation. Simply adding a doubled mini to something like a barbell pressing movement adds not just the top end overload but enough instability to really make it a new, challenging exercise.

    But use them too much and they can be counterproductive due to the lightened bottom end load. I think it's important from a physical and mental standpoint to never go too long without feeling that heavy weight in the hole.
    I 100% agree...use them wisely, not excessively.

    JM

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  • Adam2433
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    I like them a lot in moderation. Simply adding a doubled mini to something like a barbell pressing movement adds not just the top end overload but enough instability to really make it a new, challenging exercise.

    But use them too much and they can be counterproductive due to the lightened bottom end load. I think it's important from a physical and mental standpoint to never go too long without feeling that heavy weight in the hole.

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  • mountaindog1
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    Originally posted by ROB550 View Post
    I would use them for compound lifts......
    u do have to work in a rack or rig some thing up to hook them to, unless your not going over the lite bands because the heavy and extra heavy will lift 100-120lb dumbells off the ground

    I dont know if everone in this thread are talking about the same type of bands????

    I talking the jump stretch or elite fitness type as a example the lite band adds about 80lbs of tension at my lockout and no tensions on my chest on flat bench, the heavy band adds about 140lbs of tension at my lock out and around 40lbs on my chest on flat bench. Squats are more due to the distance of travel.
    http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...lt.asp?cid=138
    Yep - I was talking about the jump stretch bands...

    JM

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  • ROB550
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    I would use them for compound lifts......
    u do have to work in a rack or rig some thing up to hook them to, unless your not going over the lite bands because the heavy and extra heavy will lift 100-120lb dumbells off the ground

    I dont know if everone in this thread are talking about the same type of bands????

    I talking the jump stretch or elite fitness type as a example the lite band adds about 80lbs of tension at my lockout and no tensions on my chest on flat bench, the heavy band adds about 140lbs of tension at my lock out and around 40lbs on my chest on flat bench. Squats are more due to the distance of travel.
    http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...lt.asp?cid=138

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  • mountaindog1
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    Bands are awesome for bodybuilders. Increased eccentric load, and having to fight ALL THE WAY through a rep.....I used them on leg presses today. Hooked the bands up so that it would pull the weight down hard, then tension would ease at bottom, and then about 1/3 through the rep the tension builds so that again, you have to push all the way through. I like chains as well...today was bands though...

    JM

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