Greetings everyone! Today I want to talk about the benefits of using tube resistance bands in combination with free weights.
I recently started using tube resistance bands with free weights and I have to say it's way more intense than using free weight alone. After doing one set, the pump I get feels like I did 3 sets. Something I also noticed is that I got stronger on my bench press. There are so many ways to utilize T.U.B.E TRAINING™️ to your training program to get results fast. I introduced this style of training to a few people who love the training technique.
The way it works if I'm doing chest press, I attach the tube resistance bands to a bar and an anchor (like dumbbells). I use the ankle strap to attach to the bar and the dumbbells. Then I get a warm up set with just the bar and no weights. After my first set with the weights added on the bar my chest is on FIRE! You can actually feel the muscle fibers burning during the full range of motion. Both going upward (concentric movement) and downward (eccentric movement).
Now let's talk about some of the science behind using tube resistance bands together with free weights.
Tube resistance bands are essentially resistance bands that can be used during an exercise to add “progressive” resistance. While this term can have different meanings it essentially means the more the band is stretched the more resistance it provides. Obviously this is very different to the resistance provided by the conventionally used free weights where the load/resistance is pretty much the same as dictated by gravity. Put simply, if you put 50 lbs on the bench press it remains 50 lbs of resistance throughout the movement. However the same couldn’t be said for a band-resisted version.
Now it’s this unique property of resistance band training that has meant they have become so widely used by strength and conditioning coaches. This is because experts believe the linear variable resistance provided by bands (the way it gets harder the more it’s stretched) mimics what’s known as the “strength curve” of most muscles.
The term “strength curve” is used in the field of kinetics (the study of the human body’s motion) and looks at how the strength of the muscles themselves will change and vary depending on the range of motion. In keeping with the bench press example, notice how you’re stronger during the top part of the concentric movement (the upward part of the lift). This is because biomechanically the triceps are able to ‘lock-out’ and engage more and your ‘strength curve’ is at its most ‘powerful’. Also at the bottom of the lift (the lowest part of the eccentric contraction) when the bar is closest to the chest you are at the weakest part of the ‘strength curve.’
Now if you performed a free weight bench press your training would be limited by how much weight you can lift during the lower, weaker part of your strength curve. But if you added some “progressive resistance” in the form of a resistance band, you’d add more resistance at the strongest point in your range of motion therefore adding more resistance to better stimulate strength adaptations. Essentially you’d make the body work harder during the entire range of motion which ultimately means greater gains.
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