Out of curiosity more than anything else, when you compete, is it raw or geared?
Geared...which has become ridiculeous. They keep inventing new bench shirt and squat suits that increase you lifts.
Primarily, the bench shirts are the product that keep being reinvented. And the price on the bench shirts, squat suites and deadlift suits keep going up.
Ironically, no one has figured out a deadlift suit that will increase the deadlift more than about 10 lbs.
Do you think banded lifting has a place in training for raw PLers, or for non-PLers looking to increase their athletic strength?
Absoluely. By attaching bands or chains to the bar you overload the muscles involve moreso throughout the entire range of the movement.
When you don't attach band or chain, you overload the movement only in 30% of the movement. That means 70% of the movmennt is underloaded.
Why not maximize your workouts by overloading all of the muslce goups in the movement. That was the premise behind the Nautilus Cam weight machines.
Jim Wendler has recommended in the past that only geared PLers really benefit from banded resistance because for non-geared applications the strength curve is different (heavier at the bottom, lighter at the top). I've only ever done band benching once or twice, but I've used accommodating resistance (bands) for lots of other exercises.
Wendler's correct to a certain extent. My post have noted the differnce in the strength curves with no gear and with gear.
However, overloading the overload in a movement appears to elicit a prositive strength response in the cerntral nervous system. That is one of the primary theory as to why Complex Training is effective.
Complex Training involving a heavy movement followed by a speed or powr movement. Basically, you superset a heavy movement with a moderate to light movement.
The heavy loaded movement has been show to enable an athlete to perform their speed exercise with more speed and the power exercise with more power. I am sure there is a better way of saying that.
So, I believe that Wendler may not be completely correct in his assessment.
Also, your question above to me was in regard to "increasing athletic strength". I assumed you mean, increasing overall strength.
Hmmm...this may inadvertently turn into an interview of Kenny Croxdale.
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