Typically, a person is stronger at a certain point of a lift than they are at others (e.g. half squat vs full squat). To overcome the differentiation in resistance, rubber bands are used to accommodate changes in strength at different phases of the movement. Ultimately, your muscles will have to work harder because of the bands.
Here is what you can expect to feel when using powerlifting bands for the bench press exercise:
The following are instructions for performing the bench press with powerlifting bands:
First, anchor the bands in place. Heavy dumbbells work great for securing bands. Once the bands are setup, lie down on a flat bench and disengage the bar from the rack. Slowly lower the bar to the middle/lower portion of your chest. Pause for a second, then push the bar up, just short of locking the elbows. Exhale as you push the weight up. Repeat the exercise as needed.
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