Resistance bands may not be the first workout accessory you think of when it comes to powerlifting. But resistance bands are an essential tool for many powerlifters, especially those who want to test their strength or make workouts more interesting.
Resistance bands provide an ascending resistant throughout your range of motion. This helps to provide a synergistic relationship with your muscles because the resistance bands stretch farther and increase resistance as your muscles contract and exert force.
How can resistance bands help with my powerlifting?
Resistance bands offer minimal resistance at your starting position. This is also considered your weakest point. Because the bands offer minimal resistance here, they help you ease the way over the lowest point of a bench press or squat.
As you continue through the rest of the rep, the resistance band increases its tension gradually. This gives you optimal muscle strengthening efficiency. And all you’re doing is using gravity.
What kind of powerlifting can I do with my resistance bands?
Resistance bands are also incredibly versatile. You can use them with weight or without. You can also add bands, loop the bands around the bar, or adjust the positioning of the bands for a different effect on your workout.
The get the most out of your resistance bands, it’s recommended to look for the bands that are medium and heavy. Light resistance bands don’t offer a lot of resistance, which doesn’t make them the best for a broad range of exercises.
Of course, you can always add resistance bands to increase tension. This is why it’s good to have a variety of bands, so you can modify the level of tension depending on your workout routine.
The appropriate resistance bands for each workout depends on a variety of factors including your body types and your desired outcome. That said, it’s a good idea to talk to the employees at your local powerlifting gear store to get a better opinion on the tension levels you need.
Where can I find workout gear for powerlifting?
Sedentary people can lose up to 50% of their muscle mass by age 80. Weight training and powerlifting can help to stop, prevent, and reverse muscle loss. But before you can safely take part in weight training and powerlifting, you need to right workout gear.
Anderson Powerlifting provides a variety of powerlifting accessories and workout gear including weight lifting belts, knee wraps, knee sleeves, deadlift socks, and resistance bands. To learn more about our workout gear and powerlifting accessories, contact Anderson Powerlifting today.