This past Tuesday I recently performed the reverse band bench. The gym I train at does not have a true power rack so we looped them over the chin up bar. It took 80lbs. off the bottom. The problem I have is I like doing this exercise raw but geared I have issues with; One It seemed as soon as the weight left my chest that 80lbs was added back all at once It didnt feel like a progressive weight addition. Also, With the decrease of weight at the bottom it was tough to touch and I didn't feel like I got any bang out the bottom. I worked up to 585 in a Shirt but did 500 raw. Something doesnt really add up to me. Do you guys have any suggestions to get the bang out of the bottom or any other tips? thanks
most people dont like to do them shirted, as when you do it raw its suppose to mimic a bench shirt
I use them with a shirt. I feel it actually helps find the groove on a shirt you maybe having trouble touching in. I theory this does not make sense, as the weight on the chest will be lighter therefore it should be harder to touch. What actually happens is you learn to descend faster and are able to do a few reps with a weight that is more than you can handle with out the bands. You will find the groove of the shirt by doing a few reps in a row with the added stability of the bands and end up touching weights you normally wouldn't be able to.
I also use them for raw benching too.
I personally have my bands set to take off about 95lbs off the chest and actual bar weight at lock out.
Here is the band set up...the bands are actually tied up out of the way in this clip, but you get the idea.
thanks ryan I have found the same
thing at least I am not crazy
Reverse bands to me is a waste of time. If u wanna mimic a shirt put a loose shirt on.
I'd disagree with Eric, in that I feel its a great exercise, its just that some people have used a little too much band tension and end up using stupid amounts of weight that don't give any benefit.
I do however think they are good in the shirt. They do make you fight for the groove, but I could see a potential problem with setting them up under a pullup bar. If the bar is a little behind where your groove is, the bands are going to pull you backwards and screw up your groove. They are good for overloading and still being able to maintain the full range of motion.
They are great raw, I just feel that they need to be full range to gain the benefit
I only do this exercise with minis for that reason..more straight weight and less ridiculous weight being used.
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