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    Which bands to purchase?

    I've used the search function on WBB but still haven't found all the answers I'm looking for.

    I want to start using bands, but I'm not absolutely sure which to get and how I'm supposed to use them. I know most people use the EliteFTS bands, and that the Mini's are usually used for bench for around 90 lbs of tension at the top. If I'm doing 185 lbs. for DE bench, would I drop the weight to 95 and use Mini stretch bands? Which bands are used for squat and how would the weight scheme be for that?

    Also, are there cheaper alternatives to the EliteFTS bands?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Minis will be good for bench, you could use lights for squatting.
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    Mini's and lights would be a good start.

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    The Jump Strech Bands Are Far More Better Than Any Other Out There. The Light And Average Band Are Plenty. Thats Red And Purple
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Downey View Post
    The Jump Strech Bands Are Far More Better Than Any Other Out There. The Light And Average Band Are Plenty. Thats Red And Purple
    light = purple
    average = green
    mini = red
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonesXedge View Post
    light = purple
    average = green
    mini = red
    there are like 3 diff. minis arent there? lol...i have the mini flex and the mini monsters. the mini flexs i have are purple and the mini monsters are black. and there are the red ones too haha.

    Jump stretch are def. worth the money.
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    I've seen green, blue, purple, and red mini bands.

    They also have like micro bands but those are probably way too light for anything. Those are orange.

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    Jump stretch, huh? Those would then be used more on DE days, correct?
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rbtrout View Post
    Jump stretch, huh? Those would then be used more on DE days, correct?
    either or really. you can use lighter bands to work on speed or you can use heavier ones to work on lockout/bigger lifts.

    The fun is endless!

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    I have the green bands from APT and they work well - have been using them for about two years now.
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    I purchased the green bands from APT, as well. I'm really looking forward to using them. I'm hoping to have them on Friday, so I can use them on ME leg day on Monday. If not, I'll have to hurry up and be patient.
    Recommendations on starting out with them?
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rbtrout View Post
    I purchased the green bands from APT, as well. I'm really looking forward to using them. I'm hoping to have them on Friday, so I can use them on ME leg day on Monday. If not, I'll have to hurry up and be patient.
    Recommendations on starting out with them?
    stay tight! it will seem real unsteady at the top and feel very weird. Just stay tight and have fun with them!

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    I just got the weekly Elitefts email and they have bands on sale for 25% off this weekend.

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    NONE bands SUCK

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL11 View Post
    NONE bands SUCK
    LOL - bitter much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL11 View Post
    NONE bands SUCK
    Haha, if you are going to be getting into gear you're gonna have to use them. Work that top end strength man!

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    HAhaha, I know...They just pissed me off this morning!

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    Minis and light bands are enough for most gym goers. If you secure them correctly, even the light bands add more than enough tension to challenge you at the end of the range of motion.

    They are great for a lot of things, like accessory exercises and mobility/flexibility work, not just the big three.
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    Anyone think bands are beneficial for packing on some mass?

    I'm powerbuilding right now, using a westside style routine to help pack on mass for BB'ing purposes. Think I could incorporate bands, or would they be useless to someone like me?
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