Which do you prefer?
Both have their pros and cons, but over time you'll find yourself reaching for one more frequently than the other.
Bands are a lot easier to setup and transport, but sometimes can create a habit of being locked into a groove that doesn't always resemble straight weight. They also can be difficult to gauge the tension weight.
Chains definitely don't lock you into any groove and do have a very definitive overload at the top, but the setup is a pain in the neck and unless you have a specific gauge for the length, being consistent with how high the chains are off the ground can be complicated.
Do some of you find one more beneficial for one application vs. the other? Why?
If I had to choose one or they other, bands because they are more versatile. They can be used to increase weight/tension or decrease it.
If we're talking just about their ability to increase weight I would probably go with chains.
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My answer is pretty simple, I enjoy using both. IMO, they both work great and both serve a purpose. Like you said, the chains can be PIA to setup. When I was training in gear, I liked using the bands for all my speed work and chains for most of my heavy training.
Bands for speed training.
Chains for max effort.
Like them both a lot but i don't get to use chains much.
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I prefer chains although I use a good mixture of both. I also think chains are easier to set up since I don't have band pegs.
They are much better for raw training. Easy on the joints. VAriety with length. They can swing or touch the floor.
I think they have their place with geared training. Tough on the joints. I don't like how they lock you into the groove. But, I think they are beneficial for specific skills.
Reverse bands are a great way to feel some weight that you aren't quite ready for, but chains are way better for a natural groove and loading up heavy without beating up the joints too much.
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Im with the majority:
bands for speed
chains for heavy work
I remember I did deficit deadlifts against some horrible tension one max effort day and it literally killed me for about 3 days. Worst deadlift hangover ever. Never again.
I love reverse bands for the squat and bench. I really like chains for tricep extentions as the save the elbows. I havent used a band anchored from the bottom on a lift in a while though. I dont like the controlled groove like feeling.
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where is a good place to go get some chains without it costing me too much???
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I don't know that I can make an abvious choice for one over the other. I really do like them both. However, there is a lot to be said about the portability of bands.
Brute strength i will take chains, speed work i like bands. I tend to like chains a little more. How about both at the same times? lol.
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I've never used them both at the same time, but I've seen it done alot.
Bands are the superior form of accomodating resistance.
Now, with that said, I firmly believe straight weight needs to be incorporated in any strength training program.
I don't use either for my main training but I use bands quite a bit for warming up and rehab purposes. I always get a lot of my pain in my left elbow while benching or doing triceps work so I warm up both elbows with band push downs and it seems to do the trick.