Bands instead of Cables

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    Josh Wolfe
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    Over the quarantine, I have actually put together a fairly nice home gym. I have everything that I could basically need. I have one (very) high and one  floor level low cable, however I don’t have any mobile dual cables on the sides of my rack. However, I do have several different pairs of FTS bands at different tensions. My question is, would the loading curve be so negatively affected using bands over cables that it be worth trying to purchase a cable set up? I would use the bands for lying laterals, crossing tricep x, rear delt flys, and maybe chest flys. Just thought I would see if I could get any feedback here before making a decision.

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    Joe
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    Over the quarantine, I have actually put together a fairly nice home gym. I have everything that I could basically need. I have one (very) high and one  floor level low cable, however I don’t have any mobile dual cables on the sides of my rack. However, I do have several different pairs of FTS bands at different tensions. My question is, would the loading curve be so negatively affected using bands over cables that it be worth trying to purchase a cable set up? I would use the bands for lying laterals, crossing tricep x, rear delt flys, and maybe chest flys. Just thought I would see if I could get any feedback here before making a decision.

    Thanks!

     

    IDEALLY you’d want both, but it’s such an expense, it’s really a personal decision. Shoulder stuff is where you lose most benefit of cables, because like you mentioned, the profile isn’t ideal. The benefit of cables is really being able to overload the “bottom” of raises and deload the top. You can’t do that with bands, even with the exact same attachment point set up.

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