How to choose the right resistance bands

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    Antonie Bartels
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    Hi,

     

    Recently I started adding some reverse bands to for example a smith machine shoulder press and a hack squat. I really like the benefit of the maximum force production through the whole range of motion, but i’m not 100% sure about which bands to use on what exercise.

    They are of course person specific, but are there any ‘guidelines’ on how to choose the resistance/thickness of the band regarding to the exercise? I can imagine you might use a stronger band on hack squats than you would on shoulder presses.  Maybe a certain % of the total weight thats moving?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Joe
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    Hi,

     

    Recently I started adding some reverse bands to for example a smith machine shoulder press and a hack squat. I really like the benefit of the maximum force production through the whole range of motion, but i’m not 100% sure about which bands to use on what exercise.

    They are of course person specific, but are there any ‘guidelines’ on how to choose the resistance/thickness of the band regarding to the exercise? I can imagine you might use a stronger band on hack squats than you would on shoulder presses.  Maybe a certain % of the total weight thats moving?

    Thank you in advance!

    Yes, it will be based ruffly around being a percentage of the load you’re yawing: so heavier load, heavier band, etc. But for the “exact” amount, go by failure rep pace. You want the last rep to be a grinder every inch. If you find the bottom to still be the sticking point, and once you’re through, you finish the rep quickly to the top, the band my be too light. And the inverse for too heavy a band.

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