by Charles Poliquin
Maximal strength is worthless if not applied in the shortest amount of time. The exception being the sport of powerlifting, which is in fact a misnomer. So athletes are more concerned with power which the product of strength times speed. In biomechanical terms, it is known as the rate of force development (RFD). Attaching bands to barbells in extensors lifts helps match the strength curve by matching it. In other words, the bands provide extra resistance where the shoulder flexors, and elbow extensors are strongest. So it teaches the trainee to keep accelerating, not the case with a barbell. Bands are therefore great at teaching the concept of acceleration which is key in improving power.
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