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The effects of combined elastic- and free-weight tension vs. free-weight tension on one-repetition maximum strength in the bench press.
J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Feb; 25(2):459-63.JS

Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of training combining elastic tension, free weights, and the bench press. Eleven college-aged men (untrained) in the bench press participated in the 13-week study. The participants were first given instructions and then practiced the bench press, followed by a one-repetition maximum (1RM) test of baseline strength. Subjects were then trained in the bench press for 3 weeks to allow for the beginning of neural adaptation. After another 1RM test, participants were assigned to 1 of 2 conditions for the next 3 weeks of training: 85% Free-Weight Tension, 15% Elastic Tension (BAND), or 100% Free-Weight Tension (STAND). After 3 weeks of training and a third 1RM max test, participants switched treatments, under which they completed the final 3 weeks of training and the fourth 1RM test. Analysis via analysis of covariance revealed a significant (p ≤ 0.05) main effect for time and interaction effect for Treatment (BAND vs. STAND). Subsequent analysis via paired-samples t-test revealed the BAND condition was significantly better (p = 0.05) at producing raw gains in 1RM strength. (BAND 9.95 ± 3.7 kg vs. STAND 7.56 ± 2.8 kg). These results suggest that the addition of elastic tension to the bench press may be an effective method of increasing strength.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Kinesiology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. davidbellar@mac.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20512067

Citation

Bellar, David M., et al. "The Effects of Combined Elastic- and Free-weight Tension Vs. Free-weight Tension On One-repetition Maximum Strength in the Bench Press." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 25, no. 2, 2011, pp. 459-63.
Bellar DM, Muller MD, Barkley JE, et al. The effects of combined elastic- and free-weight tension vs. free-weight tension on one-repetition maximum strength in the bench press. J Strength Cond Res. 2011;25(2):459-63.
Bellar, D. M., Muller, M. D., Barkley, J. E., Kim, C. H., Ida, K., Ryan, E. J., Bliss, M. V., & Glickman, E. L. (2011). The effects of combined elastic- and free-weight tension vs. free-weight tension on one-repetition maximum strength in the bench press. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(2), 459-63. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181c1f8b6
Bellar DM, et al. The Effects of Combined Elastic- and Free-weight Tension Vs. Free-weight Tension On One-repetition Maximum Strength in the Bench Press. J Strength Cond Res. 2011;25(2):459-63. PubMed PMID: 20512067.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The effects of combined elastic- and free-weight tension vs. free-weight tension on one-repetition maximum strength in the bench press. AU - Bellar,David M, AU - Muller,Matthew D, AU - Barkley,Jacob E, AU - Kim,Chul-Ho, AU - Ida,Keisuke, AU - Ryan,Edward J, AU - Bliss,Mathew V, AU - Glickman,Ellen L, PY - 2010/6/1/entrez PY - 2010/6/1/pubmed PY - 2011/5/7/medline SP - 459 EP - 63 JF - Journal of strength and conditioning research JO - J Strength Cond Res VL - 25 IS - 2 N2 - The present study investigated the effects of training combining elastic tension, free weights, and the bench press. Eleven college-aged men (untrained) in the bench press participated in the 13-week study. The participants were first given instructions and then practiced the bench press, followed by a one-repetition maximum (1RM) test of baseline strength. Subjects were then trained in the bench press for 3 weeks to allow for the beginning of neural adaptation. After another 1RM test, participants were assigned to 1 of 2 conditions for the next 3 weeks of training: 85% Free-Weight Tension, 15% Elastic Tension (BAND), or 100% Free-Weight Tension (STAND). After 3 weeks of training and a third 1RM max test, participants switched treatments, under which they completed the final 3 weeks of training and the fourth 1RM test. Analysis via analysis of covariance revealed a significant (p ≤ 0.05) main effect for time and interaction effect for Treatment (BAND vs. STAND). Subsequent analysis via paired-samples t-test revealed the BAND condition was significantly better (p = 0.05) at producing raw gains in 1RM strength. (BAND 9.95 ± 3.7 kg vs. STAND 7.56 ± 2.8 kg). These results suggest that the addition of elastic tension to the bench press may be an effective method of increasing strength. SN - 1533-4287 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20512067/The_effects_of_combined_elastic__and_free_weight_tension_vs__free_weight_tension_on_one_repetition_maximum_strength_in_the_bench_press_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181c1f8b6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -