Have you ever used resistance bands during your workouts? If you have not, you should probably start… especially if you’re looking for major strength gains.
Researchers at the University of Tampa say resistance band training improves explosive strength by adding resistance to the easiest parts of a lift. In other words, your muscles have to work harder where they would normally be the strongest.
In the study, basketball players who used resistance bands when bench pressing and squatting saw greater increases in strength and power than individuals who kept the bands out of the workout.
You can incorporate a band into your barbell training by doing the following, according to Men’s Health: attach the band to a barbell and run it under the lower crossbar at one end of a bench or squat rack, loop the band’s ends around the bar, then repeat the repeat the steps on the other side.
via Men’s Health
If you’re looking for a new activity to enjoy during the last few weeks of summer, you should try KanJam, a game involving a flying disc and two cans. Players try to deflect the disc into a can on their side of the playing area. Check out the video below to learn how to play and see the game in action.
Sitch News and MPS Entertainment’s Phil D’Auria had this to say about KanJam:
“…once you play one time you’re so addicted. It’s so fun and you want to keep playing and doing better each time.”
The game is no joke and its players are among the most competitive in the world. There are leagues and tournaments across the United States and Canada.
I’m certainly interested- are you? For more information and to get the game for yourself, click here.
Jimmy Kolb, 23, successfully bench-prenched 903 pounds at the age of 21. This guy’s max may reach the triple digits in the coming years!
Here is a great core exercise that not only chisels your abdominal muscles but improves your athleticism- the medicine ball sit-up throw.
David Jack, owner of ActivPrayer in Phoenix, Arizona, explains why this exercise is important to incorporate into your workouts.
“Power and speed are dangerous without control,” says Jack.
While many basic core exercises strengthen the muscles that help you lift more weight and move it more quickly, this exercise adds control-work into the mix, which improves your accuracy and safety during future workouts. Check out Jack’s demonstration of the med-ball sit-up throw below to learn correct form.
via Men’s Health