Holy Crap! So I just got back from the gym after my first time squatting with bands.
Just last week I worked up to 355 for a high box squat. It was a slow grinder. Lately I've felt like I'm focusing so hard on my technique through the rep, that I actually slow myself down, making it harder.
Anyway, immediatly when i put the bands on the bar i felt what it was like to really push through the whole range of motion. It was so cool to be able to push through the whole rep, as opposed to decelerating the top. It was like a crash course in explosiveness. I finally feel like I understand what it means treat 225 like 1000.
So my goal was to triple 315 on the high box. I worked up to 355 with the bands for a triple. when just last week I could only do 1 rep with 355, without bands. Plus, they were fast reps, not grinders like last week. In fact, what stopped me wasn't that I couldn't lift more, but that I didn't have a spotter, and almost couldn't rack the last set(bar slipping down).
So Holy Crap!!! I didn't realize how much strength potential was in me because I was afraid to be explosive, and now I finally got it! Words can't describe how good it feels to blow last weeks pr out of the water like that. And I've been plateaued on the squat all summer.