I have bands and have used them in my training for over a decade. I have used a "little" band tension to prevent deceleration and I have used lots of double band tension.
But in the bench press, when I went back and looked at my logs for more than a decade, I found that almost all of my new bench maxes were set in periods when I simply benched with barweight only. In fact all except about 10-15 pounds of my improvement from 170-360 came in just 20 or so months over a 16 year period in which I simply used barweight. Maybe I had a rare band workout in 1-2 times a month as a kind of refresher.
So anyway, as cool as they are, and plus the idea thinking that they give me some kind of edge, I have come to think that barweight only is the way to go at least for benching raw. I know a lot of shirted lifters have also gone away from bands.
Which great bench pressers (raw or shirted) do a lot of their bench presses with bands these days?
I also have gotten away from true "speed" bench presses, seeing the same basic effect from just having occasional lighter days for higher reps.
Now I definitely use box squats, both fast and heavy, and bands seem to be integral to box squats because I am so much stronger at the top, but I'd be interested to see what people think about bands for squats too.
In general have bands been overused, or are they trending out?
Anyway I was kind of surprised to see that all of my net progress in the bench occured over about 6-7 routines of 2-3 months each over 16 years. Also found that all of those periods I was bench pressing every 2-3 days, with an occasional extra day off.