Band are not just to train lockout. I wish everyone would get off this bands are for geared lifters crap. Yeah, it’s harder at the top with bands, but without the bands it is easier at the top. Band provide accommodating resistance. Naturally, you are going to want to decelerate the bar as you come out of the hole because your body knows the lift should be getting easier.
Because the bands provided more tension at the top, they teach the body to accelerate through the ENTIRE lift…hence you become more explosive…hence you can push through your sticking points better…hence you can lift more weight. This is the point of accommodating resistance, not to train lockout.
So why aren’t people who use the Bowflex great powerlifters? ;)[/quote]
Well for one, I think that machine maxes out at like 400lbs. Two, just because that machine (might…i don’t actually know) accommodate a strength curve doesn’t mean it trains explosiveness. The curve is probably not optimal, plus it doesn’t even make a difference in terms of speed training if the user is not using compensatory acceleration to do the movement and using short rest periods, which I doubt most people that use that machine are doing.
And finally, if it wasn’t completely obvious. There is not movement that you can do on that machine that accurately mimics one of the powerlifts.