I would say overall pressing strength went up. My CGB, DB presses, DB Inclines, all improved. It makes it so much easier to blast thru sticking points.
As for leg drive & speed. Definetly improved. After 10yrs lifting I had two major evoulutions in my training. First, I got away from just doing the O-lifts and their assistance exercises all the time. I started rotating a large number of exercises (Westside-esque). That, and the bands made me faster and MUCH more athletic. My team mates were in awe at how much better I was running patterns and making athletic catches than I had been in the past. I was also beating CB’s sometimes…not bad for a TE.
Now, this is my 3 weeks off from the bands but I haven’t really been able to get out to the field and run because after being in the 60’s here for most of Dec. and Jan., it snowed about 12" and it’s friggin impossible to run.
But, overall, I’m amazed at the improvements…especially to someone who has been lifting for almost 10 years.[/quote]
I got a set of bands, and started using them 3 weeks ago. I’m posting my results in “6 week double band experiment update” The best thing is that after having ACL transplant surgery in July, I couldn’t squat parallel on Dec. 1, and got parallel with just 185 on Jan 1. Now in three weeks, I matched my all time PR of 425 with a parallel box squat, got a PR 515 rack pull from the knees WITHOUT STRAPS (15 more than previous PR with straps) and did a PR 325 floor press (20 more than previous PR).