Im fairly new to speed work/dynamic effort/accomodating resistance, but I think I have a good handle on it. Its purpose it to teach explosiveness.
Im not gonna say it definitely has no place in a BB’ers routine, but a big dude with his pro card came up and asked me wtf I was doin when I was doing speed bench against bands. I dont think its very big in the BB game. [/quote]
I’d agree with this. Thibs and other coaches have used speed work to teach and improve explosiveness, prime high threshold muscle units, and other things. Best known for strength applications in powerlifting and athletics, but can have a place in mass and muscle gain centered programs (Thibaudeau is a big proponent of that, and pro bodybuilder and coach John Meadows has done similar things. Hell, Amit Sapir is an IFBB pro and has espoused the benefits of the olympic lifts). But you are right–not very widely known or popular in bodybuilding circles.