Hi coach - wondering what you think about having light weights (empty bar, trap bar/ ez curl bar) and using bands as primary resistance.
I got a hold of some empty bars and a trap bar (15/25 lbs, 50 lbs) and have been jerry rigging some compound lifts using bands.
For instance using a sturdy plywood as base (on top of bands) and looping ends across empty trap bar (deadlifts), or tying up against a swing set and doing vertical band press with ez bar (standing bench press) or 1 leg/ 2 leg front squat variations (these feel great).
Today I saw on a chair (on top of board) with bands looped on each side and did seated shoulder press (these felt amazing)
I notice the bottom ROM is very deloaded and then, depending on bands i use (have rogue set and a bunch of generic pairs) it quickly goes from easy to back breaking.
Been getting some great pumps and even muscle gains from the more intense end ROM and higher volume (5 reps min, 12-20 reps work sets usually vs. 3-5 for barbell / 8-12 work sets)
This combined with some of your bodyweight moves via calisthenics (especially for the stretch/deloaded portion where band tension is a little light) seems like a great combo