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What is "Accommodating Resistance"?

There are plenty of methods that you can use to get stronger in the gym to then showcase that strength in competition or on the field of play. In this article, we will highlight the use of the method called "accommodating resistance".

So, what exactly is accommodating resistance? This method of training basically refers to using either bands or chains to alter the strength curve so that there is more weight loaded on the way up.

In a traditional squat or bench press, the weight is held consistent throughout the range of motion. One of the great benefits of accommodating resistance is that it teaches the athlete to accelerate the bar against increasing resistances. Maximal strength is a high-force and low-velocity endeavor, however, being able to use this as a teaching tool will enhance the athlete's training to produce force where it is most needed.

In the image, I am using chains in the barbell back squat. There are many ways to attach chains, but the set-up that I employ here allows the chains to be FULLY deloaded at the bottom of the squat. Also, notice that the chains are kissing the ground and NOT swinging around when I unrack the bar to start the set. Stability is compromised if the chains are allowed to freely swing and can be dangerous.

If you would like to learn more about how you can employ chains or bands into your training program, contact us today.

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