Resistance training bands provide a great strength curve that matches the lower body strength curves nicely. Specifically, the more you stretch a band the higher the level of resistance you have to overcome. In the case of the key lower body movements such as squats, deadlifts and lunges this matches the strength curve of these key movements meaning that the muscles are capable of producing the highest levels of force at the top of the movement when joints are extended and muscles in their shortest position.
The trick is how to apply band resistance to these movements and other functional movements such as jumps. While there are many different techniques for accomplishing it – one of the best is to create your own lower body band loading system using a large band as a belt and smaller band/s looped through it and onto your feet to create load from the hips down.
This system puts no load on the spine, and it is easy to increase or decrease load based on band sizes used and number of times you wrap the band around your feet.
It travels with you as you move for extra load for all lower body movements including squats, lunges, and deadlifts. It is also a portable jump training system that is easy to create, and for facilities with the reACT Trainer it is a fantastic way to create additional overload on the reACT Trainer while keep the hands free!