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Augmenting the Bench Press With Elastic Resistance: Scientific and Practical Applications

Kuntz, Chad R. DPT, CSCS1; Masi, Michael DPT, CSCS1; Lorenz, Daniel DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS, USAW2,3

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 96–102
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000093
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ABSTRACT THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL MERITS FOR INCORPORATING RESISTANCE BANDS TO THE BENCH PRESS EXERCISE AS A MEANS OF ACHIEVING MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY AND STRENGTH. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE PRESENTED THAT MAY BE OF BENEFIT TO THE INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED RESISTANCE TRAINING PARTICIPANT.

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1Department of Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida;

2Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Overland Park, Kansas; and

3Department of Physical Therapy, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chad R. Kuntzis a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Michael Masiis a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Daniel Lorenzis the owner of Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Overland Park, KS, is an adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and is the Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group for the Sports Section of the APTA.

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