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When we arrived at the conference, we found the vendor booth with the bands, which were being demonstrated for flexibility training.

We even had to make up our own names for some exercises since we'd never seen them before.When you train in a 20' X 40' gym you have to get creative.Some of these movements have had dramatic effects on our strength.He's a powerlifter and a specialist in developing maximal strength.(Despite this powerlifting emphasis, the average guy under his tutelage puts on 30 to 40 pounds in the first year.) In Dave's last article he taught you the art of box squatting.I thought at the time he was talking about some type of surgical tubing like aerobic instructors use.

I told him I thought it was a waste of time but went along any way, you know, so he wouldn't kick my ass.

Louie bought a bag full of bands and we were on our way.

While driving back to the gym I asked him what he was planning to do with them.

Not only were the chains working for the squats, but all of our benches were going through the roof as well!

We were always used to slow, steady gains, but were now seeing dramatic increases in a very short time. Then about three years ago, Louie asked me to go to a basketball conference with him to check out some bands.

However, at the very least, they'll open your mind to different, unconventional methods that may also have some application to bodybuilding as opposed to just powerlifting.