Training with an elastic, supportive bench press device is not superior to a conventional training approach in trained men

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an 8‑week powerlifting-type bench press (BP) resistance training (RT) program, either without (RAW) or with using a supportive elastic bench press device (EBD) on one-repetition maximum (1-RM), body weight (BW), mid-upper arm and chest circumference, as well as visual analogue pain scale (VAS) of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. For this purpose, a matched pair parallel design based on initial 1‑RM was used (BPD n = 16, age 24.4 ± 4 years, RT experience 3.75 ± 1.83 years; RAW n = 16, age 25 ± 2 years, RT experience 5.66 ± 3.00 years). Following two weeks of familiarization with the protocol , BP RT was carried out twice weekly. The EBD group completed more than half of their BP sets with elastic assistance and 10% higher training intensity than the RAW group. There was a significant time × group interaction in BW ( p = 0.008). Post hoc analysis showed a significant loss of 0.92 kg in the EBD group ( p = 0.049; effect size [ES] = −0.08; 95%CI [−1.80, 0.04]). A significant time effect for 1‑RM was observed ( p < 0.001). In both groups there was a significant change in 1‑RM of 5.00 kg ( p < 0.001; ES = 0.35; 95%CI [2.98, 7.02]). There was no significant change in any circumference or VAS measure. In conclusion, using an EBD leads to 1‑RM gains similar to conventional RAW BP training. However, more studies are required with highly trained individuals, in particular female athletes. Practitioners may implement EBD training for reasons of variation.
Translated title of the contributionTraining mit einer elastischen Bankdrückhilfe ist einem konventionellen Trainingsansatz bei trainierten Männern nicht überlegen
Original languageEnglish
JournalGerman Journal of Exercise and Sport Research
Pages (from-to)312-319
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 04.05.2021

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