4 Chest Exercises with Resistance Bands

4 Chest Exercises with Resistance Bands

October 18, 2017

4 Chest Exercises with Resistance bands

Resistance bands for powerlifting are one of the ever-changing innovations used to achieve optimal strength. Once thought to be only good for prehab and warm-ups, resistance bands are now the main tool in any competitive powerlifter’s arsenal. To stay competitive athletes, powerlifters, cross trainers alike are turning to the versatile resistance band to give them an edge over their comp.

Check out the following warm-up and superset chest exercises with resistance bands.
Warm-up with the following two exercises before attempting the superset of crazy plates and resisted dips.

Resistance band arm circles for shoulder mobility.
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Hold the resistance band in front of your thighs.
3. Relax your shoulders and circle your arms over your head behind you.
4. Reverse this circle back to starting position.
Complete 10-15 repetitions.


Resistance band pull apart for shoulder strengthening.
1. Extend both arms in front of you; holding the resistance band towards the ends (bring your hands closer together for more tension).
2. Start the movement by performing a reverse fly, moving your hands out to the side of your body.
3. Keep your elbows extended until the band touches your chest.
4. In a controlled way, return to starting position.
Complete 10-15 repetitions.
Now time for the real work!


1. Crazy Plates
What are crazy plates?
A spin on the popular crazy bells; crazy plates are weight plates that are attached to both ends of a barbell using resistance bands. Benching with crazy plates forces you to keep your muscles tight throughout the full motion of a bench press.  This exercise can be used to avoid potential future injuries by engaging the stabilizing muscles needed to keep the bar moving in a straight path. Use crazy plates to strengthen the shoulder girdle while learning how to keep your muscles tight throughout the entire pushing movement. Overall, this is a great exercise for creating more tension during concentric and eccentric acceleration.

How do you set up crazy plates?
First, you will need to determine how much weight you are capable of benching. Then, decide on how much movement you want in the crazy plates. Lighter resistance bands will result in more bounce in the hanging plates. You can use a light resistance band with plates up to 25lbs, for heavier crazy plates use stronger resistance bands. Beginner lifters can start with as low as 10 pounds per side while the seasoned gym rats can go as high as 100 pounds on each side.

Just remember that these crazy plates are used as an addition to static weight, not the only source of weight you’re pushing.

Double the resistance bands over and put through the hole in the plate. Then pass the bands around the barbell, outside of the loaded weights. Make sure to grab a friend or stranger that knows what they are doing to spot you while performing the exercise. 

How often should I use crazy plates?
We recommend using the crazy plate technique on chest day for 3-4 sets.


2. Banded Bench Press
Great for working on explosive power and creating more tension during eccentric and concentric acceleration.
Tip: Go slow down (2-3 second count) and explosive up (as fast as you can).

3. Banded Push-Up
Great to superset with another chest exercise. In this demonstration, we superset the banded pushups with Incline Bench Press. This exercise is also great for working on explosive power and creating more tension during pushups.

4. Resisted Dips
Resisted dips use the power of resistance bands to make dips more difficult. Instead of using the resistance bands to help us perform more dips, we flipped the script to make the dips more challenging by adding resistance.

How do I set up resisted dips?
Start with using a lower tension resistance band. Loop the band around two heavy dumbbells (at least 40lbs for a secure anchor). The dumbbells should be placed on the outsides of the dip bars slightly behind you. Pull the band up and over your calves then get into position on the dip bar.


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