I currently don’t have access to bands or chains. How do I modify the sets that suggest using reverse bands in the pre-contest cycle?
Thanks for any help.
***Keep in mind my answer is coming from experience with raw lifters.***
I do agree with Big Dain and DD, but I have had clients in the past who either did not have bands, or the gym they train at did not have a rack suitable for their safe use. Unfortunately, circumstances do come up. Ideally, just buy the bands for yourself. They will last a long time and you can use them for a variety of movements.
For those clients that did not have access to bands/ chains, what I had them do is more practice between the last warm-up and opener weights. Example would be instead of doing singles with an opener, I would ask them to work up to a double or two, depending on feel. I have also had them stay with triples for a bit longer than the template in the book suggests. Is this ideal? Absolutely not. Is it making the most with what you got? Yup.
If you are a more veteran, or stronger lifter, this may not work for you, as doubles and triples with weights near this top end will be higher RPE, so use this as a guide. Be smart and adjust the weights as needed.