How accommodating resistance in strength training works?
This video discusses the different examples of accommodating resistance and its’ use in strength training sessions. Accommodating resistance in strength training is used for exercises with an ascending strength curve, such as Back Squats, Front Squats or other Squat variation, Bench Press and Bench Press variations.
A practical example of the accommodating resistance in a the regular back squat. In the deepest position, the resistance is highest and once the athlete is ascending and due to the ascending strength curve, the resistance decreases. With accommodating resistance however, the chains offer less resistance in the deepest position since the majority of chain segments are on the ground. Once the athlete ascends, more and more chain segments will be added to the bar weight and therefore resistance increases.The chains in the video offer around thirty kilos into the top position additional resistance and fifteen kilos in the bottom position. While chains offer a linear increase in resistance, bands offer an exponential increase. Therefore, it can be argued, that chains are used for maximum strength periods and bands for periods of power development.