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Researchers at Southwest Minnesota State University reported in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that using elastic bands in addition to weight may increase your one-rep max for the bench press. Here’s how you can try it yourself. Tie each end of an elastic band around a barbell (outside of where you’d have your hands while benching) and lie faceup on the bench, slipping the band under your back, underneath your armpits. Lift the bar from the supports and perform the bench press as usual, being sure to have a spotter on hand throughout.