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Old 11-17-2011, 02:23 PM   #8
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I think they are a good option if you have healthy shoulders and the ability to train heavy on a weekly/near weekly basis. They allow time under heavier loads, which is always good for confidence, the CNS and tendon/ligament strength.

I also like that boards allow you a chance to work on form/eccentrics with supra-maximal weight.

I do believe that for a raw lifter things like a Ram/Sling Shot might (might, jury still out) provide equal benefit in some cases, while also being easier on the shoulders.

If you're like me and can't handle heavy raw sessions week in and week out, then adding board work isn't really an option.

I train solo and use a large belt to hold the 2x4s in place. Works well.
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