Learning how to dump the weight is a valuable thing to know. I've seen some silly things happen when people don't even know enough to let go of the bar when they're about to crash. I don't really see any controversy regarding using stands vs not using them though. I use a cage 100% of the time but that is just coz I have one that I got for cheap. Seems like nothing but personal preference to me. Glen Pendlay recommended some stands once that I saw on xfit not long ago. I think the thread might still be alive over there and checking it out might be worth while for you.
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