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Crotalus

Any of you guys use chains to vary resistance in some exercises ? I asked before about bands but never got any - too confusing on what was what and where to attach them in different movements and machines.

But I'm thinking it would be great to try chains with Trap Bar Deadlifts when I go back to those in the fall and winter.

Saw some on Amazon I thought were reasonably priced. Man, is there anything you can't order from Amazon ? My only hesitation is will I feel like dragging 30-50 lbs of chain back and forth to the gym every Sunday ?? I did it with my Trap Bar for seven years before the gym broke down and got one so I guess if I want to try chains that's what I'll have to do.

I have been threatening to buy a kettle bell to use at home on my off days as Turpin wrote about a while back and I finally got one last week and I'm loving it.
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Grant D.

Illinois, USA

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Crotalus wrote:
Any of you guys use chains to vary resistance in some exercises ? I asked before about bands but never got any - too confusing on what was what and where to attach them in different movements and machines.

But I'm thinking it would be great to try chains with Trap Bar Deadlifts when I go back to those in the fall and winter.

Saw some on Amazon I thought were reasonably priced. Man, is there anything you can't order from Amazon ? My only hesitation is will I feel like dragging 30-50 lbs of chain back and forth to the gym every Sunday ?? I did it with my Trap Bar for seven years before the gym broke down and got one so I guess if I want to try chains that's what I'll have to do.

I have been threatening to buy a kettle bell to use at home on my off days as Turpin wrote about a while back and I finally got one last week and I'm loving it.


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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

I have used bungee chords and even garage door springs (100 pound pull each) on smith machine squats. doing so certainly feels more intense and the inroad more thorough, but the results are not superior to simply training with the intended tool.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

Grant D. wrote:
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Crotalus wrote:
Any of you guys use chains to vary resistance in some exercises ? I asked before about bands but never got any - too confusing on what was what and where to attach them in different movements and machines.

But I'm thinking it would be great to try chains with Trap Bar Deadlifts when I go back to those in the fall and winter.

Saw some on Amazon I thought were reasonably priced. Man, is there anything you can't order from Amazon ? My only hesitation is will I feel like dragging 30-50 lbs of chain back and forth to the gym every Sunday ?? I did it with my Trap Bar for seven years before the gym broke down and got one so I guess if I want to try chains that's what I'll have to do.

I have been threatening to buy a kettle bell to use at home on my off days as Turpin wrote about a while back and I finally got one last week and I'm loving it.



==Scott==
No!! Seriously Grant?? I thought for sure you'd use those special Max Pyramid X12 teflon coated Chains when throwing around those big monster truck tires or when swinging Kettle bells overhead as I'm sure you must do?
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StuKE

I always use chains for chin ups,as opposed tp a dipping belt, but I know that is not what you are meaning.
Sometimea in the past I would attach chains to the middle of a barbell and use it for curls. I would arrange the chains so much of their weight was on the floor at the bottom of the rep and it would lift mostly on the second last half of the positive, with it all 9n the air by the top.

I liked the tesistance curve but it was a bit of a fad for me, never kept up with it as it took a bit of setting up, plus I hate barbel curls!
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sirloin

Ive used both bands (including the slingshot) and chains, i prefer bands myself, to help with rehab mostly. But training in a competitive strongman and powerlifter gym, ive yet to see a single person make use of the chains for deadlifts, only for benching or power curls.
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Crotalus

StuKE wrote:
I always use chains for chin ups,as opposed tp a dipping belt, but I know that is not what you are meaning.


I wanted them for dips also because I'm too lazy to go to the front desk and ask for a belt. Instead I put dips last in the chest workout so I don't need the extra resistance .... but I miss weighted dips and this would be another excuse to get some.

I wouldn't use them for chins .... chins are hard enough for me without the added weight.

Maybe I'll scrap the idea altogether seeing that Grant doesn't seem too keen on the idea, lol.
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StuKE

Crotalus wrote:
StuKE wrote:
I always use chains for chin ups,as opposed tp a dipping belt, but I know that is not what you are meaning.


I wanted them for dips also because I'm too lazy to go to the front desk and ask for a belt. Instead I put dips last in the chest workout so I don't need the extra resistance .... but I miss weighted dips and this would be another excuse to get some.

I wouldn't use them for chins .... chins are hard enough for me without the added weight.

Maybe I'll scrap the idea altogether seeing that Grant doesn't seem too keen on the idea, lol.


Depending on the thickness of the chain, I think you will be fine. I dont like dipping belts and I dont mind the discomfort of a chain, it is generally a little lower than the hips anyway. Mind you, most I have used with a chain is 54kg including the weight of the chains. I did once try considerably more for donkey calf raises, with padding around the chain and it still hurt too much to use hahaha.
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Crotalus

StuKE wrote:

Depending on the thickness of the chain.


I was looking at two different sets ;
one set at 1/2" ( two chains in a set ) weigh 38 lbs and the other is 5/8" and 60 lbs per set .... at seven foot lengths. They also come in 5 and 6 foot lengths.

Not that TBDL aren't hard enough, but think it would be fun to try them with chains. LOL, what some of us call fun, huh ??

I'm about the only one who uses the Trap Bar in the gym and the looks I'll get if I add some chains onto it will be interesting.

But Dr. Ken would probably snicker at this and call me a 'light weight' LOL.
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StuKE

Crotalus wrote:
StuKE wrote:

Depending on the thickness of the chain.

I was looking at two different sets ;
one set at 1/2" ( two chains in a set ) weigh 38 lbs and the other is 5/8" and 60 lbs per set .... at seven foot lengths. They also come in 5 and 6 foot lengths.

Not that TBDL aren't hard enough, but think it would be fun to try them with chains. LOL, what some of us call fun, huh ??

I'm about the only one who uses the Trap Bar in the gym and the looks I'll get if I add some chains onto it will be interesting.

But Dr. Ken would probably snicker at this and call me a 'light weight' LOL.



They could work well for trap bar deadlifts, but you would need to ensure there is enough room on the bar so the chains are far enough from the weights so they don't get caught inderneath at the bottom of each rep. Also, as the range of motion is felatively short from floor to upright, you would be best figuring out how much chain you want to be off the floor through each part of the movement. For example, with curls I wanted little chain weight at the start, and moat of it to kick in in the top half, so I suspended a thin chain from the bar and used s hooks to double or triple up the heavier chain ans attach to the thinner one.
This only took a couoke of mins to arrange, but as I used the chaons for other things I got fed up having ro do this each time.
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sirloin

Just an idea on adding up to several hundred pounds of tension to a machine using resistance, takes 10 seconds. I use this on the low back machine to help improve my barbell deadlift lockout.
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