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Beginner's Question: Chains?


#1

I've read a couple threads where people hook chains on their weights. What's this for? I assume it's similar to bands where the resistance is at the top/end of the move rather than the bottom/beginning except that for the chains it's adding increased weight at the chains are pulled off of the floor?

Am I far off on this one?


#2

Yes, you've pretty much got it. It adds weight to the lifts as you get to stronger parts of the lift. Check out Dave Tate's "The Eight Keys" series.


#3

Just to add, chains also add an element of stability control - the chains swing just a little, as opposed to bands, which pull straight down.

-Dan