Powerlifters use chains, bodybuilders use chains, strongmen use chains. So tell this, Y U no use chains?
Regular chains used to haul off your junk are not only useful for towing across states, but they can add strength to your deadlift in a very indirect way.
The idea of chains is nothing revolutionary, but since you rarely see it used to its full potential. You may think it’s the best invention since the portable walkman.
Main reason why you don’t see them is more due to a small group of lifters who really know how to take advantage of them.
Chains are always seen among powerlifters & strongmen along with resistance bands. Both lifters use them to work weak points in the exercises & strengthen up “sticking points” in the bench press, squat & deadlift.
What Can Chains Offer?
If you notice in an exercise like the squat, when chains are aded to the mix, the actual squatting gets lighter the more you go down.
Why is that? By picturing it, you can see the weight of the chains rest on the floor which takes weight off.
As you push out of the squat, the chains follow along while adding weight back.
You can visualize the same use in the bench press & deadlift.
To put it simply, chains can:
- Help improve weak areas in your lift. (ie: lockout on deadlift, bench press lockouts & exploding out of the hole in squats.)
- Can improve speed with the fluctuating resistance.
- Provides more stability improvement with the constant swinging of the chains.
When To Start Using Chains?
Beginners should stick to the basics of strength training as they tend to be drawn to flashy techniques & gizmos.
For advanced lifters with a good base of strength, use them when you hit walls or if you are simply bored of your workout to the point of strangling a squirrel.
Just like resistance bands, chains will only offer results if used properly.
Do not attempt to hang yourself at the gym with them if they don’t offer immediate results either.