As a Personal Trainer, it may come as no surprise to you that, in addition to personal training clients, I like to keep in shape myself. With this in mind, I thought it may be of interest to the Chorlton Personal Training blog readers, to find out a little bit about what I am getting up to in my training.
With this in mind, today I want to talk about using chains in your strength training workouts.
Right now, I am Very much enjoying incorporating the use of chains into my workouts. It makes for a nice change in the programme and adds variety, without deviating from the key movement patterns and exercises I want to work on. The main selling point for using chains is that they provide accommodating resistance, since the load is reduced at the bottom of the movement and increased at the top. I have certainly noticed that there is no real sticking point for me when using chains on the bench press - all portions of the movement seem equally difficult.
How does it work?
Well, as you can see from the photo above, some of the links on the chain are resting on the floor. As you lower the weight, more of those chain links are resting on the floor. As you lift the weight, less of the chain links are resting on the floor. This means, as you lower the bar, the weight is decreasing and as you lift the bar, the weight is increasing. This is what is meant by accommodating resistance. Using chains therefore works very well with exercises that are normally more difficult at the bottom and less difficult at the top.
If you want to learn more about how to include advanced strength training methods such as this into your training programme, then give me a shout using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.