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What are the benefits of adding chains to my workout?

Chains increase the amount of weight lifted while performing the concentric or “up” portion of a lift. For example as you stand up out of a squat, more of the chain will be lifted off the floor increasing the total amount of weight being lifted. Since most people tend to be weakest during the concentric portion of a lift, chains help improve concentric strength.

Brooke Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapy
While working out with chains may benefit you with the imagery of toughness and raw power, there are some physical benefits to adding chains to your workout as well. Adding chains to weights that you are already lifting will increase the weight at the end of a lift, maximizing contraction. Chains draped or wrapped on your body can add weight and resistance to push ups, sit ups, wall sits, and more. For those with limited funds or limited space, adding chains to a push up can simulate a bench press without the presence of a bench or a bar.

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