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Weight Lifting Chains for Powerlifting in the Gym

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Powerlifting used to be the main reason to use chains when benching or squatting. However, chains have been increasingly popular to help strengthen weak areas of a lift and increase lift speed for lifters of various capabilities.


We've recently built a set of our 5 foot 5/8", 1/2" and 3/8" chain package for a local Crossfit gym and we're aiming to grow with gyms of all types. If you're looking to create a few options in your own gym or for your personal setup, let us know.


We've kept away from collars as they've proven to be priced too high for consumers and completely eliminate the function of a leader chain. The reason, is that they are a fixed point on the chain which keeps the lifter from being able to adjust the leader chain to accommodate the bulk of the weight. For example, during a squat the weakest part of the lift is the bottom. At this point, you'd want only the leader chain hanging. As the lifter rises, the bulk of the weight starts to rise as well. This creates an incremental challenge for the lifter. Not everyone is the same size or build, so having the leader chain as an adjustable component is the best solution for reaching the goals of the lifter.


When purchasing, a good rule of thumb is to stay under 20% of your 1 rep max.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us by phone or by live chat on the bottom right of this page.


To view our available packages, follow this link:  http://www.advantagerigging.com/weight-lifting-chain/