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Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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Thread: chains??

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    chains??

    Ok got a few questions.

    1) which is heavier 3 feet of 3/8 or 5/16?
    2) how should i have it cut 3 or 5 feet?
    3)on the chain i connect to the bar how long should it be for the deadlift, bench, and squat?

    i set my squat on 16 in a monolift.

    thanks

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    I don't have a lot of experience with chains, but I know that 3/8in chain is heavier than 5/16in chain. 3/8 = 6/16.

    Seems like I've read that 5 feet is the standard distance.

    Not sure about this one.

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    I've used chains for bench and dl, I'm a HUGE HUGE fan.

    I like the chains in the middle of the bar for DL's, I sting a small chain though the open loops.

    For bench, I loop it at the ends of the bar, and string together just like above.

    I don't have chains long enough for squats, although I know a lot of guys use rubber bands

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    3/8's is heavier, but its still not very heavy. 5/8's and 3/4's work great.

    drape it over the bar several times for deads. benching and squatting is a bit more difficult, there are devices made for hanging chains on the bar. you can just drape them over the bar ends, make your own device, there are several ways to make it work. be creative!
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    I've used tow chain (3/8") and it works fine. A 14' length is about 20lbs and you can it into thirds to give you a length of 3'something".

    Put it on the bar w. a connector chain or climbing rope so that it completely deloads at the bottom and there is still a link or two on the floor at the top.

    I talk about bands and chains in one of the Squat Rx videos, but I can't remember which one.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    i use 5' lengths. easy to add/remove weight as needed. I use a 1/4 chain to hang from the bar so that the heavy chain deloads completely.

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    Use 5/8 chain in 5" length and thats 20 lbs per chain. For bench use a smaller chain in a looped circle and held together with a carabiner. Hang the smaller chain over the bar and lay the 5/8 chain through the smaller one so that half the 5/8 is on the floor when you start your bench. This way the chain can be fully deloaded on the bottom. For the Squat set the smaller chain loop over the bar like the bench but set it at a hight where the 5/8 chain when put through the loop will have a few links still on the floor when you start your squat. This way you reduce the amount of swing from the chains before you start your squat. For deads you simply drape the 5/8 chain over the bar.

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