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    Bench press safety chain

    If you could, would any of you use something like this. I know I would.

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4216959.html

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    I assume it's just a chain that prevents the barball from going down farther than it should? Sounds like a good idea I guess. I prefer a spotter though.
    5'6", 145 lbs.

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    Definitely not.
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    Anthony, care to elaborate? I think this would be great because you are still using free weights as opposed to a multi gym bench machine, but like a multi gym you have the peace of mind that nothing can ever go wrong, sounds ideal to me.

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    Well, my first choice would be a good spotter. My second choice would be a power rack. Most gyms have both at no additional cost.

    And I can't picture how this would hang in the proper position unless you were already in a powerrack ... in which case, why spend the extra money when you already have safety pins?
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    I agree with Anthony, and would add my 3rd choice as dumbbells instead of barbells if there's no spotter and no power rack/cage available.

    plus, the bench press stations at my gym have nothing above the bar to attach the top of the chain too, it'd have to be wrapped around behind it, which would snag and throw off form...utterly useless.

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