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Not on the road quite as much as I used to be at the moment, but inertia and a tough slog on a startup has kept me mostly training at home with strands, bodyweight and kettlbells, with once or twice a week to the gym to lift big iron. The bands have been a great blessing to my ageing joints, and frankly, I think they make me purdier in the upper body than powerlifting did. Probably the latter is due to the higher rep-ranges which my ego didn't allow so much when using barbells, and the fact that cables are upper body centric, but also I think the nature of the beasts gives nice cap to the delts, and amazing arm and upper back pumps.
The lifelines, I think, are very good tools; cheap, light and sturdy. I've managed to retire one set of handles (probably over enthusiastic curls; they were showing spider cracks), but the heavy strands seem to wear out very fast. Started with greens for base and wore out a complete set of 3 of those within 8 months: the greens seem to crack very fast. Now I'm working with blues, which are also starting to go, and which seem to permanently deform pretty quickly. On the other hand, all my reds and purples look just like when I bought them. What would be incredibly awesome would be lifelines with 5-6 holes so I could populate it entirely with reds and below. Alas, nobody makes such things. I figure the elastic deformation on a "too thick" piece of cable does something weird; some kind of elastic creep. Also, the knobs at the end don't really fit right into the handles on the very thick cables.
I'm not complaining about the durability of these tools -they're great for the price. I'm more worried about giving myself a german duelling scar from playing with rubber bands, and of course, it feels wasteful throwing them cables in the trash when they get cracks in them.
Right now the options are Samson cables and The Hook, but if there is anything else out there, I'd love to know about them. My main concern with either tool is insufficient cables for fun stuff like back presses and true archer pull, and very probably a different range of motion. Maybe I'll just get both.
Favorite exercises (with cables):
Front chest pull
Right/left front chest anyhow
True archer pull
Usually a workout is mixing these guys with chins, handstand push ups, free squats, back bridges, kettlebell swings, Farmer Burns calisthenics, snatches.
Main complaint in following this regime is the lack of lower back and leg stimulation. Everything else gets hit nicely. I used to be a nut about working my lower body all the time, so I kind of miss the feeling of a 20-rep squat session, deads or some heavy push presses, but otherwise I could happily substitute cable workouts for most of my upper body exercise needs.
Anyhow, this is mostly a long winded "hello" and "thank you, guys" but if anyone has a training idea or safety to share, or a cool obscure chest expander I haven't listed above, I'd love to hear about it.