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How do You progress in terms of added resistance?
I have one (crappy manufactured, but cheap and suitable for my needs) rubber chest expander.
I concider myself to working out mainly with it (with some support of bodyweight excercises) for few months, however I used expander (not so active as now) over a Year.
If I take time I put into expander training, I think I have good results in some areas in terms of muscle development (strandpulling in practically my only excercise), worse in others (but fact is that I don´t do many excercising for legs and abs as I do for other muscles, my diet is not great, etc...).
However - if I take time I work out I have very bad progression results. I use same expander resistance I had used year before (3 to 5 strands, due to excercise type and pretty same number of reps I did before).
I know good way would be adding resistance after I reach some number of reps I could to in sets:
Alfred Danks reccomend reccomend adding resistance if one reach 8 reps. I could do some excercise with 5 tubes with simply effort to for example 15 reps each set but don´t have other resistance to ad.
Would You ad another chest expander (and have two of them - so possibility of one to 10 tubes)? - I heard that spring expanders had greater resistance (but they are not "silent" and aren´t that portable). In classic rubber expanders it´s hard to find offered resistance information (even from manufacturer).
Or progress in different way (adding sets/reps)?
Last days I find hard to motivate myself to stick to expander (due to my progression with them and overal strength progress...I´m asking myself, If I could have better results with different tools.
I know strandpulling isn´t Bible and one could do what works for him but don´t get me wrong - I love strandpulling, I love chest expanders and I would like to continue workout mainly with it (even I have sometimes thoughts to switching to kettlebell, bodyweight fitness, etc). I like specialization too.
How do You motivate Yourself to stick with expanders?
Do You try different types of workout? Do You try different angles of excercises to make it fun? Do You have other types of motivation or tricks to stay with strandpulling as main form of excercise?