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"Chest expanders are great for some things, no doubt about that. But the lack of functional strength (strenght, that is most visible and most utilized) is very bad if I take the time I dedicated to work out with them. Maybe some anchor lead to better ab/lower body resistance possibilities, but still - most of movements are isolation. I still concider them as best tool for morning workouts (if I am for example still tired for bwf/kettlebell stuff). I have great development of forearms from using them, but I think that my grip strength go up as I start to perform pull ups and catch kettlebell/stones now.
I believe in expanders in terms of stretching, rehabilitation and muscle building but... starting to ask if they aren´t over-matched in functional purposes with different tools, that provide more compound movement possibilites:
Alfred Danks comes to my mind as I thought about functional strength and expanders. Danks claimed he gathered all strength for weightlifting (he had been weightlifting champ, as far I know... but It could have been in times movement with weights above head was concidered weightlifting ... morern weightlifters are more about huge load in squats and cleans) feat with moderation use of chest expanders (he was also able to do lot of pull up max reps - so maybe he don´t work out only with expanders). I am thinking, where he gather as good functional strength with expanders as ones who performed weights and weightlifting workouts that time)?
I had read his course (I know he could use different excercises and he could be working out more than he stated - marketing is marketing = claiming in one thing, truth could be different) but there is no basic movement from his course I don´t do last moths ... my functional strength don´t go much up from then.
Maybe is more of question to Fred or others who use strands as tool for functional power - what do You concider as top suggestion (excercise, movement, scheme, etc...) for using expander (strands, tubes, ...) for fuctional purposes? = What You concider best way with expanders to boost functional strength?"
It is question to all (not only ones who train for functional purposes - however, one´s who do could have dírect answer what works for them best in terms of functional power granted by strand using. And as I though about that, it is not only mr. Danks... I know that Jack Reid (let´s put aside he did also bodyweight stuff) and Fred Rollon had great upper-body functional strength. I know some russian wrestlers back in the day train with bands for sport purposes.
Any secret of functional strength and strandpulling is appriciated