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Strandpulling is by some viewed as great supplement workout, but have it´s disadvantages over weights and calisthenics.
Strandpulling vs. weights: weights are better for building lover body (maybe even upper, but that may vary) and overall "weighted" strength (picking weight, carrying weight, etc) and also cardio.
Strandpulling vs. bodyweight: bodyweight fitness is better for strengthening overal body (compound movements, core section is trained more, leg calisthenics excercises have better bang-for-buck also), movement and cardio.
That lead me to question:
Is there any significant advantage of strandpulling in terms of (practical life) results (over weightlifting and calisthenics)?
I know that targeting muscles from different angles (and so) is mentioned often by comparing with both other, but that is in my opinion only addition, not advantage: You just work muscles in different position (advantage is that strength for strandpulling excercises is builded more, but usage of that strength could be limited in practical life).
If I take weights, strandpulling have huge advantage only if person work out with dumbbels, barbells or kettlebells, that don´t provide possibility of vertical pulling: strandpulling have ODP which provide that motion. Bigger impact to nervous system and spine compression with weights is mentioned, but that may vary (technique, training frequency, etc...). I thin, that with strandpulling it´s easier to correct posturas problems, but as before: that may vary.
If I take bodyweight fitness I can´t find any advantage that strandpulling have in terms of results (if one have all posibilities of bodyweight movement = horizontal and vertical push and pull). Maybe bigger focus on shoulder development (but that comes with prize of undeveloped different parts, that expander is not so good tool for).
I know... apples and oranges, different tools for different purposes, one could use combination of principles and tools etc, but:
In last days/weeks I thought about if calisthenics and/or weights don´t provide better overall results in shorter scale of time, than strandpulling (= if strenghtening in strandpulling movements as such isn´t one´s goal, than if other two aren´t "better deal").
In current time I do calisthenics only with inferior frequency and shorter workouts than I did with chest expander and already have better results in two-three weaks in all aspects of strength/building muscles/moving (except strandpulling excercise strength) than I have with expanders. I´m planning to stick to BWF mainly (oldschool - pull ups, chin ups, push ups, squats and horizontal rows as staple, core excercises and dips as addition) for longer period of time and see how it will go.
Last Edited By: Lemmy01 May 1 16 12:09 PM. Edited 1 time