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Sep 23 12 9:26 AM

The atomic athlete thing reminded me of the bison too. I have seen two reviews, one was a guy on IGX saying he didn't like it, one was a video of the guy from diesel crew basically saying it was OK for high-rep work or for weaklings.

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May 17 15 9:24 PM

Iron Horseshoe

I have one that I was very lucky to find in a second hand store last year.

It is identical to one I used for several years as a teenager, except for the colour and the shape of the plastic handgrips.

The frame is of tubular steel, and it is joined by 2 strong springs and a chain, which adds an isometric component.

I used to go through a dozen or so exercises in the Weider booklet several times a week.

In addition, I used to follow the Weider Chest Expander Program from the same booklet.

 It is very good for functional strength in the arms, forearms, shoulders and upper back, as many of the movements are compound.

I felt it gave me a real edge in high school wrestling.

It is excellent for the true archer's movement, but there are several other pulls that are very effective.

I especially like pulling it up from belt level and apart at chest level, but you can also pull it down from overhead, behind the head, do

triceps pressdowns and more.


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May 20 15 4:52 AM

squidjuggler - congratulations on the find and welcome to the forum!

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May 20 15 7:14 AM

Mikey,

I suspended the iron horseshoe from a chinning bar and stretched it open with weight plates.

The strength of the springs is 65 pounds.

After that, the chain makes it isometric.

 

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May 20 15 8:55 PM

65# seems like it would be a respectable resistance. I've found several pieces of used exercise equipment at Goodwill, flea markets or garage sales, but never found one of those horse shoes yet. Most of the equipment I use I have either made or repurposed.

"Any problem in the World can be solved by dancing." James Brown 
"I don't even know if I'm doin' this right" John Mellencamp
Mastering principles, frees us from slavery to recipes.
Set a DIRECTION, not a goal.

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Jan 19 16 6:15 AM

Iron Horseshoe Exercises Illustrated

Ebay usually has Weider booklets in the 5,8 15 or 16 Exciting Courses to a He-Man Body series.

Some of these have viewable pages illustrating the exercises done.

Here's one :

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Joe-Weider-8-Exciting-Courses-To-A-He-Man-Body-Ben-Weider-French-English-Booklet-/400801003843?hash=item5d5199f943:g:pIIAAOSwzOxUWayw 
 

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Mar 15 16 1:00 AM

Easy-to-Make Close-Pull Chest Expander

Mackie wrote:

Perhaps one could loop tubing until there was suitable resistance for a close pull similar to the iron shoe.

Here is an easy-to-make variation on that idea.

http://s8.postimg.org/l3bucoysx/IMG_20160326_141322_1.jpg?noCache=1459016455

I took some 3.5 inch long open-loop springs, which you can easily find at a hardware store.

In this case, they came from an old lawn chair.

The actual coil is 2 inches long and 3/4 of an inch thick.
On the iron shoe, the coil is 3 5/8 inches long by 3/4 of an inch thick.

I fitted them onto an old set of chest expander handles.
The ones I used are wavy with a back bar, but looped would work just as well.

The starting pull distance is 9.5 inches.
This is, by happy coincidence, the end stretch on the Iron Shoe.

The feel of both devices is similar.

Though the Iron Shoe starts at 3 3/8 inches, maximum pull,
when the chain makes it isometric, is the point of maximum effort.
I settled on 3 springs for starters, which I stretch about the optimal half length.

When you determine how many springs you want to use,
you should squeeze them closed with pliers for safety.

There is room for 2 more springs, or for an external, or for added safety an internal tether, if you want to follow Terry's design.

This also gives you the Iron Shoe's isometric finish.

In fact, I once saw on EBay that Terry's used to sell a short-spring device,
though the one I saw had only one spring.


 

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