instead of cams or rubber bands?

The most difficult part of any squat or progressive move is at the very beginning.

Once the lift is started, mid-range power and momentum make the lift progressively easier, right to the very top of the lift, where there is strength to spare!

Lifting with chains will put most of the weight on the deck at the beginning of the lift. As you explode out of the hole, the length of airborne chain increases, creating progressive resistance & increased weight throughout the entire move.

The result is increased strength AND flexibility through your entire range of motion.


Cam operated machines can also offer progressive and/or regressive resistance, much like chains. However, each machine can take up the space of a compact car and cost almost as much.

The bar and chain concept offers multiple exercises in one footprint the size of your kitchen table. Also, the cost is considerably lower.


Rubber bands can offer progressive resistance like chains, but there is no way to gauge the resistance at different stages of the lift. The chains have a constant weight per link while on the deck AND while in the air.

Also, if you overtax a rubber band it may spall and lose all of its elasticity.


For any true weight trainer, chains offer one thing that nothing else can match:

the music of clanking chains mixed with the lyrics of a training partner screaming in your ear all while your mind and body experience an endorphin rush that cannot be matched!


The Pukensvet Chain Gang, whether in clusters or single lengths are fitted with huge easy snap connecters on both ends, for easy and instant connection to the bar and also for fine length adjustment for maximum resistance control.

When used in conjunction with the Pukensvet Multi Chain Collars, any chain combination from one to seven lengths can be made in an instant without disturbing any lengths not involved in the weight changes.

Each cluster or single length can also fit right over an Olympic bar sleeve without needing to be clipped to any collar at all when doing multiple sets without changing weights.

The chain gang is composed of three pairs consisting of two singles, two doubles, and two quadruples, providing for seven weight combinations in equal increments as follows: 1=1. 2=2, 1+2=3. 4=4, 4+1=5, 4+2=6, and 4+1+2=7.

WHY WORK OUT WITH CHAINS? January 25, 2019