with Chains is an excellent exercise for building strength and size in the chest and triceps muscles. It requires the lifter to place the barbell on the j-hooks of a power rack and then lie down near the end of the rack. The chains are then draped over the ends of the barbell. The lifter then pulls the barbell off the hooks and lowers it towards the bottom of their chest or upper stomach, squeezing the bar and attempting to pull it apart. After pausing at the bottom of the movement, the lifter then presses the barbell back up as fast as possible, keeping the bar, wrists, and elbows in line. This exercise is a great way to build strength and size in the chest and triceps muscles.
To incorporate the Floor Press with Chains into your workouts, follow these steps:
1. Set up the power rack: Adjust the j-hooks so they are at the appropriate height to rack the bar. Make sure the ends of the chains are away from the plates and drape the chains directly over the end of the bar.
2. Lie down on the floor: Position yourself near the end of the power rack, with your head facing towards it. Keep your shoulder blades pulled together and pull the bar off of the hooks, ensuring a secure grip.
3. Lower the bar: Slowly lower the bar towards the bottom of your chest or upper stomach, while squeezing the bar and attempting to pull it apart. Throughout the movement, tuck your elbows to engage your triceps. Lower the bar until your upper arms touch the ground, and pause briefly to prevent any slamming or bouncing of the weight.
4. Press the bar back up: Push the barbell back up as fast as you can, maintaining a straight line with your wrists, elbows, and the bar. Focus on contracting your chest and triceps muscles to drive the movement.
Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions and sets, ensuring proper form and control throughout. The addition of chains adds variable resistance, making the exercise more challenging and effective for building strength and size in your chest and triceps muscles.