The “Machine Expander”

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by John Wood
I was flipping through the November 9, 1928 Issue of Health and Strength (With Thomas Inch on the cover!) and found this pretty cool picture. Over in the UK, chest expanders or “Strand pulling” is much more popular and many of the fitness magazines from over there feature some kind of chest expander workouts, news, contest results, updates, etc in almost every issue.

Obviously this was an attempt to figure out a method of putting a “number” on someone’s chest expander performance with the addition of some sort of tensiometer on the cable. According to the magazine, this is A.W. HOWE, 9 stone amateur Champion of the World, performing a World’s Record Right Hand Military Press using the “Machine Expander.”

P.S. You should be doing this movement in your chest expander workout — it’s one of the best there is.

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