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.
1. They are inexpensive, and are now available in numerous strengths ranging from 5-50 pounds.
2. In use or in storage little space is necessary.
3. They have several resistance properties which are not present in other forms of resistance exercises. Some of these properties are a bit too involved for discussion, kinetic recoils and oscillation having a rather specialized application but one great asset will immediately appeal to the enthusiast who is well-versed in the subject.
4. The tension of the springs or bands increases as they are stretched thus “peak contraction” or heavy inner range muscle work is done in every exercise.
For those who are not particularly interested in championship honours it should be stressed that it is not my intention to claim that you should devote all your time to strand-pulling. I believe by strand-pulling, the average person can cram lots of exercises into a short workout and those who practice weightlifting, hand balancing and so on would profit greatly by adding a few strand pulling exercises for variety and all around work.”