Here’s Benjamin’s video review of Bells of Steel’s Weightlifting Chains that we got last month.
Chains are a fun way to add accommodating resistance to barbell exercises.
In addition to barbell work, they can be used for bodyweight movements with the chains draped over your body to add the same kind of accommodating resistance where the chains gradually lift off the ground during your movement, or just as a way to add regular resistance in lieu of a dip belt or weight vest.
For accommodating resistance with a barbell, the rule of thumb is to get chains that are about 10% of your working weight. This will produce the desired effect without the change in resistance being too great.
Disclosure: Bells of Steel gave us a deal on these chains to review.