There are several Chest Expanders on the market and we frequently get the question: Which Expander is the best? It’s a pity there are some things named chest expander that are no expanders as we understand them. To save you money and time we put this article together reviewing all available chest expanders.
Different Chest Expander
Elastikon (Schmidt-Sports) [~30€]
In Germany this Expander would be your first choice. But they stopped producing it, so the Chest Expanders with good resistance (150-200kg) are rare. On eBay you can get a cheap old one (1960) and they still work pretty good, also their rubber bands are a little shorter.
Its handles are made from hard plastic and the resistance rubber bands are pretty easy to plug in and change.
It is not a problem, but the handles are thin, so you might have problems or hurt yourself while training with high resistance. It’s a pity this Chest Expander is only available in one size. Smaller athletes (<180cm) should knot the rubber bands to shorten them and get better resistance.
Cheap-Expander [from 15€]
All those cheap chest expanders that are presented on eBay and elsewhere on the internet. Most of them are not usefull. Because their handles are not round enough or too small. And most of their rubber bands don’t have half the resistance they supposed to have. And most of these chest expander are poor build.
Old Steelspring Expander [from 1€]
These old chest expanders are very good to start with springs. But their springs wear out, because they’re to short.
Lifeline [from 20$]
This is the Mercedes of chest expanders! But it’s handles are not rigid, which would be better. And it is only really variable when bought with different resistance bands, which will cost a lot of money in europe, because it’s US Import.
The Hook [from 40$]
The Hook is based on the expander principe. It has two handles with hooks, where you put in rubber tubes (no safety, so the tubes can fall off easily). The Hook can also be used for isometric training and for TRX-Style Training. So the Hook is more variable than any other strand. But like with all other Chest Expanders you can’t compare your strength with the Hook, because it can not be fit to your arm span. Also it is said that they’re not good build and the Tubes tear easily. There is a lifelong warenty, but paying post and handle every other month it won’t be cheap.
The biggest difference to all other chest expanders is the fit of the chest expander to the arm span of the athlete. Thats how we do your duty to bring back the device for competitive strand pulling. Also the handles are bigger and able to rotate, to reduce the force on the hands and increase wrist strength.
What’s about the resistance bands?
Thera Band [from 8€]
You can rape the Thera Band and use it as chest expander. But it only really works for warming up before Expander-Training. They reason is it’s resistance, it’s to low (5-10kg). That’s too little resistance, even for untrained women.
Deuser Band [~20€]
This is the best choice to warm up. I use it myself to warm up before training and I recommend you start using it too. I even use it on rest days to move my muscles, but it ain’t a resistance for training (12-24kg). For bloody beginners and person being undeceive it’s a great way to start with chest expanders, because it’s cheaper than all other kinds of expander. But take care of your hands, the inside of the band is rough.
Who’s indecisive about buying a good chest expander for good money, get yourself a Deuser Band an do the exercises!
Elastikon Expanders proved to be the best cables at the moment. But the Expanderkank-Strand beat it. Because we’re not able to sell them yet you should get yourself an Elastikon Expander. Men should use the 125kg and 150kg strands. Women the 100kg strands.
All exercises we recommend doing are listed in the Expander Menu.