January 7, 2005

6 responses to Anatomy of a weight releaser

  1. Stinn Says:

    alright, i’ll admit it, i dont get it? When you get the the bottom of the motion this thing falls off? So you have more weight on the negative than the positive?
    Please explain, i’ve been staring at it for 5 minutes and it’s driving me nuts how it’s supposed to help.

  2. Kris Says:

    You got it. When the releaser touches the floor the tilted bottom plate makes the releaser fall forward thus unhooking it from the bar. The length of the arm can be adjusted to accommodate the movement. I will be posting a clip of my max effort adventure with releasers as part of this week’s workout update. They make for a mean workout when you’re not quite sure whether you will survive the descent… after which there is still a new PR weight on the bar left to push up. These puppies also sway a bit, so a perfect groove cannot be counted on. Much fun.

  3. Stinn Says:

    that’s what I thought it was for, i’ve never seen such a thing. How long have you been using them? Or did you just get them?

  4. Kris Says:

    Just got them.

  5. John Says:

    Nice new toys, Kris… I tried making my own out of wire coat hangers but they always ended up sticking on the bar or falling off too early. Great job with the close grip, you’ve got a nice setup as far as your body on the bench goes.

  6. Kris Says:

    John, if you know a welder or can weld yourself, releasers would be very easy and inexpensive to make (I’ve heard of people here in Finland who had them made for about 10 euro). That being said, I would really enjoy seeing a video of benching with coat hangers. ;-) Of course, you can also have a partner press down on the bar for the descent, but this has a much lower coolness factor (no sound) and it makes it harder to quantify the resistance.

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