No, Simmons doesn’t teach the traditional cable movements; in act, he has intuitively adapted elastic resis-tance specically to the three competitive power lis, but it’s denitely “cable” work at the core o its eective-ness. And, or anyone who works with the powerul hand grips on the market today, you surely know thecoils and springs that provide resistance as you attempt to close these devices are “elastic” in nature: startingrelatively easy but getting harder and harder the arther you squeeze the grips. I mention these exampleso elastic training to convey their existence or us even now, contemporarily, but in manners and orms notintuitively conducive to orming associations with traditional cables. Finally, I might mention that cable or strand pulling was a popular sport in England, perhaps other places inEurope too, or many years. I recall owning a small black book I believe was written by David Webster oncable pullers and competitions, and it revealed incredible statistics by some o the best “modern” competi-tive pullers. I my memory serves me correctly, most o the cable sets shown were o the steel spring variety and many o the various pullers illustrated by the book’s photographs appeared to have what I’d call “wiry”physiques. A couple o photographs o David Webster himsel accompanied at least one o Fred Hutchinson’sMILO articles and Webster, too, gave me the impression o possessing a very economical build. Like many o the best arm wrestlers, sometimes looks can be deceiving and so it is I think with some o the best Europeancable specialists. oo, the pullers there seemed to contort their bodies in various ways to complete the com-petitive pulls. Tis is oreign to me, that is, the competitive version o the sport. I cable pulling still existsin a competitive ormat overseas, I have not been able to nd reerences to it through my various Internetsearches. It would all outside the realm o this article anyway as I will be discussing cable pulling or physi-cal development and diversied strength, not as a competitive event in and o itsel. I’d deer to David Web-ster and other experts who could give us some o the unique history o competitive pulling. For this article, Ido reerence the one and only cable contest I know o held in the United States.
Cables – What gives?
Readers may recall that Arthur Jones invented a series o unique exercise machines in the very late 1960sand early 1970s based on a “nautilus-shaped” system o pulleys, hence the name “Nautilus” or the machines’snail-like curly-cue shaped components. Te various pulleys employed eectively changed the lever-armlength as a particular exercise progressed rom its starting point to its completion. Jones contended that hismachines’ resistance patterns more perectly opposed the muscles throughout their ull contraction. Temovements o the majority o those machines were nothing new, but the way the resistance was appliedthroughout the motion itsel varied rom traditional barbell exercises. I’ll leave it to others to debate whetherNautilus resistance is better suited to the development o muscle mass and strength than barbells and simply acknowledge that it is “dierent.” And, so it is with cables. I you attach a cable set to some overhead anchor and suspend weights rom its reeend, it stretches arther and arther as you hang additional weights and builds up what is known in physics aselastic potential energy. Using the analogy o a ully cocked bow, the greater the amount o elastic potentialenergy stored, the greater orce exerted on a released arrow and the arther and aster it will y. Contrast thisto, say, a barbell deadli. I a bar is loaded to 500 lbs., applying 501 lbs. o pressure will li the bar, but 499lbs. will not budge it. So, to perorm a press, a deadli, or a squat, the exertion required to li the weight canbe relatively static and uniorm throughout the whole movement. For elastic cables, the arther you stretchthe cable ¾ like a bow, a slingshot, a bungee chord, or a trampoline ¾ the more resistance you encounter. Amovement that begins with 60 lbs. o resistance may terminate at 100 lbs. So, I’ll ask a question about cables:Is the resistance generated by cables better suited to the development o muscle mass and strength than, say,barbells? You’ll have to answer this or yoursel aer working with them or a while, but at least or now, I’dacknowledge that like Nautilus, or Hammer machines, or barbells and dumbbells, cable resistance is de-nitely “dierent.”
Describing that “Diference”
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