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I Remember Those! Chest Expanders

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 by Paul Tiernan

Sick of being a 7 stone weakling (or a 14 stone weakling, like myself!) and having sand kicked in your face, chaps? Get yourself a chest expander! Although we think of chest expanders as being a 1950s pre-cursor to modern day weights, in fact they have been around for a bit. The original chest expanders were used by archers to increase their prowess with a bow but as technology moved on, chest expanders moved into the compressed spring’s expander we associate with the Vaudeville-era strongman and insulting newspaper adverts. Amazingly, they can still be purchased from sports shops – get fit in a vintage way chaps!

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