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'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction?

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2014/09/30 13:12:32 (permalink)

'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction?

I'd like this in general to see what people's general opinions are
 
I saw this on FB from FLEX magazine and i was wondering what other peoples opinion were?
Can you expand the rib cage through training? 
Do you think its a bit of 'golden age' bro-science still kicking about?
 


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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 13:50:48 (permalink)
    From a biological or scientific stand point i have no idea, if you think about it it does seem far fetched to be able to alter skeletal shape with stretching / breathing methods ( well anything really ) but then again tribes people alter skeletal shape stretching the neck or other bones over time so maybe some expansion is possible..
    Thing with a few old methods is that somethings did work but not necessarily in the way thought, so although there was a lot of 'bro science' involved there was merit to (some of) it.
    Most people did this kind of stuff years ago, and many appeared to have big rib cages but they also had smaller waists and threw vacuum poses so....

    Whatever they did or didn't they ( for me ) had far better looking physiques than of recent years so whatever gave them the appearance gets a thumbs up from me.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 14:00:03 (permalink)
    I always thought it was a bit of bro-science but haven't ever looked into it.  
     
    For that classic 'v-taper' I just hammer out crazy amounts of pull ups, chins and bent over rows whilst keeping my bodyfat low and my obliques tight.  Sod messing with my bone structure!

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 14:19:04 (permalink)
    Those sorts of exercises build up the musculature in and around the ribs ie lats, serratus, intercostal muscles etc and whilst those muscles may become larger and give the appearance of expanding the rib cage, alas it stays the same size.
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 14:57:17 (permalink)
    I'm from the "load of b0llox camp"..great exercise though do it often.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 15:24:44 (permalink)
    Im not sure but I do see a lot of clips on youtube that state that people should do the dumbell pullovers etc. Even at an old gym I used to go to the old timer trainer stated that as being one of the exercises to do to build a bigger chest. Does it work? I have no idea. Im too fat to see the difference lol
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 15:38:32 (permalink)
    D/b pullovers chest exercise or lat exercise.
    All though appearance is similar i recall the rib cage expansion version of the pullover being a little different in its execution.
    breathing being a key thing and the hips being dropped very low to emphasise the stretching element of the chest also seen it advocated after such as 20 rep squats when your chest should be heaving for air already.

    Im not necessarily a believer of it just was a staple movement when i got interested in weight training errrrr ... some years ago.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 15:46:32 (permalink)
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    D/b pullovers chest exercise or lat exercise.
    All though appearance is similar i recall the rib cage expansion version of the pullover being a little different in its execution.
    breathing being a key thing and the hips being dropped very low to emphasise the stretching element of the chest also seen it advocated after such as 20 rep squats when your chest should be heaving for air already.

    Im not necessarily a believer of it just was a staple movement when i got interested in weight training errrrr ... some years ago.



    back when Arnie was doing it?

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 16:23:14 (permalink)
    Do machine pullovers from behind right down and you will definitely work the chest. I would say first half lats second half chest.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 16:31:36 (permalink)
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    D/b pullovers chest exercise or lat exercise.
    All though appearance is similar i recall the rib cage expansion version of the pullover being a little different in its execution.
    breathing being a key thing and the hips being dropped very low to emphasise the stretching element of the chest also seen it advocated after such as 20 rep squats when your chest should be heaving for air already.

    Im not necessarily a believer of it just was a staple movement when i got interested in weight training errrrr ... some years ago.



    back when Arnie was doing it?


    lol



    yeah
    fcuk !!!!

    Im off to have a worthers original.
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 18:08:12 (permalink)
    If it were true then all midgets would be using a rack surely?

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 18:18:56 (permalink)
    Yeah, when i started training (91' the dayz of wayback) this was a staple. Always on chest day. Everyone did them and the blokes in the gym swore they expanded the ribcage. Especially if you were young and "still growing" lol.
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 18:33:45 (permalink)
    Its an interesting question, I know a lot of old time guys that absolutely swear by it and frankly I don't feel qualified to tell them that they are wrong.
     
    They are from an era where to find out about an exercise you couldn't whack it into Google and find out what the fashionable Guru's had to say.You had to perform the exercise week in, week out, and then see if your chest got any  bigger.  that is the only way you learned about exercises! 
     
    So my evasive, side-stepping answer is .... yes, I believe the guys that did pullovers got bigger chests than those that didn't

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 18:41:53 (permalink)
    Agree with Dr z
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 18:58:36 (permalink)
    Well they do or in certain circumstances can 'stretch' the legs of children with short limbs ( run Forest, run...)
    Also ghesia (sp) girls had their feet bound to restrict or contort growth, also children in India have their limbs skulls contorted to increase their begging ability (ffs !!!) so bone growth can be controlled to some extent.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 19:18:05 (permalink)
    It can be.... but can it be done by performing 4 sets of 10 on an exercise once a week? I doubt any impact on structural change is occurring, that doesn't mean the exercise doesn't possibly benefit in other ways.
     
    Still not on the 'convinced' side of the fence tho

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 21:36:53 (permalink)
    Those guys definitely had bigger chests. If it was from pullovers, i cant say, the FIVE plates a side they were benching probably did a lot more for their pecs and their overall development : )
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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 22:01:36 (permalink)
    As a physiotherapy student who studies anatomy in depth, I can safely say it's BS.

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 22:07:08 (permalink)
    But are you a 'Bro'?

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    Re: 'expanding' the rib cage - Fact/Fiction? 2014/09/30 22:45:13 (permalink)
    I have my moments :)

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