Last Updated 11th August 2016: Quick article today on what wrist straps are actually used for. We get a considerable amount of questions talking about how to use straps or wraps but inside these questions are also points about why you need them, if you even need them and more about what they are used for.
When to use Wrist Straps
Before going into what straps are used for, you need to first work out whether you need them. Personally I didn’t use straps for almost 2 years of training and don’t think I needed them as my grip strength wasn’t a limiting factor in my lifting. Once you feel your grip becoming a limiting factor (for example losing grip in the deadlift when you could have completed more reps/weight) then it’s time to pick up a pair.
You should never over-use straps. They are for specific exercises and only when you are going over a certain weight or intensity on these exercises. Always warm up without straps, this helps build your overall grip strength as well as not creating any muscle imbalances. Slip on your straps when you feel your grip will be the limiting factor. For example when nearing the end of your working sets, or for higher rep work.
The Benefits of Straps.
Straps allow you to lift heavier weights without losing your grip (or ripping your hands in most cases.) Not only this, straps also help to keep your form steady, keeping you in the correct positions as the bar doesn’t slip around in your hands. Straps shouldn’t be overused, but as long as used correctly there are no negative effects diflucan tablets. If you’re grip strength is very weak, meaning you need to use straps even for warm up sets, I would recommend our grip strength guide to build up your grip strength at the same time.
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