Article updated on 11/08/16: This is just going to be a quick article on when and how you should use wrist wraps. Weight lifting wrist wraps are long, usually quite rigid pieces of material you “wrap” around your wrist to add support when performing a heavy pushing movement. Usually the bench press. Although wraps are incredibly useful, for example they add support and prevent injury to the wrist. They shouldn’t be used for all exercises and for all sets. I personally only recommend using wraps on your heaviest sets, for example if you are doing a 5×5 bench press then I’d recommend using wraps for the 5 working sets but none of the warm ups.
So what do wrist wraps actually do?
Wrist wraps serve 3 primary purposes. The first is to support the wrist and keep it in a good, strong position when performing a heavy rep. If the wrist goes into a weaker position then you won’t be able to complete the rep and as a result will fail the lift. The second purpose is to prevent injury, as wrist wraps don’t allow your wrist to go into a compromising position, they also help to prevent injury as a result. The final purpose is to stop wrist pain when actually lifting. This is something I’ve personally experienced in the bench press and using a high quality wrist wrap, I was able to reduce and fully stop this pain within a couple of weeks.
How to put them on?
Below is a video outlining exactly how to use wrist wraps.