Let’s explore the effective use of lifting straps in the world of weightlifting.🏋️♂️ We’ll break down when and how to use lifting straps to your advantage & are lifting straps worth it?😀
✅ Lifting straps serve a simple yet crucial purpose: they help you maintain a solid grip on the bar.
When dealing with heavy lifts or high repetitions, lifting straps can be your ally.
Consider scenarios like deadlifts, pulls, or hangs – straps make it easier to keep your grip intact, allowing you to focus on perfecting your technique.
This depends on who I’m talking to.
If you’re going to compete in a SPORT that allows you to use straps, like strongman competitions, where crazy lifts are common and straps are allowed, then I’d say go ahead and use them. 😀
It’s important to get good at using them if they’re allowed in your sport. 🏋️♂️
✅ However, for the average person, here’s my advice: if you can’t hold the weight, you can’t lift it. Your grip strength is often the weakest link, and if you can’t hold it, you can’t lift it.
Some might argue that their back is too strong for their hands, but our hands are naturally strong.
With proper training, they can support most people’s lifting needs.
I pulled 150 kgs barehanded, and powerlifters, who aren’t allowed to use wrist straps, use alternate grips or hook grips.
“Let your hands get stronger; don't be afraid of that.💀”
I used to rely on GYM belts and wrist wraps, but eventually, I realized I needed to work on my grip strength. Eliminating aids like belts and straps made me focus more on important aspects of training.
It’s about not avoiding what your body is telling you.😀
✔️ Now, about using straps: I used them when competing, especially for isolation exercises after heavy lifts. If my grip strength wasn’t keeping up, I’d use straps to focus on specific muscles without my forearms giving out.
“It’s not about ego; it’s about targeting certain areas.” But for overall strength and muscle building, lifting straps might not provide much value.💤
Regarding wrist straps, they make it easier to hold heavy weights, allowing you to fatigue target muscles without grip failure.
➡️ For Non-Competitive Lifters:
They can help you make gains that lead to more gains.
Lifting grips also have benefits, isolating muscles and concentrating on them without worrying about your grip.
In the end, whether you use straps or grips depends on your goals.
Straps can be helpful in certain situations, like targeting specific muscles without grip fatigue.
✔️ Grip strength is vital in various activities, from manual labour to combat sports, where powerful hands can make a huge difference.
I’ve seen firsthand the impact of strong hands in my family and sports endeavours.😃 So, consider your goals and make informed choices about using straps and grips.
Here’s how they work❓
➡️ Proper Wrapping Technique:
➡️ Securing the Strap:
By following these guidelines, you can effectively incorporate straps into your weightlifting routine while prioritizing safety, skill development, and performance improvement.
✅ Lifting straps offer significant benefits in various training scenarios:
Both are essential lifting gears.
However, people often wonder about the differences, and some even mistakenly buy one when they are meant to purchase the other.💯
✅ Let’s dive in
Wrist wraps serve to provide compression and support to your wrists during exercises. Take a look at my personal pair.
You’ll wrap these around your wrists, and they come in handy for various types of movements.
💤 For instance, during shoulder presses, bench presses, or even low bar back squats, where your wrists need that extra stability. They are straightforward to use and are USPA-approved.
Now, onto lifting straps. 😃
There are lasso lifting straps and also figure 8 Olympic lifting straps.
The lasso straps have a unique purpose – they’re designed to enhance your grip strength.
These straps remove the need for a strong grip during certain exercises, allowing you to focus more on the targeted muscles.
Thing to note: These lifting straps don't replace grip work entirely but can be a valuable tool for targeted exercises.
In a nutshell, that’s the distinction between lifting straps and wrist wraps.💯
In this discussion, we’re going to explore different styles of weightlifting straps. Let’s dive right in.
1. Single Closed Loop Strap:
2. Single Loop or Lasso Style Strap:
3. Figure of 8 Strap:
Figure 8 Strap
Single Loop – Cotton Straps:
Leather Lasso Style Strap:
Wrist Wrap + Strap
✅ To explore a comprehensive rundown of the straps discussed here and find the one that suits your needs.
Remember, different straps serve different purposes, so choose the one that aligns with your lifting goals and preferences. 🏋️♂️
Yes, lifting straps are generally allowed in powerlifting competitions, but it’s essential to check the specific rules and regulations of the competition you’re participating in.
Some organizations may have restrictions on the types of lifting straps that can be used.
No, lifting straps are not considered cheating.
They are a tool used to enhance grip strength and assist in lifting heavier weights, especially when grip strength is a limiting factor.
However, they should be used judiciously and not relied upon exclusively.
Yes, you can use lifting straps in Olympic lifting for exercises like clean pulls or snatch pulls. However, straps are not typically allowed during the actual Olympic lifts (snatch and clean and jerk) in official competitions.
To use Figure 8 lifting straps for deadlifts:
Lifting straps are generally not allowed in competition for sports like weightlifting, powerlifting, and most CrossFit events.
These events prioritize raw lifting abilities and grip strength.
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