ELUIR Lifting Straps
Lifting straps are useful tools for weight training. If you’ve gained enough strength to start lifting heavier weights but find that your hand grip isn’t strong enough to hold weights for exercises such as dead lifts, weighted pull-ups or shrugs, you can use lifting straps. The straps allow you to lift some of the weight with your wrists so you can hold on long enough to complete your exercise.
Use lifting straps for the right exercises. If you are looking to increase muscle size and strength in your upper back, trapezius, and hamstring muscles, lifting straps may be right for you. They allow you to lift more weight to work these muscles than your natural grip might allow. Specifically, they are good for the following exercises:
- Dumbbell or barbell rows
- Romanian deadlifts
- Rack pulls
Avoid using lifting straps for the wrong exercises. First, it is important to note that lifting straps are not allowed in power lifting competitions. If you are training to power lift, don’t use straps all the time, because you need a strong natural grip.
- Make sure to do at least some reps with your natural grip, even if it means you can’t lift as heavy a weight.
- Additionally, these straps are only helpful for lifts in which gravity is working against your ability to hold on to the weight. Lifting straps do not aid in bench presses or similar exercises. Using them for these lifts may result in ridicule from other weight lifters
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