Strap in and Lift - Weight Lifting Straps 101

September 14, 2017

Strap in and Lift - Weight Lifting Straps 101

What Are Weight Lifting Straps?

Put simply, weight lifting straps help you to hold onto heavy stuff! Straps allow you to create more grip, tension and torque on the bar. This means you can focus all your attention on pulling the bar, rather than your grip.

Straps wrap around the wrist and the barbell to ‘lock’ you into position.

Why Use Lifting Straps?

1. Straps allow you to lift more weight

    When our grip is preventing us from lifting more weight, straps give our grip a ‘break’. While it is important to train the grip, and not to rely on straps all the time, when used correctly straps increase grip on the bar, allowing you to continue to train when normally fatigue or sweat would curtail your session.

    Straps are designed to allow you to train harder, heavier and longer as your grip strength is no longer the weakest link.

    Think about it: when lifting heavy, the point of failure is very rarely due to the targeted muscle group. The back, legs and shoulder muscles can withstand a far greater load than our grip strength

    2. Straps allow you to increase training volume

      Let’s say you are performing weighted chin-ups. Your back and arms may feel fresh after four reps, but your grip has already taken a beating from the rows and deadlifts you just did. Wraps some straps around the bar and blast through an extra few reps!

      3. Straps help you to break through plateaus

        If you’ve reached a point where you can’t increase weight or reps for several weeks, straps can help you to overcome the plateau.

        Straps allow you to instantly lift more weight by taking the strain away from your hands and forearms. Thus you can overload the muscles that matter and push through your sticking point.

         

        When to Use Lifting Straps

        Beginners should not use straps. As you learn to lift, and gain strength, your grip will strength will naturally improve. However, there will there come a time when the smaller, weaker muscles of the hands and forearms can’t keep up with the big lifting muscles in the legs, back and shoulders. This is when you need straps.

        Straps are best for lifts like deadlifts and rows, but can also be used for weighted chin-ups and pull-ups.

        Here are some examples of good use of straps:

        1. Overloading the muscles on the last set or two of weighted pull-ups
        2. For high volume hanging leg raises
        3. For dumbbell shrugs
        4. For breaking through a deadlift or row plateau.

        When Not to Use Lifting Straps

        If you use straps for every workout, your lifts will obviously get heavier, but as your strength in the target muscles improves, your grip strength falls even further behind.

        Use straps consciously and when you need the extra ‘boost’. For example, use them to push through a plateau and reach a new personal best. Then stop using them, drop the weight back down and build up again without straps – then use them again when you reach another plateau.

        What Kind of Straps Are Best?

        Weight lifting straps are available in a variety of materials, lengths and widths. The most common straps are cotton and leather. Here’s my take:

        1. The wider and longer the straps – the better. Wider and longer straps give you more to grip on to, and give more surface area of contact with the bar, allowing a greater potential to create torque and tension.
        2. I prefer cotton straps. I find that cotton is more ‘grippy’, better absorbs sweat and does not tend to bend out of shape as much as leather.

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        Conclusion

        Lifting straps allow you to lift heavier, for more reps, for longer. Nothing replaces a strong grip – but lifting straps assist you to reach your lifting potential. Deploy straps when you need them to get the most out of them, and use them as a specific tool to hit heavy lifts, increase volume and break through plateaus.

        Give ourheavy duty lifting straps a try and appreciate the strength gains that this simple but genius piece of kit will give you.

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