lifting straps

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    Aug 20, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    what exactly is the benefit?
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    Aug 20, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    "Wrist straps (also known as cow ties or lifting straps) are sometimes used to assist in gripping very heavy weights. The straps wrap around the wrist and tuck around the bar or weight being lifted, transferring some of the weight directly to the wrist instead of through the fingers. They are particularly useful for the deadlift. Some lifters avoid using wrist straps in order to develop their grip strength. Wrist straps can allow a lifter initially to use more weight than they might be able to handle safely for an entire set, and can place potentially harmful stress on the bones of the wrist."

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    Aug 20, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    I've been using them recently, for exactly what Caslon posted about. They allow me to lift heavier weight when deadlifting, without my wrists getting tired faster than the rest of my muscles.
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    Aug 20, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    I use them for really heavy lifting where my hands cant really keep up but than again I try not to used them too much don't want to ruin my grip strengthicon_razz.gif
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    Aug 20, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    Straps are important tool, but should not be used for everything.

    While it is important to build grip strength, your forearms generally tired before the larger muscles in the back. Straps can help you lift heavier during mass building back movements. Anytime I go over 110lbs on single arm DB row or over 225lbs on bent-over barbell row, I use straps.



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    Aug 20, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    A big burly irishman by name of Seamus McCarthy once aught me an awesome trick he could do with his lifting straps. I'd tell you more but it is definatly XXX and it hurt so good! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidI've been using them recently, for exactly what Caslon posted about. They allow me to lift heavier weight when deadlifting, without my wrists getting tired faster than the rest of my muscles.


    You can also use an opposing grip to help with deadlifts. I've found that it's just as effective and is a lot less annoying that dealing with the straps.
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    Aug 20, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    And they are dangerous, they weaken your grip. You will never see a competitive powerlifter using them.

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    UncleverName saidI've been using them recently, for exactly what Caslon posted about. They allow me to lift heavier weight when deadlifting, without my wrists getting tired faster than the rest of my muscles.


    You can also use an opposing grip to help with deadlifts. I've found that it's just as effective and is a lot less annoying that dealing with the straps.
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    Aug 20, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidAnd they are dangerous, they weaken your grip. You will never see a competitive powerlifter using them.


    Yeah, more or less. I don't know enough to lay down the law on stuff like this, but I do think that, over the long run, you're better off without straps. I think increased grip strength will benefit me more all-around than having a slightly higher deadlift max.
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    Aug 20, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    There is a point beyond which your deadlift max cannot increase without increased grip strength (balancing the weight is 1/2 of the battle).

    No question, straps will cause injury sooner or later. They are a crutch that lets people feel stronger than they are.

    It is just the same as abs without a lower back? Not good.


    hobronto said
    ursamajor saidAnd they are dangerous, they weaken your grip. You will never see a competitive powerlifter using them.


    Yeah, more or less. I don't know enough to lay down the law on stuff like this, but I do think that, over the long run, you're better off without straps. I think increased grip strength will benefit me more all-around than having a slightly higher deadlift max.
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    oh now i feel smart. i try to keep it all natural. thanks for all the replies.