Lifting straps: Why, when and how to use them?

Lifting straps: Why, when and how to use them?

These days, we're seeing straps everywhere. If you join a gym, you will most likely see someone with them on. Lifting straps are usually black & long and are used by weightlifters and athletes to temporarily increase their grip strength when lifting large amounts of weight. When the lifting straps are fastened, the weightlifter´s muscles are tight and he easy lifts the barbells.

What are lifting straps?

Lifting straps are simple pieces of fabric or leather that you can wrap around your wrists and dumbbells to make lifting heavy weights easier. They are commonly used by bodybuilders and gym-goers, but are mainly appreciated by power lifters and other strength athletes.

Why should you use lifting straps?

Many people on the internet have strong opinions about lifting straps, and they're not all wrong. The truth is straps are prohibited in powerlifting, but in other strength sports like weightlifting it's allowed. For all types of athletes, lifting straps can help you to get stronger and bulkier. You should use them during your workouts as needed or in specific workout routines, though.

With this kind of technology, you won't have to worry about avoiding a total injury in order to avoid dealing with your whole muscle group. If you recall from last class, one of the principles is that you always have to give yourself rest periods so as not to overstress your body. By following this rule and using time-saving technology, you're on the right track

You do not know this rule? It is about test when choosing an exercise. Answer two simple questions:

  1. What muscles is the exercise focused on?

  2. What muscles are tired first?

If the answer to each of these questions is not the same, your training is wrongly set up. The exercise has to be demanding. If you're trying to build bulk and strength for a particular muscle group and lifting straps are helping you with that, your exercise intensity may be too low.