ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weightlifting straps for grip

Updated on September 2, 2011

Why weightlifting straps are beneficial

When it comes to really heavy lifting such as dead lifting it helps tremendously to have weight lifting straps. Many people will argue that using straps is not good because it makes your grip weaker. Well it really depends on what you are trying to do. When you dead lift the primary muscle group you are trying to get stronger is the lower back. Sure grip is involved, but don't you want to have the strongest back possible in a given set? The aid of weightlifting straps is there for you. If you want to work on your grip do other exercises such as wrist curls or something. These are specifically designed for grip strength. If you are someone who wants max potential of strength on the dead lift then weightlifting straps can be very useful.


A thing to understand is that there not magic. You still develop grip strength even when you use them just not as much raw. The key factor here is that your working the back and want to train it at its full potential. Using straps is very good way to help increase your dead lift. Many times when you fail a rep on the dead lift it can often be from grip failure. You can go much farther using straps.


Many professional bodybuilders will be seen using straps. If you have fear that you will lose grip strength then you can always do raw sometimes though. Its just the matter of the fact is that straps let you endure more reps without grip failure. There are many different types of wrist straps to use. There mostly the same except some might be made better and will last longer without deteriorating.


The reason why straps help is because you first put your hands through the loop. You then wrap the tail of the strap around the bar until its tight. This strengthens your grip because it tightens your hand to the bar. You will feel a big difference when you pull out a rep. It will be much easier on your hands.

Do straps help you rep more?

See results

Straps will help many exercises

Other than dead lifting straps can help when doing weighted pull ups as well. You might want a stronger grip to be able to push out more reps. Again the pull ups mainly work the lats so you will want to pump out as many as possible. Straps will help in this regard as well. Weightlifting straps are also good to use in other various power lifting exercises as well.


When people tell you don't use weightlifting straps do not listen! When you work out a muscle group you do not want to cheat that group out if your grip fails. You grip will usually fail before your actual primary muscle does. If you want grip strength then you can occasionally do raw exercises, but grip strength will come from other training. If your intention is to get a strong back then straps will get you there much faster then relying on a raw grip. Your only cheating yourself out.


Don't get me wrong grip is very important, but not if your working other muscle groups to maximize your strength in them. Grip training should be separate from your main exercises. Even doing basic exercises such as hammer curls help your grip. Use straps if you want to pump out more reps on your dead lift!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • BlackSea profile image

      BlackSea 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub, great in-depth article on the pros and cons of using the straps whilst lifting. I agree with you about speeding up weight on the dead lift, or even the sumo to some degree.

    • vr106 profile image

      vr106 

      8 years ago

      The straps really work. If you have sore fingers or hands and can't grip tightly, the straps can keep you lifting weight.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)