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    chalk? or straps....


    Im a 226lb powerbuilder n i'v always been a raw lifter so i only use chalk my grip strength is around 18st from this.. but the other day my friend said i should use straps?? He said i'll lift more? I don't know if this is because he cant lift heavy without straps or he is generally serious.. im training for the scottish strongman would straps help improve my lifts?

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    it may help you lift more weight, but it won't help your grip strength. you choose
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    Ahh i kinda thought that tbh.. i like having a good grip strength so i think ill stick with my chalk lifts cheers man.
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    I was told once that the strap and etc. can become a crutch just as wrist wraps,belt etc.I am a raw power lifter and I only use what I can in competition and not in training.I only use wrist wraps the day of competition.If you can use them in your competition it will help you but don't train with them unless you go really heavy once in a while to see what it's like with them. I am old school raw lifter and that's just my opinion.
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    I find that aswell im more leaned to the powerbuilding keeping a good physique but have raw strength aswell im lookin into doing strongman next year qualifing deadlift is 260kg lol i have alot of work to do that for reps my max is 245 at the moment but because i have to train in a spandex gym i dont get the same help n such from experienced lifters... I have used wrist wraps for heavy benching but i like to build the grip strength up always been a raw lifter though.
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    If your grip isn't giving out while using your max weights then straps will not do anything for you.

    If your grip is what is giving out at max weight, then the straps will eliminate that weakest link and could help you lift more.
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    chalk all the way
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    Definitely chalk.
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    Straps take the weight out of your grip, you will be able to pull more weight but you are not actully doing the lift. Use chalk if you want to improve your grip as it will remove moisture from your hands allowing you to get a better hold on the bar.
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    Chalk will develop grip strength while straps will not.

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    i agree! chalk it is lads RAW POWER!!
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    I would say mostly chalk, but work straps in a few times here and there on super heavy max days. Work both angles.

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    Chalk for me!
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    Chalk it up!

    If you do any lat stretching after your workouts, use straps, though. This will help you focus on stretching your lats as opposed to doing grip work (which may cause you to flex your lat, which is counterproductive).
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    Quote Originally Posted by strongman6969 View Post
    Im a 226lb powerbuilder n i'v always been a raw lifter so i only use chalk my grip strength is around 18st from this.. but the other day my friend said i should use straps?? He said i'll lift more? I don't know if this is because he cant lift heavy without straps or he is generally serious.. im training for the scottish strongman would straps help improve my lifts?
    I typically keep straps usage to a minimum, however they are a great tool to build strength via the overload principle. If you do use straps however, be sure to implement direct grip training.

    Also, keep in mind that some "strongman" competitions allow for the use of straps. Check your rules!

    Also x2... Chalk. Use a lot. Often.

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    Chalk it up big boy
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    chalk chalk.. even maxing, if i cant do it all by myself.. than its not a max
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    The only thing I use straps for is DB/BB rows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    The only thing I use straps for is DB/BB rows.

    I don't use them when deadlifting but I will use them when I want to just focus on the target muscle and not not want to have to put any mental energy into what my hands are doing, so generally, I use them for shrugs, BB rows and RDL's and some times pull ups. Anything where I want to simply think of my hands as hooks.
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    Chalk > straps
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    It depends. I use wraps for heavy db rows, Kroc rows I obviously go without. I will deadlift with straps occasionally but generally chalk up.
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    you can also learn to hook grip. then you can handle more weight without straps.
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    A good argument I've heard for using straps is from Layne Norton. He does it during training so he can use an overhand grip to avoid bicep tears. He uses a hook grip at meets, but the hook grip can be very painful.

    I like training without straps because I find that by gripping as hard as possible the rest of my body stays tight.
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    Chalk up on semi max weights..

    Strap up for over load to get stronger..

    Do grip work separate...



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    I have to agree with the majority. Chalk over straps. The only time that I even considering using straps is when I am attempting a new PR. Even then I usually do not because you have to ask yourself if you could have pulled it without their help. Better to know then to question.
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    Chalk on all deadlifts (I consider straps to be cheating yourself) or any primary working sets of compound movements. Straps on any other movement and when I'm not concerned about grip strength like dumbell lunges or dumbell step ups
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    Chalk all the way. Gotta push your grip to strengthen it (looking at deadlift here; straps are ok for the accessory/hypertrophy work but I stay away from them anyway).

    Plus if you tear a callus on a lift all the powder and blood makes your hand look like a big jelly doughnut. And you can't put a price on that.
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    if you use straps you should also go get some of those awesome "lifting gloves"...these are both ridiculous paraphanalia for newbies
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldNY181 View Post
    if you use straps you should also go get some of those awesome "lifting gloves"...these are both ridiculous paraphanalia for newbies
    Interesting opinion.

    Terry Crews uses straps when he is working back so that his grip isn't a limiting factor.

    Which is strange considering he doesn't look like a newbie and his status as a former NFL athlete would certainly lead one to believe he isn't.
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    Powe205 makes a good point!! When you strain to get those last few reps chalking you squeeze like hell wasting some energy that could help move that weight!!! P205 method sounds like a good approach!
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    haha, Ive also seen Dorian Yates where lifting gloves, that doesnt mean they where necessary or any less lame. Proponents of straps will say that they can get more reps because there grip doesnt fail, bla bla...last time I checked this was a Powerlifting and Strongman section. As a competive powerlifter I would get laughed out of my gym for wearing straps....this strap issue would be better served in the natural bodybuilding section I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldNY181 View Post
    haha, Ive also seen Dorian Yates where lifting gloves, that doesnt mean they where necessary or any less lame. Proponents of straps will say that they can get more reps because there grip doesnt fail, bla bla...last time I checked this was a Powerlifting and Strongman section. As a competive powerlifter I would get laughed out of my gym for wearing straps....this strap issue would be better served in the natural bodybuilding section I think.
    I agree in that straps are next to worthless as far as powerlifting is concerned. My point is that to make a statement that only newbs need straps is a flat out lie, actually as one would become more advanced he would be more likely to need straps, as his larger muscle groups would be less likely to fail before his grip.
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    haha, ok ok, Ill leave you alone- your right, straps are awesome for advanced athletes.
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    I think if your intention is to truly isolate the target muscles til failure then yes, straps have their place. But my grip strength and pride are too important to me; I don't want to lift something I'm not strong enough to hold using chalk. Would rather force myself to improve my grip.

    They have there place. Strongman much more so than powerlifting, but even strongmen allowed straps in contest need absurd grip that straps may not be the best for building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldNY181 View Post
    haha, ok ok, Ill leave you alone- your right, straps are awesome for advanced athletes.
    I never said that.

    Not one time actually.

    I don't think ATHLETES should use them at all, just like I don't think powerlifters should (which I said BTW). And I was speaking solely about physique trainees, although I realize (after you said it actually) that this is in PLing/Strongman subforum but was speaking specifically about physique (in relation to your comment that this would be better served in the BBing section).

    Thought that was apparent when I brought up a guy who trains for his physique (Terry Crews).
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    I have seen guys like Kirk Karwalski use straps more than a decade ago and that guy could Squat 1,004!!! I would say that was Advanced as far as being an athlete!! Hahaha he would use them on back days
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldNY181 View Post
    haha, Ive also seen Dorian Yates where lifting gloves, that doesnt mean they where necessary or any less lame. Proponents of straps will say that they can get more reps because there grip doesnt fail, bla bla...last time I checked this was a Powerlifting and Strongman section. As a competive powerlifter I would get laughed out of my gym for wearing straps....this strap issue would be better served in the natural bodybuilding section I think.
    That's funny because every powerlifter I've ever trained with owns a pair of straps to use for overload and/or if they have injury issues. Also, Kroc, Wendler, Chuck, Lilly, etc. have all used straps at various times in their training. You might want to park the attitude and open your mind a little bit.

    Chris Duffin aka Kabuki wears straps and hold multiple records. Why don't you go post in his thread on here that he is a newbie because he uses straps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post

    That's funny because every powerlifter I've ever trained with owns a pair of straps to use for overload and/or if they have injury issues. Also, Kroc, Wendler, Chuck, Lilly, etc. have all used straps at various times in their training. You might want to park the attitude and open your mind a little bit.

    Chris Duffin aka Kabuki wears straps and hold multiple records. Why don't you go post in his thread on here that he is a newbie because he uses straps?
    I did not know that, very interesting.

    I knew they had their place, but didn't think many PLers would find use for them.
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    i use straps like others have said for kroc rows, high rep BB rows, high rep deadlifts. i also do farmers and lots of KB work along with all my max work with deads are without straps. my grip has gotten stronger from that combination. my grip is now not the weak link in farmers anymore. i will dump a load when the pain gets to be too much but i rarely dump due to grip loss.
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    2 cents again...

    1) If the grip becomes a limiting factor, and I need to really train hard, I will use straps, as I want to get everything from the legs, hips, back and not let the grip get in the way.
    2) If it is pulling as in deads, and I am going over 3-5 reps. I use straps so I pull without torquing my torso using a mixed grip for higfher reps. I always use straps for stuff like RDL's, x8's x10's+ and shrugs, maybe even bent rows.
    3) I also have noticed, that if my dead goes up #25, my grip, even though I was using straps, will follow suit most times and be fine for low reps and max weights.
    4) Why not use both? I mean why limit your choices?
    5) Gripping muscles seem to recover pretty quickly (2 days) so I always have room for grip work ie: static holds or some squeezing and one arm pickups.
    6) I use chalk quite a bit too.
    7) If strapping, wear them more down on the back of the hand then wrap, don't wear them on the wrists.
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