Using straps to lift...
- 02-27-2013, 09:04 AM
Even top power lifters are given the option to use straps (and many do) such as the 2011 powerlifting champ used straps on his final lift. So I think the while "oh you're not hardcore if you use straps" is ridonk. Especially if you train for bodybuilding because you should be more concerned about hypertrophy not strength.
I love straps!
- 02-27-2013, 09:06 AM
02-27-2013, 09:18 AM
Oh sorry derp meant to write "Arnold classic" in there. Granted not the best of the best for powerlifting but still some wickedly strong dudesOriginally Posted by Rodja
02-27-2013, 09:23 AM
02-27-2013, 09:32 AM
**** you might be right. Lol this is why I shouldn't make posts in the morning -.- my badOriginally Posted by Rodja
Regardless I suppose my previous statement still works with these guys being huge as fuark lifting with straps
02-27-2013, 09:55 AM
02-27-2013, 10:10 AM
02-27-2013, 10:10 AM
02-27-2013, 10:26 AM
Any make of straps will work. It's just using them when you need to on certain exercises. But don't let it become habit on your competitive lifts. Need to keep your grip strength in play.
02-27-2013, 10:58 AM
02-27-2013, 02:31 PM
If a lifter is letting his hands tell his back when it is done, he should let his nuts drop and re-evaluate, imo. And too many people pulling nancy weight disregard straps without knowing what it's like to actually need them.
02-27-2013, 02:44 PM
I used to use them on my heavy deadlift sets, but my dog got ahold of one and I haven't gotten around to replacing them
02-27-2013, 03:02 PM
Anyway, on the cart with the guys who use them as another tool in the box okay, not exclusively as my lower reps, get the mixed grip work, but why not use em at times? Why limit yourself to training the hips, legs and back hard, if your grip is the weaky link. Grip work is much easier and can be done anytime really or at least about 4-5 times per week.
Hook gripping can work too but it is bull hard doing higher reps.
Another point I think is valuable with deadlifting higher reps is when you used a mixed grip, your body is torquing in a certain direction with one arm out and one arm in. If you use straps and are pullling a heavy 7th or 8th rep, that might be something to consider.
Bent rows, RDL's, SLDL's, surgs all get the straps mostly.
Lastly, I change my mixed grip on nearly each set also, pulling with rt hand pronated lft sup, then switch lft pronated...
02-27-2013, 03:38 PM
My grip has never been too horrible but never great enough to go as heavy as I've wanted. My grip always failed leaving my back routines sub par IMO. I was to stubborn to use any assistance. That's just ignorant and I admit it. Due to my past year my pulling lifts have been horrible. Last night was the first back day I walked out of the gym with a smile. I deadlifted more and better then I've been able to in a year. I was able to use the 110dbs for rows which lately just slip right out of my hands and Ill admit I even used them on my heaviest lat pull down and upright row sets. I was able to pull heavy enough last night that I kept turtling so hard I had to go to the bathroom and adjust a few times. Lol don't know if that happens to anyone else and Its not a size issue, just makes my junk wanna crump up real bad. Never used a weight belt either but I'm considering it for my arm routine. Lol! Just kidding! There's a douche at my gym that even wears his on the treadmill that made me think of that.
03-13-2013, 04:05 PM
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