Using straps to lift...
- 12-27-2012, 08:33 AM
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12-27-2012, 08:41 AM
Re: Using straps to lift...
And I assume that using straps take away from your grip strength. And grip strength is important..
12-27-2012, 08:44 AM
If you can do it without straps do it without straps. For deadlifts, its a crutch. Chalk up instead. I'll use straps for DB lunges or whatever when my grip is shot after a workout.
12-27-2012, 10:27 AM
I only use them for DB/BB rows, but I have had to implement them into some rep work on deads after I ripped of a callous.
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12-27-2012, 10:33 AM
I use them sparingly. Lately only seems to be on like a max effort dead. My grip just doesnt keep up after 315 and on. I am also ordering fat gripz to try and fix the problem.
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12-27-2012, 02:30 PM
I used them for years. Then I bought some Captains Of Crush grippers to improve my hand strength- and finally ditched the straps 5-6 months ago. It's been liberating. You might consider using for heavy dead lifts- but otherwise- I can't see why you'd want them.
12-27-2012, 10:34 PM
Used to keep sets of em in the gym bag and used them for everything when I thought I wanted to be a bodybuilder, they help with grip obv. But I also felt the isolation of particular muscle groups was improved when I used them. I did however scrap them all about 5 months ago. And like previously stated it was a great decision. Forearm growth shot up, and being able to grasp 400+in your bare hands just feels awesome. Its all relative to what your trying to accomplish so go with what suits your training best.
12-29-2012, 01:13 PM
I do the bolded part, too. Just yesterday, after doing speed deadlifts, I started doing sets of step ups. But after speed deadlifts, my grip is completely shot, and it becomes incredibly hard to hold onto "heavy" dumbbells for about a minute and a half straight a set after having done speed deadlifts.
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12-30-2012, 11:23 PM
I use versa grips which really do help with heavy rows, pull ups and deads. I like to use these because they also have the wrist support. I tend to have wrist problems at times and these have helped tremendously.
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12-30-2012, 11:54 PM
I'll use straps when my grip is the weak link, but the muscle group I'm trying to hit can do more. Mostly on shrugs and sometimes rdls. I implement grip/forearm work additionally as well though
01-13-2013, 03:03 PM
I use straps routinely, and it may be in fact because my grip strength is not adequate, but improving. I do not want to sacrifice a good DB row set because of my grip. The point for me is to work my back (in this example) and that is best accomplished (for DB row) by using straps.
01-13-2013, 04:43 PM
I used to only use them on a very rare basis. Lately though I have been using them a fair amount. Not that I really want to, but I often work out in freezing or even sub freezing temperatures and no matter how much chalk you use when when the temp is in the low 30's and you are pulling heavy deads or rows it just doesn't work out lol. I even using the air activated hand warmers. I do hVe a pair of captains of crush to try and help offset.
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01-15-2013, 11:06 PM
Straps are defintiely not evil and have their place in the gym bag. When it comes to lifting 400+ pounds you cannot expect our skin, fingers, and tendons to be as strong as the major muscles it takes to dead lift or row. If you use them when you need them to work what your intended muscle group is you are ok. You should not do your lighter weights with them so that you still build strength in the hands and arms.
I will give you an example, when I dead and hit 315+ the straps go on. At 225 I am strapless. 225 is pretty easy for me to hold 315 is doable, but I hate to sacrifice a few extra reps becaus my hand hurt and calis' are ripping. My intention is to strengthen my legs, core, and my back not necessarily my hands with deads, so to maximize my set I use straps.
Thats my take.
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01-15-2013, 11:09 PM
heavy deads are the only time i actually use gloves cuz i watched my friends calluses rip right off his hand in front of me. awsome sight lol. i also use straps for shrugs back when i actually did themOriginally Posted by 02sixxer
being january, ive already seen some dummies using straps for benching. wtf is the purpose of that?
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01-16-2013, 08:14 AM
Straps can help sometimes when you just gotta get a few more reps out when hands are shot. I mark in my log book if the set was done with straps or not though. For deads, I usually don't add any weight once my hands fail & I pull out the straps - just reps. I guess I consider all my maxes as done raw - no straps, gloves, etc.
01-16-2013, 10:20 AM
I threw straps on before to knock out some heavy weighted pullups, felt good. Heavy for me was +45
01-16-2013, 11:23 AM
There's a time for straps and there's a time for no straps. Neither is right or wrong, just depends on the circumstance. The beauty of our own discretion.
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02-26-2013, 10:38 PM
15 years never used straps. I finally gave in today. Been fed up having no grip last couple months after recovery from broken forearm and 2 badly sprain wrists. Was straining my fingers to hold 225lb its that bad. I gotta say I'm in love, I've been missing out. I did a couple warm ups then 325 no sweat. Played with that for the time being as I've only been back two months after 10 months off and easing back into heavy. Coulda been pulling more weight over the years as its usually my grip that ****s my form and limits me before the injuries. Straps yay!
02-27-2013, 07:51 AM
I use straps cause I do shrugs to strengthen my traps not my hands. If you want a stronger grip do static holds. Why sacrifice your trap workout just cause your grip sucks. Lol Better to have just crappy grip then to have a crappy grip and small traps.
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