If you want maximum performance from your weight lifting sessions then you should invest in a pair of wrist straps.

Here’s the idea:

Take a heavy lift like deadlifts. Once you get to a certain level of strength, the weight you are lifting is going to make it so that your wrists meet positive failure before your back does.

This means that although you are genuinely working to the last rep you can possibly complete, you don’t actually achieve maximum overload on the intended muscle. Nice forearm workout for sure, but that’s not what you wanted!

The solution is therefore to take some of the load off the wrists and enable the intended muscle to reach its point of positive failure.

Wrist straps are great for pulling movement exercises. Here’s a list:

Imagine, you could be underperforming in ALL of the above if you go without the necessary wrist support! Wrist straps actually make it so that you hardly have to expend any precious energy holding the bar and can focus your juice on your back and/or traps.

Note: this does not apply to beginners as the weight lifted will not be heavy enough to cause any problem with wrist strength.

So, how do we actually use them? It can be a little tricky to get used to, here are the steps,

  • Loop one side into the slit at the end of each strap so you have 2 loops
  • Insert your wrists into these circular openings
  • The long strap part should be on the underside of your hand
  • Starting with your less-coordinated hand, place your hand on the bar and wind the strap around it starting under the bar and wrapping it back towards you
  • Now repeat with the other hand, remember you have to do this with 1 hand only, hence the importance of starting with your ‘bad’ hand
  • Make sure that you wind it tight as this is what allows you to lift with bar with less grip strength

Here’s a nice little video I found from bodybuilding.com demonstrating the correct method, check it out….

If you’ve been lifting for a year or more I would certainly advise that you invest in a pair of straps. For around $6-$7 a pair, they’re an absolute bargain.

Stay Motivated!

Mark McManus

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