Weightlifting Wrist Straps
Why Wear Wrist Straps?
Jason Ferruggia once wrote, "No straps, no traps." Never have four truer words been spoken. Well, maybe truer words were spoken a few times, but never by someone with traps like Jason's to back those words up.
Plenty of Internet tough guys will scream and shout that straps are "cheating," and you should never use them. From a certain perspective they have a point, because straps aren't allowed in powerlifting—although they are often allowed in strongman competition, for what it's worth. And while I always preach specificity for powerlifting training, if used carefully and selectively during prep, straps can help you make strength and size gains that will directly carry over to your main lifts.
Perhaps the number one benefit of using straps is that they allow you to fatigue the target muscle without worrying about your grip failing first.
As for noncompetitive lifters, there's no doubt that they will help you make strength and size gains that lead to...well, more strength and size gains.
Perhaps the number one benefit of using straps is that they allow you to fatigue the target muscle without worrying about your grip failing first. This is in direct accordance with the "right link/wrong link" rule that should govern just about everything you do in the weight room.
You don't know that rule? You should. It was introduced to me by my grad school professor, Fred DiMenna, a former pro bodybuilder with a PhD in oxygen uptake kinetics (yeah, he's smart). He helped hammer home to me the importance of this simple test when selecting an exercise.
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