Dylan Spina – @DylanSpina61
The use and application of these tools of the trade are a very touchy subject. Some believe it only should be used to help you in your pulls, others use it for every exercise. I think the latter is detrimental to your grip strength. When you give something aid and support, the body will learn to rely on that support. When it relies on the support you’ve become weaker. This is true regarding wrist straps for grip.
When using straps for every movement you are not adequately able to build the grip. Again, this is not to say they shouldn’t be used at all. The time to use them is only on your main movement, the pull. This is only to help train the other elements of the lift with heavier weight because the first thing to usually go is the grip for the lifter. When supplementing the weak point periodically you are then able to overload the hammies, glutes, back, core and more importantly the central nervous system to handle those loads. But don’t get it mistaken the straps aren’t an excuse for your grip entirely. You still need to be able to handle a decent amount of the weight, they only just help.
How to use them: It’s simple. You want the main thread of the strap wrapped around the bar to be in the center of your palm in line with the wrist. When about to wrap the material of the straps, they should be shoulder width apart on the bar. When wrapping the material around the bar make sure it is snug tight. More advance lifters will learn how to cheat the wrap, so they’re given less distance the Bar must travel to lockout.
It’s important to note not to entire rely on these for your pulls as they are not allowed in competition. I would recommend pulling them from use anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months before competition to get your normal grip used to the weights again. Use of these tools can be vital to a heavy deadlift.
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