LIFTING STRAPS ARE A TOOL THAT SHOULD BE PART OF EVERY WEIGHTLIFTER’S, FITNESS ATHLETE’S OR STRENGTH ATHLETE’S GYM BAG.
As already mentioned in the article about wrist wraps, the hands are stressed the most during weightlifting. Especially when you have a high training volume with lots of sets and repetitions, your grip strength is easily affected. With hang exercises or snatch pulls and clean pulls the strain is especially high. It often fails not because of leg strength, shoulders or back, but grip strength decreases or forearms become tight and cramp.
But the perceived goal for heavy pulls or hang exercises is not to increase the strength of your grip. To get rid of this limiting factor, weightlifters use lifting straps for those heavy loads and high repetitions.
Using straps lets you achieve higher training intensities and even the performance improves when your hands and forearms get relieved.
Weightlifters sometimes use them in training also for snatching. But you should remember that they are not allowed as a tool in competition, and there you need the necessary grip strength.
Furthermore, grip strength is a protective function of the body against overload. By using lifting straps this protective function is bypassed. With experienced weightlifters this is quite intentional, but with beginners this can also lead to problems.
It is not recommended for beginners to work with lifting straps, especially not in complex exercises like the snatch. Since the technical execution and also the habituation to the so-called hook grip are should be the priority, their use should be limited to snatch grip and clean grip pulls.
HOW ARE LIFTING STRAPS USED?
They’re quite simple to use, but you should follow a few basic tips. In weightlifting the speed of the barbell is significant, it should be possible to let the barbell go at any time with no hesitation. The straps must detach themselves easy and quick from the barbell to prevent accidents and injuries, especially at your wrists. Lifting straps are made as loops to pull them around the wrist.
The remaining material of nylon, leather or other fabric is then wrapped around the bar. To tighten the straps, you only have to rotate the barbell and you feel how the strap tightens up. The wrist is now connected to the barbell by the strap and a hook grip is no longer necessary.
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LEATHER OR FABRIC? WHICH MATERIAL IS BEST?
Lifting Straps come in all fabrics, sizes, and styles. Lifting straps made of leather are the most comfortable option, as they avoid chafing and calluses on the wrist that can occur with other materials. Another advantage of leather straps is their durability, because they last for several years. While the leather will stretch slightly with use, it will not fray due to the knurling of the barbell like other fabrics. Straps made of cotton or other non-leather materials can be broken after 6 to 12 months.
Since pulls are a necessary exercise of any weightlifter and are common in almost every training session, lifting straps are used often and intense. Therefore, they are part of the basic equipment of any weightlifter.