Properly Using Weight Lifting Straps

With nearly every type of weight lifting equipment, there are arguments regarding whether or not it should be used. What this means is working out is an individual challenge, and each individual should feel free to use whatever gear makes them feel safer and makes their workouts more productive.

An example is weight lifting straps. Some insist they are not necessary and would never use them. For those who are unsure of their effectiveness, there are often questions about how to use these straps and what they are for.

The straps themselves perform a simple function; they help to hold the lifter’s grip on the bar. With no fear of losing their grip, the lifter is able to concentrate fully on form, making the lift safer and more effective every time.

It is always possible to work on increasing grip strength, so a strap is unnecessary. Until that is accomplished, though, a strap can provide the stability the lifter lacks in-between. Some lifters are unconcerned with grip strength and want the security simply because the strap can counteract the risks from sweat when they are in the middle of their lifting.

Using wrist weight lifting straps is a simple task once you understand the process. There are two basic tips to keep in mind. First, after wrapping around the wrist, the strap must lay diagonally along the palm, parallel to the thumb. If your strap is sticking out away from the thumb, it is on the wrong wrist.

Secondly, when you are ready to lift, the strap should be wrapped around the bar opposite from your grip. An underhand grip means you wrap the strip over the top of the bar; an overhand grip requires you to wrap from beneath. That is all there is to remember.

With a little practice, you will be able to quickly put the straps on and get the tight grip you want and need. If you have never tried lifting with straps before, you owe it to yourself to try it out and see if they give you the comfort and confidence so many others have experienced.