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Old 08-30-2011, 12:51 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by BendtheBar View Post
I have to tell you Jim, I always suspected that my grip was actually getting stronger with straps. This is controversial I know, but I was able to use heavier weights more frequently and my forearms and grip were still taxed very hard.

I suffer from severe carpal tunnel so my strap use was primarily to prevent waking up each morning without feeling in my hands.

If you're never going to compete, I am 100% an advocate of straps. If you are going to compete, then I would use straps and keep a keen eye on your grip strength from time to time.
Just a follow up question Steve, and to any others that care to chime in. In your opnion, does the use of straps on a deadlift make the lift any less than what it is, especially in the powerlifting community? I ask this, because once a respected member on another forum posted up a comment in a thread about deads that a deadlift is not a real deadlift if straps are used. This really bothered me, even tho I use straps due to a medical condition. BTW, I didn't know you have CTS.
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