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Old 07-13-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Is it a good idea or not to use straps when you go to the gym? I have heard if you use them on your arms, your forearms may not grow right. Is this true?
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Is it a good idea or not to use straps when you go to the gym? I have heard if you use them on your arms, your forearms may not grow right. Is this true?
I use them if I'm doing lots of heavier reps and don't want to have to focus on grip the entire time, especially with the TOS; I'll also use them at the gym on the heaviest lifts, because they don't like people dropping weights and it's a distinct possibility.

My grip has still improved even using straps but I consider that I've used them sensibly and not for every rep done, so now I can lift heavier without straps than I could initially when I began.

As for the forearms, they're fine.
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I use straps all the time now for rows and all really heavy work aside from deadlifts.
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I use them for heavy work and high rep work especially off my hands are pretty shot. As far as whether they detract from your forearm size and strength...well I believe that is something to be debated. Reasoning being is that I recently pulled 600# raw...but the kicker is I pulled it both with straps and without(forgot to mention in my log...) so that is a topic to be debated...lol either that or I'm weird
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I use them for my heaviest rows and deads.

And yes SB, you are weird ((kisses))
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I use them for heavy lifts. I have never heard anything about the forearms like that but each lifter is different.
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I use them to prevent wear and tear on my hands and rotational forces on my trunk from alternate grip. Never had a problem with grip come competition time and my forearms are enormous.
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I have mixed views on this.

For starters, I never really deadlift with straps. Getting into position with the belt + straps always threw me off - I prefer to just reach down, take some air, and pull.

I usually busted them out for heavy shrugs and occasionally rows. You can't really shrug heavy without them, as your traps are capable of shrugging much more than you can deadlift - but your grip is not!

However, at least for the time being I am foregoing almost all usage of any straps, as I am going to be placing a rather large emphasis on my grip strength.
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