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Old 04-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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I think it's one of those things, where you have to judge when to start using it for a particular lift. Like a belt, kind of.

Haven't got around to using straps yet (or a belt for that matter), but whenever I do, there will be no shame in that, obviously. They're a means to an end (i.e., lifting more weight).
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For anyone looking for leather straps, any of the better powerlifting gear websites usually have leather versions.

I use straps, but NOT for deadlifts. You don't compete with straps, so no real reason to use them. But I also have a pretty good bar. My old bar was horrible. Chalk didn't help, and I did have to use straps to pull heavier weights. With the Rogue bar I use now I never even touch chalk until I get up around 500.

For me the best use of straps is for direct back work. It helps your form because when you have to squeeze hard it activates the biceps which takes emphasis off of the back. Not a good thing. Using straps allows you to pull from the elbow and think of your hand as nothing more than a hook that attaches to your elbow, which helps with direct back work. Also, with lifts like the one arm dumbell row, you'll be able to move signifigantly more weight with straps than without.

For people who can't feel pullups in their back, they should use straps and focus on the stretch side of the movement. Start by letting your shoulders relax and get a huge stretch, then start the movement by tightening the shoulders and sticking out the chest before pulling yourself as high as you can go, even if it's only a few inches, and pointing your chest at the sky. Repeat that for a few sets of 5-8 and you'd be a lier if you said you didn't feel your lats the next day.
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I like straps. I lift heavier things with them. I am however using them less on deadlifts right now. Not a grip thing, but seeing if it toughens my hands up any as they keep tearing open on power shrugs when they get over 500 pounds for reps.
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I like straps. I lift heavier things with them. I am however using them less on deadlifts right now. Not a grip thing, but seeing if it toughens my hands up any as they keep tearing open on power shrugs when they get over 500 pounds for reps.
Do you cut down your calluses? I routinely cut down the calluses under my ring fingers then slowly let them build back up over time. Never had a single tear or problem other than a couple blisters when I let them get too thick.
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Do you cut down your calluses? I routinely cut down the calluses under my ring fingers then slowly let them build back up over time. Never had a single tear or problem other than a couple blisters when I let them get too thick.
Yeah, i trim them down. The callous itself usually stays intact, its the skin about an inch down from them that tears
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I think they are very effective.


I use them for Bent Over Barbell Rows. Cannot execute the movement properly, correct form, on heaviest lifts without them.


Never use them for Deadlifts. Use Chalk instead. Never had an issue with grip on heavy deadlifts or rack pulls as reps never go over 5 . . . .or 3 for very very heavy.


Use them sometimes on heaviest sets of Weighted Wide Grip Chins . . . .again so I can concentrate on the form of movement as opposed to holding on as hard as I can. I will still grip the bar as hard as I can to activate muscles.
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When I first started lifting, I never used them. Then about a year after I started I was introduced to them. And I will say that they have helped me out quite a bit. I do not use them all the time but many times I do and it does make a difference.
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I have not personallly used them but maybe I should. Where is the best place to buy some? Amazon? Ebay? Other sites that anyone knows of?
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I've heard good things about APT "Pro Lifting Straps" I think they're called, as well as maybe "Ironmind", and - for some purposes - "Spud Inc" (?).

But also, a lot of folks say, use some that feel right, for your hands, wrists, technique, whatever.
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I use straps, but NOT for deadlifts. You don't compete with straps, so no real reason to use them.
But if you don't compete who cares? Even with the intention of competing again I still prefer to use straps or hook grip.

If you have a grip problem, combat it directly but don't let your deadlift or upper back work suffer.
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