Wrist Straps For Lifting

Get a grip! Wrist straps are another product that have been around for decades. They are used for a variety of different applications. Standard wrist wraps are typically made out of nylon or cloth with heavy reinforced stitching to support high amounts of weight. While newer age straps sport some much more intricate designs incorporating nylon, rubber, and even leather.

Why Should I Use Lifting Straps? 

The main reason athletes turn to wrist straps is to compensate for lack of grip strength. Primarily used when performing heavy pulling exercises such as deadlifts, shrugs, barbell rows, and more. The second reason, would the the benefits bodybuilders receive when using lifting straps. This statement is geared more towards the newer models of lifting straps such as versa gripps and cobra grips. By incorporating these newer straps into your workout you can increase muscle recruitment on back days. A lot of times athletes grip the bar far too tightly when engaging in back movements. By doing so you will be putting a lot of focus on your forearms, resulting in poor back recruitment. Solution, by utilizing versa gripps or cobra grips you will eliminate the need for an overbearing grip and instead focus on pulling from your elbows and engaging the back more optimally. 

Who Should Use Lifting Straps? 

Powerlifters, bodybuilders, Crossfitters, you name it. The workouts typically associated with using straps are not as limited as you may think. This opens up the scope of the equipment from beginners all the way to professionals of the sport.

How Do Lifting Straps Work?

Traditional lifting straps are a bit tricky to explain through text. Therefore, I would suggest viewing the video supplied below. In a nutshell, the straps will be looped around once to create somewhat of a bracelet. Then you take the excess slack and wrap it around the bar as tightly and evenly as possible. Upon doing so the majority of the weight will now be held by the straps, and your wrists will act as anchors. This makes sense when compared to the weight being held in your hands which will inevitably give out over time.

Different Types Of Lifting Straps

There are various types of weight lifting straps. Each with their own unique feel and application as well as pros and cons associated with. These variations will include the old school wrap around style straps and the modern age versa gripp style strap. I would suggest trying out one of each to get a better perspective.

Conclusion

The applications are endless, this is a definite necessity in everybody gym bag. Wrist straps are indeed a great tool to have especially on back days. I view lifting straps as a double edged sword, in regards to this product pertaining to all styles of training. If you’re looking to increase your grip in a powerlifting setting then these will supplement your grip times 10! Alternatively,. If you’re looking to take away from your grip then these can diminish forearm recruitment and increase back engagement! A truly versatile product.

How To Use Lifting Straps

The video above gives an excellent demonstration of proper use.


Traditional Lifting Straps 101

Below you will find an assortment of traditional style weight lifting straps. These straps are the most generic most commonly used weight lifting strap used today. A simple design that has been around for years, typically made out of nylon with reinforced stitching traditional weight lifting straps can bear the heaviest of weights using the wrap around method that they were designed to use.These straps will enable you to lift much heavier weight without having to worry about your grip giving out.

I will advise you that these straps do have a bit of a learning curve involved with them. One negative regarding these types of straps would be the increased set up time and difficulty to use. For beginners it will take you a few tries until you become efficient at the wrap around technique.

PROS

  • Cheap, most affordable
  • Simple design, no breakable components
  • Durable

CONS

  • Difficulty to use for begginers
  • Longest set up times


Harbinger Lifting Straps

harbinger wrist straps

Color: Black  |   Material: Nylon  |  Length: 21.5

Description: Lift heavier, longer and in style with Harbinger Padded Cotton Lifting Straps. The 21.5 inch extended length strap provides a stronger wrap on the bar, while the extra 1.5 inch width increases contact on grip surface resulting in less grip fatigue so you can lift more weight and more reps. Plush Neotek pad cushions wrists. Merrowed end tabs prevent fraying and heavy duty stitching enhances durability.


Harbinger Leather Lifting Straps

weightlifting straps

Color: Red  |   Material: Leather  |  Length: 21.5

Description: Harbinger’s new Padded Durahide Real Leather Lifting Straps bring new power and comfort to heavy lifting. Our specially-tanned Durahide real leather offers strong traction on the bar, with no added bulk, and the tri-layer design maintains shape and prevents tearing.  The extended 21″ length and 1 1/2″ width create a stronger wrap and grip on bar through increased contact area on knurled bar surface.  Tanned for suppleness as well as strength, Harbinger’s Padded Leather Lifting Straps comfortably conform under hand and around bar, and feature a plush Neotek wrist pad that cushions during heavy lifts.


Dark Iron Fitness Wrist Straps

lifting straps

Color: Black/Red  | Material: Suede  | Length: 21.5

DescriptionUnlike cheap straps made of cotton, ours are made of top-quality cowhide suede that won’t rip, tear, or come apart under pressure. These straps provide a completely tight fit around your wrist while still being soft and comfortable, giving you the leverage you need to lift heavier while reducing any pain on your wrists.


US Muscle Division Wrist Straps

Color: Black/Yellow  | Material: Nylon/Rubber  | Length: 21.5

Description: Do you lift heavy in your workouts in order to build more muscle or improve strength… Are your forearms or wrists slowing down your progress? If you’re struggling to make gains because of weak wrists or poor grip strength then using US Muscle Division wrist supports can have a huge effect on the effectiveness of your workouts

Weight lifting straps are a fantastic bodybuilding accessory that reduce stress on your wrists, giving hand support and eliminating the effects of a weak grip on your lifting technique. When you remove the weak link in an exercise – in this case the forearm muscles, you allow the powerful muscles of the back and upper arms to work much harder before they get fully exhausted.


Rip Toned Lifting Straps

Color: Black  | Material: Nylon  | Length: 23

DescriptionWant to walk into the gym with swagger and confidence because you’re killing it with your lifts and your body has transformed to prove it? Want to maximize your gains while minimizing the risk of injury? With these wrist straps, you’ll instantly realize just what you’ve been missing. Whether you’re new or a veteran, male or female, powerlifting or cross fit…our straps are made for you. You’ll wish you had discovered these years ago. 


Modern Lifting Straps 101

Below you will find an assortment of traditional style weight lifting straps. These straps are the most generic most commonly used weight lifting strap used today. A simple design that has been around for years, typically made out of nylon with reinforced stitching traditional weight lifting straps can bear the heaviest of weights using the wrap around method that they were designed to use.These straps will enable you to lift much heavier weight without having to worry about your grip giving out.

I will advise you that these straps do have a bit of a learning curve involved with them. One negative regarding these types of straps would be the increased set up time and difficulty to use. For beginners it will take you a few tries until you become efficient at the wrap around technique.

PROS

  • High quality construction
  • Fast set ups
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Cost, fairly expensive when compared to traditional lifting straps
  • Not held by many large retailers

Versa Gripps PRO

Color: Black  | Material: Nylon  | Length: 23

Description: TRAIN BETTER with Versa Gripps®. Our Original, Patented Self-Supporting Versa Gripps® PRO style is the Top-of-the-Line Grip Assist. Proven as the Best Grip in the World. Versa Gripps® eliminate grip fatigue & enhances muscle isolation in pulling & pushing exercises for maximum muscle gains. ALL IN ONE – outperforms gloves, hooks & lifting straps. Designed for superior strength, durability & double reinforced tough. Designed with a unique extended grip-length, our Versa Gripps® PRO style allows more of the grip to be wrapped around the bar for a stronger hold & added security; resulting in optimum performance. Unique “No-Slip” Custom Engineered Material is made exclusively for Power Gripps USA, INC.

The grip material remains durable while maintaining the superior grip throughout the life of the product. Scientifically designed without bulk specifically to allow the athlete to feel a connection with the weight. New Built-in Arch Support offers carpal tunnel protection. 1 1/2 inch Wide Wrist Strap sewn with high-density foam with a hook & loop closure for excellent wrist support. Adjustable wrist support keeps the wrist in the correct position while training. Ergonomically developed to promote circulation to the hand while eliminating nerve damage. Extra-Heavy Duty Steel Buckle on the wrist strap for Superior Strength. Maximum Hand Protection from calluses. Quick Release Feature makes it safe & easy to release the weight bar during your fitness regimen. Hypo-allergenic, Anti-bacterial & Anti-microbial patent#5813950 MADE IN THE USA


Cobra Grips PRO

Color: Black  | Material: Nylon  | Length: 23

Description: Cobra Grips seamlessly take the place of lifting straps, gloves, wrist supports and hooks. Unlike lifting straps which put pressure on your wrists, Cobra Grips allow the weight you’re lifting to rest on the base of your hand – not on your wrist. Cobra Grips are thicker and more flexible than lifting straps, and with an extra-wide 2-inch Velcro strap, they give your wrists maximum stability. Wearing conventional straps can cause nerve damage, carpel tunnel issues and vestibular damage. On the other hand, our lifting grip allows you to do any pushing or pulling exercise with complete control.

Cobra Grips also give you the same amount of protection as wearing gloves. But unlike gloves, Cobra Grips are cooler, as your hands are not completely covered. They also allow you to spin them around so you never have to remove them to grab a drink or perform other non-workout related functions in the gym. We know that chaffing and slips can wreak havoc on your hands. With an ergonomically engineered and streamlined no-slip design, Cobra Grips provide you with that extra padding needed to protect your palms and tighten your grip.