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Hey, what’s up guys? Sean Nalewanyj here of
EliteImpactLabs.com, with a muscle in minutes Q&A. I usually refer to this Q&A as answering
your bodybuilding and fitness questions in two minutes or less. But I find that most
of the time I have a little bit more information that I’m trying to cram in and it tends to
go longer than the two-minute mark. So, I’m just going to call it, “Muscle in Minutes”
from now on. I’m going to provide the answers as straight to the point as I can. But, you
know, it might go a little bit over two minutes, maybe three minutes. But again, I’ll still
keep it concise and to the point. So, today’s question is on the issue of lifting straps.
So, whether or not lifting straps are a useful part of a bodybuilding program, and when you
should use them. For those of you who don’t know, a set of lifting straps are basically
just a set of straps that are wrapped around your wrists. And then, wrapped around the
bar or dumbbell or machine to basically help you hold on to the weight more effectively.
So, there’s a couple of things to take into account here. The first situation is when
I would consider lifting straps mandatory. I would consider lifting straps mandatory
on any exercise where you are lifting a weight that’s so heavy that you’re not able to hold
on to it throughout the entire set. So, that’s usually going to apply to lifts like deadlifts,
or stiff legged deadlifts or shrugs, exercises like that. So, if you are using a weight that
is so heavy for you that — or so heavy for your forearms and your grip rather that you
can’t hold on to the weight throughout the entire set. Then a set of lifting strap is
absolutely mandatory, because if your grip is giving out before your target muscles,
so, if you’re performing like a set of shrugs, and your grip is giving out before your traps
are, you’re completely short-circuiting the effectiveness of the entire exercise and you’re
basically just giving yourself a really good forearm workout. Or if you’re performing a
set of deadlifts, and your grip gives out before your legs are get back again, the entire
exercise is basically useless, and you’re really just training your forearm. So, in
situations like that, a set of lifting straps is definitely mandatory. And you’ll notice
that they make a huge difference in your ability to grip the weight. And the second situation
is one that I would say is optional. And that is for all of your upper body compound back
exercises. So, any type of pulling exercise, chin-ups, pull-downs or rows using a barbell,
dumbbells, machine, et cetera. For this situation, I would say again, it’s optional. But I do
think that for most people where the central goal is muscle hypertrophy, I think that lifting
straps are a pretty good tool. And I’ve always use them for pretty much all of my back training,
even if you are able to grip the weight throughout the entire exercise. And the reason for that
is because most people have a hard time contracting their lats and the muscles of their mid-back
effectively during their back training. Most people perform their back exercises in a way
that causes the biceps and the rear delt to take on most of the work, which, you know,
really minimizes the amount of hypertrophy that you can achieve in your back. There are
a variety of ways to shift more stress on to your back muscles as opposed to your grip.
And one of the key ways is to stop pulling through your hands, and rather to pull through
your elbows during all of your back exercises. And lifting straps are a great way to help
you accomplish that, because by basically locking you into the weight, using the straps,
it eliminates your grip from the equation, and you don’t even have to think about your
hands during the exercise. So, you’re performing a set of chin-ups or a set of rows, and it’s
almost like your hands aren’t even there, and all of that polling can be done through
your elbows. And that really makes a big difference in your ability to contract your lats and
your mid-back effectively. So, again, I would say it’s optional. But I think for a lot of
people, especially if you’re having trouble really feeling your back during your workouts,
lifting straps are definitely a useful tool for that. A lot of people will argue against
the use of lifting straps, basically by saying that they’re a crotch, and that it’s going
to negatively affect the development of your grip strength. But I really don’t think that’s
a big deal. I mean, if your goal is hypertrophy, developing your — it’s a trade-off. I mean,
what would you rather have, bigger lats, bigger traps, bigger rhomboids or a better grip strength?
I mean, again, if your goal is to build muscle, then your grip strength shouldn’t really be
a huge concern. And on top of that, you can easily incorporate separate grip strength
on top of your — your existing workout plans. So, you can go, you can perform your back
workout using your straps. Get a better back workout. And then at the end, if you really
are concerned with grip strength, you can incorporate additional forearm and grip strength
work at the end, anyway. So, just to summarize lifting straps, I would say, are mandatory.
Well, they are mandatory on any exercise where you aren’t able to hold on to the weight throughout
the entire set. And I would say they are optional for upper body compound back training. Though,
I think that for the majority of people, they are a useful tool. So, I hope you found the
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14 thoughts on “Are Weight Lifting Straps Useful? (How To Use Lifting Straps)

  1. Great tip and video. I request making some tutorial videos on how to do the exercises. Even some advanced lifters (like me, lol) do not perform at 100% or have not fully understand the movement of an exercise. For example, personally I have not fully understand the movement of lat pulldowns, chin-ups and every bent over-row exercises. I can make progress, but I do not feel that I am hitting my back properly.

  2. ARE LIFTING STRAPS USEFUL?

    What lifting straps are and when you should use them as part of your workouts…

    Are Lifting Straps Useful? (How To Use Lifting Straps)

  3. How is Sean not the most well known/popular person to consult about bodybuilding is beyond me. Everyone should know who Sean Nalewanyj is. I talk about him all the time to new friends in the gym……still to this day, not one person knows who this guy is..

  4. Could straps help with press excersises , like bench press or shoulder press ? Just wondering it might be a stupid question but I saw a guy using it in a video once

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  6. tried out my new straps today, they were such big help, was maxing out the dumbbells in the gyms for shrugs [60kgs ], and banging 4-6 reps on 4 plate deadlifts, when i could barely pop 1 rep b4.

  7. I couldn't agree more!  I think women especially need lifting straps…. I knew I could do more weight on cable lat pulldowns, but I couldn't get past a certain weight due to weak forearm grip, until I got a pair of women's versa grips- I think these are the best because of the quick release.  Less time wasted struggling to wrap them on your hands and wrists, and THEN struggling to get them wrapped around the handles.

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