baldy wrote:When this happens to me, I always take it as my grip is the weakest point. So you need to work on that, straps are not going to make your grip any stronger.
That is unless your grip is bad due to fatigue or injury. Hook grip is super cool, you will get you some very interesting calluses on on your hands. Give it a try and see how you get on.
V VII Hero wrote:
I have tons of grip problems. practicing grip training is a good idea. its hard but worth it.
Well, if you've got enough time, guts and will you can train your grip separately, and in that case we could compare doing lifts at an easier weight because your grip can't handle more vs doing the at a heavier weight and then work your grip on another occasion. In that case the later would make you use heavier weights in your exercises there the grip is limiting and you'd also do extra grip work, which would be MORE hardcore even if you use straps than working out on a lower weight.V VII Hero wrote:I concur with this post. strengthen your weakest link.
aliquis wrote:I would assume plenty of the most strong people in lifts like the deadlifts use straps on their heaviest weights, sure strong grip would be better but if they don't have it? Those people also normally end up being the biggest and strongest people and they will most likely not have small forearms either.
I think all the powerlifters on our gym do, I wouldn't say "all" without checking, but yeah... Though I do understand that there develops local traditions and training techniques at each gym and within a group of lifters so that's why I put it as I did.JP wrote:no, most people wouldnt use straps for heavy deads unless there is a problem.
Well, farmers walks with straps would be rather lame, anyway yeah I know you can't use them during IPS contest either, so people don't use them at a contest but most likely using alternating grip.JP wrote:For instance the deadlifts on vegan strength table have to be without straps.
And in powerlifting and most strongman comps you cant use straps either.
I always think alternating grip feels weird, it make the actual lift feel harder even though grip strength improve and I wonder if it may have a negative impact on the body somehow.JP wrote:But then again, straps can be useful - when used in a way which doesnt make your grip weaker. So for instance, if you have torn callous in your hand, you have back issue where mixed grip might cause problems, or you have done some other grip heavy stuff like farmers walks, then why not.
And why would it be ok in assistance movements unless one are a powerlifter? .. Still same issue and problem, either always make sure the grip is up to it or not, why is the deadlift special?JP wrote:So as a rule of thumb i would recommend using straps only in assistance movements where you have a reason to. And in your normal deadlifts to use regular mixed grip, or hook grip, and if the grip becomes an issue/weakness then address it so that it wont hold your deadlift back.
KaliBaby wrote:do you fellas have examples of grip strengthening exercises then? I won't settle for the straps just yet. in general, I think my hands and wrists are weaker than they should be
also, the hook idea sounds neat... but I think people would roll their eyes at me in the gym. I'm already awkward enough haha.
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