I’m confused what there isn’t to get? Anything you use your grip for(pulling motions in this case) is going to strengthen it regardless; I don’t really see how there is any refuting that. If you’re going to put in the work, why not strengthen more than just your “target area”? Your body is a single unit, why train it to not know how to do it on its on? That’s how you create imbalances.
If I can’t hold it, I shouldn’t be lifting it. I can lift plenty of weight(personal opinion) without any straps, and I don’t do any grip specific training; I just pony up and hold the damn weights. If I can do heavy deads without straps, or pull ups with over 60 pounds strapped to me(at a body weight of 200), why should I use straps? I’m not failing my lifts due to grip strength… My grip has gotten significantly stronger because I don’t use straps.
Maybe I’m naive for thinking that straps are a crutch. I see too many guys use straps on every single lift, and never allow themselves to actually hold anything. Who gives a shit if you can lift X amount of weight with straps, if when it really came down to it, you couldn’t because you HAVE to have your straps?
Who becomes the superior lifter? The one who can do all of their strongest lifts without straps or with? I don’t know about you, but I think the guy who can actually hold the weight himself is stronger(call me crazy).
I’m in no way saying you aren’t strong, nor am I saying you don’t posses great grip strength. You may have accomplished all of this with straps - congrats. But to someone starting out or struggling with grip, I think forcing your body to adapt to the stress, rather than make it easier, is the more appropriate route of building a solid foundation.
Again, why not adapt to stress by actually training grip?
You are viewing training as a competition. It is not. This whole “who cares if you can lift X” crap is silly, because we are talking about gym lifts, not competition lifts. I don’t give a shit about what you do in the gym, it’s what you do on the platform that matters. In the gym, I use straps, on the platform, I don’t, and I have never dropped a dead on the platform.
As for why you should use straps even if you can hold the weight, they are great for allowing you to pull double-overhand in training, remove hands from the equation in rows to focus on pulling with the elbows, and allow you to focus more energy on grip training.
I don’t care about how I train, I care about the results. Straps do not prevent you from getting bigger or stronger, and in many ways will actually help you do so. Not using them because it makes you a “worse lifter” is retarded.