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Straps, Wraps, Belts..etc.

I finally got back to pulling some nice weight, deadlifiting 405x3 two nights ago. I was just wondering though how much weight could I add using the accessories such as straps, wraps, belts, etc…I have started thinking about using straps to start and try protecting my finger joints (I am a drummer when not landscaping)…what do you guys think?

I always like using gloves for obvious reasons. I just recently started using wrist straps mainly because it helps out in like the last 1 or 2 reps when you feel like you are about to drop the weight.

I never really use a belt, but then again I don’t do that much weight.

From my experience I’d say you could add quite a bit. I can do barbell shrugs with 350 for reps with hooks…but without those hooks my cutoff would be coser to 200…

I am not really pro-strap, but if you don’t plan on competing in any powerlifting competitions than I would use them. Don’t neglect training your grip though. I use a belt when I start approaching my 3RM. I don’t think wraps would be of much benefit. You might get some extra pop off the floor, but the bar would most likely get caught on them as you’re pulling. Good luck and pull heavy.

Joe

Oh yeah, gloves are for girls. Sorry Lonnie123, sometimes the truth hurts;-)

I do not think you should use wraps or belt until your limit strength is higher. However, straps aren’t a bad idea, if your grip is the limiting factor in the movement. But if you opt to utilize straps, don’t forget to work your grip strength…

[quote]beAman13 wrote:
I finally got back to pulling some nice weight, deadlifiting 405x3 two nights ago. I was just wondering though how much weight could I add using the accessories such as straps, wraps, belts, etc…I have started thinking about using straps to start and try protecting my finger joints (I am a drummer when not landscaping)…what do you guys think?[/quote]

whenever the lack of use of such accesories affects your progress so that your progress would be greater by using them, then you know its time.

basically, if grip if a limiting factor in larger moves(chins,deads,shrugs) use straps/hooks/whathaveyou.

the use of a belt is a lot different though. Alot of guys use when for a feeling of security, and WS guys use them to learn how to properly expand their bellies for big squats/pulls/bench wwhatever. IMO, you need to use one all the time if you are coming back from an injury, and for attempts >95%, but only slightly tight. only at a powerlifting meet or the like would i advise to strap it in to its full tightness.

well my grip begins to fail somewhere around 420…I am usually all about pulling raw but i think it might be time for some straps…thanks guys.

Learning the hook grip would be a good idea too. If you’re into that kind of thing;-)