When Should You Use Lifting Straps?
Lifting straps are advantageous any time you’re performing a lift where your grip strength fails before the muscle groups you’re trying to target.
For example, if your set of deadlift ends when you lose your grip on the bar, you should use lifting straps. Or if you could do more pull-ups but you can’t hang on long enough, you should use lifting straps.
Common Exercises To Use Lifting Straps
Most often lifting straps are used on pulling exercises involving barbells. But you can also use them on dumbbells, pull-up bars, or various pulldown cable attachments.
Are Lifting Straps Cheating?
No, lifting straps are not cheating. They are simply a way to modify the exercise so it targets the desired muscle instead of a secondary one like forearms.
Some powerlifting purists may argue that the use of straps enables weak forearms and a soft grip. To their point, you shouldn’t rely on lifting straps all the time. In fact, do exercises without them whenever possible to build your grip strength.
But strap up when your grip is the limiting factor. There’s no sense in leaving attainable gains on the table just because your grip fails!