When Should You Use Lifting Straps?
Lifting straps can be incredibly helpful when your grip strength gives out before the working muscles fail. This is especially true when performing deadlifts or pull-ups, where your set may end because you can’t maintain your grip on the bar.
Using lifting straps in these situations allows you to carry on with your workout and achieve the desired results without being limited by your grip strength.
Although most commonly employed during pulling exercises with barbells, lifting straps can also be used with dumbbells, pull-up bars, and various pulldown cable attachments.
Common Exercises To Use Lifting Straps:
Are Lifting Straps Cheating?
Using lifting straps is not considered cheating. Instead, they are a way to modify an exercise to focus on a specific muscle group rather than using secondary muscles such as the forearms.
Some powerlifting purists may argue that relying on straps can cause weak forearms and a soft grip, advocating avoiding them altogether. I agree that it’s important to incorporate exercises without straps into your workout routine to improve your grip strength.
However, when your grip strength is the limiting factor, it makes sense to use lifting straps to achieve your goals. Don’t leave potential gains on the table because of a weak grip!