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 Post subject: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:38 am 
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Hey all,
I just read this article that is one guy's account of how he was able to actually improve his grip strength by using straps, and claims that increased back strength will directly translate to increased grip strength. This all sounds a little off to me, but I still consider myself pretty new so I'd be interested to hear what other people think. I'm not going to go run out and grab straps or anything (in fact I've seen some great grip strength increases switching from gloves to chalk and I love it so far), but it's something I might consider in the far off future.

http://muscleandbrawn.com/increase-grip-strength/

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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:21 pm 
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That's pretty interesting, I haven't seen back and grip strength correlated that way before but it makes sense. I personally like to go double overhand for as long as I can (until the weight is so heavy that my grip won't hold up to it anymore) before using the straps. I don't really like the mixed grip and only use it when I have to (i.e. in a powerlifting meet)

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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:29 pm 
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thanks for this article, never thought about to get one, but this made me think that a lot of times a help to keep a strong grip would have helped me better, but i would actually use it only with barbells especially during deadlift

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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:41 pm 
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I used wrist straps for almost 15 years, true enough, my grip and forearms did improve none the less. In recent years I've stopped using them though, purely because i like to "feel" the bar / make contact with it, feels more natural if that makes sense.

I do think that if you have small hands or a weak grip they can be beneficial, especially since a lot of gyms have these thicker handled D-Bs or BBs nowadays.


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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:57 pm 
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That is really interesting. I wonder how that works. Personally, I feel a more intense forearm workout when I am doing deadlifts or weighted pull ups, so I certainly think back and forearm development go hand in hand. However I have never been a proponent of using wrist wraps or any other type of gripping equipment (besides chalk occasionally), simply because I assumed this would take the forearm work out of the equation! Maybe I was wrong all along? Has anyone had a noticeable difference in their workouts?


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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:57 am 
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i bought them 2 weeks ago i guess, and i see the difference. is helping me to have more security when is about hand strength

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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
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I got my straps last week and I've used them a handful of times... Honestly I don't like them so far. I'll still use them I think occasionally, but they feel so unnatural to me. Maybe I need to get used to them? Chalk might just be the thing for me :)

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 Post subject: Re: Using straps to increase grip strength?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:03 am 
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maybe at the moment you already have a strong grip so for you it feels like useless to use them, but maybe in the future with heavier weights you would like to have extra help. i guess it always depends from each individual.

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