are useful tools for weight training. If you've gained enough strength to start lifting heavier weights but find that your hand grip isn't strong enough to hold weights for exercises such as dead lifts, weighted pull-ups or shrugs, you can use lifting straps. The straps allow you to lift some of the weight with your wrists so you can hold on long enough to complete your exercise.
1.Select lifting straps that are sewn from heavy-duty cotton or nylon.
Although you can buy padded straps, straps with hook-and-loop fasteners, leather straps and weightlifting gloves with straps built in, these don't offer much improvement in function or comfort and are more expensive. Just make sure they are well stitched and strong.
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2.Thread the ends of the straps through the loops to form circles.
Some types of straps come with hook-and-loop fasteners instead of loops.
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3.Put the straps on.
Slide your hands through the circles or attach the straps with the hook-and-loop fasteners so the end of the straps hang down along your fingers. Pull on the ends of the straps or adjust the hook and loop fasteners until the straps fit snugly around your wrists.
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4.Wrap the ends of the strap around the bar (or bars) holding the weight. Start by going under the bar from back to front, and then wrapping the strap over the top and under again. Some weight trainers prefer to wrap the straps in a figure-8 configuration.
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5. Place your hands over the straps to hold them in place.
If you're uncomfortable, re-wrap the straps.
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6.Roll the bar toward you until the straps are tight and pull on your wrists.
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7.Lift the weight, taking care not to force your wrists to hold the entire weight.
The lifting straps should let your wrists assist you in maintaining your grip on the bar. You can injure your wrists by relying too heavily on them to lift the weight.
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