Wrist Wraps for Weightlifting

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Wrist wraps are intended to enhance your grip around a barbell, dumbbell or resistance cable machine. The wraps force you to concentrate on target muscle groups when exercising by securing your wrist to a weight. Wrist wraps can also lessen the stress and fatigue your wrists and hands experience during a weightlifting session.

Wrist Wraps

Wrist wraps are a basic and effective weightlifting accessory. The straps are manufactured with durable fabrics like nylon, cotton, leather and suede, according to Weightliftingbelts.com. The lifting aid is designed with a loop and long strap that are sewn together at opposite ends; or sometimes with Velcro closures.

How to Wear

To wear weightlifting straps, first place you hand through the loop and allow the strap to hang between your thumb and index finger. Subsequently, firmly bind the strap around your wrist and entirely enfold the strap around a bar twice. Lastly, again secure the wrist wrap by passing the strap through the loop.

Wrist Wraps Benefits

Wrist wraps can enable you to train more frequently with heavier weights and more repetitions. Often when performing an exercise your grip becomes weakened during a set. When your grasp on a weight is compromised, you are forced to prematurely conclude the set because you are no longer capable of supporting the weight. Wearing wrist wraps requires you to concentrate on training the muscles you are targeting, rather than ones you are not. By focusing on a specific muscle without limitations, you may gain strength and muscle size. Without managing to exhaust target muscles during training, you are not inspiring muscle growth.

Wrist Wraps Disadvantages

WeightLiftingBelts.com recommends primarily wearing wrist wraps only when lifting heavy weights. If you constantly wear straps, you can stunt the development of the muscles in your forearms. A disproportionate build is unsightly and it can increase the likelihood you will suffer joint pain, muscle tears or other injuries. Not allowing the forearms and the grip to strengthen may have an impact on overall lifting strength, even for lighter weights.

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