Should You Lift With Straps?Shem
Size and strength gains
- What is your target muscle of the exercise?
- Which muscle fatigues first?
If the answer to those two questions is not the same muscle then “HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!” Certainly as your back gets stronger and your legs get stronger your forearms will get stronger as well. However, those who feel straps are cheating are failing to realize that the forearms, being a smaller muscle group, will never be as strong as your back or legs. When you get to heavier sets you will often find that your grip begins to fail before your target muscle.
Straps will alleviate this issue. Lifting straps will allow you to fatigue the target muscle without worrying about your grip failing first. If you can get an extra 2 or 3 reps beyond what your failing grip would allow then you now have a huge advantage to building more muscle and realizing your size and strength gains.
Yes, we do understand that putting a pair of straps on means you are not going to be taxing the forearms as much on those lifts. But, here is a crazy idea… If you are training back or legs why would you be doing heavy sets where the goal is to fatigue your forearms first? TRAIN YOUR FOREARMS SEPARATE FROM YOUR BACK. Dedicate specific exercises for your forearms if you would like to improve your grip strength and use straps for your heavy back and leg pulling movements so you can focus on fatiguing your target muscle.
Forearm Safety/Preventing Lifters Elbow
Mind Muscle Connection
3 HUGE Benefits To Using Straps When You Lift
- Size and Strength Gains
- Forearms Safety/Preventing Lifters Elbow
- Mind Muscle Connection