A gym bag essential, often overlooked yet highly effective is the deadlift straps. Deadlift straps are often criticized for negatively affecting grip strength on the deadlift, yet when used for other exercises, they can help improve the deadlift in many ways.


Lifting straps are generally recommended to be used for accessory movements rather than the competition lift. Due to principles of specificity it would be counterproductive to do this. If you are a powerlfiter it would be best to train with chalk rather than straps because lifting straps are not allowed in competition. Deadlift straps are commonly used on barbell stiff leg deadlifts, rack pulls, block pulls, shrugs, and any back exercises where a pulling motion is involved. Now I’ve used some shitty lifting straps in the past and admittedly, there are a lot poor quality straps out there, but the good brands really stand out. Deadlift straps are very important for overloading your muscles when training for volume. They can also be useful to continuing training after your forearms have fatigued.

Personally, I use lifting straps in my training. I think the benefits far out weigh the risk of possibly losing grip strength. My favorite advantage that lifting straps offer is the ability to train at heavy weights after my forearm muscles have fatigued. In order to grow big and strong, training with heavy weights is a must. In the sport of powerlifting, grip strength is important for a 1RM competition deadlift. It is not very functional to practice wrist muscular endurance that accompanies most volume training. Therefore in my opinion, the beneficial sides to lifting straps outweigh the risks.


Harbinger Lifting Straps
The deadlift straps that I choose to use in my training are the Harbinger brand. I have had these wrist wraps for almost 3 years now and they have proven to be a good quality product. I use them consistently every week over the 3 year span, and they are still in like new condition. The material has not even began to rip or tear. I have used other brands of lifting straps and they have ripped or tore on me while in use that same day. The quality of the material is definitely my favorite aspect of the Harbinger brand’s lifting straps.


Another high quality brand that I have used in my past is the Schiek brand. The Schiek brand is an effective wrist strap because the thickness of the material is ideal in my opinion. I also love the length of strap because it doesn’t take very long to wrap them around the bar. There is a perfect balance between length and strength of the product. The Schiek lifting straps will be a great choice if comfort and strenght of the wrap is your primary goal.


If you are wanting to get bigger and stronger, lifting straps should be one of your tools. Lifting straps can help you lift more weight, overloading the muscles which leads to more gains. Lifting straps are beneficial for beginners as well as veteran lifters. Lifting straps are an affordable and effective way to enhance your workouts in the gym.

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15 comments on “Deadlift Straps
  1. Jakebacon10 says:

    Cool website but a little boring. Try to spice things up a little but with some color. It is very easy to see what you are trying to trying to sell. I can easily see you are trying to sell lifting gear. Overall good website and the best of luck to you.

  2. Magda says:

    I am new to heavy lifting and in process of building my own gym (part of New Year’s resolution). A friend of mine recommended lifting straps. I started researching them online and landed on your website. What should I look for before buying a set for myself? Do I need more than one pair? Any more tips for beginner? Thanks!

    • Lucas Maki says:

      Hi Magda,

      You will only need one pair of lifting straps. They should be high quality and also comfortable. The neoprene padding will help protect your wrists when lifting heavy, so this is definitely a plus. Either of the brands we recommend will be a good quality lifting strap! Good luck.


  3. Hayden says:

    lifting straps are really helpful. Personally I don’t like having huge forearms. so I tend to use straps whenever I do deadlift, and I don’t have strong grip so they help me quite a lot. yea thanks for your post and the information you have provided above 🙂
    p.s. I need a new pair of straps

  4. Maria says:

    That first strap looks good – I didn’t even think of this when I was lifting weights but I was getting scuffs and burns on my wrists and little callouses too. I think these look like a smart investment when you are trying to lift heavier weights and are already fatigued. Thank you for the information and the recommendations. I will check them out.

    • Lucas Maki says:


      In my opinion they are most definitely worth the investment! I hope you find what you are looking for here.


  5. Rawl says:

    Hello. I’m not a weight lifter but I enjoy reading information on all subjects because I gain knowledge that I might be able to use.

    I understand what a lifting strap is and what it’s used for. I also understand that it can’t be used in competitions so a lifter must get used to using chalk. What I’m unclear of is whether or not the strap gives the lifter an advantage.

    Does it make it easier to life?

  6. Kaz says:

    I’ve left a comment on your main page where it’s got the image of the Harbinger and Schiek products on it as well as on the socks page. You’ve got awesome content and I really like your form pages and images. My comments were with respect to having reviews of weight lifting shoes and tutorial videos/images of how to put on the weight lifting strap. Its just that I didn’t know how to put them on when i started going to the gym and had to ask a trainer. What are your thoughts?
    Keep up the good work!
    Kind Regards,

  7. Kaz Baker says:

    Light weight baby!! Sorry you’ve probably heard that quote too many times… You’ve got great content and it certainly flows as well. Reckon you could put up some images or maybe even a video to show newbies how to use these straps? Keep up the great work! Cheers,

  8. Armand707 says:

    Hi Lucas. I like your review regarding the Deadlift Straps. I used to lift weights in the past, though not regularly. I didn’t know that the straps would aid in lifting heavy objects easier. I used to recall being so sore the next day after lifting weights and was wondering if you can tell me if these straps would limit that soreness.

    All in all, you have a good website. Keep up the good work.


    • Eric Radcliffe says:

      Lifting straps won’t make you any less sore. Ways to limit soreness would be optimize your recover and increase your frequency.

  9. Cyril says:

    When I am really getting into a training and trying to put myself on the best state, I love using a straps. Beside of deadlifting, I would like to use straps for my one-arm dumbbell roll. This could also help me to pull off few pounds more. Where can I buy a best strap? I would like to change a new one now.

    • Eric Radcliffe says:

      If you click the picture it will take you to the page where you can purchase the straps. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment

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