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.
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.