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2009/07/22 21:33:44 (permalink)


Is there use something I should try and avoid? There are a couple of exercises (Shrugs, side raises and hammers) where I feel my grip struggles and it would be an help to use them. The weights at my gym have either little or no grip to them. I have tried using chalk which does help but thought straps would be worth a try.

If they are worth a go are there any good ones or are they all about the same?


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    Re:Straps 2009/07/22 21:38:01 (permalink)
    They have their place but don't get too reliant on them, heavy shrugs at the end of a session is fair enough (according to some ). TBH your grip should not be an issue on side raises and hammers tho.

    I am a bit of a strap snob tho and avoid them as much as I can.

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    Re:Straps 2009/07/23 00:23:02 (permalink)
    i think chalk works beter than straps personally
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    Re:Straps 2009/07/23 09:12:41 (permalink)
    Straps will aid you grip a hell of a lot more that chalk lol

    As DV says, use em if you have to, but be prudent with them. I use them to dumbbell row, shrug, and sometimes for rack pulls.

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    Re:Straps 2009/07/23 12:42:53 (permalink)
    Thanks for the advice guys, think I will get some and have them in my gym back just as a back up. I do think the problem is the weights themselves as they have no grip to them what so ever. Guess I should just man up, slap a load of chalk on and get on with it!
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    Re:Straps 2009/07/23 12:50:46 (permalink)
    Depends on your goals mate.

    If you are just looking to build muscle and don't really care about your grip then straps are your best friend.

    If you're more strength inclined that only use straps whe  you're really struggling at the end of a session. 

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