View Full Version : Blast straps

06-24-2009, 08:33 AM
Just curious how many of you here use them? I have just started using them about a month ago and I love them. There are a ton of exercises you can do with them and they are perfect for assistance work at the end of a routine. I really like them for fat man pullups and push ups. They are great for dynamic warmup.

Three guys from our crew have them, but I only train with them on Friday's. I figured I could use a set at home. I also realized I have hooks in my basement ceiling for bands and I have handles so I really only needed adjustable straps. I bought a pair of adjustable cargo straps from Lowe's for $15 and was good to go.

I have a huge problem with my biceps. Tore one and the other is on its way out so biccep work sucks for me. I had my greatest bicep workout ever yesterday using the straps. They allow me to add or decrease the tension on my biceps based on how much lean I used while performing the exercise. I have tried every variation of weights, bands, and chains to do this without success. My biceps are actually sore today, but not injured.

For those of you who don't use or know about the straps, I'm just throwing this out there as another trick to have in your bag.

06-24-2009, 08:46 AM
I've never heard of them, but would like to know more about them.

06-24-2009, 09:17 AM
I have them and primarily use them for push ups after benching. I was shocked at first at how hard they were. As I got better at them I started adding resistance (a 25lb. plate, a mini band around the upper back). I really feel like they have helped my raw strength off the chest.

Ron C
06-24-2009, 09:49 AM
Love 'em. I have two pairs from EliteFTS. I used the cargo straps at first, but the quality of Elite's is far superior. I didn't think there would be much difference, but there definitely is. I use them for pushups, rows (fat man pullups), rear delt, biceps, triceps. I think the best thing about them is the muscular work without the CNS damage. I second what Vin said about the biceps. Nothing works them like the blast strap. You can vary the weight from rep to rep just by shifting your feet forward or backward.

Ben Moore
06-24-2009, 10:51 AM
We use chains from the top of the rack and d handles, but yes. I like them.

Rob Luyando
06-24-2009, 11:22 AM
What the hell are blast straps Vincent?

06-24-2009, 11:28 AM
I've got a pair. They are quite solid, I wish I had a pair of gymnastic rings to compare the two.

06-24-2009, 12:13 PM
What the hell are blast straps Vincent?

You can get them from a couple of different places or make your own. I use this Elitefts vid because I like seeing Wendler with a little bloat. Search youtube you can find quite a few exercises for them.


06-24-2009, 01:03 PM
We use chains from the top of the rack and d handles, but yes. I like them.


I use the 1/4" attachment chains off my 5/8" chains.

I had some pipe laying around, so I cut 2 pieces about 5" long and just threaded the chain through it. Then use and "S" hook to adjust the length.

Rob Luyando
06-24-2009, 03:28 PM
Bencher8 will oves these they are weird!

06-24-2009, 03:34 PM
I bought a set for the gym a year or so ago and tons of people use them. I also made a set like vinny has first to see if I liked them ( they are in the rack at my house ) My favorite thing to do on them is Austrailan rows and dips. The dips are killer.!!!