View Full Version : lifting straps or gloves?

08-20-2002, 02:08 PM
I have the professional gloves I bought for 30 bucks by Harbinger that have a strap around the wrist.

Should I get a set of lifting straps instead ?? The gloves seem to hurt my fingers a LOT whenever lifting a bar standing up (weight stress is on the fingers, and that's exactly where the leather for the glove ends.. hurts like a bitch at 200+lb.).

08-20-2002, 02:16 PM
You use gloves? For the love of God why?

08-20-2002, 02:20 PM
prevent my wrists for getting f-ed up ? give me stronger grip ?

i seem to have better results when using gloves....

08-20-2002, 02:20 PM
unless you need your hands pretty or protected for some reason, lose the gloves and skip the straps

your forearms will thank you for it, and calluses are cool. Kinda like Dead Treads and the little red mark you get at the base of your neck when you do heavy BTN military presses. :)

08-20-2002, 02:22 PM
shoot.. there's 30 bucks wasted.

08-20-2002, 02:32 PM
maybe you can return them and exchange for a dip belt

08-20-2002, 02:46 PM
Gloves, lmao!

08-20-2002, 02:53 PM

what's so bad about gloves ?????

08-20-2002, 03:02 PM
There's nothing wrong with gloves. They're fine for any athlete. Hey, gloves are fine by me.

08-20-2002, 03:03 PM

08-20-2002, 03:09 PM

speak before i chop yer head off

08-20-2002, 03:11 PM
read between the lines, mate.

08-20-2002, 03:14 PM
Ok we got the gay part established..

am i the only one to feel good when my wrists are strapped tight in those gloves? i could swear that the feeling adds 10lb to my bench :confused:

08-20-2002, 03:16 PM
Wrist wraps ain't bad, they do improve stability in presses. But gloves.... Use chalk if you want grip. And if you want to keep your hands pretty, use lotion and a pumice stone.

08-20-2002, 03:18 PM
look dude, all kidding aside, if you feel like the gloves help you, then go nuts. Wear 'em. Some people will mock you and make insinuations about your masculinity, but forget them. It's just cool that you're lifting, regardless of whether you wear gloves or a belt, or use straps, or wear spandex boots or WHATEVER.

Bottom line: You said they were hurting your fingers on heavy lifts.

My recommendation: Don't wear them for heavy lifts.

Should you get straps for 200+ heavy lifts? (I'm assuming you mean things like deadlifts, etc?) I'd say no. Lift raw if you can and your forearms/grip will improve.

08-20-2002, 03:20 PM
ah I c.. I think I'll just keep the gloves for benchpress, and use raw hands until I get to the insane weights...

08-20-2002, 03:23 PM
I've been using wrist straps on pressing movements (bench press, shoulder press, militaries) for a few weeks because my wrists were hurting on these movements and they helped a lot, but I don't use them for anything else. What probably helped too was going to a low volume routine and doing all the presses in the same day.

If you feel like you need them then use them, and don't pay much attention to what everybody else think.

08-20-2002, 03:25 PM
a lot of people have bad form on presses, allowing their wrists to flop back and essentially letting the weight bend their wrist back.

This is bad.

you want to keep your wrist pretty straight and let the angle of force be down along your forearm rather than behind it -- this may help ease the pain in some cases