The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Using straps... for shrugs only.

    I've never used straps before, and was planning on never using straps ever. I think grip strength is cool, and straps would hinder that a bit.

    That was until my gym got these new barbells last week, which are significantly thicker (and possibly 5lbs heavier) than the bars we used to have.

    I happen to have little girl hands, and this has always made shrugs, deads and stuff like that pretty tough for me, but I've always worked through it without resorting to straps.

    Now though, with deads, I'm still okay because I used a mixed grip. But with shrugs, I use an overhand grip, and that bar is slipping out of my hands 4 reps into sets I'd normally get 10 with. It's just impossible for me to do shrugs with this bar.

    So... I'm thinking of getting some straps and using them for nothing but shrugs.

    Thoughts?

    And, out of curiosity, how many of you happen to use straps for shrugs?

    Thanks.

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    I use straps for shrugs and heavy deads, just because I super set those two at the begging of my back workout and I need my grip for bent over BB rows and pullups.
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    If your grip interferes with your progress on a lift, it makes sense to me to use straps. You can work your grip strength independantly and hopefully one day stop using them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanOz View Post
    If your grip interferes with your progress on a lift, it makes sense to me to use straps. You can work your grip strength independantly and hopefully one day stop using them again.
    I agree, but heavy shrugs are a great way to build grip strength, IMO. I know they helped me when my grip was not as strong as it is now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    I agree, but heavy shrugs are a great way to build grip strength, IMO. I know they helped me when my grip was not as strong as it is now.
    You guys are right, but my problem isn't so much grip strength related as it is small hands + new thicker barbells. I literally can barely get my hands wrapped around it. My thumb JUST touches the tip of my pointer finger when grabbing the bar.

    I mean, I can do pull ups with BW+45lbs without any grip problem at all. It's really just shrugs, with an overhand grip, with these barbells.

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    Guess you're using straps then mate.

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    It's looking very likely.

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    I had straps at one point but I lost them. I'm just like you Outshine, small hands, weak grip, shrugs, and deads not so pretty. I'm thinking of getting some straps for really heavy sets. I'll still work my grip independently with bb holds, plate holds etc...

    Guido - In the beginning on your heavy shrugs did you use gloves, or just bare hands? I'd prefer to use bare hands but calluses occur of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al3X View Post
    Guido - In the beginning on your heavy shrugs did you use gloves, or just bare hands? I'd prefer to use bare hands but calluses occur of course.
    Bare hands, my friend. I have calluses but they're not that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outshine View Post
    You guys are right, but my problem isn't so much grip strength related as it is small hands + new thicker barbells. I literally can barely get my hands wrapped around it. My thumb JUST touches the tip of my pointer finger when grabbing the bar.
    I agree with teh others then, just use the straps then for the shrugs.
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    Si Senor. I guess i'll welcome the calluses!

    .. time to search for some straps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al3X View Post
    I had straps at one point but I lost them. I'm just like you Outshine, small hands, weak grip, shrugs, and deads not so pretty. I'm thinking of getting some straps for really heavy sets. I'll still work my grip independently with bb holds, plate holds etc...
    Stupid small hands. Sucks, doesn't it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    I agree with teh others then, just use the straps then for the shrugs.
    Will do. Thanks for the replies everyone.

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