I know this has been done before, but I figure what the heck I'll ask again and give my opinion.
So last night I did deads, and for the first time ever I used straps. I usually do deads 5x5 of 315. So last night I used straps and was able to bump up my weight 350 - 365. It was so much easier, and my back is tired, not sore, but much more tired than normal. So I'm going to have to say that using straps really helps. I know the argument is you don't get a good forearm workout if you use straps, but I work my forearms directly so it shouldn't matter.
I was just wondering if this is how others on this bored feel as well.
If you are a bodybuilder then I don't see straps as being a problem. Its when you are a competitive powerlifter that its a big no-no.
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I'm a big fan of using straps
but IMO for the sake of 35-50 lbs I would lay off the straps as you are allready lifting heavy without them
if it's the difference of 100lbs then yes
I don't think you really can't build a grip the same way by training forearms
it doesn't hit my fingers the same way as deads
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You increased weight by 50lbs in one go, that is not a smart move, 50lbs is a big differnce to your tendons/ligaments.
I agree with both these guys.
When im deadlifting, I started using straps for my lighter sets, saving my grip for the heavier sets. This way I can pull more (for my hammies and back) but I also am holding more naturally (for my grip). You might wanna try it, if you care about your grip at all, because as holto said, forearm doesnt = finger grip.
Oh, and if you did want a finger grip excercise... You know those one gallon watter bottles, that have a little strap on them at the top? Or i guess a regular gallon bottle would work. You can do finger curls or static finger holds with those. *OUCH* for realz....
I totally agree with you, but I moved up slowly to see what I could do. I didn't just jump in at 350, I bumped it up slowly...5LBS at a time...and 350 wasn't to much of a strain. So I think I'll be alright, but thanks for the warning.
I use straps only on back day. I could probably do most of my lifts w/o straps on that day, but I really don't want my grip to limit my sets for back. Any other exercises or lifts which require me to grip (walking lunges, dead lifts, Barbell shrugs, close grip chins, RDL) I don't use straps. With deads, I really couldn't decided whether to use straps or not. When I found out that alternating hand grip really helped, I decided not to use them. Also, I consider the DL as a whole body lift. Using straps kinda defeats that purpose for me. Yes it's just forearms, but I think it makes a difference. My grip has improved dramatically ever since I started doing deads w/o straps.
The ironic thing about deads for me is that I usually crap out not because of my grip, but my back.
I use straps for heavy deads and for shrugs.
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I use them for rowing and deads. I find that they really let me concentrate on squeezing my back while rowing, instead of worrying about my grip the whole time.
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