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    Straps vs No Strap for back lifts

    I normally use straps when I do my back. Today I forgot one of my straps so I did my routine w/o straps. I was fully expecting to do fewer reps do to grip strength. To my surprise, my lifts were much easier today. A whole lot easier in fact. Grip strength was not a problem and my back was feeling really good after the workout. My form was exactly the same, nothing changed except no straps.

    I'm still a little baffled by this. Could it be that my arms were playing more of a part w/o the straps? If this were the case I should have had a good pump in my arms, but I didn't. I'm very tempted to dump the straps. I guess the only way to find out if the straps were hindering me in anyway is to do my next lifts w/o straps and see if I get the same results.

    Anyone ever experience this?
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    I found that the use of gloves actually hurt my grip

    after some thinking I concluded that the difference could be accounted for in the diameter of grip.
    The gloves I was using caused my grip on the same bar to be a bit more open, as if I was using a bar with a larger diameter.
    The more open my grip was the harder it was for me to grasp heavy weights.

    I had this theory backed up in doing pullups
    I have noticed that I fail on grip less frequently when I use a thinner bar.

    So basically my conclusion was that by increasing your "wide/open" grip it also has a great impact on your narrow grip!

    hope that makes sense, its kinda hard to explain
    just my theory

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    I undestand what you are saying geoff. However, when I use straps, grip doesn't becomes an issue. I guess what I' saying is that I can do the same weight much easier w/o straps than with straps, which is what I find confusing.
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    where do you buy straps ??

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    Off topic but I'll help you out.

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    Sorry about the off topic, thank you

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    I usually only use straps for 1RM deadlifts and Heavy shrugs. Otherwise I just use chalk or nothing.

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    Well with deads I don't use at all. I want grip to be in issue during deads since that's part of the lift. With back lifts, I really want to make sure my back doesn't suffer because my grip wears out too early. This wasn't this case today so I'm really confused as to why I can lift more w/o straps than with.
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    i didn't use straps the last back workout and saw little difference , they probably have little effect if your forearms are rested ? i still like them though and just feel like i pull harder and concentrate on the back more , i did get less reps but it didn't seem to be the grip

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    Straps will slip, often making lifts harder. Also, they increase the diameter of what you're gripping, making it harder.
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