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    straps

    I'm going to buy some straps this weekend. I'm looking for recommendations. Anyone have ones they like? Anyone think they're bogus? Anyone think they're useful?

    Years ago, I had those cheap ones that I was happy with. I went to a sports store a few days ago, and the dude was trying to sell me some that had a dowel that he said would help prevent the bar from slipping, and a velcro thing that went around the wrist. I hope some of you know what I mean. Is that useful, or am I good with the cheap ass ones (which I had no complaints with years ago)? Anyone like the fancy ones I described?
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    I don't use em...you become dependant on them and then your forearms aren't worked enuff. Just use alternating grips when you need to.
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    Yeah. I've heard that, and that's what I've believed for a long time, but I kinda wanted to start using them again. Anyone else?

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    I would not recommend using straps. Do some wrist curls and build up your forearms.

    Eat some spinach, do wrist curls and you will get the forearms like pop-eye.

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    If you're going to use them, (And for heavy BB shrugs and the heaviest set of deads, I don't see why you shouldn't... . after all, these are not forearm exercises), just get the plain old "strong fabric with a loop in one end".

    The simpler the better, I use Valeos.
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    Yeah. That's the other argument, Belial. It started feeling like on my deads and shrugs that I could use the straps, 'cause the bar was starting to slip from my fingers.

    Thanks for telling me what you use.

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    use straps for deadlifts. I do deads for my back not forarms. as i do pull up, rows, curls etc that train my forearms. most people forearms get trianed well anyway as carrying the dumbell etc across the gym.
    As you wear straps your back will get to faluire before your forearms do so you deadlift weight will increase quicker, therefore as using more weight your forearms will get more stimulation and grow better as a result.
    BTW straps assist you and its still hard to grip the weight when going really heavy on deads anyway. your forarms get plenty of stimulation when wearing straps.

    if you are a competive powerlifter then the answer may be different. but you can still train with straps if you were anyway.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    i trained my forearms by db calve raises, u basically put as much hold the db for the duration of ur calve exersizes and it works ur forearms really well: now my grip strength can match my DL
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    I use straps for back, mainly on my DB Rows, if you get straps, get the cheapies. No need for top of the line technologically advanced super straps for $50, use the extra $$$ for food or something entertaining like a stripper or something..

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    The way I look at it, if you can use chalk in your gym, that should be all you need. I'm gonna leave it at that because everytime I dis on straps I get 90 bb's pissed off saying they don't want to work their forearms while doing back and some bullshiat like that.


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    Yah, just quit being a pussy and pull the ******* bar.
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    I use straps, and I can pull a very heavy deadlift without them. I use straps on all of my back exercises. Most people should use them. I have a friend with huge hands and amazing forearms who does not use them, he doesn't have to, his friggin forearms and bear claw hands are all he needs. He has these genetically, whether or not he uses straps on his back exercises. He doesn't use them because he does not feel the need to do so. For all non-Popeye types, straps on back exercises are a good idea as alternating one's grip doesn't work well with chins, t-bar rows, bent-over rows etc. For deadlifts, an alternating grip and chalk will usually do the trick, but if you are not a competitive powerlifter, then there is no problem using straps if your grip is still a limiting factor.

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    I got my Popeye forearms just because I don't use straps on those exercises. Grip doesn't ever seem to limit me, either.
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    No, you got your Popeye forearms because you have favorable genetics for them, and trained them. There is no point in limiting the development of much larger muscles merely because your forearms cannot support the heavier poundages.

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    I have small hands, small wrists, small forearms and I'm a skinny biatch.



    That being said I have a stronger grip than most people I know and a lot of people on these forums.


    Heavy lifting w/out straps+ some grip work=ACE for grip strength.
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    So you're saying my forearms would be as strong even if I had used straps? LOL-- I need to show you a picture of my forearms sometime. They're strong, but I have tiny wrists. The mass is all in the extensors/flexors, and a decently sized brachio due to hammer curls and reverse curls. But no genetic wonders by any means.
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    I don't use straps but have no aversion to them. I just don't own any. Deads and shrugs would be better if I had them, that's for sure.

    I know some people that use them for weighted pull-ups. I've seen people use them for heavy lat pull-downs... but I think that's a cop out.
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    No, that isn't what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that if you have large forearms, Popeye forearms, as you self-described, then it is due to good genetics and training. You also said that your forearms are not your limiting factor. That is good. Let me ask you this, do you think that it is in one's best interest to limit their back development if their forearms are a limiting factor? Chances are that if they are a limiting factor, even with training, they will always be a limiting factor. So my question is why limit your back musculature? If one feels the need, one can always perform separate exercises to build the forearms.

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    Exactly Chris. I just think those people should strengthen those other muscles up to the point where they won't need the straps anymore. I just don't think they should use the straps and neglect their grip strength.
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    Ok, if they are a limiting factor I can see it.

    But that doesn't have to be the case. My grip was weak when I first started, but its improved tremendously since I began deading and weighted chins those 2 odd years ago....

    There's never been a point after about 7-8 months of deads where my grip was a limiting factor, and I attribute that specifically to doing those exercises without help.

    Because of that, my grip is not only able to keep up with my deadlift, but can actually exceed it by a good margin.

    Just a PSA about how it can be done if you don't want to be a pussy and a Gym-Bitch (TM).
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    Ok, so we agree, they should be used if they are a limiting factor and the trainee should, at his discretion, train his forearms to try to get them to the point that they are not a limiting factor (although this will not be possible for all trainees).

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    Vin Diesel has a fever.. and the only prescription is more cowbell.

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    I use straps for heavy deads and some back exercises, just depends.

    I bought a pair of 4 dollar straps at Galyans and they have worked fine. Ripping a little, but still work. Lasted about 4 months.

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    Originally posted by chris mason
    I use straps on all of my back exercises.
    Me too. Well, at least on pulldowns, one arm rows and deads[if i do them.]

    I don't my grip giving out if i'm trying to squeeze out one more rep.
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