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    How many here use gloves, wraps, straps, or a belt?

    Just wondering how many here use any of the following in their training? I do not use either right now. I like calluses (althouhg my wife doesn't), and I don't think I need a belt or straps yet. I can hold 335 on a barbell without it slipping, but I think I will need wrist straps pretty soon to start holding heavier weights.

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    i dont use anything, im all gangster

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    Straps for heavy deads, and a dip belt for weighted dips.
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    gloves

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    Chalk's always nice. Before I had it I was forced to use wrist straps for heavy deadlifting and benching. I've also always used the belt for squats and dead's, but I've lately decided that might be holding back my core development.

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    Don't use anything. About 6 months ago I started doing lifts for my back primarily to prevent future injury. I also started training my grip at the same time, along with my core. I guess I just started training all the parts that i normally neglected, or were my weak points. Back then I could deadlift 300 one time before my grip gave out. Now, I can dl 405 for reps and yesturday I pulled a not-so-difficult 415 without giving my grip a second though. I'm beginning to wonder if I SHOULD use a belt or not though. I don't know much about how those things work, but pulling over 400 lbs off the ground in a bent over position just seems...strenous....to say the least (lol). I haven't had any back injuries or even any indications. I'm just being paranoid here.

    I can say this though: I prioritize form when doing back exercises, and always do grip exercises at the end of each workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VariantInterval
    Don't use anything. About 6 months ago I started doing lifts for my back primarily to prevent future injury. I also started training my grip at the same time, along with my core. I guess I just started training all the parts that i normally neglected, or were my weak points. Back then I could deadlift 300 one time before my grip gave out. Now, I can dl 405 for reps and yesturday I pulled a not-so-difficult 415 without giving my grip a second though. I'm beginning to wonder if I SHOULD use a belt or not though. I don't know much about how those things work, but pulling over 400 lbs off the ground in a bent over position just seems...strenous....to say the least (lol). I haven't had any back injuries or even any indications. I'm just being paranoid here.

    I can say this though: I prioritize form when doing back exercises, and always do grip exercises at the end of each workout.
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    Have to use gloves now, but just for chins, DL, and rackpulls. Weights getting too heavy and my calaces aren't large enough.
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    ^ how long does it take you to get calluses? It took me about 2 lifting sessions, with a day of rest between each. I've seen people talk about building up calluses, but how long does it generally take someone?

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    i use gloves....keeps my hands nice and soft

    also use straps....my grip strength sucks....i had to use it today to deadlift 225 for my 5x5

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    i use absolutely nothing
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    today when i was working out my spotter was like why the hell you using gloves for .. he was like it will ruin your grip strength . and i was like so the hell what and he kept crabbing . so he'd rather have me rip the shat out of my hands . do gloves really make a diffrence in grip that much ???
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    I'm pretty raw atm
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    straps for heavy DL
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    Quote Originally Posted by getfit
    i use absolutely nothing
    getfit is tougher than most men here, but I guess most of us knew that already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VariantInterval
    ^ how long does it take you to get calluses? It took me about 2 lifting sessions, with a day of rest between each. I've seen people talk about building up calluses, but how long does it generally take someone?
    I'm not sure. I have some pretty thick callauses but it still is painful (not good pain, like that sharp bone pain) when I lift heavy.
    "it's you against you, it's the paradox that drives us all"

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    Belt for heavy sets, only to make sure my core is protected. I can lift the same amounts raw without question. I could close the strongest grippers out of any packs, I'm sure they have all been weak though.

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    I use gloves.

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    i use straps for deads over 365, i can hold the 365, for shrugs 315 and over. nothing else, i hate belts and feel crappy with one on, i am pretty sure my body can handle anything i do as i havent pulled a muscle since i started lifting, although i get doms often
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    Belt - when going heavy (for me, usually above 315).

    Straps - once in a great while.

    Wraps - when I'm getting ready for a meet.

    Gloves - never.
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    Chalk always.
    Straps for heavy shrugs only.
    Belt is rare. (I don't even use it in competition).
    Gloves when I'm working the heavy bag

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    If I go above 325 on bench (board presses and lockouts and such) I'll use wrist wraps. Chalk I use for deads but I never use straps. If im going heavy on squats i'll usually use a belt if its available. Gloves... no thank you.
    Last edited by KevinStarke; 04-18-2006 at 07:34 AM.

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    I wear gloves, because my barbell is always so damn cold!! lol. (weights in the garage and no heater). I dont use wrist straps and dont use my belt anymore.

    Why would i want to use wrist straps? Is that to just cheat pull more weight? Or does it actually help by focusing more on the bakc than hand grip?
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    chalk for everything, dip belt for heavy sets of dips.

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