Lifting straps can be confusing to use if you've never worn a pair before.
Not only can they be confusing, it can be easy to wear them incorrectly and not get the most out of them when you're training.
First, its important to discern between the types of lifting straps available for training, some options are lasso lifting straps, figure 8 lifting straps, and olympic lifting straps. While they all serve their purpose and have their benefits, the following guide will explain how to use lasso lifting straps for weightlifting.
The lasso lifting strap is a universal training strap that can be used by beginners through advanced lifters for a wide variety of exercises. Some exercises you can use lasso lifting straps for can include:
In order to put on your lifting straps and use them, you will want to:
1. Slide the end of the strap through the loop.
2. Open your hands with your palms up
3. Slide your hands through the straps such that the end of each strap is aligned in the direction of your thumbs.
Once you've put the lifting straps on, you will want to:
1. Wrap the end of the strap underneath the bar
2. Wrap the excess material around the bar (you can leave excess material hanging after one rotation around the barbell)
3. "Rev" the strap to tighten the the fit to the barbell.
Keep in mind, you will want to ensure you rev the strap to keep your wrist and hand tight to the barbell. Once of the most common errors or issues people have with their straps is that they are loose which don't provide the support and grip you're looking for and can actually hurt your hand/wrist when not worn properly.
After some time and usage you will notice the benefits of isolating your muscles with your straps during pulling exercises, by alleviating the stress and contraction normally placed on your forearms and biceps.
How have lifting straps improved your workouts?
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