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Lifting Straps

The best lifting straps for your heaviest pulling movements are found right here at Gymreapers. Whether you’re into powerlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, or Olympic lifting we get you supported. Lifting straps provide incredible grip stability and control when performing pulling movements like deadlifts, rows, and shrugs.

If you consistently work out or are a bodybuilder, you’ve seen people at the gym rely on these lifting straps to give them the added support to push themselves and reach their goals. For Crossfitters, lifting grips provide support without constricting wrists for a strong grip on deadlifts and WODs. Gymreapers offers premium lifting straps in a variety of color options.

What are Lifting Straps? 

Lasso lifting straps are the most common type of lifting strap and are sometimes referred to as wrist straps. They can be confusing to use, especially if you've never worn them before. Not only can lifting straps be confusing even with experienced lifters, but they can also be worn incorrectly. This causes you to not get the intended benefits of wearing them in the first place. 

Lasso lifting straps are made from heavy-duty cotton, nylon, or leather. Lifting straps have a variety of uses. The most common use for lifting straps is for heavy-duty liftings like deadlifts or other pulling exercises that work your traps such as lat pulldowns and rows. The straps are designed to provide you with better grip control and lessen the demands of the grip to allows you to focus on other aspects of a lift. 

What are BFR Bands? 

Blood flow restriction training (also called occlusion training) is a method where you restrict blood flow to a certain part of the body and then train it. BFR Bands are made from a thick elastic fabric in combination with a heavy-duty pushdown buckle for quick and easy fastening when training arms or legs. BFR bands work particularly well for bicep curls, tricep pushdowns, leg extensions, and hamstring curls. With upper limb exercises, you’ll wrap the BFR band just below your deltoid. Whereas with lower limb exercises (squats, leg extensions, etc.) you’ll be wrapping the BFR band on your upper thigh.

What are Figure 8 Straps? 

Figure 8 lifting straps are, unsurprisingly, shaped like the number 8 — hence the name Figure 8. Figure 8 strap design provides a secure grip by tethering your wrists on one side and looping the other side under and around the barbell. So even if you relax your grip, you’ll still be attached to the bar by the sturdy straps. For this reason, Figure 8 lifting straps are a great option for grip-taxing lifts like heavy deadlifts and shrugs. However, since you’ll be firmly secured to the bar through the strap design, Figure 8 straps aren’t suggested for power movements or when weight dumping is needed.

What are Lifting Grips? 

Lifting grips are a powerful piece of equipment because they serve multiple purposes. Weightlifting grips work like traditional lifting straps by offering wrist support, while also providing palm protection. The design features a durable grip material (leather or rubber) that can be worn flat against the palm or tucked around the bar like a hook. 

Weightlifting grips (sometimes called CrossFit hand grips) are most commonly used by CrossFit athletes during WODs. Lifting grips are gaining popularity in other functions due to their supportive grip while lifting or using a pull-up bar. The benefits of using lifting grips include improved muscle definition with exercises like rows, pull-ups, deadlifts, shrugs, and more. Lifting grips are also common in gymnastics because they help with bar grip control. 

What are the Olympic Lifting Straps? 

The Olympic weightlifting straps (sometimes called a closed-loop strap because of their teardrop shape) are almost a complete opposite of the Figure 8 straps. They provide the least amount of grip support between the different types of straps, but their design makes it easy to ditch the bar when needed. This makes Olympic straps popular for Olympic weightlifting. 

Although these straps may help with Olympic lifts, it doesn't mean you can't also use them for deadlifts, rows, or anything else because they still provide ample help with the grip. Plus, they have the advantage of a quick setup so you’re not interrupting the flow of your setup too much.

What to look for in BFR Bands?

Just like most weightlifting gear and accessories, there are several options of BFR (occlusion bands) on the market. However, Gymreapers offers a full set (a four-pack) of high-quality BFR bands. There are a number of design features that will make your occlusion training easier and more effective.

Some of the cool features that our Gymreapers occlusion bands include are a quick fastening option and easy to read numbered measurements. Our bands are made from durable elastic material to make training comfortable and impactful. If you’ve been wanting to try BFR training, pick up a pair of our BFR bands today!

What to look for in Figure 8 Straps? 

You want tough and durable straps you can count on. Whatever your goal, when you're training and needing a stronger grip around the barbell, Gymreapers heavy-duty cotton straps are the most durable strongman and powerlifting Figure 8 straps on the market today. 

What to look for in Lifting Grips? 

Look for a grip portion of the lifting straps to be made from either leather or rubber material and is designed to fit around the size of your palm. The strap portion should feature a padding material such as heavy-duty nylon, with a velcro loop. Gymreapers lifting grips are designed to feature a layer of neoprene padding so your wrist won’t experience tugging or tensions. 

Be warned, leather and rubber simply aren’t as absorbent as cotton or nylon material, so moisture is more noticeable on your palms. However, it’s easy to wipe away the excess moisture without worrying about damaging them. Gymreapers grip material portion is reinforced with double stitching, which allows the lifting grips to hold their shape over time and remain flexible. 

What to look for in Olympic lifting straps? 

The Gymreapers Olympic lifting straps improve grip strength and fit. Our Olympic lifting straps are powerful lifting straps that are made from high-quality cotton with reinforced stitching. We’ve tested and formulated the toughest and most durable materials to form our thick, heavy-duty Olympic Lifting Straps for cleans and snatches. The teardrop-shaped strap design, with reinforced triple stitching along the seams, allows you to secure a strong, firm grip around the barbell.

Why invest in lifting straps? 

Gymreapes lifting straps are built for enhanced safety, stabilization, and comfort. Our lifting straps are crucial to getting the most out of any pulling strength training routine. Gymreapers BFR bands are a fantastic tool to improve muscle hypertrophy and definition. 

Which lifting straps are right for you? You can choose from traditional lasso straps, BFR bands, Figure 8 straps, lifting grips, and Olympic straps to support every workout and propel the amount of weight you can safely move. Whether you’re into CrossFit, powerlifting, strength training, bodybuilding, or just need more support in weightlifting, there is a lifting strap set for you.

Why invest in BFR bands? 

Why not just train harder with heavier weights instead of BFR bands you might ask? Lifting heavy things can certainly be safe and effective. But even when done properly, lifting heavy dumbbells and barbells will always yield more inherent risk and stress on the joints than lifting lighter weight. Using a light load to achieve the same training effect as a heavy load means you can reduce stress on the joints without sacrificing muscle gains. 

Taking a break from the heavyweights will not only give cranky joints time to recover without slowing you down but may also be helpful in rehabbing the joint. Using the BFR bands in training is especially practical when it comes to the elbow and knee based movements. Lots of heavy arm work and leg work can really piss off the joints. So even if you don’t have cranky joints yet, adding in BFR to your arm training will make your tendons work safer in the long run. 

Lifting Straps FAQ

Q: Should I use lifting straps for lifting? 

A: Depending on your type of training and your fitness goals, adding lasso lifting straps to your routine can give you better grip and control while reducing the stress of heavy deadlifts and pulls. 


Q: Why should I use lifting straps? 

A: If you’re looking for strength and size, then consider owning a pair of wrist straps. Using lifting straps allows you to exhaust the targeted muscle(s) without losing your grip. 


Q: When should I use lifting straps? 

A: For powerlifting, bodybuilding, and recreational lifting, lasso lifting straps are the way to go. They can be helpful with movements like shrugs, rows, deadlifts, rack pulls, snatch, and more. 


Q: When shouldn’t I use lifting straps? 

A: Lifting straps of any kind shouldn’t be used as a crutch for a weak grip. Only use lifting straps for strategic movements when you truly need the extra grip support (typically during heaviest one max rep sets). 


Q: What are the best lifting straps? 

A: For comfort and durability, thick cotton material with neoprene padding around the wrist is what makes an optimal lifting strap. Leather or nylon material can be tougher on the wrists and cause excessive sweating during lifting. 


Q: How do I secure lifting straps? 

A: Lasso lifting straps aren’t complex. Simply slide one end of the long strap through the loop opening and make a circle. Slide the loop over your wrists and tighten the straps, then repeat on the other side. 


Q: How do I use lifting straps? 

A: Once you've put the lifting straps around your wrists, you’re ready to start using them. We've made thisquick video that shows you how to firmly secure your lifting straps to the barbell. 

BFR Bands FAQ

Q: What do BFR bands do? 

A: BFR bands are popular because they reduce oxygen supply to the muscles impacting the slow-twitch fibers response rate while increasing the response rate of fast-twitch muscles. This combination (via BFR bands) results in faster lean muscle growth.


Q: What is BFR training? 

A:  BFR training (or occlusion training) is a method where you restrict blood flow to a certain part of the body and then train it. 


Q: Does BFR training increase strength? 

A: Some studieshave shown that blood flow restriction (BFR) training can increase changes in muscle mass and strength. In addition, the results indicate BFR training is effective at increasing the muscle area in older men. 


Q: How tight should BFR bands be? 

A: You want the tightness to be about a 7 out of 10 on the adjustment indicator. The idea is to occlude the veins, but not the arteries, so you definitely don’t want to have the straps too tight.


Q: How do you use BFR bands? 

A: BFR bands are easy to use and adjust to your arms and leg size. Check outthisquick video that teaches you how to use them. 


Q: What can I use for BFR training? 

A: Although any tourniquet will work, we recommend using Gymreapers BFR bands due to their ease of use, adjustment buckle, and numbered adjustment levels. 


Q: Where can I buy BFR bands? 

A: Many brands make various BFR bands but most don’t last or are made from cheap material. You can purchase BFR bands right here on Gymreapers.com. 

Figure 8 Straps FAQ

Q: How do you use Figure 8 lifting straps? 

A: Shaped like the number 8, you will loop your hands through the top of the “8” opening, which leaves the other part of the loop dangling. You’ll then feed the open part of the loop under the bar and grab the inside of the strap to complete the loop closure around the bar. 


Q: Should I use Figure 8 straps? 

A: Use Figure 8 straps if you don’t need to ditch the bar at any point. These straps are great for weightlifting and powerlifting. 


Q: What do I use Figure 8 straps for? 

A: They’re most popular with powerlifting — think super heavy deadlifts and shrugs. 


Lifting Grips FAQ

Q: Why use lifting grips? 

A: You’ll save time by not wrapping excess material around the bar and experience less stopping and adjustment time. They also hold their shape really well and last a long time. 


Q: How do I find the right size of lifting grips? 

A: The only sizing criteria you should worry about here is the material around the wrist. The grip pad is relatively a standard size. 


Q: How do you wear lifting grips? 

A: For pulling (and lifting) movements, you’ll want to curve the grip portion into your palm as it wraps around the bar. For pushing motion, the grip pad should lay snug against your palm so you can benefit from the extra grip support. 


Q: Why choose grips over lifting straps? 

A: The main difference when using lifting grips is that grip doesn’t start to fail as quickly, giving you a tight and secure feel until the very last rep. 

Olympic Lifting Straps FAQ

Q: How do you use Olympic straps? 

A: Similar to lasso straps, you simply loop the material around your wrists and then loop it around the bar for a secure fit.


Q: Who should use Olympic straps? 

A: Anyone who wants a better way to move more weight on moves like the clean and jerk, snatch, and any weightlifting athlete or competitor that needs to dump overhead weight quickly. 


Q: Where can I buy Olympic straps? 

A: Gymreapers makes premium cotton Olympic straps, with reinforced stitching and multiple colorways. 

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