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    wrist straps Yes or no

    DO any of you use wrist bands when doing bench presses or any pulling movements , some people love them some people say they cause problems down the road I tried both and I found I could focus the muscle better using them but once I stopped using them my forearms would pump up like a ballon and ruin the workout

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    Yes wrap and strap it up, especially if you are consistently going heavy benching, curling, etc

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    I used to use them for heavy lat pull downs but years ago I stopped using them and figured it would help my grip get stronger. It did and I never went back to using them and I have continued to make gains

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    Jon are you taking about wrist wraps or lifting straps?

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    Use them when you need too. If your grip is limiting how much you can work your back or pull a DL then when you get to that point use your straps. If you need to use wrist wraps for benching or any other movement use them when needed. But don't use them all the time. Let your wrists and grip work under a load but don't let it limit your training.

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    I would only use them if you have to as with any lifting equipment. May as well strengthen your forearms / wrists. If your going for a heavy single where it would be impossible without wraps then they can add value. Kind of like with a belt squatting - may as well strengthen your abs until you reach a weight where it is necessary.

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    I use them on deadlifts but I also prob do too high reps. If I dead too heavy my back says no. After 40 reps my grip isnt there anymore.

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    I see nothing wrong with using them. I use them as I need them,,,especially in some heavy exercises where I may need some additional grip.

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    I use them for deadlifts, shrugs and heavy bent over rows....I use an over hand grip(palms facing me) for all...its hard to focus the mind muscle connection when you know your grip will give out before the muscle you are working dose so that's why I use them...

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    I use them off and on for lat pulldowns, underhand and wide grip. Just really depends on how my forearms are feeling that day.

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    I use bands for bench and curls beacuse of wrist injury never straps.

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    Yes If you want weak forearms

    No, if you want strong as forearms

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    Quote Originally Posted by numbere View Post
    Jon are you taking about wrist wraps or lifting straps?
    wrist wraps I couldn't edited my post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonbana View Post
    wrist wraps I couldn't edited my post
    I only use straps.

    However, I have considered investing in wrist wraps when I run orals.

    Winny and adrol inflame my elbows and wrists.

    If you want to stop using wrist wraps you might be able to train more endurance into your forearms with Captains of Crush grippers.

    COC Grippers

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    I use wrist wraps all the time in any pushing movements like bench and overhead press. I also use wrist straps when I bench. Not to hang onto the bar but the strap is placed under my palm as a cushion. I use straps for all my pulling exercises. I don't have to worry about my grip at all, I just concentrate on pulling for all I'm worth. However, I do separate hand and forearm exercises to maintain my grip strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotchGuard02 View Post
    I use wrist wraps all the time in any pushing movements like bench and overhead press. I also use wrist straps when I bench. Not to hang onto the bar but the strap is placed under my palm as a cushion. I use straps for all my pulling exercises. I don't have to worry about my grip at all, I just concentrate on pulling for all I'm worth. However, I do separate hand and forearm exercises to maintain my grip strength.
    yeah I was using straps and wraps for 6 months stopped for the past three my my forearms swell up now and of course my weight dropped from lose and grip strength

    I was thinking

    Wraps are good for any pushing movement (bench / shoulder press)
    Straps any pulling ( deads / pull downs ) to take your arms out of the equation specially on back

    I think I made the mistake I wore my wraps every work out and for every movement. even arms

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    I use a strap but only on my right hand. I had a severe spinal cord injury ~2 years ago and the grip strength in my right hand is destroyed because of the nerve damage. Only for pulling heavy weight on deadlifts and sometimes rows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleScience View Post
    Yes If you want weak forearms

    No, if you want strong as forearms
    So you let your forearms (grip), a small muscle group,
    dictate how much load (and for how many reps) you train a large muscle group?

    When doing heavy deadlifts,
    I could skip them if only doing a few reps,
    but with higher reps those weights will slip out of hand.

    IMO u use your grip even with straps, so I don't think it makes an difference for the forearms. But isolate the forearms if fearing them to be small.

    And always use wraps when going heavy with enough reps IMO.
    With fewer reps just rely on chalk, very few reps nothing is needed at all.

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    Wait, didn't see this about wraps or straps.

    I never use wraps, but would if my wrists hurt.
    Straps all the way when doing heavy.
    But if I forget my straps i notice I'm not that weak in the grip,
    can very well do the same weight, but for fewer reps.

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    Straps for shredding back and traps, no straps when working on arms unless finishing off forearms on some lifts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonbana View Post
    DO any of you use wrist bands when doing bench presses or any pulling movements , some people love them some people say they cause problems down the road I tried both and I found I could focus the muscle better using them but once I stopped using them my forearms would pump up like a ballon and ruin the workout

    pros and cons ?
    i don't think about It except when I'm doing super heavy dumbell shrugs. But like nach said, i would rather have my grip strength gain to handle the load equally.

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