Instantly Increase Your Strength On Every
Do you want a quick, simple and instant way to
increase the amount of weight you can lift on
virtually every back exercise you perform? Sound
too good to be true? I speak the truth, my friend,
and the reality is that if you aren't utilizing
this basic piece of gym equipment you're missing
out on some serious muscle size and strength gains.
What tool am I talking about?A pair of lifting
straps!This is such a basic and highly effective
piece of equipment yet so many people neglect
to use them. For those of you who are unaware,
these are basically a set of thick straps made
of extremely strong material that are placed around
your wrists and then wrapped around the barbell,
dumbbell or cable attachment.
The purpose of lifting straps is to "eliminate"
your grip from the equation by forming a secure
connection between your wrist and the weight.
If you use these straps properly you can basically
hold onto the bar and perform your exercises while
expending almost no energy from your forearms.Why
is this so valuable?Picture this scenario.You're
performing a set of deadlifts (arguably the most
powerful muscle-building exercise known to man)
with the goal of performing 8 reps. You psych
yourself up, grip the weight and clear the bar
from the ground.
The set is going well, but by
the time you reach rep number 5, the strain on
your grip is so great that you can no longer hold
onto the bar. You're forced to stop the set because
your forearms reached muscular failure.What exactly
happened here?Well, you gave yourself an amazing
forearm workout! Congratulations! Unfortunately
you severely limited the amount of muscle stimulation
you could achieve on your back, shoulders, legs,
and just about every other muscle in your body
that the deadlift targets in the process.
This is not a good thing!Lifting straps completely
eliminate this problem by making sure that you
reach muscular failure in the major muscle groups
that you are intending to target rather than on
your forearms and grip. They can be used effectively
for almost every back exercise or any other lift
where the grip is of concern.The main argument
against lifting straps is the idea that they are
a "crutch" and will negatively affect the development
of grip strength and forearm size. Let's get real
here. What would you prefer, greater muscle mass
and strength in your lats and upper back (and
just about every other muscle group on your body)
or greater ability to crack open a jar of pickles?
Take your pick.
The positive effect that lifting straps will
have on your overall muscle mass and strength
gains will far outweigh any negative effect that
they have on your forearms and grip. Besides,
you can easily incorporate specific forearm movements
into your routine to develop your grip strength
and forearm size. If you aren't using lifting
straps already, get on it! You can find them at
almost any store that sells sports or fitness
equipment or you can order them online. They sell
for about 10 or 15 bucks and are well worth the