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    Why use wrist straps for pullups?

    What do they do actually? Should you avoid using straps whenever possible?
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    it helps you not to lose your grip.

    If your grip is weak the straps help.
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    Originally Posted by Mindi911 View Post
    it helps you not to lose your grip.

    If your grip is weak the straps help.
    I thought that they were for walking around and looking all bad a$$ in the gym?

    Also if you have trouble with focusing on the particular muscle group, they can help here since less efort and focus is placed on the forearm and other grip muscles.
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    I thought that they were for walking around and looking all bad a$$ in the gym?
    Doh I knew I was missing something.
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    Uses your forearms less.
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    Originally Posted by Mindi911 View Post
    Doh I knew I was missing something.
    Forgot about this too

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    Well for weighted pullups it can get heavy.... if you dont have chalks its even worse.
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    Originally Posted by greenleaf View Post

    What do they do actually?
    Help you grip onto things.

    Originally Posted by greenleaf View Post

    Should you avoid using straps whenever possible?
    Yes.
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    i use straps on weighted sets , because i always use a thumbless grip to help focus on back muscles more than grip/arms...
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    I thought that they were for walking around and looking all bad a$$ in the gym?

    hahaha. I love laughing at "ROCKY" our gym when he uses straps on the chin bar. Straps are for jet ski's.
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    Originally Posted by ozbilda View Post
    i use straps on weighted sets , because i always use a thumbless grip to help focus on back muscles more than grip/arms...
    Truth. People who bitch that you are denying yourself have no idea what is going on.

    If your worried about grip, set a specific day for it. No reason that your back workout should suffer because you have the forearms of a 12 yr old.
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    For pull ups they should not be used...thats weak...lol the only thing I ever use them for are heavy dl's and front squats...
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    Originally Posted by BigKrabbe View Post
    For pull ups they should not be used...thats weak...lol the only thing I ever use them for are heavy dl's and front squats...
    I think using straps for deadlift is weak. Everything is relative, if using straps for deads or pullups gets you the workout you want then use them and **** what everybody else says.
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    Over time I've noticed that those who use a lot of machines have weak grips. They are not accustomed to grabbing something with a death grip. During presses and pulls you should be gripping hard enough to build popeye forearms (forget about thumbless grips--thats for the advanced). Even on push ups, your fingers should be attempting to tear into the ground.

    Train your grip now as your working out and you may not need straps later.
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    most don't liking using straps because it makes it harder to strengthen your grip.
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    Bodybuilders have no need to avoid using straps.
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    straps are for pussys that can't handle it and you will be made fun of thats why i use straps in my basement and not in public where peoples can make fun of me and laugh at me
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    Forgot about this too

    "Enormous Increases In Maximum Power And Reps During Your Workouts!"
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    Oooohhhhh must buy super fantastic 'me gonna pick up 100lbs more' strapzors


    Seriously though I see no issue with using straps at all...

    LMAO at all these e-tough guys!!!

    I saw a dude down my gym the other day using straps on his pull up's, no one laughed, no one thought it was weird.
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    I use straps all the time, and no one thinks I'm weird. I use them on pullups, deadlifts, and some other things too.

    Straps are fine, and it's not like you get no grip work either, it just helps get the last few reps in where your grip would otherwise fail.
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    Originally Posted by Marion_Cobretti View Post
    straps are for pussys that can't handle it and you will be made fun of thats why i use straps in my basement and not in public where peoples can make fun of me and laugh at me
    If you're lifting heavy with those straps, nobody will 'make' fun of you.
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    Originally Posted by DJAuto View Post
    If you're lifting heavy with those straps, nobody will 'make' fun of you.
    Exactly, now if you use them to lift 10 lbs then you might get some looks.
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    you should avoid until your grip gives out.
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    Originally Posted by DJAuto View Post
    Bodybuilders have no need to avoid using straps.
    Originally Posted by DJAuto View Post
    If you're lifting heavy with those straps, nobody will 'make' fun of you.
    X2 - I have yet to be laughed at, or maybe I just haven't noticed cause I dont care...lol, and I use straps all the time, for most pulling stations, including pullups...when you weigh a certain amount, its kinda like weighted pullups, so whatever. I guess if your focus is on, your intensity is through the roof, and your ear-buds are blaring, everything else disappears, including little laughing people...or maybe Im just a pussy...
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    Originally Posted by greenleaf View Post
    What do they do actually? Should you avoid using straps whenever possible?
    Another thing that came to mind was if you wanted to work on your grip whist doing the exercise sans straps, try to find a smaller diameter bar. They are easier to get a good locking grip on.
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    I use straps when i'm going heavy on DL's, rows, and pullups whenever I feel like I want to really focus on my back strength and not my grip strength. Weighted pullups I try not to use straps until I go above 80 lbs added on.
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