Everyone knows exercise ranks up there with breathing and eating kale for optimal health – you need to do it, but maybe you just don’t. You’re not alone, as millions of people everyday go from laying in bed to sitting at a desk, to sitting in front of the TV and back to the bed, without much more than the walk from their car to their office. This is hugely detrimental to your health, but man, cardio is just so awful.
Like a spirit animal for the disenfranchised exerciser (like everyone), weight lifting is the solution to your exercise woes.
Weightlifting? For Me?
Lifting weights is a great, fun way to get fit without the long, boring stretches of cardio or intense, frightening classes full of glistening, already-fit people who are pretty intimidating. Weight lifting is calm, centering, and creates muscle that revs the metabolism and sculpts the body.
Everyone – women, men, children – should do some kind of strength training, and there are a lot of great tools to help make it easier and more accessible. Learning how to use wrist straps for weightlifting is a fantastic way to make lifting more weight easier, as well as helping stabilize your lifts and improve your grip.
Wrist Straps – How They Help
Lifting weights, particularly dumbbells, can be difficult at first. Your wrist needs time to adapt to this new procedure, and while it’s building up stabilizer muscles, wrist straps help you keep the weights secure and complete your exercise.
The first muscles to fatigue during lifting are very rarely the targeted muscle group, and using straps helps take fatigue out of the equation, at least to the degree it would be without the straps. Being able to complete lifts that would be hindered by weakness in other areas will help increase your gains at the gym far more quickly, and this helps encourage continued effort working out.
Just like a diet that promises fast weight loss helps you stick with it, seeing results in your arms or legs quickly will motivate you to keep lifting.
Straps Are Great For Everyone
As a beginner, straps help address the weaknesses you might have in simply maintaining the proper form and grip you need to complete some exercises, and that’s fantastic. As an intermediate or expert weight lifter, however, straps have their uses in your routine as well.
As state before, keeping the worry of fatigue out of the picture will help work a target muscle group longer and to a higher degree, creating the stress needed to build it up bigger and stronger. A good example are the traps – the line of muscles that run across your back and neck. This is a good looking group to build up as it signifies strength and responds fairly quickly to weight lifting.
That said, the best way to work these out is to lift heavy weights, held at your waist, and shrug them. The exercise is quite literally called “shrugs” and it’s pretty simple. Wrist straps help with the grip fatigue often associated with shrugs, because in most people’s experience, it’s the hands and wrists that fail long before the trapezius does.
Deadlifts, rows, and rack pulls are all exercises favored by learned bodybuilders, and learning how to use wrist straps to assist with heavier, compound lifts can really up your game and take your lifting to the next level.
Strap in for Gains
Achieving a healthy, toned body is a goal that a lot of people aspire to, and weight lifting is your best bet to get there.
Wrist straps are a great way to help get you started and blast you past plateaus and stalls, lift heavier, and get the gains, strength, and physique that you’ve always wanted. Consider these little black pieces of fabric and how they can help you the next time you’re thinking of hitting the gym!