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Tips for Using Weight Lifting Wrist Straps

Oct. 13, 2021

When to wear weight lifting wrist straps?

They are commonly used for pressing and overhead lifts. They should only be used when you are performing max/heavy sets. Wrist wraps are a great weightlifting accessory to have, but you shouldn't rely on them. Relying on wrist wraps for every type of lift can lead to poor mobility in the upper body. So only use them for your heaviest lifts!

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How to wear weight lifting wrist straps?

Step 1: Find the thumb loop and line it up with the inside of your wrists.

Step 2: Put your thumb through the loop so the wrist wrap is in place on your hand.

Step 3: Wrap your wrist with the velcro side facing in. The velcro needs to be on the outside of the wrist once you're done wrapping. Keep the edges aligned while you wrap it around your wrists.

Step 4: Wrap it until it's comfortably tight and secure it with the velcro. It should be tight enough to put pressure, but not too tight that it causes discomfort.

Extra tip: Make sure that the wrist wrap covers the wrist joint enough to create support. If it’s set below the joint then the they become useless!

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When to avoid using weight lifting wrist straps?

Wrist wraps are an aid to hit PR's, build strength, and prevent injury. They are not a substitute for weak or immobile wrists. If you use them accordingly, you won't many issues.

However, if your wrists aren't flexible enough to perform certain lifts properly or without pain, you need to spend some time working on your wrist mobility, rather than using wrist wraps to mask the problem. Like any piece of lifting gear, there's a time and a place for using wrist wraps. If you use wrist wraps for every lift every time, you're doing yourself a disservice.

People do this with lifting belts too. There's always at least one guy at the gym who has his lifting belt on for the entire session, whether he's doing squats, bicep curls, or walking to the bathroom. Don't be that guy. Use your lifting gear strategically and intentionally.

If your goal is to keep the wrist safe you also need to keep it strong. This means doing a solid amount of lifting without wraps so your wrist muscles don't get weak. So be selective. When you use wrist wraps, you should have a specific reason for doing so. Be intentional with when you wear wrist wraps and they'll help you hit new PR's.

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