Lifting weights is one of the best ways for people to stay in shape and build lean muscle mass. Building muscle in the body helps to boost metabolism, which allows the body to burn more calories throughout the day. Muscle burns calories even when the body is at rest, which helps to improve overall health. Muscle also helps with cushioning joints and helping the body absorb the impact of day to day activities and when exercising. Lifting weights is something that requires a great deal of attention to safety, especially when people start to lift heavier weights. There are added supports that can be put in place to ensure the lifting is done in the most effective way possible.
One of those supports is the weight lifting wrist strap. This type of strap is typically used when doing the bench press, dead lift, or some other lift that uses an Olympic barbell with a great deal of weight. The strap is not meant to replace the support required by the wrist and forearm, but rather to add a layer of support to help a person deal with large amounts of weight. It is best to work up to these larger amounts without the wrist strap to build natural strength through the wrist and forearm area.
One type of strap to use will have a thumb loop to anchor the strap to the hand. Putting the straps on starts with this thumb loop, and then the straps should be wrapped fairly tightly starting just above the wrist. Most straps have a Velcro closure to keep them securely fastened to the wrist and forearm while performing the various exercises. While the strap should be tight, it shouldn’t be so tight that it is cutting off the circulation to the hand or arm.
Another type of wrist strap works by securing around the wrist and then taking the rest of the strap and wrapping it around the barbell being used for the lift. These straps allow a person to get a better grip and reduce the fatigue in their hands while lifting. Finding the right type of strap comes down to personal preference. It is a good idea to try a set out and see if they are going to be a good fit.