Lifting Straps & Hooks
As your weights start to get heavier, you might decide to bring in a pair of lifting straps or hooks. Designed to improve grip and take the pressure off the forearm, they can really help you push past that fitness barrier.
About Lifting Straps and Hooks
Lifting straps and hooks come in various forms. It can be difficult to know which ones to purchase – especially if you are fairly new to lifting. Both tools can aid in lifting heavier weights above your head, but it might be a good idea to purchase one of each if you can. The reason for this is that straps and hooks can be better suited to different lifting movements. A little practice with both can help you decide which you prefer.
Generally, straps are cheaper than hooks. These simple contraptions wrap around the bar and your wrists to improve your grip. However, hooks are thought to remove more pressure from the wrists by transferring the weight to the bar. They are often preferred by professional weightlifters.
When to Purchase a Lifting Aid
If your lifting has got to the point where you still have power in your legs but your forearms are failing you, you might choose to bring in a pair of lifting straps. If your wrists are struggling, bringing in a pair of lifting straps or hooks will help to prevent any unnecessary injury. Of course, proper form is also important.
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