When working out with weights, some people find they need to use special wraps that will help them with their grip and keep their muscles from tiring. There are many different types of straps for weight lifting available, made from a variety of materials, but although they often look different from one another, they all have the same purpose. Some of the preferred styles have Neoprene padding for added comfort. For many styles, the straps themselves look like long bands, about a foot in length, and have a loop at one end. The wrist goes through the loop, and the band gets wrapped around the weight bar.
While cotton is one of the most popular fabrics used for these straps, and often the most recommended, many people like to have a bit of cushioning and opt for straps made with Neoprene. The foam acts as a cushion between the skin and the strap, and many find that this style is much more comfortable for workouts, especially extended workouts. Leather is another popular material for straps, but it is often only used because it looks good. It doesn’t offer nearly as much functionality as a cotton or Neoprene strap.
One of the advantages to using padded weight lifting straps is that they improve the weight lifter’s grip. When one is lifting weights, the forearms will tire quickly. The straps help to relieve this and allow weight lifters to have longer and more frequent workouts. More repetitions can be done, and strength builds up quickly. They are helpful when doing pull-ups, calf-raises that involve exercising the lower leg while holding a weight bar, rowing exercises, and more.
One thing to keep in mind when using straps is not to use them all the time. After a while, they can become a crutch, and those using them won’t be building up additional strength because they aren’t using their muscles as much as they could. It is best to use the straps intermittently throughout workouts, such as using them for one exercise but not the next, or using them for one workout, then not using them for the next one.