Exhaust your Lifting Limits with the Aid of Wrist Wraps
Control your barbell with wrist wraps. Wrist wraps are essential weightlifting accessories designed to provide a lifter with enough grip capacity to carry the barbell when the hands are too exhausted to prevent the bar from slipping off of it. They are the climbing chalk to a lifter’s hand, enabling him to get a hold and control the barbell. These wraps also give a hand in distributing the stress of the barbell’s weight and thus feel lighter. Home Gym Set has a collection of durable and of highest quality wraps, including brands such as RockTape and IronEdge.
Wrist wraps are usually made of cotton or leather attached by Velcro tape and are worn on your wrist and the bar of your equipment. They are designed to relieve pressure off your wrists and forearms when lifting large amounts of weight. The fact of the matter is, most lifters that use these wraps still have more strength to give on their biceps and triceps. However, due to the direct stress that their hands and wrists are exposed to, it tires earlier than the rest of the upper body muscles. Wrist wraps solve this issue by cushioning your hand and easing the pressure from your wrist and fingers. By using wrap on your wrist, you’re more capable of lifting the weights and can take charge of the equipment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wrist wraps are undoubtedly helpful for weightlifters, powerlifters, bodyweight trainers, and even for gymnasts. There are several reasons why these professional athletes elicit the help of wrist wraps in their training. We’ll explore some of them.
To stabilize wrists for heavy lifting
Your wrist joint is made up of muscles, bones and joints that aid in the lifting of heavy weights. When under heavy loads, your body is vulnerable to injuries, including your wrists. Wrists can sometimes feel wobbly when under a lot of stress and when fatigue sets in. This disrupts your form and consequently, your workout. By using wrist wraps, your fingers are well protected from extending too far beyond its standard capacity (hyperextension) and prevent any injury that might happen not just to your wrist but to you as well. You can better stabilize and take control of the barbell. You would still have more energy to wear out your shoulders, core, and legs.
To maximize upper body’s strength
As a rule in any exercise, to achieve optimum development of your body, you have to wear it down to its limits. And that’s the golden rule many lifters live by. The problem is, your hands and wrists are at the frontlines when lifting, and they are sometimes exhausted earlier than the rest of your body. Luckily, your wrist wrap is here to save your workout. By using the wrist wraps, your wrist joint gets its lift booster to carry more weights and endure more reps. This gives you a chance to tire your upper body to its limits. Wrist wraps would help you to train harder until your whole body gives up.
To recover faster from injuries
Wrist sprains are a common injury for lifting professionals. There’s only so much stress the wrist can take that it goes to a point where it just temporarily gives up. But just like our body, our wrists are resilient enough to withstand the blow. It just needs some recovery time to regain its strength and work for you again. After some time of healing, your wrists will be well enough to carry the weights, but take it easy and use much lighter weights. When lifting after recovering from an injury, a wrist wrap can be your crutch to slowly ease you up to your full potential again. Since it takes a lot of stress from your wrists, they don’t take too much beating when you try your sport again.
Wrist wraps are relatively easy to wear. First, position your hand with palms up. Line the thumb loop on your hands with the fabric portion of the wrist just below your thumb. Insert your thumb into the hoop and wrap the straps around your arm. Make sure that the first loop is exactly just below your wrist with your palms faced up. Wound it around your hand until it’s tightly fit and secure it with Velcro. The Velcro should end up on the outside of your wrist once you are finished wrapping.
As in any other equipment, there’s a time and a place when using it. Wrist wraps are designed to aid your weary hand. When the going gets tough, and you have still so much energy to release, then you are permitted to use it. But if not, please refrain from doing so. Also, be reminded of situations where you should not wear a wrist wrap.
During warmups – Warmups should be a time to condition your body for the oncoming stressful activity. Wearing a wrist wrap at the first minute of your workout will not do you any good instead, it will not just impede your training but might also cause you an injury. Warmups are not just there for display but to make your body parts strong enough to withstand the stresses of your workout and to give them time to adjust. Plus wearing wrist wraps too early in the game would just make you dependent on the wraps for support and would not allow you to use your own muscle strength, this means a waste of time and effort.
Weak or immobile wrists – When your wrists are not strong enough to hold on to more massive weights, not that it is maxed out, but that it is not ready yet for the enormous load don’t use the wrist wrap to at some extent boost your ego. Practise more, give it time to gain strength. On the other hand, if you have immobile wrists, you need to go to a therapist to strengthen your wrist. Don’t use the wrist wrap to mask your condition.
Barbell weight is below 70% of your weight threshold – Wrist wraps are meant to be worn when you are nearing your maximum weight capacity in lifting the loads. Only use the aid of wrist wraps when the weight reached 70% of your max carrying capacity or over it. Using the wraps when the load is still below your max capacity will stun your muscle development and might cause it to decrease even further.