Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: "I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot!"
Re: Workout/Staying in Shape Thread
With wrist straps: using them is going to stunt your grip strength. Not using them is going to stunt your overall strength gains. I used to use them too much until I discovered and started using chalk. Chalk them palms up heavily, pull with a mixed grip and the added boost of straps are significantly lowered. I'll still use straps if I'm going heavier than I know my hands can handle (i.e. a 90% or higher set) but I'm trying not to for the rest anymore. Chalk is great for rows, shrugs, etc. and to some extent even pushes like bench or overhead, but that's probably overkill.