You are in the gym. You are all ramped up to do some heavy pulling. Heavy metal music is blasting on your IPOD and now it's time for some heavy sets of deadlifts. A decision has to be made. Should you use a double overhand grip or mixed grip? I have a better idea. VERSA GRIPPS!
Why You Should Use Straps
Versa Gripps are a much better version of lifting straps. Some people are against using lifting straps claiming that they hamper your ability to build natural grip strength in your forearms. This argument makes absolutely no sense to me. You are doing deadlifts to build up your back and legs, not your forearms. If you are capable of lifting a certain amount of weight but your grip is holding you back, then you are basically putting your body through the most grueling full body exercise for the sole purpose of building up your forearms. Think about it this way. If you are capable of doing bicep curls with 50 pound dumbbells but you have a wrist injury which makes it so you can only do 25 pound dumbbells without pain, are you getting much of a benefit from doing those 25 pound curls? Not really. Same thing with deadlifts and any other exercise where your grip may give out first. If you can barbell row 225 pounds with straps but only 185 pounds without, then use the straps! Train your forearms separately at the end but don't sacrifice your back and leg work out because you want your forearms to get bigger.
Versa Gripps Instead of Regular Straps
I used regular lifting straps for three years and thought they were the greatest invention ever. I immediately became stronger on all my back exercises and my back significantly improved since I was able to take my forearms and biceps out of the movement. One day during a heavy set of dead lifts, my straps tore. I ignored my friend's advice to get Versa Gripps and got another pair of straps instead. After another couple of months, the straps tore again during a set of dead lifts and I almost hurt myself. I decided enough was enough and decided to try Versa Grippsinstead.
Versa Gripps are much easier to use than straps. Rather than waste time wrapping them around the bar, they lock on tightly in seconds. There is no wrapping involved. Versa Gripps are made of a stickier material so they actually stick to the bar and don't slip at all. The easiest way to describe this is it kind of feels like I have a Spiderman grip on the bar. Lastly, unlike straps, Versa Gripps are actually comfortable on the wrists since they provide wrist support. They may be a bit more expensive but they are easily worth the price since they will last for years. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of Versa Gripps PRO Seriestoday.