Everything you need to know about wrist wraps

We've all seen a lot of tough guys and gals in the free strength section of the gym, all methodically training with wrist wraps around their wrists. Then I would like to say that if before reading this article, you also think that wristbands are only for boxing buddies, don't be surprised, there are many fitness whites who think the same way.

In fact, in addition to the traditional jerk glove, wristbands are a proven, easy to use and very cost effective fitness aid. Wearing wrist guards is not just about looking more professional, or purposely showing off the price of sports equipment to look like a tycoon. Wrist braces have long been proven to provide a variety of benefits to the jerk, including wrist support, directly enhancing athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury.

I. What is a fitness wristband?

A fitness wristband is a very common fitness aid that is typically used during exercise (especially weightlifting) to provide appropriate wrist support and protection for the wrist, wrist joint, and forearm.

Wrist straps are particularly useful during weight training (such as weightlifting or Hercules competitions) where pushing movements using direct palm involvement and pushing movements with both hands overhead are common.

That's why wrist wraps are also known as wrist straps or wrist pads. In addition, we will soon discuss and share the details below to show you that in fact, our wrist guards work differently in different training, with a more detailed and clear breakdown.


II. Types of wrist guards

Depending on your fitness goals and workout plan, there are several types of wristbands that can help us improve our workout performance.

Traditional wristbands

A traditional wristband is a durable fitness material with a bonded attachment system on the wristband itself, usually a Velcro strap. There is also a loop on the side to hold the thumb in place to ensure a secure fastening and safe use during training.

It should be noted that thumb loops are not actually required to use traditional wristbands. So more often than not, many lifters prefer to hang one side of their thumb ring free to hang down, or cut it off completely and not need it.

Ring-assisted wrist guards

As the name implies, these wrist guards use a sleeve ring to combine the support benefits of wrist guards with the strength-boosting benefits of an assistant strap.

Unlike traditional wrist guards, the booster band does not emphasize providing muscle and connective tissue stability. Instead, when there is no way to hold the appropriate weight in your grip, the booster strap will seamlessly dovetail on, allowing us to lift more weight for deeper stimulation and exercise of the target muscles.

EZ Grip Wrist Guards

These ez grip wrist guards combine a classic wrist guard wrist strap with a long, wide, thick leather pad (for palm coverage). They are also sometimes referred to as grip wrist guards.

The principle of operation is relatively simple: the classic wrist strap provides wrist strength support, while the leather pad in the palm ensures that we can grip the barbell tightly during training without slipping, rolling or other accidents.

The thicker grip leather pads are very durable and designed for the gods of muscle training, so it's easy to see how those who compete in weekly weightlifting competitions favor using it. Unlike weightlifting straps, the leather pads do not help us hold the barbell when the weight is too heavy to hold by our own grip in a hard pulling movement. Instead, it only helps us to hold the barbell tighter, so that we can lift the barbell more steadily to complete the start-up movement. But once our own grip is not supported, the barbell will inevitably fall off, so such a brace is more about mobilizing our own potential.


Hook combination wrist brace

This wrist strap combination is similar to the EZ Wrist Brace combination, except this time instead of a leather pad, it has a hook.

The wrist strap itself is still a durable feature, usually reinforced with several layers of tough neoprene material. The hook is supposed to be made of steel and is relatively simple, basically with a plastic coating to avoid damaging the barbell during training.

This wrist strap hook combo is perfect for powerlifting and Hercules training buddies who love to set weekly personal records (PRs) and therefore visible progress in the naked eye.

However, having said that, it is important to remember that if we are aiming for a powerlifting competition, then one cannot use a sling or hook in the actual competition. But getting the appropriate training progress in our daily training with such a guard is a sure thing!

III. Wrist strap VS booster sling

There is a strange phenomenon in the internet fitness community that wrist guards are often incorrectly referred to as booster slings. In reality these are two completely different things. While there are some combinations of the two, as we discussed above, wristbands and booster slings serve two different purposes.

Wrist straps can improve athletic performance during training, such as the classic bench press, but as far as grip strength is concerned, these straps have no way to moderate our grip fatigue.

On the other hand, booster bands are primarily used to prevent super heavy weights from being encountered during training, thus forcing the barbell to slip out of place during training due to force exhaustion. Once we don't have a grip on the barbell, the assisted master band can hold it and allow ourselves to complete as many complete movements with large weights as possible to ensure we reach our target muscle fatigue and get the desired muscle stimulation effect.

Post time: Nov-16-2022