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Should I ever use straps to pull more weight?

The use of straps depends on the rules of the competition in which you are competing. If you are competing in a "raw" federation in which no devices or advantages are allowed except for knee braces and belts, than the use of straps should be as limited as possible. The main advantage of lifting straps is also their main problem. Straps significantly increase grip strength which gives a power lifter a biomechanical advantage to allow them to focus more on their backs, hips and legs. The downside of relying on straps is that the grip strength of your hands and forearms does not ever increase and may actually decrease. Many experts recommend going without straps for as long as possible to develop and maintain grip strength and use straps when you are pulling a weight that is more than your grip can hold. Using this strategy will help to improve your grip strength while helping you to maximize pulling power in the hips and legs.

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