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Gymchat 161 – Belts, Wraps & Straps
Posted By Scott Bird

Padded Lifting Straps

Altus Athletic Padded Lifting Straps. Photo via Amazon.

Quick reminder : in this week’s Gymchat we’ll be discussing the various protective/assistive devices available – the Belts, Wraps & Straps – when & how to use them, and what role (if any) they play in your training.
See you there.

When do you need to use a bit of protection/assistance in the form of a lifting or chinning belt, a pair of wraps or straps? How do you use them, and do you need to?

When I bought my first set of bars & plates, it was assumed by the barrel-chested salesman that I’d be wanting the abovementioned assistance devices. Perhaps it was because I sounded keen to experiment; perhaps it was because he was on commission. Either way, I ended up with a few of the standard ‘extras‘.
This week I’d like to look at when and how to use these items – if they’re essentials for everyone who lifts, or if they’re only suited to particular types of training. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Olympic athlete, personal trainer and nutritionist Maik Wiedenbach. Fantastic.

NB : As a bonus, five random questioners (from this Gymchat in particular) will receive several small gifts. I’ll announce details a little closer to the discussion itself, but suffice to say that they’re probably already on your wishlist. It’s good stuff.

And if you’ve just joined us on Google+, welcome. Join us on Mar 21, and add a comment/ask a question or three. Dive in.


Who : Olympic athlete, personal trainer and nutritionist Maik Wiedenbach
Topic : Belts, Wraps & Straps
When : Wed Mar 21, 9pm EDT (here’s how to find out when that is in your timezone)
How : Post a comment, question or reply
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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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