Do Wrist Wraps Weaken Your Wrist?

A lot of people who have been in gym junkies for years tend to have certain philosophy’s on the way you should train in the gym.

Some folks tend to stay true to the “old school” approach of training, where as others like to go for more updated and somewhat trendy methods of training.

And I guess if you’re in the camp of use the “old school” methods, then using wrist wraps is a big no, no. You might even hear people use phrases like, “don’t be a wuss” or “only pussies use wrist wraps”, but the truth of the matter is, you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried it.

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So does wrist wraps weaken your wrist?

I guess one of the so called issues with wrist wraps is that they could potentially weakness your wrist.The thought is that, because you’re not gripping the bar then your body will not adapt to the weight and your grip will suffer as a result.

And if that were true then that would be a big problem, but lucky for all those wrist wrapping converts this is not the case.

Here’s the problem with that logic.

Your wrists are the weakest part in any pushing or pull movement, and as such they tend to reach exhaustion before your target muscles have been worked out sufficiently. This means that unless you build up your forearms like Popeye you will never get the physic or the training you require.

So, wrist wraps can offer a good compromise between getting a decent workout and not.

Bodybuilders have be wrapping for decades

Remember back in the old days when Arnold and Franco would wrap their knees when they were doing heavy squats? Did they think that they were going to weaken their knee joints because from wrapping their knees?

Nope.

They did it as a way to help support their knees.

Even if we forget about the “old school” methods and look more towards the present day, you will find that top athletes, particularly Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath are still wrapping their knee when they’re squatting.

Anytime you see Ronnie Coleman squatting 800 pounds of weight he wraps his knees.

Yeah Buddy.

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You’ll also see them using wrist wraps when dead-lifting and performing shrugs.

If wrapping their wrists caused them to weaken them, then I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t use them.

I guess that is something that we can all take from the top athlete’s, given training is their lively hood.

If they’re doing it, then it could very well be a good sign for you to do it too.

How To Tie Wrist Wraps For Crossfit

Knowing how to tie your wrist wraps around your wrist could be problematic, because if it’s too loose then you won’t get the support you need, conversely if it’s too tight then you could restrict too much movement, but even worse, restrict the blood flow to your hands. Check out what wrist wraps we think are the best in the marketplace today.

There finding a happy medium is what you should be aiming for.

Everyone is different when it comes to putting wrist wraps, some people prefer them tight while others like to have a little ‘play’ in them, to allow for maximum movement, but also good support.

The only way to find out what would be the best method for you is from trying it out, yep that’s right, using good old trial and error to find the sweet spot for you.

You’ll find that this process won’t take as long as you might think, in as little as a week you become a pro at what gives you the most support and the biggest benefits.

Here’s a video of how to start the wrapping process.

What Are The Benefits of Wrist Wraps for Crossfit

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For as long as I can recall there has always been some sort of debate on whether you should use wrist wraps for training or whether you should use them.

One of the negatives about using wrist wraps, that some people think can be a potential problem, is that using them can or will weaken your wrist as a result of not using them properly.

Some think that if you take away your bodies need to strengthen the joint, then you ultimately sacrifice strengthen the joint, and I can see where they’re coming from.

But, I guess my view is that you have to strike a balance in terms of not getting a full workout, or potentially workout that in the end might make you a far better athlete, verses going as far as your joints allow you to.

So here are the benefits in using wrist wraps.

1) Allows you to lift heavier – more pull ups, more squats.

When you put on wrist wraps, you’ll feel an immediate difference to your perceived strength. Your wrists feel more sure and more solid, much the same way knee wraps feel when you’re using them for squats. In a way they are more solid. You see, using wrist wraps is like (for short time at least) growing a whole bunch extra tendons around your wrist joint

2) Wrist joints pain – alleviating stress on joints.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I get pain in my wrist joints when I’m doing bench press and lifting heavy. I can also sometimes feel as if the bar could slip from my grip especially when I go heavy. After using wrist wraps a lot of that psychological fear disappears. Instead I feel a lot more in control and the bar is more steady, allowing me to do more reps and sets.

3) Gives you more confidence to lift heavier thereby strengthen both your physical and psychological self.

Knowing that I cam in control of the weight give me the confidence to lift weight that I would normal steer clear of, in case I can’t handle it. Knowing that bar is not going anywhere kind of makes a big different when slogging it out.

4) Less chance of injury

Because wrist wraps acts like a you’ve temporarily just grown a whole bunch of new tendons, thereby strengthening your wrist joint, it also means that you’re less likely to drop the bar or to slip and sprain your wrist joints. I know of a lot of people who train like demons in the gym only to have to stay away from the gym due to injury. Any type of injury that involves joints or muscles can set you back weeks if not months.

Conclusion

If you have often felt like you have painful joints following a workout or feel as if you could lift heavier if you weren’t put off from the bar slipping from your grip, then wrist wraps could be a good $20 insurance policy that will could improve your performance inside the gym.