Wrist wraps are useful pieces of supportive strength gear for lifters that desire additional wrist support when training. Traditionally, lifters will wear wrist wraps to alleviate pressure on the wrists when performing heavy lifts and longer workouts. On the bench press, wrist
wraps support bar security, and on the deadlift when using a mixed grip, wrist wraps
promote the loss of the bar due to it spinning out. If you’re an avid fitness enthusiast trying to improve their lifting performance and find that wrist support is holding you back, then it
might be time to invest in a pair of wrist wraps.
When sifting through the many wrist wrap options on the market, you should keep two
key points in mind when making your choices. First, how are the wrist wraps constructed. Yes, they’re simple in nature, but construction matters for support. Second, assess their versatility and who they might be best for.
Wrist wraps are simplistic in nature, which makes the construction that goes into them important. When assessing construction we look at four critical parts of wrist wraps including: main material, velcro, thumb loop, and additional stitching.
The main material is the most critical component because this is what largely provides the additional wrist support. Ideally, you want a blend of materials that allow the wrist wraps to remain supportive, but also stretch to some degree. This allows you to dictate their tightness without the material limiting performance.
The velcro and thumb loop are also important construction characteristics to consider. The thumb loop needs to be strong because it has pressure applied to it often when putting the wrist wraps on. If it’s poorly constructed, then it will likely fray and disconnect. In addition to the thumb loop, the velcro used is also important to consider. Ideally, you want velcro that is wider and spans a few inches. This type of construction optimizes durability, security, and surface area.
Stitching, the final characteristic we assess, is somewhat self-explanatory as to why it’s important for durability. Double and triple stitching will be better at preventing material like the thumb loop ripping off from being stretching regularly.
The versatility of wrist wraps come down to who they’d benefit most. For this assessment, the main area of versatility we look at is wrist wrap length. Are the wrist wraps designed for smaller wrists, serious athletes, or a specific activity? A versatile wrist wrap and brand should be able to compete in all of the above characteristics, or at least offer some level of it.
Take away tip
The primary benefit of wrist wraps is to help stabilize the wrist to prevent hyperextending and promote proper wrist placement under the bar. With wrist wraps, you can better stabilize barbell weight and prevent sapping any strength from your shoulders or legs for corrective movements.
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