Working out requires weight-lifting, and sometimes adding some weight-lifting gear can help with….you guessed right – some WEIGHT LIFTING. There’s all sorts of stuff you can use to make your experience better, easier and efficient. What’s more important is that weight-lifting gear can also help you avoid injuries and eradicate bad gym habits.
Here are three common ones that’ll definitely enhance your gymming experience:
Squats, deadlifts, stiff-legged deadlifts, back exercises, shoulder exercises, …. exercise exercises. Heck pretty much all exercises! All I’m trying to say is, when the pressure mounts up, it’s the BACK that handles it. For ANYTHING in life, you need a strong back. At the gym, using a weight belt can really help take the load off.
It gives great back support which allows you to handle more weight than usual, and aligns your entire back for better posture while lifting. This helps with gains, avoiding bad habits (like bad posture) and keeps the back supported.
Lifting weights with the bare-hands might sound pretty gnarly with all the callous skin drying up in your palms – after they’ve blistered and gone slightly yellow while they curl between your hand and a sweaty metal rod. Sounds rather painful. AVOID THAT. It’s NOT COOL. OR BADASS.
Weight lifting gloves do help with gripping though, which in turn helps with proper hand or wrist placement especially when you’re sweaty and you can’t get a grip of those thick metallic bars. Most importantly – it’s just hygienic mate.
Captain Obvious says the wrist-wraps are great for – the wrists. Wear wrists-wraps to hold your wrists in place while you lift heavy-weights. Sometimes people just have weak wrists (I know I do), and no matter how hard you try, you end up hurting them. You’re only as strong as your weakest link, so it’s always good to protect that.
Just like your wrists, your knees are also susceptible to damage. Wear and tear to be exact. The back and knees take the brunt of the force when doing overhead exercises, so it’s easy to damage or injure those parts. Knee wraps can help put a bit of ‘oomph’ into your squats as you’re springing positively. It also helps keep the tissue and tendons in place and helps avoid buckling. Last but not least it’s just great for avoiding pain when doing squats or dead lifts.
Weight-lifting shoes can be a great asset to your lifting. The shoes usually have a inch heel that helps dig into the ground, giving you that feeling of being firmly planted as you lift a gajillion kilos from the ground up. Great for deadlifts, and perfect for squats. The one inch heel creates a great straight angle for the back by forcing your shin a little forward. This is great for squat posture. The shoes are also great for the calves and knees, relieving the pressures from both areas to give you just the right posture you need to complete the exercise.
SO. There you go. Some ‘not so bad’ tips that can enhance the s*** out of your experience.
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