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Weight Lifting Gloves

Weight lifting gloves are gloves specifically made for bodybuilders and powerlifters to lift weights with. Men commonly use them for the deadlift and the bench press but some also use them for pull ups. They are usually used by people who have thin, fragile skin which develops blisters easily and by others who have a weak grip. Here’s what they look like:

weight lifting gloves

Should I use weight lifting gloves?

I don’t recommend them for the very same reason I don’t recommend wrist straps. These gloves do not improve your grip strength and both of your grip and palm skin can be strengthened by lifting barehanded. If you’re having difficulty holding a particular weight then you should lower it and practice regularly until holding it becomes easy. The Deadlift is a great exercise for grip strength if you lift without gloves or straps. Simply grab the bar as tight as you can, lift and try staying in standing position while holding it for as long as you can.

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How to Increase Grip Strength

So you want to increase your grip strength? To do so you must train properly and strengthen your wrist and forearm. Let us go through some of the best ways to do so.

 

Grippers

Perhaps this is the best way to increase grip strength. A gripper is a tool designed purposely to improve the strength of one’s grip. Here’s how it looks like:

Hand Gripper

You increase your grip strength simply by closing the gripper repeatedly. The common grippers, like the one above are normally very easy to close and won’t improve your grip strength that much unless you’re a woman or a weak man. If you’re a man with average strength then I recommend using heavy grip hand grippers like the one below:

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