Weight lifting Wrist wraps are the topic today. These little things can be a lifter’s best friend if you use them properly and use them when you need to. I love my wrist wraps and wear them whenever I do any lifting where my wrists can be hyper extended or just need support.
Wrist wraps can easily assist in you improving any of your lifts where you feel support is needed and there is a lift I have just started using my weight lifting wrist wraps for that you may never think of using them with. I’ll get into that later in the post.
CrossFit is a style of workout that has become popular because of it’s very demanding exercises, where many times the object is to do as many reps as possible in a given time for not only one move, but usually 3-4. These workouts change from day to day mixing lifting with gymnastics movements creating the need for a wrist wrap that will allow extension of the wrist.
They are designed to be used for lifts like snatches, clean & jerks, push press, and thrusters. Once again they give range of motion when needed and as a result are the most popular in Crossfit.
Two Different Types of Crossfit Wrist Wraps
The first style is made of a fabric the does not stretch, is long and wraps around your wrist several times then closes with a piece of string. They can be tightened and loosened easily making them a good choice for Crossfit. They are are suited for most movements like snatches, clean & jerks, push press and thrusters. Catching the bar in a clean or snatch movement requires a little wrist extension.
The other are wider, thicker, shorter and are made of a stretchy material. These are geared more for the powerlifting, and one rep max lifts. They limit your wrist movements and with those types of exercises, wrist extension isn’t needed.
Are Weight Lifting Wrist Wraps needed in Gymnastics Movements?
The short and answer is no they are not needed if you are only doing gymnastics movements. If you have ever tried to do a pushup or handstand pushup with wrist wraps you know you simply don’t have enough range of motion in your wrists to achieve the 90 degree bend in your wrist that gives you the stability to complete these movements.
Now, if you are going to do a WOD (workout of the day) which includes both lifting moves and gymnastics moves then yes, but make sure you use wraps that allow you to loosen them off easily and quickly.
If you wear them because your wrist are sore anyway, see your doctor or physiotherapist before you do these exercises.
Did you ever think weight lifting wrist wraps could be used for the deadlifts? Well yes they can. Wrist wraps can help to hold the wrist in a flexed position when you’re pulling. When your wrist is flexed, it is harder to open your hand. Si, if your deadlift grip isn’t up to par and is affecting your lift, wrist wraps may just work. Once again, please don’t rely on your wraps for your lifting. If you decide wraps are good for your deadlifts, work on your grip strength separately so eventually you won’t need to use them.
Do Wrist Wraps Prevent Injury?
While there is no scientific study done that I know of to show if wrist wraps prevent injury or not, we do use them for support. We need to keep our wrist in the proper position for our lift when the weight is greater than we can manage without support. That said, using them for support can easily injure our wrists without them.
When using the Squat Snatch lift, we effectively launch the bar in the air enough to dive underneath it. The bar is weightless for a split-second before falling back down onto our wrists. In this case I can say yes, the wraps can prevent a wrist injury.
Me, I’ve been an active fittness buff for as long as I can remember and 5 years ago I put all of my efforts into the great sport of CrossFit. This sport has elevated my fitness to new levels through a lot of hard work and dedication and I want to share this with you. Fitness keeps us healthy so get out there.