What are the 4 must have gym accessories for weight lifting and gym workouts ?
Are you facing pain in your joints wrists and Knee while working out and find it difficult to push through your plateaus?
Human body is an incredible “machine” which can perform beyond your expectation , all you need is Motivation and Right Work Out Knowledge. In this article I am going to talk about a few weight lifting gym equipment I have been using , why and improvement it made in my training.
Please note that it is always best to consult a certified doctor if you are experiencing serious injury.
1.Weigth Lifting Wrist Wraps
As with the name , weight lifting wrists wraps are heavy duty gym accessories which is securely fastened around your wrists to add extra stability during heavy weight training. As your go through the motions in the gym on a daily basis , it is no wonder that your wrists joints are being burdened for every routine whether its bicep day or chest day. I suffered joint pain radiating from my elbow to my wrist post few heavy barbell bench presses. The pain was not serious but was irritating and made me lose focus on training.
Normally , I would belong to the crowd that don't like to use any support and be RAW lifters (not to mention avoid spending money). But due to the pain I said let's give it a go . Few Sessions in with the weight lifting wrist wraps by Gasp I noticed that the pain was reduced in the arm . On Chest days it gave me good support with the bar and heavy dumbbells , as normally I stop the reps due to loss of grip . But with wraps my grip is strong and I am able to focus more on driving the weight up and controlling it down without dumbbell wobbling on the last few reps.
Tip: I usually do the warm up and few starting sets without the wraps and them add them in for the heavy lifts. Tighten the wraps during the set and loosen them during rest period for blood flow.
How to put it on : Weight Lifting wrist wraps come in pairs. The Weight Lifting Wrist Wrap has a loop to put your thumb in and then wrap it around your wrist tight and fastened it on velcro. After the set unwrap to allow blood flow to wrist.
2.Weight Lifting Wrist Straps
Weight Lifting Wrist Wraps are great for if you suffer from bicep taking over on back workout. I face this issue as my bicep burns out or grip starts to fail on back day. Needless to say the you end up not pushing hard or lose valuable reps on heavy shrugs due to grip.
My back work and traps workout normally last more than an hour and by the second half of work out the grip and biceps are busted. So naturally I tend to go lighter than what I really can do.
By using weight lifting wrist wraps , I can take away the pressure from the bicep and forearm and focus on the target muscles for the workout which is the lats and traps.Weight lifting wrist Straps have helped me during the back days and I am sure you will realise the gains from it too.
How to put it on : The Straps come in pairs . Each strap has loop on its end. Make a circle with the strap and put it through the loop. Put your wrist inside the circle and pull strap through the loop to tighten the strap around the wrists. Now to wrap around the bar : Rotate the strap directly under your wrist across the open palm . Put Bar between Strap and palm and roll the strap around the bar until its tight and then close your grip over the straps.
3.Weight Lifting Knee Wraps
Clicking in the knees as you workout especially during squats and lunges ? Don’t ignore the sound as it indicates stress and friction in the knee. Constant friction and rubbing of the knee joints leads to tendon degeneration and will cause major pain with knee stiffness.
Use Weight Lifting Knee Wraps to provide added support and stability to your knee while performing heavy sets of Squats and leg press.
4.Compression Socks for Gym
Compression gear such as baselayers , tights and socks provide that extra boost that you need for winning your endurance workout. Compression wear holds your muscles tight and keeps them activated with the addition of improved blood flow in / out of muscle groups.
I started using compression socks for all my gym workouts and outdoor cardio sessions. It has helped me a lot as I feel no nagging pain at the base of my heel after a long session . Furthermore , I feel more energised at the end of the workout , as opposed to feeling fatigued.
I highly recommend compression socks to test out and more up into compression base layers.