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Excerpt: Hi I'm a bench lover , but I got stuck at 160kg x4 reps, I know can go heavier but I'm having a grip issue, my hands can hold it, do you think using straps would help? any straps users here that can give an advice? thanks.

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    improving benching

    Hi I'm a bench lover , but I got stuck at 160kg x4 reps, I know can go heavier but I'm having a grip issue, my hands can hold it, do you think using straps would help? any straps users here that can give an advice? thanks.

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    Re: improving benching

    You don't use straps to hold onto a bench. Why would you? It's resting on the palm of your hands with your fingers wrapped around the bar and it's a pushing exercise. Pulling exercises (rows, chins, deadlifts) are what straps are for.

    Maybe you need to work on your grip so that when you squeeze the bar you feel more secure?

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    Re: improving benching

    Try using gym chalk. The problem with things like wrist wraps, wrist straps etc. is that you will become dependent on them.

    If your gym doesn't allow gym chalk, you can buy a product called liquid chalk.

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    Re: improving benching

    I think chalk or just strengthening your grip will be the best solution. Wearing straps are not going to benefit you doing a bench press.



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    Re: improving benching

    how are you not able to hold the bar with bench press? makes no sense. even if you have tiny hands a standard olympic bar is not a problem here.

    you need to work on your grip, just keep working at it
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    Re: improving benching

    I had problems with palm pain and weakness. a good pair of
    gloves with a thick pals padding helped a lot. the bar rested easier on my palm without the feeling I needed to grip it to hold into place


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    Re: improving benching

    In terms of palm discomfort... short of manning up of course... using a small sponge in each hand will work. I also have my hands turned a little which distributes the weight over a slightly different area. So a little more comfortable.

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