The best wrist wraps for lifting will be the ones that protect your wrists and provide the support you need, while not being uncomfortable. Wrist wraps are an effective tool to use to aid in your lifting quest, giving extra support to your wrists and allowing you to push harder while avoiding injury. I love wearing them for bench press as it allows me to feel safe, push more weight, and overload my chest while my wrists might lag a bit behind.
I always say to give your wrists a chance to shine as well – try using your wraps every other session and let your wrists get some work in. Also every once in a while take a month off of using straps/wraps/sleeves/belts and give your body a chance to naturally perform and work out any weaknesses caused by lifting aids.
Wrist Wrap Guide
Let’s look specifically at the bench press – when lifting a heavy amount of weight the wrists will be the first to roll over. This is bad because you want your wrists to stay inline with your forearms to deliver the best power transfer from your chest. As soon as your wrists start to roll you make it harder to press the weight off your chest and therefore you leave GAINS on the table.
What makes a good pair of wrist wraps? For me they need to be durable – that means they won’t rip or tear after a handful of sessions, and the elasticity doesn’t go away. Let’s break it down real quick in point form what exactly makes the best wrist wraps.
- Durability – Stitching has to be high quality, and the elasticity has to be strong out of the box and stay that way
- Comfort – The material needs to be so that it provides adequate compression and support to the wrist but also not irritate the skin
- Compression – Compression and elasticity out of the box is important to provide the desired effect of the wrist wrap
- Price – Budget always comes into play, so let’s look at how these wrist wraps can tick the boxes and see which has the best price as well
Most website you’ll find will throw up reviews for 10 products and just hope to snag a comission, but there’s really not that many competitive wrist wrap companies out there. My list is way more narrowed down and I’ll provide a few options for the overall best wrist wraps, best budget wrist wraps, and additional options for sizing options and other important variations.
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Best Wrist Wraps: 2017 Edition
With criteria in hand, let’s go through some of the best wrist wraps to find the true champion – and the set we should all be using to max out our gains. We can’t keep lifting with injuries, or fatigued wrists so let’s find those wraps!