The CrossFit and Weightlifting world both give you many opportunities to accumulate volume of shoulder to overhead. Thrusters, Push Press, Strict Press and Jerk test not only your strength with putting weight overhead but can also test the flexibility and stability of your wrists.
Here’s the down and dirty on Wrist Wraps and how they can potentially help you while you train.
Although you do not need to wear wrist wraps every time you lift, they can really help you out when you’re moving heavy weight or lots of volume overhead. Whereas ankles are built for stability and need mobility, wrists are the exact opposite; they are pretty mobile and lack stability. That’s where wrist wraps come in - they create the artificial stability that you need to safely and comfortably move weight.
So when should you wear them? You don’t want to overuse them or become depend on them, so it’s advised that you wear them only when you are working at or near your max loads. Becoming dependent on wrist wraps all the time tends to limit strength development in your wrist flexors and extensors. Take a look around and you’ll notice that some of the strongest athletes in our gym rarely wear wrist wraps.
As with any piece of equipment, you want to use wrist wraps properly if you are going to get the most out of them. Here’s a quick video on how to properly put them on for most lifting and CrossFit-style workouts.
You’re in luck - Position USA has our own line of wrist wraps in two awesome colors for you to choose from.