By Brandon Pieterse

In any gym bag, a good pair of wraps is essential. And I am going to tell you why.

The muscles in the forearm and hands are not the strongest muscles in the body. They may provide us with a great deal of movement, freedom and our opposabe thembs allow us to function as humans, but when it comes to resistance training they do not provide us with a great deal of strength.

When we are trying to build a thick back, Instagram worthy glutes or swooping hamstrings through various row or deadlift variations, our ability to hold on to that weight is vital.

When you get to a point where you can no longer hold on to that weight for the entire set, and your grip gives up before your target muscle group does, wrap up.

Now, don’t get me wrong, if you are training with a weight that doesn’t require you to use grips, don’t use them. If they are not essential for that lift, leave them out to improve your grip strength.

But don’t let your posterior chain suffer because your grip strength doesn’t match the ability of your back, glutes and hamstrings.

About the author

I have had a passion for fitness from a young age. I was involved in sport throughout my younger years and it has continued to play a massive role in my life. As a personal trainer, I am looking to improve my clients overall health and wellness through training and nutrition. I studied through the HFPA Academy in South Africe in exercise science, sports conditioning, applied nutrition and training. Now that I am living in the UK, I am furthering my education through Shredded By Science and will continue to develop my knowledge in order to continuously provide the best quality of service to my clients.