Have you ever noticed the small dance movement and short breaks that people make when lifting heavy The next time you are at the gym or watching a strongman competition, you will notice the dangling bands around the person's wrist.. When gripping the barbell, they will first adjust and bend the drawstrings around the barbell and secure their grip. Suddenly they lift the massive weight without any problems. So, what exactly do these straps do for you and why should you care about them?What are tension straps?Strap straps can be confusing to use at first, especially if you have never used them before. Not only can straps be confusing, but they can be worn incorrectly by mistake, which means you do not get the intended benefits of wearing them in the first place. Continue reading and / or watching the video in this post to learn how to use our straps properly.Tension straps are made of strong cotton, nylon or leather and have a variety of uses. The most common use of traction straps is for heavy lifting such as ground lifting or other traction exercises.Tension straps are designed to give you better grip control during heavier repetitions.Our pull straps, lifting straps in nylon or cotton are universal pull straps that can be used by both beginners and advanced lifters for a variety of exercises. Some exercises you can use pull straps for are deadlifts, bar sprouts, lat pulls, shrugs and more.There are different types of drawstrings? It is important to distinguish between the types of tension straps that are available. Some options areLifiting Straps,Figure 8 Lifting Straps, Lifting Grip and Olympic Lifting Straps. Each type of drawstring serves its intended purpose and has its advantages.How pull straps differ from wrist wraps?When you are looking for the right pair of straps, you may come across wrist wraps. Although they may look the same, they serve a completely different purpose. Wrist wraps are thicker and provide more support to the wrists, giving you stability for press exercises, such as bench press and dumbbell press. During certain press exercises, the wrist may experience excessive strain which may result in injury and failed lifting.Why should I use drawstrings? Let's get into the benefits of having and using drawstrings. Simply put, if you are looking for strength and mass, consider owning a pair of drawstrings. The number one benefit of using straps when lifting is that they let you tire out the muscle you are focusing on, without losing grip. So if you push yourself but sometimes feel that your grip slips, then use tension straps.For which exercises you can use straps? If you want to increase your muscle mass and improve your strength in the upper back, trapezius and back legs, you should do exercises such as deadlifts, shrugs, dumbbell or barbell rowing or crown lifting. Using straps during these workouts (on your heaviest repetitions) will help you increase strength and mass.How to prepare drawstrings There is not much complexity when putting on drawstrings, but to do it correctly, here are three simple steps. To put on your straps and use them, you want to:Slide one end of the long strap through the loop opening as if making a circle.Open your hands with your palms facing up and slide the loop over and onto your wristMake sure the end of each strap is facing in the direction of the thumbHow to use drawstringsOnce you have wrapped the straps around your wrists, you are ready to start using them. We have made a quick video below that shows how to attach your tension straps properly to the barbell. To summarize the video and start using your straps:Select one end of the strap with one hand and place it on the bar.Wrap excess material in a twisting motion around the barYou can leave excess material hanging after a rotation around the barbellTo tighten, roll the strap so that it fits snugly on the barbellThings to keep in mind when using strapsYou will want to make sure that you fasten the drawstrings correctly and wrap them tightly around the barbell. This is to keep the wrist and hand close to the barbell. One of the most common mistakes people make is that they loosen the straps too loosely, which does not provide the support and grip you are looking for. Wrapping drawstrings too loosely can actually injure your hand / wrist. After some time and use, you will notice the benefits of isolating your muscles with your traction straps during traction exercises. Some changes you may notice include less stress on your hands and wrists, as well as your forearms and biceps.Summary of drawstringsWhether you are currently using wrist wraps or are considering getting started, there are definitely some great benefits. As with everything else, use straps in moderation and do not rely on them solely for all your heavy lifting. They are designed to help you with the toughest lifts and can be a great tool for getting bigger and stronger.We at Nordic Training Gear manufacture durable tension straps made of cotton with neoprene padding to prevent discomfort but also in nylon for a thinner feel. They are designed for use in powerlifting, bodybuilding, crossfit and weightlifting. If you are looking for quality straps, try them.