6 Weightlifting Accessories to Boost Your Workout’s Effectiveness: Lifting weights is one of the most popular and effectual ways of building muscle and power. While most lifting exercises require pretty simple equipment, there are some accessories that can help you stay safe and build muscle and strength quicker. Here some of the most important accessories to add to your workout routine.
1. Chalk/Lifting Grip- Keeping your grip when lifting major amounts of weight is no easy feat. Lifting chalk makes it easier to grasp the bar without your fingers slipping. Many gyms provide their own, but if they don’t, you can buy some for fairly cheap, and basic sidewalk chalk is almost as effective as chalk specifically for weightlifting. Some gyms don’t allow either, but are more amenable to Liquid Grip, which is pricier but doesn’t leave any dust. This stuff can help you increase your max reps by letting you grab the bar with assurance.
2. Weightlifting Shoes- Shoes that are made for walking or running aren’t necessarily the best shoes for lifting. While shoes with lifted heels are more comfortable, they shift your center of gravity in a way that can interfere with your lifting. Look for shoes with a minimal heel lift. These will help you perform the correct hinge pattern when deadlifting and improve your form on squats.
3. Weightlifting Belts- Intra-abdominal pressure is important for deadlifts, squats, and a host of other lifts, and maintaining this pressure is a key element of lifting safely—it’s why proper breathing is so important for keeping your back healthy. A weightlifting belt can provide additional insurance against a back injury by keeping pressure on your abs… Continue Reading>>>>