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Why Use Bodybuilding Accessories?

A variety of training accessories are available to help you get the most out of your workouts.

  • Shoes. Choose appropriate footwear for whatever kind of workout you have planned. Note that many gyms have a covered shoe policy to ensure that you are not at risk of dropping a weight on your foot. Depending on your foot type, e.g. high or low arch, there are many shoes available to suit specific requirements. When in doubt, seek the advice of an athletic footwear store, or a podiatrist.

  • Gloves. Many good bodybuilders wear gloves whilst training to protect their hands. Some choose to train barehanded with chalk instead. Beware that some gyms, however do not permit this use of chalk. If you need to protect your hands for your career, or if you’d like to prevent the buildup of calluses, gloves can be useful.

  • Straps. Straps are fastened around your wrist and then twisted around a bar to effectively strengthen your grip. Some believe that using aids of this nature may prevent full development of hand strength. Straps are used because with bare hands it is often difficult to hold onto a weight that will really challenge your back in a heavy workout. However champion weightlifters do not use straps and they lift huge amounts too. If you lift weights without straps, your grip should eventually strengthen. It is a personal choice if you decide to use straps for training or not.

  • Belts. Belts are supposed to support the muscles of the lower back when you are lifting heavy weights. Originally used by weightlifters doing heavy overhead presses, waist belts are considered necessary by some for heavy squats or pressing heavy overhead weight. Belts can help stabilise the upper body by increasing pressure in the abdominal area.

  • Wraps. Wraps are used to support weak or injured joints and muscles. Wraps are commonly used around the knee during heavy squats, or around the elbows for heavy bench presses. Unless you have an injury or joint problem, wraps should not be used everyday.

  • Head Straps. Head Straps are useful for neck training. Whilst this style of exercise seems to have fallen out of fashion, using a head strap can be useful if you want to build up a weak neck.

  • Gravity Boots. Enable you to hang up upside down and stretch out the spine. Stretching out the spine by hanging upside down and taking the strain off the internal organs is supposed to help counteract the constant compression of the spine and organs by gravity.

  • Compression Wear. Compression wear provides a number of benefits to bodybuilders, and other athletes. During training, compression garments prevent injury, improve muscle alignment thus reduce muscle and ligament strain, assist muscle stamina and endurance, enhance circulation, improve removal of lactic acid, increase flow of oxygen to the working muscles, reduce muscle vibration, reduce DOMS, and aid recovery after exercise.

  • Training Diary. A Training Diary helps a bodybuilder keep track of their training progress. Maintaining a training diary can greatly assist your progress. It enables you to plan workouts in advance. It also helps you work out what works and doesn’t when it comes to your training. By maintaining a food journal in your diary, you can also evaluate the effectiveness of certain foods and supplements as part of your regime. You can also record key body measurements to understand what is working for you as you progress.

Training Accessories Aid Bodybuilders

Use training accessories to suit your individual requirements for training. A training diary is a must to keep track of your progress, and evaluate what does, and may not work for you. The right shoes are important – to not only help you train correctly – but to prevent injury from exposure of your feet to weights in case they are dropped on them. Gloves, straps, belts, wraps, head straps, gravity boots and compression clothing are all other ways that may be chosen to help you get the most out of your workout.

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