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  • 5 Tools To Help You Gain More Muscle


    1. A Belt: Belts are probably the most used weight lifting accessory. Belts help increase your strength by providing back and ab support during exercises. The tighter the belt, the greater the ab pressure against the spine. This helps keep the spine and your entire torso tight, maximizing your strength and safety. The belt can be used to increase your strength on deadlifts, squats, and overhead presses. Belts allow you to use more weight safely, therefore increasing muscle stimulation and growth.

    2. Gloves: Getting blisters or calluses on your hands can prevent you from gripping the weights. They also can help prevent grip slippage. They help you get a better grip on almost all exercises that require pulling or curling movements. A better, stronger grip means a stronger lift.

    3. Wraps: Wraps are used to help support the knees. They are best used on maximal lifts and should not be used as a crutch. Most powerlifters use wraps on the knees when squatting and deadlifting. They provide knee support, so you can use more weight in the squat. The key with wraps is to use them for only a few sets and a few reps, since they can stop circulation if used for too long.

    4. Straps: When you start using heavy weights on your lifts, it's possible your grip strength will give out before the muscle you're training gives out. When you have weak grip strength, it can limit how much weight you lift on lat pulldowns, deadlifts, and shrugs. Straps can help you gain muscle mass because they allow your arms to act as hooks to lift the weight. Straps prevent grip failure from coming into play before reaching muscle failure on the muscle you're training. You can use cotton straps, nylon straps, and even straps with hooks.

    5. Chalk: Like gloves and wraps, chalk is meant to give you that little edge. It helps you grip the weights better, preventing grip slippage or failure. Many times, just by using chalk, you can get 4 to 5 extra reps on an exercise. You can use chalk for your bench press, deadlift, squat, curls, and shrugs.

    There you have 5 effective tools for increasing your strength and gaining more muscle mass. Any time you can give yourself an edge and allow yourself the chance to lift more weight, you will also gain muscle mass as a result.


    Article Source: Shawn Lebrun @ http://www.articlerich.com

    Learn more about eating and training to build muscle and get the body you've always wanted. Check out fitness trainer and natural bodybuilder Shawn Lebrun's proven muscle building programs: Shawn Lebrun's Muscle Building Programs


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