tom.642 wrote:Whilst we're talking about this sort of stuff, what about straps? I don't mean for silly stuff like pull-ups, or even deadlifts, just stuff like shrugs which have the potential for the grip to really hold the rest back. Or will the grip catch up quickly?
Training looks like it's going OK, do you have any events lined up at the moment?
I view straps with a similar view to belt, it's all about balance. If you have a weak grip then make sure you train it and don't use the straps as a crutch. I have straps and use them when I have too or if I'm doing a heavy high rep set and I don't want to be limited by my grip. I've recently convinced my brother than he was over using straps and since ditching them for all but tops lifts his grip and forearm size have increased dramatically.
Grip has always been one of my strong points and comes pretty easy. I'm no grip monster but it's not often a limiting factor. If we're talking max weight my grip tops out at around 300kg on a standard bar and 230kg on a thick bar. On the other hand if I'm repping out and my only focus is the reps then I'll always use straps (unless it's for a comp that doesn't allow them).
Sorry for the rambling but I thought it best to answer with my own experience. As I said it's all about balance but as a general rule of thumb I'd say don't use straps. They are generally over used that's where grip weakness occurs (and often poor form). Not sure if this will help or not.