The Effect of Lifting Straps on Deadlift Performance in Females

J Strength Cond Res. 2023 Oct 1;37(10):1924-1928. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000004494.


Trahey, KM, Lapp, EM, Talipan, TN, Guydan, TJ, Krupka, AJ, and Ellis, CE. The effect of lifting straps on deadlift performance in females. J Strength Cond Res 37(10): 1924-1928, 2023-Using lifting straps (LS) while deadlifting may increase the total number of repetitions performed and barbell velocity, and preserve grip strength; however, research in this area has only been conducted on men. This study investigated the effects of lifting straps on the total number of repetitions, mean and peak barbell velocity, and grip strength during the deadlift exercise in women. Ten women (20.1 ± 1.1 years; 165.4 ± 5.6 cm, 68.9 ± 10.3 kg) with 3.2 ± 2.1 years of resistance training experience participated in the study. After completing a 1-repetition maximum (1RM) test without LS, subjects completed 2 protocols: performing 3 sets of as many repetitions as possible of 80% 1RM with lifting straps (WS) and without lifting straps (NS). During both protocols, mean and peak barbell velocity were measured during each set, and grip strength was recorded before deadlifting and after each set. Repeated-measures analysis of variance were used to examine differences in the variables of interest, with an alpha level of 0.05 used to establish statistical significance. The WS condition allowed participants to perform significantly more reps while resulting in no statistically significant differences in mean or peak barbell velocity. The magnitude of grip strength loss was significantly lower during the WS condition. Results indicate that using LS while deadlifting allows women to perform more repetitions with greater preserved grip strength without negatively affecting barbell velocity. Thus, LS appear beneficial for deadlift performance in women and should be considered during resistance training involving the deadlift exercise.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Hand Strength
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Resistance Training*