When it comes to weight
lifting accessories these are primarily items that
assist with weight training or lifting.
They are designed to either provide
safety, or support or allow for heavier lifting.
There are many weight lifting
accessories but we will focus on the five main items
here: weight lifting benches, weight lifting belts,
weight lifting gloves, weightlifting straps and grip
It is assumed that the weight lifter
will already have bar bells, dumbbells and assorted plates
The first and most important weight
lifting accessory is a weight bench. Even casual weight
lifters benefit from this item. A weight bench provides
padding, support and safety to the spine and back.
There are different types of
benches. The most basic
are flat; others are adjustable allowing for a wider range of
exercises. Most benches will have an upright rack on one end to
hold a barbell with weights.
Most standard weight lifting benches
are able to withstand lifting up to 185 lbs. For weight
training at the higher levels an Olympic weight bench is
accessory is a weight lifting belt. These belts are meant
to provide support and safety to the back.
Used with proper technique these weight lifting belts can
greatly help lifters avoid getting back injuries.
The way a weight lifting belt works is
that it stabilizes the spine, the trunk and the lumbar region
of a person’s back.
During lifting weight is loaded onto
the spine causing a loss of stature and spinal shrinkage.
The support this type of belt provides prevents this loss of
Weight lifting gloves are items that
are considered essential accessories for this form of fitness
and exercise. These gloves help in many
Weight lifting gloves help to prevent
blisters and calluses from developing on the hand of
lifters. They also assist in improving grip which is very
important for safety reasons. They also help a person
actually lift higher amounts of weight. Because of the
pressure on the hands when lifting that actually limits what a
person can hoist. Wearing weight training gloves actually
relieves the pressure allowing the lifting of higher weight
Weight Lifting Straps are other
miscellaneous items that a lifter would want to consider.
These are usually long strips of fabric (cotton or nylon and
even leather or suede) with a loop on one of the ends.
Their purpose is to improve grip with heavy exercises.
These are items worn more by serious lifters. They can be
especially helpful with exercises like deadlifts and cable
Grip Chalk is another accessory you
will find lifters using to assist in their sport. This is
a chalky substance that is applied to the hands and feet to
absorb sweat and help improve grip. It can also be
applied to weight lifting gloves and the bottoms of shoes to
help with traction.
Grip chalk is messy and many gyms
frown on its use these days because it just gets all over the
place and is difficult to clean up.