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FAQs

Weightlifting Gloves

  1. What features are important when picking a glove?
    1. Most people use gloves to protect their hands during their workout. The most popular features in determining which glove is best for you are:
      1. Finger length (short, ½ or ¾)
      2. Palm/finger padding
        1. TechGel™-Lightweight, molded gel foam that combines the cushioning of gel with the padding of foam.
        2. Open Cell Foam Padding-Adds protection and increased comfort to the palm and fingers of gloves.
        3. SqueezeGrip™-SqueezeGrip™ pads conform to your grip and bar. They cushion and protect as you lift. Individual pads grab and form to the shape of your hand and training surface, giving you a customized and controlled grip.
      3. Wrist support (WristWrap for strong wrist support; adjustable closure or slip-on)
      4. Color(s) – OK, color has nothing to do with glove function or feel, but it is a big factor in glove buying so we’re listing it here!  Check specific Harbinger glove styles for the colors available.
  2. How do I take care of my gloves?
    1. Our tips for making your workout gloves last longer:
      1. Keep your gloves in a dry place – preferably not wadded up in your gym bag – so they air-out and dry-out between workouts
      2. Don’t dry your gloves in direct sun – this can weaken the fibers.
      3. Periodically wash your gloves to remove salt and mineral build-up from your sweat. Washing instructions for Harbinger gloves vary by glove style – we have machine wash & dryable gloves; machine washable and air dry gloves; and hand wash and air dry only gloves.  Specific washing instructions are listed on each glove product page.
  3. Does Harbinger have a warranty on gloves? How long does the warranty last?
    1. All Harbinger gloves are backed by a 90-day guarantee. We’ll replace your gloves within 90 days of purchase, no questions asked.

 

Strength Training Aids

  1. How do you pick the right lifting strap?
    1. Lifting straps are offered in many different configurations: cotton, nylon, nylon with rubber traction strips, and straps with additional wrist support.  They come padded and non-padded.  You select the lifting strap on the features that are the most important to you…function, comfort and price.
  2. Why do you need a weightlifting belt?
    1. Wearing a weightlifting belt encourages good form– allowing your shoulders, back and thigh muscles to all work in tandem.  Weightlifting belts limit your range of motion to reduce the stress on your lower back and spine, working to prevent hyperextension, and increasing your ability to lift longer and safer.
  3. How do you pick the right weightlifting belt?
    1. Weightlifting belts come in a variety of designs, widths and materials, padded and unpadded.  How often and heavy you lift, the shape you prefer (contoured or straight), closure (roller buckle or hook-and-loop) and belt material (nylon or leather) are all important factors to consider when choosing a belt.
    2. It’s all personal preference, so try several to find the one that suits you best.
  4. What is a dip belt?
    1. A dip belt allows you to add weight resistance beyond your own body weight increasing the effectiveness of dips, chin-ups, and lunges.
    2. Dip belts are unique in their design…a nylon or leather belt with a chain that is attached to one side of the belt and the other side with a speed clip that attaches to a D-ring on the dip belt is suspended from the back and kept up by resting on the top of the gluteus.  The chain is fed through the center of weight plates and then the weight plate is suspended between the legs. This provides additional resistance to the trainee’s bodyweight.
  5. What are lifting hooks?
    1. Weightlifting hooks are used to enhance your grip on heavy “pulling” exercises like deadlifts, shrugs, and cable rows.   They are intended to supplement your own grip, and help prevent finger fatigue.  For safety reasons, they are not intended for pull-ups or chin-ups. Used in pairs, these hooks are designed with two important features: the wrist support and an integrated heavy duty steel hook.
  6. What is a head harness and why do I need one?
    1. A head harness is comprised of two distinct parts — the strapping that covers the top of the head and over the ears, and the chain from which weight plates are suspended.
    2. Head harnesses are used to strengthen and define the neck muscles, by allowing you to add weight resistance beyond your own body weight. We offer it in leather and nylon (personal preference.)  Neck strength is an important aspect of weight training and contact sport training, and in functional training like CrossFit.
  7. What is a Tricep rope?
    1. A Tricep rope is a weight training machine attachment including 26”-36” length of rope which has grips on both ends to prevent the hands from slipping off of the rope during training.  A steel ring attaches the Tricep rope to the weight training machine.
    2. Tricep ropes are specifically designed to isolate and train the Triceps muscles.  Located on the back of the upper arm, the Triceps are actually 3 different muscles that work together and make up 2/3 of the muscle mass in the arm.
  8. What is an ankle cuff?
    1. Ankle cuffs are a machine attachment for resistance training with a steel “D” ring(s) which attaches to the lower pulley attachment on a weight training machine.
    2. They help to train numerous lower-body muscles such as the hamstrings, quads and glutes.
  9. What are ab straps?
    1. Ab straps are a suspension training tool used in pairs to support the body while suspended off of the floor.  Made from ballistic nylon, they have a padded bottom (to cushion and support), with a stainless steel carabineer that attaches to a chin-up/pull-up bar.
    2. Ab Straps are used to isolate and train the abdominal, oblique and the transverses muscles.  Because they are used hanging instead of on the floor, they force the athlete to use abs more to stabilize the body while moving the legs.  The result of use is a stronger, more defined core.
  10. Bar Pads: what is the difference between the standard and Olympic bar pads?
    1. The specific size of your weightlifting bar, will determine which bar pad you need.  A standard bar is approximately 1” in diameter and is generally used to support weight of 0-200 lbs.  An Olympic bar is 1 1/16” or 1 1/8” in diameter and is designed to support weight in excess of 200 lbs.

Core Training

  1. What is a Balance Trainer?
    1. A balance trainer is a soft, pliable disc designed to help you strengthen your core, specifically your abdomen, pelvis and lower back.  By training these areas, you can improve your balance, stability and stamina.   Our Balance Trainer provides an “unstable” training platform.  When you step, sit, kneel or do push-ups on the Balance Trainer it challenges you to use your core muscles to control balance and stability.
  2. Resistance Cables: What are “Figure 8s” designed to do?
    1. Figure 8 cables are designed to train, tone and strengthen the body. They can be used for upper and lower body training.


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