There are several reasons why weightlifting shoes can benefit your workout including; they have incompressible soles so you contain all of the force during squats, deadlifts and presses. If the sole is too cushioned, there may be less power in your lift. They have a small elevated heel, which moves your knees forward slightly allowing your quads to be targeted more, making the lift even more effective. Lifting shoes also have a strap for metatarsals, this increases stability and keeps your feet in the same place in your shoes whilst lifting. These shoes can be used for several lifting exercises such as, squatting, bench and press as well as others.
These offer ideal compression to weightlifters to help them work through minor lower tears or pulls. Hammy bands are placed at the top of the thigh and support the muscle in the right place, helping to increase function and stability. The compression also helps to reduce discomfort whilst squatting.
Elbow cuffs protect and support the elbow. They are perfect for people who suffer from joint pain such as tendonitis. They offer light support and are great in helping out movements like bench press.
As you begin to lift heavier weights especially in deadlifts, it can be beneficial to use lifting straps. You will only really need to use it when lifting heavy though as it will assist you in performing a sufficient lift without worrying about your grip. If you take weight lifting seriously and participate in competitions, you should be mindful that you can only wear lifting straps during training, to help your grip, but not in competitions. Straps can come in several types of material including; leather and cotton. You may not need a strap if you are a beginner at lifting as you should not push yourself too quickly to lift a weight that you are not comfortable with.