Lauren is a Myprotein PT and online coach specialising in strength and weightlifting. She is passionate about helping women overcome worries about the gym, unlocking their training potential, empowering them to train in the weights section with confidence, and improving their lives. Lauren is a L3 PT, indoor cycling instructor and currently undergoing study for her L4 strength and conditioning qualification.
Weightlifting accessories can be a great tool in the gym. They can support general training as well as people with mobility issues, helping you get to the next level and reach new PBs. There are loads of accessories to choose from, all with varying benefits and disadvantages. Here are some of my best picks.
Weightlifting shoes are trainers with elevated heels. This elevation helps you maintain correct technique when lifting. When it comes to compound exercises, failing to maintain proper form can really hold you back from excelling or even performing it altogether.
Heel elevation heights can vary from shoe to shoe; the goal is to find one that allows you to get in the desired position comfortably while still having control of the bar.
If you don’t own any weightlifting specific shoes, flat shoes like plimsolls will be just fine.
Weightlifting gloves can help with grip of the bar and prevent calluses. They can also help with any strain or pressure, providing additional support and stability. If used properly, gloves can support you lifting heavier, helping to distribute load more evenly throughout your hands and forearms.