I'm talking about the kind of straps that wrap around the bar as well. They transfer some of the load to your wrists so that your fingers aren't forced to work as hard.
There's no reason your fingers need to be as strong as your legs.
Oh so THAT'S how those are supposed to work! I genuinely didn't know. I wonder if there's a way to implement mine that way. Maybe I've been wearing them wrong the whole time, I thought the long strap was just to secure my wrist in a straight line sort of like a splint - maybe I was supposed to wrap it around the bar the whole time.
It's reassuring to know I may've been wearing them wrong because they were never friggin comfortable!
Incidentally, new max today - 240 decline bench!