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Old 05-26-2008, 09:50 AM   #11
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

It will come up pretty quickly then.

And yes, do double overhand as long as you can in your work sets. It will bring your grip up quickly because of what John said.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:14 AM   #12
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

Thanks for all the advice. I tried applying it today.

5x135 5x225 (both overhand)

5x285 4x285 3x285 (both alternated)

Grip must have been shot from that overhand because I've been able to get 5 reps on all of the last 3 sets. Either that or I'm regressing.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:26 AM   #13
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

If your performance is regressing (as a whole), you probably need to take a few days off.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:32 AM   #14
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

I always hold the last rep of the last set for a slow ten count or until I feel my grip start to fail. Just be careful that you don't wait too long. If your grip is already shot on the last rep, take some weight off and pick it up and hold. Might take enough off to do one hold with double overhand.

You might take a look at the IronMind web site. They've got lots of grip building tools.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:02 AM   #15
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

Are you using chalk? It makes a *huge* difference for me.

Went to the gym yesterday to do a DL 5x3 workout and realized I forgot my chalk when I got there. The first attempt at 405 felt like it was going to fall out of my hands - literally, so I put it off until this morning.

Did 365x3, 385x3, 405x3, 405x3, 365x5 - and absolutely zero grip issues, thanks to the chalk. I am an especially gross and sweaty man, so the chalk is required after a warmup gets my body temp up. I got a little ball of chalk from REI for 5-8 bucks that has lasted me 8 months or so. I take it to the gym in a little ziplock and make sure to clean up afterwards so the globo trainers don't get mad. It's less messy than most chalk bars and only takes a few seconds to clean up after I'm done.

I often hold the bar at the top for 10-15 seconds during my last rep as well, which seems to help the grip.

Of course, to be honest, I'll probably order some COC grip trainers at some point. I'd like to work on some of the more extreme grip challenges down the road.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:55 PM   #16
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

A tip I got from a martial artist for grip strength was to squeeze a tennis ball. Repeatedly. Kinda therapeutic too.
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:53 AM   #17
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

If you start to notice that your grip is becoming the limiting factor, do some googling for Grip Strength, Hand Strength and such and see some very specific grip training.

You can also check out www.ironmind.com for many grip-specific tools. John Brookfield is a Master in hand strength. Just be careful you don't let yourself get hijacked into doing crazy grip stuff. It's easy to get off track from training and start focusing on bending steel and tearing phonebooks and such. I'm 5'7" and 142# and ripped a slightly over 1" think phonebook after only a few weeks of training my grip. Very addicting.

If you moderate and train smartly, your pullup and deadlift grip will improve substantially.

Try building a thickbar for deadlifts or as was suggested, using a towel wrap to increase difficulty.

Go slow and don't get injured, hand strains can take weeks to heal properly and will completely destroy your program.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:14 AM   #18
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

plate pinches are easy to implement
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:25 AM   #19
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

If grip strength isn't a problem now....it will be eventually. Best to start working on it early.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:43 PM   #20
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Re: Deadlift and Grip Training

I cant wait to see what I will be able to deadlift after a summer of moving around lumber and whatnot for 8-12 hours a day. It is a lot of leg, grip, and lower back work mixed together.
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