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    Any man here with girly hands

    Any man here with girly hands having trouble deadlifting?

    My hands are pretty small. Try measuring your hands from middle finger to your wrist, I got exactly 7 inches, and as for the middle finger it is only 2.75 inches long. I would consider that as very feminine hands.
    My grip is fine and I have no problem with everything else but whenever I deadlift sometimes my fingers are too damn small to hold on to the bar because they can barely wrap around the bar and I lose my grip.

    For the past few months, my bench press and squat have been going up very consistently while my deadlift has been stuck for a few months. I have small fingers, small hands, very short arms and legs, but really long torso, and I feel like those conditions are holding my deadlift progress.
    Just to make sure, I'm not whining but just a little unmotivated.

    Any people here feel my frustration?

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    Have you tried chalk? ... and yes ... small hands are a pain in the ass.
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    You could do specific exercises to strengthen your hands. Farmers walk comes to mind.

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    i dont have that problem, but when i deadlift or lift other huge manuals my skin is so pressured im starting to develop knuckles inside my hand lol. It used to be hard like under my feet, but now I swear they're on to something, cuz when I bang my hand against the table it's the same sound as banging a cellphone to a table. for months i've been saying after each workout: Tomorrow im buying some ****ing gloves. I never do

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    ha ha, buy some on ebay tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Have you tried chalk? ... and yes ... small hands are a pain in the ass.
    Nope, the place I go to doesn't allow it. I guess the only solution is to build up my grip strength.

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    I have gone thru a series of hand strengthening exercises including static holds, wrist curls, reverse wrist curls, farmers walk, reverse curls and have found farmers walk to be the most effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyPitbull View Post
    Nope, the place I go to doesn't allow it. I guess the only solution is to build up my grip strength.
    Or liquid chalk. It's a little more expensive but doesn't leave the mess regular chalk does.
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    damn man u do have small hands, i just measured mine there 8 inches long with 4 inch middle finger

    id do extra grip work like mike said, farmers, static holds, heavy reverse curls, FAT BAR WORK
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    I have what I consider small hand's as well. 3.5" middle finger with 7.5 inch hand but I usually don't have a grip issue.

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    My hands are pretty big. I was able to palm an NBA basketball in the 3rd grade. In every class I have been in, my hands have been the biggest or tied the biggest. To put things in perspective, I can palm the width of a classroom desk. You know what they say about a guy with big hands... they wear big gloves hehe.
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    big gloves is right because the other joke is certainly not true

    HAHA!
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    Mine are like 8.5 and I don't know anyone that has bigger hands then me, excluding a few giants I know.
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    You know what they say about a guy with big hands, feet, and nose right?

    Dude better be packin because he's gonna be uglier then sin

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    Small hands here too... 7 inches with 3.25 inch middle finger.

    Grip is a minor problem. Sometimes it'll slip and I'll end up holding the bar by just my fingers. Chalk does help a bit though.

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    Keith, why aren't you all over this thread!? lol
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    My hands are pretty much exact to the OP, I don't have problems. Man up baby .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleverName View Post
    Small hands here too... 7 inches with 3.25 inch middle finger.

    Grip is a minor problem. Sometimes it'll slip and I'll end up holding the bar by just my fingers. Chalk does help a bit though.
    Damn you have way longer fingers than I do though, so it must be a lot easier for you to hold onto the weights.

    Quote Originally Posted by VikingWarlord View Post
    Or liquid chalk. It's a little more expensive but doesn't leave the mess regular chalk does.
    I'll try that, thanks for the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyPitbull View Post
    Nope, the place I go to doesn't allow it. I guess the only solution is to build up my grip strength.
    Try this ~> http://www.amazon.com/Metolius-Eco-B...5770279&sr=8-3

    Works great. Works like chalk, but without any of the mess.
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    Damn dude your fingers are short. My hand is about 8.25'' from tip of middle finger to my wrist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WORLD View Post
    Keith, why aren't you all over this thread!? lol
    Jesus, I knew you'd mention me in here!

    7.5 inch long hand and 3.5 inch middle finger. But, they're quite skinny so fortunately they're not a concern for weight lifting. Funny enough, I was able to palm a NBA basketball too when I was about 14 years old, I just have a massive spread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyPitbull View Post
    Any man here with girly hands having trouble deadlifting?

    My hands are pretty small. Try measuring your hands from middle finger to your wrist, I got exactly 7 inches, and as for the middle finger it is only 2.75 inches long. I would consider that as very feminine hands.
    My grip is fine and I have no problem with everything else but whenever I deadlift sometimes my fingers are too damn small to hold on to the bar because they can barely wrap around the bar and I lose my grip.

    For the past few months, my bench press and squat have been going up very consistently while my deadlift has been stuck for a few months. I have small fingers, small hands, very short arms and legs, but really long torso, and I feel like those conditions are holding my deadlift progress.
    Just to make sure, I'm not whining but just a little unmotivated.

    Any people here feel my frustration?

    LOL...everyone I've seen who has the same size hands as you is also around your height.

    Except me.

    7 inches

    ...and I'm 6'1

    It's the one trait I got from my 5'0 mother.

    My deadlift was up to 395 about a year ago, and grip was never an issue. I do (and did) a lot of higher rep sets with over 200lbs, and even some sets of 315 for 8 or whatever. It's close enough to doing static holds. I also tried to keep pushing out the point where I had to reverse my grip with one hand.

    You are using a mixed grip, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Try this ~> http://www.amazon.com/Metolius-Eco-B...5770279&sr=8-3

    Works great. Works like chalk, but without any of the mess.
    I love my Eco-Ball. I went from having trouble holding 275 to pulling a solid 425 with mine, but the best part is it leaves no residue.

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    my hands are just over 7 inches.

    grip has never been a problem for me. I've held 385 for a few seconds no problem iirc.
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    mrelwooddowd - Yea I use mixed grip. Left overhand/Right underhand

    I can handle heavy weights fine but if I go over 3 reps that's where the problem starts and my right hand starts to slip. I guess as you're deadlifting and on the negative part as you let the gravity take your bar to the floor, your grip kinda gets deteriorated, or becomes less stable if you know what I mean.

    And also, I think one of the problem is, I have callouses on my left hand which I don't really feel anything but the ones on my right hand are pretty painful to the point where my right hand "unconsciously" wants to let go of the bar. Probably b/c I use underhand grip for my right and the callouses get pinched under the bar as I'm holding.

    I'll definately look into the eco-ball, thanks scarz.

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    One question, do you have to order those online, or are those something that I can just to go the mall (let's say modells, or other sporting good stores) and pick them up?
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