In Wendler's book he seems to think using lifting straps for heavy deadlifts, BB/DB rows, etc is an abomination, however I have used them for years. I certainly understand not wanting to have a weak grip, but I have always looked at it like "I am training my back, not my grip, so the straps are a benefit".
Anyway, what are you guy's thoughts on this?
Yesterday, I did Deadlift day and went as far as I could without straps, then added them to finish off. I did a set of Kroc Rows without straps to help develop my grip and did not use them on my chins.
I figure if I can use them when going really heavy, but not use them on assistance lifts, then maybe I can improve my grip, but give my back the benefit of the heavier training.
have you tried using chalk?
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My advice would be to continue to use straps but only use them when you absolutely need them (your heaviest deadlift sets or once your grip fails on an exercise like dumbbell rows)
You could go with an over/under grip but in my opinion it is not worth the risk if you are not planning on competing in powerlifting, since that style puts you at greater risk for a biceps tear.
Wendler wrote the book as a power lifter. If you want to compete in power lifting, you'll need the grip strength to pull off the lifts. If you are just using the routine to get bigger and stronger, then I'd just use the straps when you had to. I use straps on my top set of deadlifts and for hjeavy dumbbell rows.
I have not tried chalk...but I thought about that option. I still may.
Tom, I actually switched to the over/under grip yesterday and was able to go quite a bit heavier, but did not know about the increased risk. You are right, I am not planning on competing and your advice seems very logical. I'll go as far as I can without, then use them when I absolutely have to. thank guys.
as to the bicep thing i had no idea using over under could increase the chance of a tear...at what weight range do you think this would be more likely to occur or does it depend on the lifter?
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Just go ahead and use the straps with an overhand grip for your last set of the day. Every other set, don't use straps and work on the over/under grip. For a 1 rep single, your grip will be fine with or without straps as long as you can use chalk when you test it. These newer freaking deadlift bars make it almost impossible for grip to be the issue with not getting the lift.
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I was told by a power lifter once that he often used strps in training and never missed a lift in a competition because of grip.
Some good ways to build grip strength are timed hands (weighted), dumbbell holds, and farmers walk.
Good advice as always Tom, thanks.