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    Grip!

    Hey guys.

    Following HCT-12. Enjoying it and DL and Rackpull are two of my favourite lifts.

    Have a problem though.

    My back and my legs are well up for it, but when I get to a certain weight, my grip just gives out. Tried it with and without gloves.

    Anyone have some tips please? Supplementary exercises to help my grip? Please don't just say porn, haha!

    Or will my grip just develop over time and I should be grateful that it's not letting me overwork my back?

    Thanks

    Gaz

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    Are you using a good bar? My grip was an issue when I was using crappy smooth gym bars. Then I switched to a Texas Power Bar with better knurling.

    Chalk also makes a big difference, if you aren't using it already.

    You can do static holds in the power rack with heavy weight to work your grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Hey guys.

    Following HCT-12. Enjoying it and DL and Rackpull are two of my favourite lifts.

    Have a problem though.

    My back and my legs are well up for it, but when I get to a certain weight, my grip just gives out. Tried it with and without gloves.

    Anyone have some tips please? Supplementary exercises to help my grip? Please don't just say porn, haha!

    Or will my grip just develop over time and I should be grateful that it's not letting me overwork my back?

    Thanks

    Gaz
    Gaz -

    Gloves will not help your grip strength, but you could try using some gym chalk to increase grip strength.

    Another easier and more effective solution would be purchasing some lifting straps. You can find them for under $10 and they will allow you to hold as much weight as your legs/back can handle.
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    Nice one, Tom.

    Just been reading up on straps after seeing your post - look easy to use and can get some dirt cheap from shop nearby.

    Will deffo start using them. Don't want to be cheating my back out of its workout just cos my forearms can't handle the strain. =)

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    Another good way to work on your grip is to hang from a chinning bar for time. Easy to add weight to it too.
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    Thanks Off Road, will try that too.

    I've always liked my forearms and really would like to work them. See big forearms as looking very masculine.

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    Chalk.

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    it will develop over time. when my deadlift was makin its was through the 200's i would get up to 225 before my grip started failing. then a few weeks later it was 265, then 285 and so on. just keep working them. dont just think of a deadlift as working your back and legs, but a bunch of the smaller muscles too, like your forearms and such. one little thing i do that helps is i bring my thumb around and squeeze it against the back of my fingers to help secure my grip. gloves wont do much for ur grip. ive never tried chalk but i would imagine that would help too. if none of those work then use some good old fashioned porn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by soclydeza View Post
    it will develop over time. when my deadlift was makin its was through the 200's i would get up to 225 before my grip started failing. then a few weeks later it was 265, then 285 and so on. just keep working them. dont just think of a deadlift as working your back and legs, but a bunch of the smaller muscles too, like your forearms and such. one little thing i do that helps is i bring my thumb around and squeeze it against the back of my fingers to help secure my grip. gloves wont do much for ur grip. ive never tried chalk but i would imagine that would help too. if none of those work then use some good old fashioned porn!
    This is pretty much what happened to me and what I do.

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    I guess a simple question would be, what grip are you using. Are you using a double overhand or a mixed grip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoot View Post
    I guess a simple question would be, what grip are you using. Are you using a double overhand or a mixed grip?
    Mixed grip, it's the way I've been taught.

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    Mixed grip was an immediate improvement for me as well.
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