View Poll Results: What do you use to grip the bar while deadlifting?

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Thread: Deadlifting Grip

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    Deadlifting Grip

    I don't use anything at all. What do you guys use for your deadlifts?
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    Just a mixed grip. My deadlift is weak, and my grip strength still far surpasses it.

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    Lately nothing. In the summer chalk.

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    Nothing, just a mixed grip.

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    mixed grip and only straps for my heaviest sets (usually my singles)
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    I use chalk on any sets except 6+ rep sets. Then I use straps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpffly
    Nothing, just a mixed grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeYield
    I use chalk on any sets except 6+ rep sets. Then I use straps.
    Heya Will. My grip has its limits and when I'm going for a 450+ dead and my hands are slipping do you think chalk will make the difference between hitting the extra few reps or not?
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    I use gloves to keep my tender hands soft. And to make me look cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinASU
    Heya Will. My grip has its limits and when I'm going for a 450+ dead and my hands are slipping do you think chalk will make the difference between hitting the extra few reps or not?
    Chalk made a big difference for me. It was the difference personally between a 385 pull and a 465 dead, which is my conv max. (Though I had used straps to pull more but those are unstrapped maxes.) Maybe it was mental but I don't have any problems holding 455 for long enough to pull it from the ground.
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    I use chalk with a mixed grip, straps are just way too uncomfortable and I sweat profusely, so I need something to keep my hands dry. If you're looking for a little help, chalk will do it for you. It's cheap too.

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    I could chalk grip a 450+ rack pull and strap grip a 500 rack pull but I doubt I could hold 400 without chalk, unless it was VERY dry and the bar had good knurling. After the first set of anything my hands are sweating.

    Hell, I can watch a VIDEO of someone deadlifting and my palms will start to sweat. Seriously.

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    Gloves, until my callouses grow back. **** that stings....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniorMint6669
    Gloves, until my callouses grow back. **** that stings....

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    Wouldn't using gloves actually weaken your grip? Considering they usually have thick pads and that would in effect widen the bar.

    I still don't see the point of gloves other than for hand models. But whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinASU
    Heya Will. My grip has its limits and when I'm going for a 450+ dead and my hands are slipping do you think chalk will make the difference between hitting the extra few reps or not?
    justin, chalk made a HUGE difference for me... give it a shot, you may have to sneak it in since a lot of gyms do not allow it

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    Chalk, and it makes a huge difference in grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPietro
    Wouldn't using gloves actually weaken your grip? Considering they usually have thick pads and that would in effect widen the bar.
    That's exactly what I experienced when I tried gloves. I wouldn't recommend them.

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    I tried gloves once when I injured my hand a few months ago. I couldn't even grip the bar. I threw them out.

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    Chalk it is. I don't know if my gym will allow it or not but it IS run by an amatuer bodybuilder - - Maybe he'll understand?
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    Just bring an extra towel and make sure to clean up after yourself, I'm sure they won't have a problem with it.

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    Right now I don't use anything but I'm considering switching over to gloves

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    when i first start back deadlifting after the season i have to use strap for my heavy sets then after about 2 or 3 weeks i use nothing but my natural hands with a mixed grip and maybe chalk if i have some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPietro
    Wouldn't using gloves actually weaken your grip? Considering they usually have thick pads and that would in effect widen the bar.

    I still don't see the point of gloves other than for hand models. But whatever.
    I agree, though you could make an arguement for using gloves to strengthen your grip once you take them off, kind of like using a thick bar to strengthen your grip.

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