Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Article Review: Grip Training for the Deadlift

Another link today, I'm still recovering and I haven't been able to sit and write much.

Andy Bolton is a legend in powerlifting - he's deadlifted 1008 pounds, the world record for a powerlifting event. He co-wrote this article about improving grip strength to improve your deadlift.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

- this is all about grip for the deadlift, not grip in general.
- this is all about grip for competitive deadlifting - so, it's about repeated but very short attempts at a maximal weight. The methods may work with higher-rep deadlifting, but the programming and time may or may not. It's aimed elsewhere.
- you'll need to take this kind of grip training as seriously as any other part of your training. Grip enthusiasts know this already, but if you're just getting into grip training, remember it's an exercise like any other; you need progression and sufficient intensity and volume followed by sufficient rest.

That said, here is the article.

My favorite? The pinch-grip deadlift. I'm so going to try that.

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