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Improving grip strength (for deadlift)
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RE: Improving grip strength (for deadlift)
If you do pistol squats and back bridges while you travel, your deadlift will improve almost continuously until you hit diminishing returns at some value relative to your body weight. For example, I never deadlifted but did do (maybe 3 per leg, 2 sets) pistol squats and back bridges. First day I deadlifted 315 no problem, no where near my max.

My math suggests that at a decent level of proficiency, two sets of ~15 unweighted pistols and two sets of 10 back bridges would correlate to a 3RM deadlift of 2 to 2.5 x bodyweight.

My brother (similar height, weight, and build to me) did not do back bridges or pistols before deadlifting, and had trouble with 250 on the first day.
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RE: Improving grip strength (for deadlift)
Another exercise idea:

Throw a folded towel over a bar (for instance lift the bar for the smith machine to the highest possible level). Use the towel ends as handles, then do pull-ups/chin ups that way. Judo state-champion showed me this one.

This will isolate the forearms, that will do most of the lifting work.

Totally forgot about this one! I'll do it day after tomorrow!

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RE: Improving grip strength (for deadlift)
(04-09-2012 07:01 PM)Roosh Wrote:  What do you guys recommend for improving grip strength?

My deadlifts are going up lockstep each workout since I started deadlifting last year. Just did 5 reps of 270 today. But lately on the last rep my grip is loosening to where today I almost felt like I was going to drop everything. I do mixed grip.

How should I approach this problem?

My number one recommendation is doing heavy dumbell rows that you can manage for between 20-30 reps. These are called Kroc Rows. I cannot emphasise these enough. They build huge lats and a great grip. I've been doing them for 3 years...my grip never fails.

Do your deadlift warm up sets with an overhand grip then switch to an under and over for your work sets. Overtime the overhand warmup sets will improve your grip as your strength goes up.

Of course always use chalk when you pull also.

I've never been a proponent of rack pulls, I don't see much of a carry over to deadlifts. Agree with Mike on the Fat Gripz too, they're great for just about everything.

But honestly, I really wouldn't bother with anything else. Do Kroc Rows and tell me how much better your grip strength is.
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I've found really heavy weighted pull downs help me. The constant pressure the weighted pull down gives means you're fighting to hold on at all times. I do em twice a week its seems to have helped me a lot.

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