60 Second Deadlift Tip: What’s the Best Grip To Use?

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Which Is the Best Grip To Use?

This is a tricky question and one I’m asked often when discussing how I coach up the deadlift.

We have to be cognizant of balancing what will likely help prevent injury (namely a bicep tendon tear), but also allow for optimal performance and turn you into a deadlifting Terminator.

My approach is pretty simple:

  1. Use a double overhand grip during your warm-up sets until it becomes a limiting factor or you’re unable to maintain your grip during your work sets.
  2. Switch to an alternate (under/over) grip to help keep the bar from rolling out of your hands.

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Β  Β  Β  Β 3. Alternate your alternate grip (left and right facing you or facing away) with every subsequent set.

I’ve personally had zero issues – with regards to injury or developing any “grip imbalances” – utilizing this approach with myself or with my clients.

SIDE NOTE: Yes, person who will inevitably bring up the hook grip. That’s an option too. We get it: You’re better than us.

SIDE NOTE (Part 2): Speaking of the hook grip, check out THIS article on the topic. It contains everything you’ll need to know.

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