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Christine_99
05-25-2006, 03:38 AM
I was doing CDLs today and by my 3rd set my grip was getting weaker. I don't have straps and I recalled reading that using a mixed grip helps. So I did it, and it did help. But now (of course) I want to know why? What difference does it make? Can someone explain this to me? :unsure:

Thanks :p

Erik
05-25-2006, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by Christine_99@May 24 2006, 11:38 PM
I was doing CDLs today and by my 3rd set my grip was getting weaker. I don't have straps and I recalled reading that using a mixed grip helps. So I did it, and it did help. But now (of course) I want to know why? What difference does it make? Can someone explain this to me? :unsure:

Thanks :p
Bar can't roll out of your hands with a mixed grip; one hand prevents it. I don't like it for much beyond singles; too much of an uneven pull or torque on the low back.

I'd opt for straps or work on strengthening your grip.

PowerManDL
05-25-2006, 03:42 AM
I barely do anything more than three reps on DLs as it is, but I've used the mixed grip for years with no back issues.

Erik
05-25-2006, 03:43 AM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 24 2006, 11:42 PM
I barely do anything more than three reps on DLs as it is, but I've used the mixed grip for years with no back issues.
Doesn't exclude the possiblity though right? You as an example that is.

I still think I'd rather an over/over, straps, or hook for anything above just a few reps.

Christine_99
05-25-2006, 03:44 AM
OK so I will get some straps. How does one go about strengthening their grip? What types of exercises?

Erik
05-25-2006, 03:50 AM
Originally posted by Christine_99@May 24 2006, 11:44 PM
OK so I will get some straps. How does one go about strengthening their grip? What types of exercises?
There's another thread here somewhere in training on grip.

JJ29
05-25-2006, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by Thunder+May 24 2006, 10:40 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Thunder @ May 24 2006, 10:40 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Christine_99@May 24 2006, 11:38 PM
I was doing CDLs today and by my 3rd set my grip was getting weaker. I don&#39;t have straps and I recalled reading that using a mixed grip helps. So I did it, and it did help. But now (of course) I want to know why? What difference does it make? Can someone explain this to me? :unsure:

Thanks :p
Bar can&#39;t roll out of your hands with a mixed grip; one hand prevents it. I don&#39;t like it for much beyond singles; too much of an uneven pull or torque on the low back.

I&#39;d opt for straps or work on strengthening your grip. [/b][/quote]
So should I start using a non mixed grip for all my deadlifts? I have always used a mixed grip.

Pakse
05-25-2006, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 24 2006, 09:40 PM
I don&#39;t like it for much beyond singles; too much of an uneven pull or torque on the low back.
You could counter this to a degree by alternating your mixed grip between sets. (The non-dominant mixed grip feels unnatural.) When going for PRs then I&#39;ll use my dominant mixed grip.

Blondell
05-25-2006, 01:52 PM
Wow&#33; I always use mixed grip. Thanx for the heads up, Thunder. :)

The last thing I need is a back injury. :sad:

strongchick
05-25-2006, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by Pakse@May 25 2006, 09:47 AM
You could counter this to a degree by alternating your mixed grip between sets. (The non-dominant mixed grip feels unnatural.) When going for PRs then I&#39;ll use my dominant mixed grip.
I&#39;ve tried that and it just feels too weird...

I&#39;ll have to work on my grip.