Last edited by TheJuggernaut; 02-14-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Originally Posted by TheJuggernaut
Your vids are inspirational. I watch them before I work out. Great job on the lifts.
Coming from someone who historically never did any core work...
Today I did a bunch of lunges holding 55lb dbs up in the air. I want to vomit and take a nap in it now
I picked up straps last night. Have to wait till tomorrow to try them out though . I want to dead lift. I think I can do 300 for 1x5 at least. I've gotten 1x2 on two different occasions, but I can't keep the bar in my left hand.
Throw them out
I wouldn't use my straps for deads, just because I feel like you shouldn't lift weight that you can't hold on to. BUTTTT, I do use them for rows and shrugs, after my deads.
While I know this is somewhat contradictory, I have much more control over my rows and whatnot with the straps, as I am not fighting to hold on with grip that is already pretty burnt out.
Though, I also have an itch to go for a 1rm with straps on deads.
As far as progress, yesterday I went for an 'all out" set on deads after my work sets, and hit 315x9. I could have gotten one or two more, but I didn't want to fail, or let me form degrade too bad. I will have the video on here for reviews tonight/tomorrow.
Last edited by kryptonik; 02-15-2012 at 10:51 AM.
Interesting reviews. I was somewhat hesitant to get them. So the general consensus is that keeping at it, strapless, is the best way to improve?
also, using straps you get lumped in with all the other dip****s that use them on everything from benching to lat pull downs.
i deadlift double overhand as well and i ****ing love it. i'll never go back to a mixed grip just because this is that much more comfortable to me.
my suggestion for making your grip catch up is pretty simple. and USE CHALK.
double overhand singles up to your max (it will be significantly lower than your actual deadlift max at first, mine was a good 65lb difference when i started)
do whatever your routine is (5x5, 5/3/1, whatever) with DO grip. if your grip fails you, lower the weight. force that grip to be the limiting factor.
barbell shrugs, DO grip, many reps.. 4x10 at least
finish up with some static holds (DO grip.... see what i'm getting at?)
eventually your grip will strengthen and it won't be the limiting factor anymore. at that point continue with your routine as normal.
I would only suggest that you try to refrain from using them until you need them. Like don't strap up on your 135 sets, just when you get to a weight you know you can't hold on to. It's a perfectly useful lifting aid like any other (including chalk), just don't depend on it like a blankey that you have to have on all the time (like a lot of people do with lifting belts).
Don't feel this warrants a new thread, a friend made a poster for the "...thinks I do" meme on Powerlifting, I felt it wasn't quite right so I made one I feel is closer to the truth:
pretty good jugg
FWIW I never used straps until I started Weightlifting. When you're doing multiple sets from the hang position they come in handy, cuz it's nearly impossible to hook grip coming down from the top. But I've never needed straps for deadlifts or anything like that, and I have tiny hands.
The best forum on the web: www.WLForums.com
With straps its now 600 with out it maxes out at 455ish .
Only other time I use my straps is for chin ups/ pull ups and...... single arm rows , only due to using the curl bar as a my one arm row bar for 135pds
throw 2 25pd plates per side + the bar = from every one else in the gym