this is taken from an interview of jim wendler:
TM: Jim, what’s your opinion of mixed grip deadlifting? Yes, no, depends?
JW: This is a simple black & white issue with me. If you’re so worried about tearing a biceps that you don’t want to do a mixed grip deadlift, you clearly don’t want to lift big weight, and therefore you’re in the wrong hobby. You probably also own a lot of ties and drink wine- so you and I likely wouldn’t get along, either.
Now if you have grip problems, I highly recommend doing a double overhand grip for your warm up sets or your Boring-But-Big down-sets. But seriously, debating about a mixed grip? What the fuck has this world come to?[/quote]
If hook grip offers all the grip strength that mixed grip does, but with 0 risk of a biceps tear, then there’s really no reason not to use it. I don’t think any of us are in the hobby of increasing injury risk with 0 benefit. That would be a stupid hobby.[/quote]
Hook grip works for some people but not for everyone. I’ve never gotten it to work for me, my fingers are pretty short so I have problems locking onto my thumb in a good way. I’m stronger with a hook grip than with a normal overhand grip, but not as strong as I am with a mixed grip.
If you’re keeping your arms as straight as possible the risk of a bicep tear should be very, very low. I’ve made it a habit to flex my triceps hard before I start deadlifting.