I’ve started doing deadlifts a couple months ago and haven’t had any problems. But now I am experiencing a problem.
The problem isn’t in the legs or form, its in my grasp strength. I’m only doing 225# deadlifts but I can only complete 3-4 reps at a time not because my legs start to fatigue, but rather my grasp starts to fail on my right (strangely enough as I’m stronger on my right than left).
I’m also doing the deadlift first so as to minimize my grasp fatigue from other exercises. It’s the only exercise I perform where I have this problem (I’m 200# and can do 4x8 pull-ups without wrists giving out).
What’s the best way to overcome this deficit? I feel like I’m only getting a 1/2 decent workout on my legs on deadlift day because of this. I don’t want to use wraps or anything that going to cheat my overall development.
One other question, what is the best set/rep ratio for deadlifting? My goal is functional strength and I tend to use 5x5 for a lot of my routine, but I’m not sure if this is best for deadlifting.