I train at my college rec center and compete in powerlifting. To put things in perspective, I’m 220, 20 y/o, and my numbers are 345/475/525.
Unfortunately, my gym does not allow us to use chalk and the “grate” on the bars is relatively smooth so grabbing it while sweaty/in a humid gym is difficult. Additionally, the plates are really large (bumper plates) and the most the bar will hold is 475 (495 without clips). And althought it may be in my head, I feel like they’re way heavier than standard metal plates.
The conclusion I have come to is training my heaviest sets where I would require chalk with lifting straps and supplementing grip training.
Do you have any other suggestions for getting a bigger and better deadlift with these slight limitations?[/quote]
I think you’ve got the right idea. If I were you (other than switching gyms or buying my own equipment) I would use straps for working sets and supplement with grip training. I pull with a hook grip and use straps probably 90% of the time in training but have never had a problem gripping the bar in a competition.
You can try some variations that will still allow you to build strength while using less weight:
Pause deadlift (off the floor, below the knee or above the knee)
Stiff leg or RDL
Or Any combination of the above.
If you pick a few of these variations and get stronger at them, your 1RM competition style deadlift will most likely go up as well. After your working sets, you could throw in some static holds, either double overhand or mixed grip (or both) for your grip.