It would be hard to get good at picking up heavy things if you don’t practice picking up heavy things. Also, every strongman who has ever competed trains their deadlift in some capacity. This should tell you something.[/quote]
well what muscles are used when your picking stuff up from the ground,
quads and lower back: quads trained in squats and leg press. Lower back trained in squat, hyperextensions and probably in bent over row too as i am going with 225 on that
hamstring and glutes: straight leg deadlift, hyperextensions, squat
grip: i am doing dumbbell holds for 60 seconds each set on pull days so thats continuously getting stronger.
so basically my question was that as i am training all the muscles required in picking stuff up from the ground. do i still need to implement conventional deadlift to effectively improve my ability in picking stuff up. i would like not to as i am perfectly happy with my program as it is, but i don’t want to be strong only when we are dealing with barbells and dumbbells. [/quote]
How strong are you in the first place? How strong do you want to be? Unless your dumbbells are 200 lbs each, or more, there is a limit to how useful they will be in training grip strength. If you’re doing dumbbell holds with 100 lb dumbbells, how well is that going to translate to a 500+ lb deadlift? The answer: not very well. Maximal grip strength is different from endurance grip strength. Your 60 second holds are good for endurance, not for maximal strength.
Deadlift also trains your upper back and traps. How are you addressing those?
I can assure you that even if most of your training centers around lifting barbells and dumbbells, you will be able to lift things that are not barbells and dumbbells. Most strongmen only practice their actual events sparingly (depending on who it is, some do more than others). This is important: ALL COMPETITIVE STRONGMEN perform heavy compound lifts on a regular basis, with barbells.