My deadlift has stalled for the longest time, and largely because my grip is just terribly weak. Whenever I pull anything near my recently tested max (315), the first thing to go is my grip. The rest of my body is “fine”.
I’ve tried deadlifting double-overhand with a 5 second hold at the top for the last couple of weeks, and it worked fairly well. 225lb for 3 sets of 5 is easy now. So I went to do 235 since two weeks or so ago. The first time I pulled that, it went up effortlessly. I thought my grip was finally getting stronger.
But then in the course of the past two weeks, my grip seems to actually be getting weaker. The rest of my body is fine; it’s just my grip strength, and specifically on the deadlift. I can do chin-ups and DB rows just fine, but my grip fails me on the deadlift.
I haven’t changed anything either, so I have no idea what’s going on.
To be specific, it is my ability to actually make a fist around the bar that’s failing me. I can hold onto the bar with my four digits (excluding the thumb), but the bar just rolls around.
Anyways, I’m wondering whether it would be best at this point for me to just get straps so that I can progress on the deadlift itself while I use either the CoC grippers and farmer’s walk/DB hold for grip strength. That way I can work on the two things separately and continue to progress on deadlifts while not letting my grip strength get in the way. And since my grip isn’t nearly as shot doing deadlifts, I (hopefully) should be able to make progress by using the grippers and/or DB holds.