So a while ago when I was deadlifting and started struggling on grip I bought some straps.
I used to go double overhand only because I once tried mixed grip and felt really awkward.
Now a days I’ve adopted mixed grip for my heavier sets, I run 5/3/1 so I’d do double overhand for like 5 sets and on my last 6th heavy set I would pull out the mixed grip.
I was unaware ( didn’t think of it ) that mixed grip could cause muscle imbalance… I did some research as I heard that from a friend and actually found out that mixed grip was more prone to tearing my bicep and giving me massive pain and basically making it so that I probably couldn’t go to the gym anymore, which scared the fuck out of me.
I figured I’d be smarter and try to use double overhand yesterday on my heavy set, not getting injured means I can make gains on a longer period of time and not being set back by a stupid injury.
And so when I got to the gym everything went fine until I reached my set, I was supposed to pull 380x3, I go on and double overhand grip the bar and try to pull, didn’t even manage to pull the weight off the floor on the first attempt, then went ‘‘fuck it’’ and mixed grip and managed to pull the weight 5 times easily, I still had 2-3 more rep in me but my friend then came along and started saying stupid shit so I dropped the weight. I’m focusing on the 405 next week anyways.
But anyway the point of this thread is, I’m wondering… what are the real risks of tearing my bicep when doing mixed grip? I’m really scared it would happen but… at the same time, I figured if I did 5 other DL set before this big one, probably my bicep would be warmed up more than enough, even if I pull my 5 first sets with double overhand?
I’m reeeeeeeally worried to injure myself, yet I never felt discomfort anywhere when doing deadlifts so I guess I must be doing them fine… and the fact that I barely pulled the bar off the floor with double overhand yesterday makes me think mixed grip must be far superior?
What are your takes on these? How do you grip the bar when you pull and how do you prevent getting injured?