are rack pulls good for people who have trouble off the floor? im having issues with that as well as grip, and my 1rm is only about 330
I’d like to know this, too. I’m having trouble w/ my grip and getting it up. I feel that I can work my back more, but my hands give out and then if I rest/pause, I can’t get the weight back up.[/quote]
In response to grip help and getting the bar off the floor:
1.Deadlift from a box using a hook grip (which will work your grip a lot) (reverse if you have to).
2.Buy a super gripper (made by Invanko, it is a SWEET gripper that can has up to 360lbs force and I believe only one man or so gripped the 400, I’m not exactly sure. Captains of crush are great too but more expensive since they’re not adjustable and you’d have to buy multiple. Super gripper by Invanko is like 100+ grippers in one.)
Use chalk. ATP sells good chalk at a good price (they also sell the super gripper too).
Assistance work. Do pull-throughs on the cable machine correctly as well as glute ham raises (if you can’t do them use a reverse hyper machine with weights).
5.Quality straps. Honestly, I didn’t like straps because I cared about my grip but after trying to increase the weight from 385lbs to over 385lbs for 5+ reps on the deadlift (((my tested 1 rep max a while ago was 425 @ 194 at my college competition with no straps and not even chalk. I did however use a belt. I usually go raw all the time until my last set now which I’ll only use straps and perhaps chalk.))) my grip suffered.
I used straps for the first time yesterday and deadlifted 405 for 4 fairly easy although my back was a bit rounded because I was not use to using straps. So straps may or may not be your answer if you want a strong grip.
Do farmers walks with 2 heavy dumbbells. If you’re about 150lbs then grab a pair of 60s and walk as far as a quarter mile. Take as many stops as you have to. 180+ use something like 80lb dumbbells. Progress to 2 laps if you must. Builds up nice clauses for a nice grip.
Don’t completely cut off your clauses with a knife or shaving stick, instead try using a pumice stone. I cut them off and my palms didn’t have as much grip and the new clauses weren’t as tough as the old ones.
Wrap the bar with a thin towel on each hand to form a thicker-like bar. This will help greatly with grip and when you go back to the normal bar you’ll be beating it up like nothing.
Don’t use gloves
Read the many articles made by Eric Cressey. I think he made 3 or so articles just about the DEADLIFT.