*I am not looking for advice on the program itself or recommendations to follow other programs. I do not feel the need, desire or competence to do heavy squats. This is not meant to be disrespectful but I do not want to confuse myself with contradictory advice which will send me routine hopping. *
I have started a log in preparation for my Elliot Hulse strength program for MMA/grappling.
It is as follows:
Monday - Deadlift
Tuesday - Bench
Wednesday - Overhead press
Thursday - Deadlift
Friday - Bench
Saturday - Overhead press
week 1 - 3x3
week 2 - 5x2
week 3 - 6x1
week 4 - 1x5 deload
Never hit failure, 50%1RM on deload week. minimal body weight abdominal and upper back work to prevent imbalances (20 pullups one day, twenty ab raises the next etc)
Now for the questions. I have a really weak grip, small hands too, which means I can only lift around 125KG for a one to two rep max. This program uses weights that stop short of failure, I was wondering if using chalk on the 3x3/5x2 weeks and using straps for my 6x1 week would build grip while also letting me lift more and gain strength without my grip failing me?
Belt or no belt? I have a big Inzer like belt from Iron gym, cheaper and poorer quality but perfectly fine. Should I use it, for what exercises and or what week of the program?
Following the deload week should I have a week off or is the deload week in effect a week off?