Good for a laugh... deadlifting and using straps - how NOT to do it.

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Insidious1 View Post
    LOL.. GREAT pic... And as soon as i saw it, i was like "damn! no straps.... " But perhaps they didnt have straps back then... I wasn't even born when that picture was taken, but i'm gonna play "devil's advocate" and say that he wasn't wearing straps because they werent around! LOL
    Well, if Arnold didn't need 'em, neither do you.
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  2. Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Well, if Arnold didn't need 'em, neither do you.
    Lol, what's with the new avi Nick? I feel like that whe I think bout pizza.

    Maybe had Arnold had access to straps, Frank Zane wouldn't have beat him
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    Lol, what's with the new avi Nick? I feel like that whe I think bout pizza.

    Maybe had Arnold had access to straps, Frank Zane wouldn't have beat him
    It's my bulking avi.

    Zane didn't win, Arnold let him.
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    It's my bulking avi.

    Zane didn't win, Arnold let him.
    Arnie was applying the socialist practices of his homeland at the Mr. O. It all makes sense now.
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  5. I think straps are only good for multiple reps. A 1rm u should be able to handle with ur own grip strength(over under grip). I can pull 530 once without straps and barely hang on. No way could I do another rep, but with straps it would be no prob. I feel like I'm cheating but Damn it does pay off.
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  6. Hey Zir, I usually deadlift with a double overhand grip since I'm doing it to help with my clean pull. My deadlift is about 50 lbs lighter with out straps, so whenever I'm doing sets of 3 or less I use straps. Do you think I should keep using straps like this or no?

  7. If you are doing it to benefit your clean pull, then don't use straps. I think you should work to improve your grip strength so it matches your deadlift strength.

    Br

  8. I've always operated under the belief that you'll only get stronger if you address your weaknesses. Avoiding them isn't going to help you get any better. If the limiting factor in your bench is your inability to keep your shoudler blades retracted, then You'd do face pulls and rows. This isn't any different. If the limiting factor in your dead lifts is your grip, then why would you avoid making it stronger? The best thing you can do for your grip is to hold heavy stuff. The best way to hold heavy stuff is it do dead lifts with no straps. I guess I don't understand making a change that's going to actually keep a weakness from getting better.

    I used to use straps when I did back stuff, to help me learn to take my arms out of the movements, but I fazed them out and now when I try to use them I find I have trouble moving the same weight. I believe this is because I was using too much arm before because they were stronger than my back muscles. My back muscles were the limiting factor in my lifts, so my arms were taking over. Straps didn't help. Doing rows helped, because the weakest muscles HAD to get stronger, since they were working the hardest on the movements.

    If you've experimented both with and without straps and know how to use them on certain exercises for your specific goals, then that's another thing, but everyone should try everything without them so they know how they'll react.

    As for the argument that bodybuilders can use them, I don't buy that. Get stronger and you'll build more muscle. That means building up your weaknesses just like a strength athlete. If you want an excuse to use straps because it lets you pull more and look cooler then go for it, but don't try to convince me that keeping part of you weak is making another part stronger.

  9. well if you see, I lift without them for as much as I can and only use them when I want to rep beyond my grip strength... slowly but surely my grip strength is improving so I see no reason to not use them on my last 1 or 2 heaviest sets.
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  10. I'm not sure why you want to build your grip slowly. How much faster would it catch up if you gave it the stimulus by dropping the straps?

    That being said, I'm sure you have a plan about how to use straps for your goals, which would put you in the category of the third paragraph in my other post;

    "If you've experimented both with and without straps and know how to use them on certain exercises for your specific goals, then that's another thing, but everyone should try everything without them so they know how they'll react."

  11. not trying to build it slowly... I am talking deadlifts only here... I lift without straps but once at a certain weight and above I can only lift with straps on a deadlift with over over. I would only use under/over for a 1 rm without straps. I would rather lift those last 2 sets of higher weight with straps then to not lift em at all or to use the same lighter weight in earlier sets.
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  12. The bottom line is, use straps so long as your biomechanics are correct. I, personally use straps for deads (being the most important back exercise and compound lift for overall mass I want to capitalize on weight) but I throw the straps back in the bag for Db rows, lat pulls, and the rest of the back workout so I can retain and build forearm and grip strength- a very imperative functional component.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by bezoe View Post
    The bottom line is, use straps so long as your biomechanics are correct. I, personally use straps for deads (being the most important back exercise and compound lift for overall mass I want to capitalize on weight) but I throw the straps back in the bag for Db rows, lat pulls, and the rest of the back workout so I can retain and build forearm and grip strength- a very imperative functional component.
    exactly... same here.
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by StangBanger View Post
    not trying to build it slowly... I am talking deadlifts only here... I lift without straps but once at a certain weight and above I can only lift with straps on a deadlift with over over. I would only use under/over for a 1 rm without straps. I would rather lift those last 2 sets of higher weight with straps then to not lift em at all or to use the same lighter weight in earlier sets.
    Once again ill say this. You wanna do double overhand? Use a hook grip and leave the straps alone.

  15. I dont like mixed grip deads, especially with heavy weight. I feel like it puts too much torque on the radioulnar joint of the supinated forearm. Ive been told that you should rotate your torso to that side some to take the stress off but that seems unecessary and could cause injury elswhere IMO. I prefer prontated grip with both hands and I agree that you should lift without straps until grip is the limiting factor then use them.

    What exactly do you mean by hook grip?
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  16. I like double overhand, as I use the deadlift to increase my olympic lifts.

    Hook grip is great, especially if you have large hands and long fingers (I'm an ape).

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    Br

  17. Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou321 View Post
    Once again ill say this. You wanna do double overhand? Use a hook grip and leave the straps alone.
    Im deadlifting today and I will give the hook grip a shot!!! thanks.. learn something everyday.
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by ZiR RED View Post
    I like double overhand, as I use the deadlift to increase my olympic lifts.

    Hook grip is great, especially if you have large hands and long fingers (I'm an ape).

    http://doubleyourgains.com/why-i-dea...you-should-too

    Br
    Very interesting im gonna try this next time i dead also. There were some good points made in that article that i agree with about staggered/mixed grip causing problems
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by ZiR RED View Post
    I like double overhand, as I use the deadlift to increase my olympic lifts.

    Hook grip is great, especially if you have large hands and long fingers (I'm an ape).

    http://doubleyourgains.com/why-i-dea...you-should-too

    Br
    Chrome's giving me a malware warning for that link, Zir, you sure that site is cool?

    I have yet to figure out how to use a hook grip without it hurting my thumbs like crazy. I keep trying though...
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Chrome's giving me a malware warning for that link, Zir, you sure that site is cool?

    I have yet to figure out how to use a hook grip without it hurting my thumbs like crazy. I keep trying though...
    I actually got one too. the article on the site is good, as is the description. I found via a google image search when i was looking for soemthing to include as a hookgrip demo

    Br

  21. It is a painful grip to use. But since you wanna not use a mixed grip you gotta do what you gotta do. Layne norton uses a hook grip and pulled 700 at a bw of 220 with it, maybe email him about it? He always replys.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou321 View Post
    It is a painful grip to use. But since you wanna not use a mixed grip you gotta do what you gotta do. Layne norton uses a hook grip and pulled 700 at a bw of 220 with it, maybe email him about it? He always replys.
    that guy is something else. A +3xBW Deadlift? Geez... Guess I got my work cut out for me...
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    that guy is something else. A +3xBW Deadlift? Geez... Guess I got my work cut out for me...
    If get a chance check out his powerlifting video series, it has the pull in there at the end.

  24. Ha Thank you for sharing this, I just saw this and made my day! My boyfriend came home the other day telling me this EXACT same thing, so glad he is not the only "idiot" out there. So you know, you are not alone in that either! haha

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Jentry07 View Post
    Ha Thank you for sharing this, I just saw this and made my day! My boyfriend came home the other day telling me this EXACT same thing, so glad he is not the only "idiot" out there. So you know, you are not alone in that either! haha
    Haha!! nice...

    oh and as for the hook grip... dayum that hurts!
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  26. Glad someone mentioned hook grip here. When the weight gets too heavy instead of straps I always just turn to a hook grip. On deads or any other back exercise. I also use a hook grip regardless on power cleans. I see many guys at the gym do power cleans without a hook grip and after I show them it they are amazed at how much more weight they can clean.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by StangBanger View Post
    Haha!! nice...

    oh and as for the hook grip... dayum that hurts!
    Get some plaster for your thumbs like you see on oly lifters thumbs, and the more you use the grip the less itll hurt.
  28. Good for a laugh... deadlifting and using straps - how NOT to do it.


    Hey friends, thanks for sharing your experience. This is really going
    to help the reader. This is very nice thread. Thanks for sharing.

  29. So I manned up and used a hook grip today for my RDLs. I found that if I really focused on digging my palm into the bar before gripping, my thumb didn't hurt nearly so much. It's definitely a stronger grip than standard overhand, but I still feel like my technique is less than perfect with it. Just need practice.
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  30. I had a trainer (bodybuilder) show me a neat trick with straps, that helps alot especially with things like pull ups. Not sure how to explain it coherently to where it`ll make sense haha but u Sew the the strap part so that the "wrap" part is sewed to the part that it slips through, at a certain length. Then cut the rest of the strap off. If done at the correct length it allows you to not ave to care about the excess strap and u can just kinda curl the little bit u have around the bar for better grip and can let go when ever u want.

    Also I agree, i do a combination of both. I use straps with my later sets, but honestly its more because my hands get slippery from sweat and the gym im at doesn't allow chalk...which blows.
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