- 02-24-2010, 10:23 PM
- 02-24-2010, 10:44 PM
I use these:
or those rubber coated gloves.
- 02-24-2010, 10:51 PM
Def going to invest in some straps.
Do you use them all the time or more for just powerlifting?
02-24-2010, 10:55 PM
Only use them when I go above 315 in dead lift and wide grip lifts.
Its best to work the forearms to get use to the weight though. Generally I would only use straps if I want to crush the weight or try maxing my 1 rep max.
02-24-2010, 11:06 PM
forearms aren't the prob. My hands just get sweaty.
02-24-2010, 11:07 PM
02-24-2010, 11:15 PM
02-24-2010, 11:21 PM
If you want to improve grip strength use gloves most of the time
02-24-2010, 11:22 PM
Don't think they allow chalk.
Yes. I do use mixed grip.
02-24-2010, 11:26 PM
bring a towel, dry your hands, this is a grip strength problem if they still slip in mixed grip.
02-24-2010, 11:31 PM
02-24-2010, 11:54 PM
Thanks for all the help guys. I think I'm gonna go with some straps thou.
I think I have that condition where my hands and feet sweat a lot. I don't remember off hand what its called.
02-25-2010, 12:12 AM
Don't wear gloves unless you have a matching handbag to go with them.
Seriously, don't wear gloves.
No chalk? Try something like this;
02-25-2010, 12:38 AM
First make sure you have chalk around. Then I would go with straps until your grip strength improves. Look into getting some captains of crush grippers they really improved my grip to the point where I can rack pull nearly 800 without straps.
02-25-2010, 05:40 AM
F straps & gloves, my wife uses gloves. Use chalk, if you're gym doesn't allow it, sneak it in. Just don't be obnoxious about it and clap it all over the place. You don't need much. Keep it in a gallon zip lock back and use it sparingly, wipe your hands together in the bag and wipe the bar down with a wet paper towel afterwards, along with any that may have gotten on the floor. I've been doing this for years at my gym that doesn't allow chalk and nobody's said a word.
02-25-2010, 10:47 AM
02-25-2010, 10:58 AM
Forget straps and gloves! If your gym doesn't allow chalk, my first suggestion would be to find a new gym. If that isn't an option, put some chalk in a small tuperware container and smuggle it in! Get the sand out of your vag and man up on that bar!
02-25-2010, 12:02 PM
Straps are fine and arguably a better solution if you are not a powerlifter that competes. The mixed grip can cause bicep tears. I would recommend straps if you are not competing.
Former Marine, UT-BSN, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT, CSCS
02-25-2010, 12:02 PM
if you use gloves how is sweat a problem???!
02-25-2010, 12:57 PM
To everyone else. I'm gonna try some chalk. I am still going to buy some straps, they are only like $10 and good to have I think. Also, does anyone use wrist wraps to keep your wrists straight or do straps do the same thing?
02-25-2010, 06:46 PM
I do use straps for shrugs (over 365) and SLDLs (<5 reps) just because I think a mixed grip on those can cause some twisting/torsion in your hips. And if you're prone to hip problems (like me) it will cause problems down the road. Otherwise I stay away from them on everything else. I even feel like a homo using them on that stuff, but I have to.
Another thing to consider. Find a guy at your gym who uses straps on everything and another who doesn't and compare their forearms. Nothing builds solid forearms like holding a heavy barbell. Not that bodybuilding, forearm 'belly' crap. I'm talking solid, strong forearms.
Glad to see you trying some chalk.
02-25-2010, 07:20 PM
Strap up if you need to. Makes no sense to limit your back and leg development because you can't grip the bar. Proffesional toughman use straps. I use straps when I do reps and can still pull my max single when I want to. Use the straps. When your done deadlifting set the pins high in a rack and do a couple sets of static holds. Won't take long for your grip strength to catch up. I never use a mixed grip cause I'm not going to risk a bicep tear. I can pull 600 with a regular grip for one.
02-25-2010, 07:28 PM
me personally, i hate using gloves but last week when i was deadlifting the bar hurt my hands so bad just to hold on i had to wear them. like it hurt where my calluses are. this ever happen to anyone?
02-25-2010, 08:19 PM
02-25-2010, 08:26 PM
No more gloves for me. But I did pick up some straps for deads and leg presses.
02-26-2010, 05:27 AM
and btw.. using gloves on deadlift is dumb IMO use a mixed grip twist one grip one hand one way the other the other way...it will feel like ur twisting the bar to break it.. this will give u great grip strength.. you cant do this in gloves....
03-03-2010, 12:45 AM
03-03-2010, 12:54 AM
I Use the straps mainly for leg and cardio days.
03-03-2010, 11:27 AM
03-08-2010, 12:17 AM
I have the same prob hands tend to get alil sweaty...now this may sound ghetto as hell but i just wrap a spare towel around the bar and it makes it alot easier to grip the dam thing.
03-08-2010, 05:38 AM
03-08-2010, 07:57 AM
03-08-2010, 01:05 PM
03-08-2010, 01:12 PM
try straps they are not that much $. make up your mind.that is the only way you will know what works for you
03-13-2010, 04:51 PM
i use chalk, wrist straps for heavy pressing movements, and versa grips for heavy pulling movements. Straps due lessen forearm strength for sure
for chalk, go to REI, but the rock climbing chalk bags. they are full of chalk and are small to carry around the gym in your pocket.
03-30-2010, 09:43 PM
The best grips I have found. Very inexpensive.
Try these things called Big Back Grips (I don't have enough posts to put the link in, but just Google Big Back Grips)
They really grab the bar, NO slipping even when I sweat. They are especially good on knurled bars, but they also grab the slippery enamel bars on the BodyMaster equipment. (Especially good when the rubber coating on the machine is torn, which is nearly always.)
I found them at Muscle Beach last summer, they had a booth. They're in a bunch of stores in LA but you can get them on their website too.
03-31-2010, 04:19 AM
I dont like to use them but I like to just use straps to support my wrist + grip
03-31-2010, 04:53 AM
This is an old thread and I don't know if OP is still around and I'm surprised I only saw captains of crush mentioned once. Go to ironmind they have every stuff you need to help fix your grip.
03-31-2010, 11:04 AM
Thanx for the link. Gonna check out those captains of crush
03-31-2010, 12:21 PM
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