Romanian Deadlift vs grip strength

  • tgrissom0312

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    Jun 02, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    Sorry if this has been answered somewhere else...

    Ok, so today I was lifting 105lbs on my deadlift. My legs are wanting more but my grip can't handle it.

    I'm doing 3 sets / 10 reps. On the 3rd set, I have to stop at 8, set the bar down, then go back to it to finish the last 2.

    So, what would YOU do?

    Do I drop reps and increase sets? Will that even help my grip?

    Is there an alternative exercise that I can do that will work the same muscle group?

    Any advice would be great!
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    Hold it like this
    deadlift_grip.jpg
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    hazardous saidHold it like this
    deadlift_grip.jpg



    +1
  • UncleverName

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    Jun 02, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    If switching the grip up like the picture above doesn't help, you could try strengthening your grip. Farmers walks should help with that. Thats walking while holding a round weight plate in each hand, squeezing the edge of the plate to hold it.

    You could also do deadlifts as you are, but force yourself to squeeze the bar as tight as you can throughout, until that becomes easy.

    Finally, you could forget about your grip and use straps. I don't recommend that though. Weak grip strength can indicate rotator cuff weakness, which will cause other problems.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    strapped.jpg

    Although you're forearms/hands should be strong enough to handle that. Maybe work on the forearms and grip.
  • tgrissom0312

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    Jun 02, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys. You're the reason i love this site so much.

    I'll try out the alternate grip and i'll post back soon!
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    Jun 03, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    I have had similar issues with grip problems, especially during deads and shrugs. As suggested, using an alternating grip on deadlifts should be a big help. I also recently incorporated 3 or 4 sets of farmer's walks at the end of most of my workouts in an attempt to improve my grip.
  • adidas0783

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    Jun 04, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidBy the way, I thought this was a nice demonstration for this exercise.



    Thanks for posting MuchMoreThanMuscle, they guy does give a great demonstration and I too have issues with flexibility.