Deadlift Grip

  • Fritter

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    Jul 16, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    When I do deadlifts, I grip the bar with palms facing down like I would grip it doing reverse curls. I have seen deadlifts done with one hand palm down and one hand palm up. Am I using the wrong grip for this exersise, or is it just a matter of peference. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to either way of gripping?
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 16, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    Alternating grips is done to help you hold the bar longer. Grip strength quickly fades when you have both hands with palms facing down.

    If you want to do it that way, just switch which palm is facing up or down each set.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:17 AM GMT
    The idea is that if your palms are facing in opposite directions, it's less likely that the bar will roll away from your fingers. The opposite grip counteracts the rolling.

    But it really depends on how much weight you're lifting. If you're using light to moderate weights, then it shouldn't matter.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    My trainer has me do them with alternating grips, which sometimes feels odd but seems to be the best.
  • calibro

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    Jul 17, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    I always use an alternate grip... it's greater stabilization.
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    I can't do deadlifts at all any longer unless I alternate. Lots of nerve damage in my hands so grip does not last long.
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    I have to use alternate, especially when I'm doing any appreciable weight.

    I used to work out with a body builder who only did overhand, so I did with him, but I found that the bar had more of a tendency to rub against my shins. owww...
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    I now do alternate grip which my trainer suggested. Took some getting used to but it is second nature now.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    Use dumbbells, the barbell restricts your elbows and wrists and fucks 'em up.
  • Fritter

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the imput guys!