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Starting Strength in the Real World


by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | July 20, 2017

The question of which grip to use and when for the deadlift is a common one, and there’s quite a bit of misunderstanding about what it is we’re trying to accomplish with the grip in relation to the deadlift. I often have clients tell me that they don’t want to use a hook or mixed grip “until they really have to,” while in the same breath asking why their deadlift is slowing down so soon in the process of getting strong. 

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by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | June 22, 2017

A lot of you are experiencing quite a bit of pain right now that is the result of too wide a grip. Having your hands too wide necessitates overextension of the shoulder (elbows way up) and excessive forward pressure by the hands into the bar to hold the bar in place, because the wide grip artificially shortens the forearm and reduces support from the elbow up to the bar.

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