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    Hi Rip

    I realise that when deadlifting with a double overhand grip, grip strength eventually becomes the limiting factor in how much someone can lift, and that to progress further the hook grip or mixed grip will be required. But why does this plateuing of grip strength happen? I dont understand it.

    The reason im asking is because my double overhand deadlift hasnt been improving lately...ive reached a point (160 kg) where it just rolls out of my hand after the 2nd or 3rd rep, and its not improving. I keep trying to make it improve but its just plateaued. So i know its time to start using the hook grip or mixed...but i just want to understand why this happens.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Let's think through this: By what mechanism does strength improve?

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    Do your warmups with double overhand and your working sets with an alternate or hook grip.

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    Frank: We're thinking here. Hypertrophy is the mechanism. Do you see a hypertrophy bottleneck anywhere in the gripping mechanism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Frank: We're thinking here. Hypertrophy is the mechanism. Do you see a hypertrophy bottleneck anywhere in the gripping mechanism?
    I would say that the muscles responsible for grip are significantly smaller than the rest of the muscle groups involved with pulling several hundred pounds off the floor.

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    Good. Where is the OP?

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