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Old 02-02-2013, 01:28 PM   #21
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I don't do any dedicated forearms exercise. Do you? Maybe I should start to improve grip strength.
I have in the past but personally I think its a waste of time. Stick with deadlifts and pullups/chinups and your grip strength will improve
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #22
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That's why I stopped doing them years ago. But I see people doing them all the time and I always wonder if I should do them again or not. But it looks like with pullups and deadlifts there is no need for dedicated forearms exercises.

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #23
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with 2 sets of heavy deadlifts + 3 sets of chinups yesterday my forearms were completely pumped and hurt worse than they do after forearms exercises... without the strain on the wrist / elbow

if I were doing dumbbell bench press and my left side gave out before right, I wouldn't go up in weight on right... you want to keep the body even, that's why I think its best to get better at the current weight until everything is caught up
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:48 PM   #24
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Another way to increase grip strength is using a bar that's almost too think to hold onto. Like soup can big. It's a bit difficult to set that up though.

I use five fingers for my squats and deadlifts. So much more stable than runners. I'm not putting up big numbers yet but it still makes the difference.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:41 PM   #25
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Another way to increase grip strength is using a bar that's almost too think to hold onto. Like soup can big. It's a bit difficult to set that up though.

I use five fingers for my squats and deadlifts. So much more stable than runners. I'm not putting up big numbers yet but it still makes the difference.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:19 PM   #26
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I workout in a corporate gym where shoes are mandatory. I wouldn't dead lift barefoot even if I could. I wear Nike Frees. I also ran into grip issues above 315 lbs., so I use liquid chalk or my straps when I perform my heavy sets. I disagree that the use of straps altogether is bad. That would be akin to saying that wrapping your knees during heavy squats is "bad for your squat". All the strap does is provide grip on what is otherwise a slippery bar. You are NOT suspending weight from your wrists using the strap (...and if you are, you're using the strap incorrectly, and good luck hoping that a strap is going to "hold onto" heavy weight on its own). I only use straps on my heavy set(s) however, and those sets range from 1-3 reps.

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Old 02-02-2013, 03:39 PM   #27
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Work on your forearms (grip strength) a good exercise is holding fairly heavy dumbells, so weight you would normally single arm curl and twist your wrist while holding the dumbell by your side
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #28
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Dead lifting is my absolute favorite lift.

Just my opinion in the matter.
1. Try alternating grip for both sides ( and "alternate" the alternate grip if that make sense).
2. Chalk can help with grip. As well as cutting down and repairing calluses.
3. Technique maybe? I'm not a coach so I won't tell you what you should do. But there are good videos online detailing the proper forms and training techniques for different types of lifts.
4. Mix it up. Try Sumo deadlifting.
5. Try a "good" lifting belt. I only put on my belt when sets start to feel heavy.
6. Try speed lifts with resistance bands (I love this technique).
7. Straps help in opinion.

Again, just my opinion.

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Dead lifting is my absolute favorite lift.

Just my opinion in the matter.
1. Try alternating grip for both sides ( and "alternate" the alternate grip if that make sense).
2. Chalk can help with grip. As well as cutting down and repairing calluses.
3. Technique maybe? I'm not a coach so I won't tell you what you should do. But there are good videos online detailing the proper forms and training techniques for different types of lifts.
4. Mix it up. Try Sumo deadlifting.
5. Try a "good" lifting belt. I only put on my belt when sets start to feel heavy.
6. Try speed lifts with resistance bands (I love this technique).
7. Straps help in opinion.

Again, just my opinion.

My Deadlift PR: 495 @205lbs
I'm almost there. 30 lbs. to go!


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Old 02-02-2013, 03:52 PM   #30
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For deadlift, always switch up my stance, doing a few sets of a couple of variations. I had a buddy help me out on my form so I believe I have been doing it right. Since he helped me out, I've been able to lift a lot more.

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Old 02-02-2013, 05:00 PM   #32
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For deadlift, always switch up my stance, doing a few sets of a couple of variations. I had a buddy help me out on my form so I believe I have been doing it right. Since he helped me out, I've been able to lift a lot more.

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Any videos? What are you dead lifting currently?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #33
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I don't have any videos. I've been meaning to, so I can check out my form. I workout on base and they dont allow any cellphone use inside.
I havent done a max on deadlift in a while but I usually rep 265 to start and work up to 315. The most I've done is 345.
I'm on duty tonight, going to try to get a lift in and will be doing some deadlift. I'll update you on my results.

I am 23 and weigh 168+/-3. I don't push myself as hard as I should on leg days. So I'm probably not where I need to be.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:20 PM   #34
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I am not the biggest fan of barefoot, but I have trouble doing heavy squats with my running shoes because there's just too much cushioning.
I have been wearing ninja socks in the gym for the past year and a half. I love them. They're the Vibram FiveFingers Kimodo model IIRC.
I used to have occasionally recurring tendonitis in the feet from my Army days, but no longer since I've started wearing the ninja socks a lot.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #35
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I am not the biggest fan of barefoot, but I have trouble doing heavy squats with my running shoes because there's just too much cushioning.
I have been wearing ninja socks in the gym for the past year and a half. I love them. They're the Vibram FiveFingers Kimodo model IIRC.
I used to have occasionally recurring tendonitis in the feet from my Army days, but no longer since I've started wearing the ninja socks a lot.
Try the Frees or New Balance minimalist models IF you decide to go back to a shoe.
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I will be getting Olympic lifting shoes soon. Squatting in them can make a significant difference.
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I use Nike free 4.0. Would've bought 3.0 but they were out of stock. They are great for lifting IMO.

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Going with Nike Romaleos 2 or Rouge Fitness when I get some extra money.
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I've been considering the powerlifting shoes. Primarily want the shoes for squat press, squats and deadlifts.
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