If the bar is slipping out of your hands on the deadlift, your grip isn't strong enough. But since grip strength is mostly neural, it doesn't take long to see drastic improvements if you work on it.

Strengthen your grip with the pinch-grip deadlift:

  1. Set up the bar as if you were going to do a T-bar row or landmine exercise.
  2. Using only your fingers and thumbs, lift the weight by the plate.
  3. This exercise can be done dynamically (for multiple reps) or performed as an isometric – lift and hold at the top. With this static method, hold for 9-12 seconds, working up to the heaviest weight you can hold for that duration. For strength-endurance, use a weight that you can hold for 30-45 seconds.
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