When it comes to your deadlift grip, we have to be cognizant of balancing what will likely help prevent injury (namely a bicep tendon tear), but also allow for optimal performance and turn you into a deadlifting Terminator.

My approach:

  • Use a double overhand grip during your warm-up sets until it becomes a limiting factor or you're unable to maintain your grip during your work sets.
  • Switch to an alternate (under/over) grip to help keep the bar from rolling out of your hands.
  • Alternate your alternate grip (left and right facing you or facing away) with every subsequent set.

Side note: Yes, person who will inevitably bring up the hook grip. That's an option too. We get it: you're better than us.

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