The deadlift is one of the popular movements for any fitness enthusiast. Great for strength and muscle growth, there are three main ways to grip the bar:
◽Double Overhand: This the most fundamental and natural way of gripping the bar. The double overhand is the grip you should begin with, and maintain this until grip becomes a limiting factor. ◽Mixed Grip: Once you have reached your grip potential with the double overhand, begin to lift with a mixed grip, meaning one hand is overhand, while the other is underhand. This prevents the bar from coming off when you are fatiguing. Be careful though, as you should use this method ONLY once you cannot grip with double overhand. Improper use hinders the development of grip strength, creates muscle imbalances and increases the risk of torn biceps for your supinated arm.
◽The strongest grip is the hook grip, where you trap your thumb between the bar and your first two fingers. this creates a "lock" to prevent the bar from slipping over. Olympic lifters use this grip exclusively, and is a great tool to have in your arsenal.
What grip do you usually have when deadlifting? Let me know in the comments below! @laurensimpsonfitness