Saturday, August 21, 2010

Double Overhand Grip vs. Reverse Grip

So there I was feeling a bit smug being able to deadlift about 50kg's worth of bar + plates. And then I realized that all this while I've been using the reverse grip rather than the ideal double overhand grip. Ideal, because it is also the grip that a lot of people are weakest at. So the logic is: the more you improve on your double overhand grip, the stronger you'll get.

The reverse grip: The usual grip I use for my deadlifts

The double overhand grip: This I need to work on.

So tonight instead of using the reverse grip I switched to double overhand and immediately felt that I was a sissy. I had to take off 1kg and reduced my reps from 8 to 5 (barely). Yes, I'm disappointed that I'm weaker than I thought I was. But no, that's not going to stop me.

I'll try to improve on my grip strength. It is my weakest link anyway.

On another note... I've stopped doing barbell benchpress for now and switched to dumbbell benchpress. I need to get back to basics. Something tells me I'm doing something wrong.


FatLouie said...

really? now only I know... thanx for the info! :D

Kasey Brown Fitness said...
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KevL said...

Kasey: Could you possibly be referring to the hook grip?

Kasey Brown Fitness said...
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Aizan Suhaira said...

Adeline: Yeah, test the different grips out and let me know what you think.

Kasey & KevL: Thanks for letting me know about the hook grip. Will try that out tonight.