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North 07-01-2010 01:52 PM

Mixed grip on deadlifts?
Yes or no? Why, why not?

I've been playing with a mixed grip for a bit now, and it at least seems like I've been movin' more weight this way. I'm just not sure if it's a placebo effect and the benefits of a mixed grip is a myth. Or if perhaps it's a bad habit because it works the sides of the body differently. Or if I should be alternating which hand is the over and which the under. Or if it's totally irrelevant so long as I'm moving more weight to work the back and legs more.

Any input is appreciated.

Squirrelfighter 07-02-2010 06:19 PM

I read this last night, though at that time I was using the Blackberry and abso-positively HATE using this site on the Blackberry. As well as I wanted to think about the subject before dropping my 2 cents in the bucket.

The pull up is a wholly different exercise compared to the deadlift, however it can be done with different grips, and can thus work different muscles in coordination with the main muscle group that is the focus(upper back/shoulder/lateral muscles). With a "close grip" the bicep muscles as well as the main muscle groups are worked. With a "wide grip" the forearms as well as triceps and biceps are included in the mix.

While this isn't the same exercise it properly illustrates the point that, while a pull up with any specific grip can be used and have some effect on different muscle groups, it still the same level of effectiveness in the core focus.

As for it allowing you to move more weight. Assuming you're doing the workout properly every time, your arms shouldn't be doing any lifting at all, they're only there for stability. If using a differing grip is adding to the weight you can move it is more likely accociated with properly stabalizing the load, or tightness in the muscles after so many reps, or improper form for a certain set.

wukkadb 07-07-2010 01:14 AM

Yes, use mixed grip. If you are worried about it working one side more than the other or whatever, just switch it up.

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