I pulled 162.5kg (358lbs) yesterday with the lock grip.
I think I'll definitely try using that more and only use straps for where this grip fails.
Tweaked my technique with the hook grip over the last week (weighted pullups, etc.). Today was deadlift day, and I pulled 365 with no issues using a hook grip. Started the bar closer to my fingers, put a strip of tape around the thumbnails, and had chalk. No problem.
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I'm running into this problem myself. I could only do 345x3 today because by the 3rd rep I was pretty much holding the bar with only my fingertips and was close to dropping it. Does chalk make a big difference?
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My husband (grokhness monstah) and I use this: Liquid Grip - What's In Your Grip? less messy than chalk when using, but you have to give it a good wash when you're done. Lasts until you wash it off with no reapplication. Feels like the bar is welded to your hands!
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I noticed this weekend that my grip was way more solid when I pulled 275. Usually grip is an issue for me and the worst part of a max effort for me. I was surprised when it was a non-issue.
I think things that helped me were farmer carries, it seemed like the bar was thinner and we did some banded DL's in a rack, where the band helps you get it off the ground, then less assistance at the top, so you could deal with more weight than normal at the top of the lift. Another helpful one was to do deadlifts with a snatch grip (it was really hard in a lot of ways and taxes other parts of you as well).
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