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Deadlifting, ripped calluses and grip

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by LightningRod, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. LightningRod

    LightningRod Yellow Belt

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    Hi guys. I read the FAQ and read through the callus thread which had awesome info about care and maintenance of calluses.

    But I had a question regarding grip and deadlifting and how this might play a part in calluses being ripped off.

    I just started DL'ing. I used an over / under grip and the calluses on my over hand ripped off. The under hand was fine. The weird thing is it was only the calluses under the middle, ring, and pinky finger that got ripped off on the over hand.

    So is this a grip issue? Or is this normal and things will toughen up eventually? I noticed the bar felt like it was slipping a little in my over hand.

    Thanks in advance for the help
     
  2. MASShole

    MASShole Get it?

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    It'll toughen up eventually. I shave my callouses off with a callous razor to make sure the thick skin doesn't get too huge so it rips off.
     
  3. VoodooPlata

    VoodooPlata Brown Belt

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    BJJ and strength training have completely deadened most of my superficial nerve system.
     
  4. Mumrik

    Mumrik Silver Belt

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    I've only ever ripped the one by my pinky.


    Anyway, are you using chalk?
    You should be using chalk...
     
  5. rckvl

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    Superglue.
     
  6. milano

    milano I am the Walrus

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    It could be a grip issue, not necessarily the strength of your grip but the placement.

     
  7. scoopj

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    If you don't need to use a mixed grip, don't. Since you just started, work on pulling double overhand to work your grip strength.

    About the calluses, it may be the way you're gripping the bar. Did you concentrate on squeezing the bar? Was it all the way up against your fingers (not in the palm of your hand)? Here are a few links that may help.

    How to Grip The Bar Correctly on Deadlifts | StrongLifts.com
    How to Deadlift with Proper Technique | StrongLifts.com
    How to Grip Bars Correctly: Push vs. Pull Exercises | StrongLifts.com
     
  8. Mumrik

    Mumrik Silver Belt

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    Weird little part in that article:


    There is absolutely no reason your biceps or shoulder should be working when you make a tight fist. That is pure forearm work.

    Other than that the article has plenty of good information.
     
  9. VoodooPlata

    VoodooPlata Brown Belt

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    Actually, Wendler says to squeeze your grip hard because it makes you tense up your body. It's probably a mental thing - most people will probably tense up if they clench their fists.
     
  10. PCP

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    Are you using lifting chalk? I do not suggest pulling double overhand, I feel it is a waste of time
     
  11. scoopj

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    Yeah, I noticed that too. In fact, I tried it and felt barely any tension in my shoulder at all. But squeezing the bar definitely helps.
     
  12. KMisajet

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    A few things you can do. First go to a sporting goods store and buy yourself a decent pair of lifting gloves. It will feel a bit odd at first, but after a couple training days you will get used to them. Doesn't completely get rid of calluses but it makes them so small they really can't rip off. Second, maybe invest in some wrist wraps so your grip doesn't compromise during later sets. If you are lifting heavy you will tend to falter later in your lifts and this will cause the bar to roll a bit in your hand. I also use an over under grip and found that if I change which hand is over and which is under halfway through my workout it lowers the stress on my wrists and my grip doesn't weaken as much. Finally, make sure you are doing your deadlifts at the beginning of your workout. Since deadlifts incorporate so many muscle groups you have to be fresh to do them. If your form or posture falter because of fatigue you are gonna increase the chances that your grip will break and the bar will roll in your hand.
     
  13. MASShole

    MASShole Get it?

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    It has to do with the kinetic chain and upstream muscle activation. While you may not feel your shoulder get tense, it is more ready to be used.


    And don't use gloves. They are like vaginas for your hands.
     
  14. KMisajet

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    Vaginas for your hands? Good one Johnnie Jackson. The guy asked how to get rid of/deal with calluses, not how to be a meathead moron from Boston.
     
  15. rckvl

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    He needs chalk, not handginas.
     
  16. MASShole

    MASShole Get it?

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    Yes, because not using gloves makes you a meathead moron.

    Shave the callouses, use a correct grip and use chalk. Where does gloves come into the equation? It makes you look like a pussy who needs someone to give him a manicure after deadlifting.
     
  17. eastNYgoon138

    eastNYgoon138 Green Belt

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    What makes you say this?
     
  18. KMisajet

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    I guess I must look like a pussy then. Oh God no. What other people think of me is such a big part of why I go to the gym. It's not the not using the gloves that makes you a meathead. It's your attitude. Gloves are a viable solution to the callus problem. Probably not for purists and bodybuilding hardasses like yourself, but for everyday people it is an option.
     
  19. Indivdude

    Indivdude Blue Belt

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    One reason to not wear gloves is that it limits your ability to get a stronger grip. A stronger grip is useful in all areas of life, no matter your job. Almost everyone has to do a handshake at some point.

    Another reason is that it makes the bar bigger which adds no help to you when trying to lift more weight. Its the same reason people don't wear shoes when they deadlift.

    However, if you seriously don't want to deal with calluses in any shape or form then go ahead. Lift with gloves if that's what you want. Just realize its a vanity vs performance issue.
     
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  20. Indivdude

    Indivdude Blue Belt

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    :icon_conf That would not be the correct term to use here.

    Also, why is it a viable solution for everyday people?
     

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