I just read this article on T-Nation and although it was things i already knew, i have a question about the 3rd point: The 4 Laws of Safe Deadlifting 1) Never, ever, let the lower back round at any time during the movement. The lower back should be arched to minimize injury risk and maximize force transfer between the upper and lower body. 2) Think 'beach position.' You know, when you strut your stuff on the beach to impress others. Shoulders are pulled back, chest held high, abs tight. That's how you should perform a deadlift! 3) Do not use a mixed grip (one hand supinated, one hand pronated). When you're lifting for record weights, you don't have much choice. When you're deadlifting to improve your body, you want to avoid any chance of creating imbalances. 4) Don't hyperextend the neck. You shouldn't be looking down, but hyperextending the neck is no better because it can cause neck injuries. Try to keep the spine neutral, or slightly extended, at the neck. I personally never use deadlifts as an esthetic exersize. I never lift for more than 6 reps on deadlifts. I always use a staggered grip so am i really creating imbalances? I personally think think that since the arms are pretty much only used for holding the bar on a pull, they shouldnt create any significant imblances. I cant use hook grips with the weight i pull so the only option would be strapping up...but i dont want to weaken my grip (or look like an idiot) Any comments?