Newbie Deadlifter

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  1. Riconosuave

    Riconosuave New Member

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    Deadlifted for the first time this week. Was trying to work on form, so I went 95x6, 115x6, and 135x6. It's not a lot of weight, but I think my form is pretty good. I think I can go way heavier. Right now I'm using an overhand grip with both hands. When my hands start to fail, do I then switch to an alternating grip? At what point should I worry about using a belt? I want to try to go as heavy as possible, for as long as possible, without wearing a belt.
     
  2. MaineSucks

    MaineSucks OT Supporter

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    use a belt, it helps with the form and helps prevent injury. No reason to NOT use one. switch over when you lose your grip.
     
  3. N-Word-Jim

    N-Word-Jim Cure for boredom

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    Generally within 70-80 or more % of your max you should be using a belt. It's important you know how to use the belt though, you have to fill your gut with air and use the belt to create a higher pressure inside yourself to stabilize not only your back, but your entire body.

    As far as the grip goes, I just switch to an alternating grip as long as I'm doing singles. And many will cry foul, but if you don't care about competing or being a pussy, just use some straps and keep using dual overhand, especially if you're doing RDLs for reps or whatever.

    edit: like Maine said, it doesn't hurt to just use a belt all the time and get used to it.
     
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    Riconosuave New Member

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    When you say "fill your gut with air," you mean after suck in my stomach and tighten the belt as much as possible? Then right before I lift the weight, then fill my gut with air? Also, how do you fill your gut with air while maitaining a flex in your abs? I thought you were supposed to have your abs tight as you lift.
     
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    N-Word-Jim Cure for boredom

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    You don't suck in all the way and tighten the belt, but personally I like mine really fawkin tight.

    As far as flexing your abs, you should be able to flex and expand at the same time.

    It'll take some getting used to ;).
     
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    dear god if you wear a belt please learn how to use it. it doesn't just auto-stabilize you. like these guys said, suck air into your stomach, push out on the belt.
     
  7. Merit83

    Merit83 Your mama was a snowblower!

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    I've never used a belt :hs:
     
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