5-25-14 – Reverse Band Deadlifts

Lately, I have realized that the weak link to my deadlifts is my grip. I am strong enough to get the bar to the point where I can lock it out, but right before I get there my grip gives out. When I attended LTT8, Matt Wenning, world record holder powerlifter, told me to press my hand into the bar as I get set up. I have been doing this lately and it has made a difference. My grip feels tighter and I feel more confident with deadlifting heavier weights.

Today I decided to train my deadlift while using a reverse band. This setup makes the weight easier on the bottom but harder on the top, since the tension of the bands release as you bring the bar up. This will allow me to get used to having heavier weights in my hand. On my last couple of working sets I noticed my grip start to slip but I was able to hold onto the bar just long enough to lock it out.

I also changed my deadlift stance, keeping my feet very close together and my toes pointed 45 degrees. This helps me get set in an upright position. I have had trouble with keeping the bar close to my body lately, but this new stance has fixed the problem and I have the bloody shins to prove it. It was a good session. It felt good working up to something heavy! Today’s session was cut short, but I will finish my accessories at a later time. I am looking forward to seeing how my training will progress!


Max Effort Reverse Band Deadlifts
3rd pin, grey band
Warm Ups
225 x 5
275 x 5
315 x 3
365 x 2
Working Sets
405 x 1
455 x 1
495 x 1
525 x 1
545 x 1
555 x 1
Down Set
445 x 5
Back Raises
3 x 10 - 40 lb DB
DB Holds
:30 sec x 3 - 20 DBs
Four Sets of Abs