It’s one of the most basic, everyday movements that make its way into the weight room: With the deadlift, you’re simply grabbing something from the ground and picking it up.
Sounds simple, right? The basic movement is, but there are differing expert opinions on how you should execute it—starting with how you grip the barbell in the first place.
There are three options for gripping the barbell when you deadlift: the basic double overhand grip, the mixed grip, and the hook grip, explains trainer Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., cofounder of Cressey Sports Performance in Boston, Mass. And which one you should employ depends both on your experience with the deadlift and your goals.
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