The real point of deadlifting
|Yeah, I know, it's baby weight. And no doubt she bought|
those gloves because they match her purse...
- Gym gloves are for pussies. Don't wear them, dude. Just don't. You'll look unutterably gay. Calloused hands and chalk dust on your gym pants are the inevitable by-products of blood, sweat, toil, and tears in service to the Lord of Steel. Wear them as badges of honour.
- Don't lift with straps until you can lift your max weight with good form. I personally have very little use for lifting straps because I feel that they encourage men to sacrifice form for heavier weight. However, once you hit a weight level where you know you can lift more with good form but your grip is the limiting factor, that is the time to start thinking about using straps.
- Get your stance right. You want your shoulders starting directly above the bar- not in front of it, not behind, but so that a completely vertical line from the floor, through the bar, would also go straight through your shoulders.
- GRIP LIKE YOU MEAN IT. You don't develop grip strength from deadlifting by being a wimp. When you grip the bar, your knuckles should go white from the sheer pressure that you're putting on the steel.