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Old 07-06-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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Background: 52 year old / 300 lb PLr / 29 years experience.
Three injuries entire career. Last injury in Nov. '13. Detached distal tendon in right (supinated arm) on 3rd attempt deadlift (705).
I'm 31 weeks post op and entering my 20th workout session. Everything is progressing nicely. Targeting PRs in Nov.

Here's the issue: Switched to hook grip. It is obvious that anything over 500 is going to be a problem with my fat, stubby, meaty, short hands (and no Cutty - it's NOT true what they say about small hands). So, I'm abandoning the hook grip. This just won't work.
I'm going back to mixed. There are two school's of thought here - reverse the grip and use your left arm as the supinated arm. Some, including med. professionals have concluded that the uninjured arm is MORE susceptible to injury.
The next thought - which I'm leaning to - is go back to my old mixed grip with the surgically-repaired right arm supinated during the lift. The repair is normal (meaning not tight) and feels strong.
So, what is your opinion? Also, do you have any 'biceps tendon stretching' advice / routines? And please, if you know any ortho guys....ask on my behalf.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:57 PM   #2
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I would keep working hook grip and then rotate mixed grips. I know a lifter with what I think is the same injury, I will ask him how he adapted to it if you like.
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I will ask him how he adapted to it if you like.
I'd appreciate that JB. I have four months so this is the perfect time for input.
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Have you considered pulling using double overhead and Versa Gripps?

Not sure how strong your grip is, but this worked well for me dealing with carpal tunnel.
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i personally feel safer pulling with double over hand. it take a bit to get use to but you can you more leverage when pulling back (IMO). im no powerlifter just love to deadlift. it is def harder to grip with a double over though.
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Have you considered pulling using double overhead and Versa Gripps?

Not sure how strong your grip is, but this worked well for me dealing with carpal tunnel.
The training isn't the issue. Just looking forward to the platform. I could pull 700 mixed without grip issues then the distal tendon broke loose.
Can't hold over 500 hook....so I need to do something different. I don't think I could hold anything over 500 with double-overhand.
Did you pull your competition deads double - overhand? That's one helluva grip.

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