Week 27/52: How and when to use lifting straps

I’ve seen some pretty impressive things over the years in regards to powerlifting and heavy strength training.  I was sitting second row when Steve Goggins was the first one to squat 1102. I watched Andy Bolton pull a massive 900+ deadlift. I saw some Russian dude do over 2000+ single arm push presses – it took him over 2 hours!


Earlier this year I saw some comments on social media about a bodybuilder deadlifting with straps.

“If you can’t hold on to the bar (without straps), maybe you shouldn’t lift it.”

“Using straps…that’s cheating.”

Those were just a few of the comments I saw regarding a pretty big deadlift from a bodybuilder.

Now, before you watch this video, always remember that people have different goals. Not everyone is out there wants to perform a competition deadlift. Some like deadlifting to build a bigger back. Others might want to get a stronger deadlift, but still have no plans to compete. If you plan on entering a powerlifting/deadlift competition, then you’ll want to limit the use of straps for your main deadlift movement.  In this case, yes, you need to be able to hold on to the bar.

For many non-competitors, straps are a great tool. Using a mixed grip can help you hold a heavy weight better than a double overhand grip, but it also adds stress the the hips and low back because one hand is turned under. The amount of torque might seem small, but imagine doing this weekly for years and years – it adds up.

There are also some contraindications for using a mixed grip. Anyone who has a back disorder (scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, etc) shouldn’t put themselves in a compromised position. Therefore pulling with straps and a double overhand grip might be the best thing for them.


Now watch the video…

Week 26/52: Feed me, Seymour

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Lifting and training is often viewed as an individual sport. It’s just you on the platform or the stage. It’s just you lifting the weights. No one else can do it for you.

If you look at the bigger picture though, there’s a whole team around you. Your training partners, spotters, coaches, chiropractor, massage therapist, and whoever else you use in your training, health and fitness realm.

If you’ve been following along over the weeks, you know I’ve been reading some Zig Ziglar stuff. The entire book See You at the Top is about moving up in your personal and professional life. It’s about reaching BIG goals and having BIG dreams. No, not fluffy dreams, but real honest to goodness “I will do these things” dreams. (Do you have those? I do.)

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry, I eat. My little (eh, sometimes big) belly wants food quite often. So I feed it. And I feel satisfied. But then I get hungry again. Do I not eat because I just ate a couple hours ago?  Heck no. I eat again.

Your attitude (your brain, your thoughts) needs constant feeding too. Have you ever woken up and thought, “Hey! Today is going to be a great day!”

And guess what… IT WAS!

But then the next day…not so great. Do you think I starve my brain, my thoughts and my ideas from the food it needs? Heck no! I feed it with what I need to continue to push forward.

Maybe it’s reading a book. Or seeing a quote. Or listening to a book on tape while I walk the dog. Maybe it’s a facebook video that captures my attention and brings my attitude back to grateful, positive and confident.

Our minds need to be fed constantly. I know exactly when I haven’t been fed…I feel like Vampire Bill Compton who hasn’t drank any blood for a few days. I feel mentally weak… famished actually. My attitude towards others is poor and I become highly UNmotivated to work on anything that will take me (personally and professionally) to the next level.


Food. Every day.

Brain food. Every. Single. Day.


Feed on something. Quotes, books, videos, friends, family, meditation…every day. Twice a day.