I do rack deads strictly for lat-lowback thickness. Overhand grip. Hands kind of close shoulder width inside legs, legs still not very wide. Mixed grip can develop an imbalance; underhand puts alot of stress on the bocep insertion attachment.
i use straps, and an overhanded grip. I used to do reverse grip and as I increased the weight, the potential for injury was becoming apparent. The most important thing you could ever remember doing deadlfits is to USE YOUR LEGS! Also pull it from the floor. (real men only) Deadlifts are by far the best movement for thickness PERIOD!
I agree with using an overhand grip and straps WHEN you need them (meaning the warm-up/lighter sets go without), but as the weight gets heavier you do not want to be limited by the forearms as a weak-link.
Also, a big change I made when switching from "touch and go" reps to "full reset", meaning in between each rep the weight is completely at rest on the floor BUT I keep tight for the next rep. This works so much harder do to no momentum.
....I WANT EQUAL DEVELOPMENT. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO USE THE OFFSET GRIP AND THEY END UP WITH ONE TRAP WITH UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT. I USE STRAPS ON THE HEAVY SETS AND GO FROM THE FLOOR. I WOULDN'T USE A SUMO STANCE....UNLESS YOU'VE GOT A FUNKY STRUCTURE AND COULD LIFT MORE AT A POWERLIFTING MEET. FOR BODYBUILDING PURPOSES...USE THE HANDS OUTSIDE THE QUADS, SHOULDER WIDTH STANCE. MY OPINION.
i use straps, and an overhanded grip. I used to do reverse grip and as I increased the weight, the potential for injury was becoming apparent. The most important thing you could ever remember doing deadlfits is to USE YOUR LEGS!
Mikes and Jbravo...I think it's funny that you fellas fork each other crap!
I wish I could train at the gym where you guys are for a while. Sounds like a good hardcore group of guys. Mike....I have to side with Bravo on this one. I partial squat 10000 pounds! hahaha Yeah, that's right 10,000...hahahaha........I tried calling you tonight but you stood me up again!