3 Grip Mistakes Undermining Your Bench Press, Deadlift and Lat Pulldowns

The stronger the grip, the stronger the man (or woman). Grip strength is one of the most overlooked aspects of training, yet it’s far more more important than people realize. Numerous studies have found that grip strength is a powerful indicator of one’s overall health. And several top strength and conditioning coaches use grip tests to analyze an athlete’s recovery speed when coming back from an injury.

When you are lifting, your grip can enhance—or ruin—your ability to perform an exercise. Slight tweaks to the positioning of your hand, wrist angle or thumb can dramatically affect your movement during an exercise, and the weight you can use during it.

In my own training, I’ve see a lot of exercise grip mistakes, but three seem the most common. The good news is that they are all pretty easy to fix, and that correcting them will pay huge dividends. Don’t let your own hands be the thing that holds you back. Fix these three issues today.