The overhand grip and the mixed grip are two gnarly handles. They each have their pros, and they each have their cons. And on top of that, there is a third one called the hook grip. These are all pretty basic grips, with the overhand grip being the most widely used. But, the overhand grip is not a very strong one.
- Heavy pulling exercises that make use of barbells can require the use of different grips.
- An overhand grip, which is a standard grip, is less useful with very heavy lifts, as the barbell will have a tendency to start to roll out of the lifter’s grip.
- A potentially better way to maximize strength for heavier lifts is to utilize a mixed grip, with hands going in opposing directions, on the barbell.
“And another tip that’s going to improve your grip strength is using lifting chalk.”