I'm able to dead lift 270 at 5 reps without straps, after that I need to add straps to get to 400. How much more should I be able to hold if I used chalk?

  • All depends on your grip strength – Wayne In Yak Sep 5 '12 at 14:29
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    Unless the bar is slipping out due to sweaty hands, the chalk isn't going to make a difference. – JohnP Sep 5 '12 at 14:43
  • @JohnP - I was thinking due to sweaty hands, better grip/hold, etc. - there would be more 'ability' to hold more weight, I was just wondering if there was anyway to tell how much – Meade Rubenstein Sep 5 '12 at 14:52
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    @MeadeRubenstein - Put 270 on the bar, do a rep. Put 290 on the bar and chalk up, see if you can hold it. Keep going until the chalk doesn't help any more. That's about the only way I can think of to tell how much it might help. – JohnP Sep 5 '12 at 15:00
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    This morning - with chalk - I did 5x5 @ 300 lbs dead lifts, prior to that I was able to either do 5x3 @300lbs or 5x5 @ 270...my hands feel better also...experiment complete - chalk helps – Meade Rubenstein Sep 7 '12 at 10:27

I'm not sure how much more chalk will let you hold. Anecdotally, on my last working set (when my hands are the sweatiest) I can do maybe 3 reps at a given weight without chalk, and get past 10 with chalk. It's a pretty dramatic difference.

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