37 years old, 160lbs, 5'7Deadlift Objective
Been lifting for about a year. Im finally at the point where deadlifts and shrugs are almost too heavy for me to hold onto if i want to complete a set of 5 or whatever.
My deadlift is right around 3 plates. Anything over 225 and my grip fails after a few reps. Same with shrugs.
However I dont want this to effect my grip strength, but im assuming it will
Also not a big fan of mixed grip.
The objective of the deadlift is to strengthen and increase the muscle mass primarily in your posterior chain.
To do that you need to...
Overload The Posterior Chain
This means you need to (at some point in your training cycle) push yourself to failure or close to it.
If your grip is the limiting factor in your deadlift, you are NOT going to be able to overload the "Deadlift" muscle groups.
Turning The Deadlift Into a Grip Exercise
What happens is you end up turning a posterior chain exercise into a grip exercise.
That amounts to...
Killing A Fly With a Sledgehammer
In other word, you are using the Wrong tool for the job.
Straps allow you to overload the muscles in the Deadlift.
There are three types of grip strength.
Each type need to be trained differently.
Holding on to a bar during an exercise falls into the Holding Strength Training catagory (Strength Endurance).
1) Hanging from a Chinning bar for as long as you can.
2) Holding on to a heavy barbell, as long as you can.
3) Training with a Thick bars.
If you don't have a thick bar, wearing gloves as Stephen mentioned in his post actually increases the grip thickness.
While the glove provides some "grip traction" like chalk, it also makes it harder to grip and hold on to the bar.
4) Holding a Hand Gripper Shut for as long as you can.