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Changing your deadlift technique to use an 'alternate' rather than a standard grip can increase the amount of weight you can lift in a set by 40 per cent. In a paper presented to the US National Strength and Conditioning Association's annual conference, subjects who used a standard grip completed, on average, five reps of the exercise. When they switched to an alternate grip, with one palm facing the body and the other facing away from the body, they managed seven reps. The total lift for each set was increased from 656kg to 980kg.
Source Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research

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