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485 lbs Snatch Grip Deadlift

The snatch grip deadlift is something I have been working into my own training to keep my shoulders from drifting backwards too much (computer use!) As you can see, the hands are spaced much wider on this lift, as opposed to conventional deadlifting, in which your hands might be just outside your knees, or even inside of them if you pull sumo style.

This strong gentleman is pulling 485 lbs, or 220 kilos. And his hands are nearly out there touching the plates.

If this feels unusual to you at first, or uncomfortable on your wrists, as always, just start light and figure out what works best for you. I’ve seen the biggest payoff in my traps and my grip strength.

And if you are wondering what the “snatch grip” refers to, this is essentially the beginning position of the Olympic snatch. So if you’re a kettlebell head and you snatch with one hand, step back from the brink of confusion:)


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