Dead lifts etc
Exercises in the gym like dead lifts and hanging leg raises are really effective but some times you find that your wrists and forearms fail before your back or abs etc. Powerball has helped this quite alot
On the subject of deaf-lifts, I thought they were bad for you.
I read in a men's health magazine that they were good because they worked so many muscles and only feared because it was easy to do them wrong and hurt your back.
Be careful and stay supervised no matter what age you are when doing them.
-keep the bar as close to you as possible at all times. This means dragging it up your shins which also means pain and scars, but who cares!
-keep your weight on your heels, strength should come from your glutes, hamstrings, hips
-keep your hips low, shoulders back, head up, back straight, stomach tight. Knees bent as much as you need to keep your back straight and torso at about 45 degrees to the floor
-lean back as you pull, push hips forward
-stay light until you can repeat perfect form without thinking about it
-low reps (maximum of 6), stop when you can no longer keep perfect form
Powerball definitely helps grip strength for this exercise.
yep thats gospel right there!
weight belts are an always.
I use a belt if I'm lifting a weight that I can't get for 5 reps. Training without it on lighter weights strengthens the low back and abs. But you are right, it is a must on heavy weights. Tight as you can get it, then push against it with your abs as you lift. Excellent site for heavy lifting: www.t-nation.com Good scenery too!!
Lumpyleg, you gonna try and crack 12k yet? You're oh so close.
Lifting with a belt is not a must, if the back adapts to become stronger on lighter lifts, it should also do so on heavier ones.