Originally Posted by db_ggmm
I feel my deadlifts are stalled at 200 lbs due to grip strength. Should I work on grip strength or is it simpler to assume deadlifts are improving my grip well enough on their own?
2 anecdotes that may be helpful but probably not:
When I got to around 250# on my deadlift, I was stalling too. I was training only 1x5 at that time. The next few weeks I kept the weight at 250 and increased my volume to 3x5. After 3 weeks, I went to max and pulled 300 1x3, still overhand only. I continued from there doing 3x5 at 250 + 10 per week.
Later I began stalling at 300 3x5 due to grip. After 4 reps, the bar was no longer firmly against my palm (it was resting in the crooks of my fingers). By the 5th rep, the bar was almost out of my grip entirely. Switched to mixed grip and voila, progress proceeded.
So uh, switch up the rep scheme and/or go mixed grip.