^ If grip strength is truly what's holding you back I could see that. I never used straps but focused hard on my failing grip and hand position and my dead lift skyrocketed.
Thanks for this. It's nice to know you weren't always a fuckin' beast and we started somewhere near the same level haha.
My bulk kinda turned into a recomp instead /shrug. I'm floating at 160lbs, but I feel and I think look leaner and bigger than my previous 170lbs. My g/f says maybe it's because I'm not gorging on tons of food like Krispy Kreme, in-n-out, etc. like I did last time to shoot from 150 to 180. Feels pretty good actually. I tested out my 1RM with a friend who happened to be lifting heavy on his 531 days and I've stayed relatively in the same spots maybe losing a bit here and there.
So pretty successful, but now I really need to focus on an actual bulk and get my weight up a bit. 160 feels good, but I feel I'd be that much stronger at a plump 180+