I never trained to improve my overall grip strength through grip strength training exercises. I was lucky enough that the strength training I completed, indirectly and adequately strengthen my grip as well.
This is not true for all, some may need that supplemental grip strength training.
I’ve posted videos before about exercises I find beneficial to directly improve your grip strength. Most frequently when I’m approached about this topic, everyone refers to the deadlift to improve their grip strength.
You’re not wrong…
But how are you using the deadlift?
There is a vast difference between using the deadlift to improve overall strength gains, and using a deadlift to improve grip strength.
On top of that, what grip are you using?
If you’re using the deadlift to improve your overall strength gains, then by all means use any grip or straps you need to complete the lift safely.
After all we’re testing your deadlift in this scenario not your grip strength.
If you are using the deadlift to improve grip strength, I would highly suggest a double overhanded grip. And doing sets to failure or just a few rep shy of failure.
Getting that deep burn in the forearms, that you simply can not hold onto a bar any longer.