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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by flak, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. flak

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    I've decided to work on hook-grip deads a lot more.

    I understand the basic grip ( I think), but I'm interested in any tips ya'll might have, re: how to maximize efficiency and suchlike.
     
  2. Urban

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    I'm too much of a pussy to deal with the pain, I just use mix grip when I have to.
     
  4. flak

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    ^^^

    Hook grip doesn't hurt. Am I doing something wrong?
     
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    Accept that your thumbs are going to get ripped to shreds in the beginning and if they haven't healed/calloused over by the next time you DL then tape the fuckers up our you'll get blood everywhere.

    Other than that remember that your thumb is going pretty much perpendicular to your fingers (mine feel like they do anyway).
     
  6. Urban

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    Describe what hook grip means to you.
     
  7. flak

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    This. The joint at the tip of my thumb is parallel to the bar, and I wrap my pointer finger and middle finger over it.

    I haven't tried to hook grip with chalk yet, and, hence, I haven't gone real heavy with it. Maybe that's why it hasn't hurt.

    For illustration purposes, my 1RM deadlift with mixed grip and chalk is 455 lbs. The other day I hook-gripped 345 lbs. for a couple of singles, no chalk.
     
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    I have never done anything for my callouses.

    My thumbs never got "torn up" they did get blood bruised but that is it.
     
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    Me too.


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    One of us is. It doesn't hurt when I do cleans, but I'm working under 250lbs for that. However, I normally throw in some hook grip shrugs (from the floor) after deadlifts, working in the low 400s. After a set of 15-20 reps, I invariably have to grit my teeth, shake out my hands, and jump up and down like a little girl.

    But maybe I'm doing it wrong.
     
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    I feel no pain using hook grip also, even when I first began. I have to deal with this if I don't use tape, however.

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    On-Topic:
    I tried hook grip last time i deadlifted, but i did something terribly wrong because my thumb joint started popping. Going to read up on it and try again.
     
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    How the fuck do you do that? i pull hook and ive never had that all it does is hurt my thumbs and sometimes the skin on the end of my thumb goes hard and peels off over the next few days.
     
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    I use hook while I drive.
     
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    XTrainer I always start jumping up and down after using the hook grip too. Doing 200lb bent over rows though haha.

    I'm not sure I'm good for it. My thumbs "pop" really often, you know... that clicking noise. My thumb joint hurts as hell overall, and my thumbs go numb, but my skin is fine - probably because I haven't done enough of yet though. I guess it could be better if I didn't have small hands, and a 30mm bar.
     
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    The knurling on that bar was super sharp, so that's why the flapper on the actual thumb, but at the base...that used to happen all the time for a few months. I hope I didn't pick up AIDS or something. Anywho, I use tape, slowly reducing the amount I wrap around in order to build up the skin. Fortunately that's working & I haven't torn anything in a while.
     
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    What's the benefit? forearms/grip strength?
     
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    This doesn't look right to me, or perhaps I'm doing it wrong. I feel like I put more of the pad of my thumb on the bar, whereas this picture looks like it's mostly the inside of the thumb making contact. I don't think of my thumb as being parallel to the bar, but maybe it actually is and I just don't see it. Also I only use my index and middle finger to wrap the thumb; this pic makes it look like the middle and ring fingers are doing that.

    I also don't understand why someone would use a hook grip for deadlifts, and I mean this in a curious, inquisitive way and not in a judging way. Seems like it's a lot of pressure on your thumb but I don't see the benefit beyond toughening up your thumbs or enduring pain. I always thought the hook grip was just a necessity of the rules and technical requirements of the olympic lifts with the added benefit of helping to take your arms out of the equation. So I'm curious to know why you guys hook in for DLs if you do.
     

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