Hook Grip and Deadlifts

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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by KenDowns » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Jungledoc wrote:It doesn't hurt MY thumb!
Yeah but we're not all bionic
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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by Paperclip » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:49 pm

BTW you could tape your thumb and see if it reduces the pain. Weightlifters often do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrb3lUs4iWY

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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by _Wolf_ » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:36 am

There is no reason to suggest that the hook grip has any special efficacy for the deadlifter as compared to the alternated or "mixed" grip.

Hook Grip versus Alternate Grip for Deadlifts

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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by Paperclip » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:35 am

_Wolf_ wrote:There is no reason to suggest that the hook grip has any special efficacy for the deadlifter as compared to the alternated or "mixed" grip.

Hook Grip versus Alternate Grip for Deadlifts
I agree with the article that weightlifters use hook grip because it's more secure (and not stronger), especially in the snatch. Several reasons why a more secure grip is used in weightlifting:

1. The bar path isn't straight.
2. There's sudden acceleration at the start of the 2nd pull (makes the weight "heavier" in an instant).
3. The hands need to change direction at some points.

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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by Jungledoc » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:05 am

Well, that, and ah, have you ever tried to clean or snatch with alternate grip?

I like hook grip, but if you like alternate grip better, go for it. But if you have never tried a hook grip, you should at least try it, and find out how it works for you.
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Re: Hook Grip and Deadlifts

Post by andy88 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:13 pm

KenDowns wrote:It was suddenly exactly like bench, press, and squat: I could either lift the weight or I couldn't. No grunting, howling or other theatrics.
Just wanted to say that I've also experienced this and explained it like this to my training buddies. They of course didn't understand.

I've experienced this too when I've changed my setup, especially the grip part and started to correctly brace my core (belly breathing) instead of just arching.

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