Well that is the problem, technique is never perfect on bigger attempts and obviously people more experienced than me have had it happen. If they can’t get it right how could someone like me with do better?
Looks like Tom Martin is the latest lifter to switch to hook grip after tearing a bicep. There is an Instagram video of him pulling 849 hook grip the other day, you can find it on PLwatch or his IG page.
Torn biceps seem to be one of the most common powerlifting injuries, and the easiest to avoid. It makes me wonder why anyone pulls with a mixed grip at all. All weightlifters, including lightweight females, use hook grip so small hands isn’t really an excuse. I can understand if you have a hard time adjusting to it and you are already pulling a lot, but a torn bicep is a pretty shitty injury. If it happened to me, I wouldn’t b able to work for a while and I wouldn’t be able to drive. Plus you can’t really lift at all, maybe you could squat with a safety squat bar without holding it, but you would definitely need some competent spotters and you wouldn’t be able to load the weights yourself.
This is true for me. I’ve been competing with a hook for about 6 years. Most of my training is with straps to save my hands. Before I switched, my deadlift was beginning to windmill to my supinated side. I find the setup more advantageous with shoulders down. Lockout can be slow. My best in contest is 145 at 55. Not 800 but the limit is not grip.
Weightlifters don’t deadlift though. The record clean & jerk is 580lbs, the powrrlifting deadlift record is close to double that. Sure, they would pull more than that in training but you’re not usually overloading by 100%.
Is there anyone who started off with hook grip and later switched to mixed grip? I know some people tried to switch and couldn’t make it work, Mike T tried hook grip for a while because he had grip issues but didn’t go far with it. But did anyone actually start lifting with hook grip or pull hook grip for an extended period of time and then switch to mixed grip?
Maybe weightlifters. At least those who started as weightlifters.
About everyone else jumps onto mix grip at the first opportunity but weightlifters are taught hook grip ASAP. Maybe Mikhail Koklyaev cos I think he started his lifting career as a weightlifter but seeing as he pulls straps, hook and mixed in all kinds of disciplines I’m not so sure.