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Hook Grip

Recently started experimenting with the hook grip.

Haven’t gone too heavy yet. But wow does it do a # on ym thumbs. Doesn’t seem like I’ll be able to lift as much as with my regular grip.

But I trust it just takes time.

You just need time to get used to it. Happened to me when I first competed in the O-lifts.

Also, you can always tape up your thumb and/or use chalk.

Thanks.
I just feel like I can lift more with a regular grip vs a hook grip

I know what you mean, the hook grip kills your thumbs but here’s why I’m giving it another try. I was recently in Europe on business with some time on my hands so I switched on the tv and the European Weightlifting championships were on live from Poland. I watched women weighing 148 lbs cleaning and pressing 240 pounds with the hook grip. The camera always zoomed in on the hand set up from behind so I saw the index/middle finger wrap over the thumb. The rest of the world gets live olympic lifting and we get infomercials…go figure.

Give the hook some time. Remember, it isn’t just about holding more weight, but the hook grip will help you while snatching and cleaning…so the bar won’t fly away from you…plus, you don’t have to use a death grip on the bar which will inhibit your OLing.

[quote]MNguns wrote:
Thanks.
I just feel like I can lift more with a regular grip vs a hook grip[/quote]

Yeah, this will be true for just a LITTLE while… but very quickly the pain will go away (totally!) and the hook will be much stronger. You’ll be surprised how fast it happens–for me it was two to four weeks, tops, from when I started to when the pain was completely gone.

[quote]Ross Hunt wrote:
Yeah, this will be true for just a LITTLE while… but very quickly the pain will go away (totally!) and the hook will be much stronger. You’ll be surprised how fast it happens–for me it was two to four weeks, tops, from when I started to when the pain was completely gone.[/quote]

Thats what happens when the nerves in your thumbs die.