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Mixed Grip to Hook Grip?


#1

Outside of the obvious pain of the hook grip, how much more "secure" is it than your normal mixed grip? The bar always has a problem rolling out of my right hand (the palm facing towards the body).

The problem before was that I never "set" my grip before pulling on the bar, now I have learned to set my grip before pulling. However another roadblock has occurred with my grip. I'm thinking of doing more grip work (farmers holds, static holds) and/or switching to the hook grip.


#2

Well the record for a hook gripped deadlift is far lower than the deadlift record.


#3

hook grip is better when done w/o a mixed grip.


#4

You're grip's gonna suffer on Sheiko unless you do things to specifically help it. At least's that is my experience.

My grip actually dropped off the frist time I ran sheiko and I had to do alot of work to get it back.

Once it did come back I pulled PR after PR tho.

Don't give up on mixed grip just yet, there's a very good reason all the worlds best deadlifters use it. (expections like Brad G. obviously)


#5

I never thought hook gripping hurt, but it did give me some nasty ass knots in the web-area between my thumb and forefinger. It felt absolutely wonderful when my ART lady worked on them.

I never lost a grip with it, but also never went over 405.


#6

you get used to it quickly. Nowadays, after a few months of only hook gripping light weights (only up to like 100-110kilos) I don't mind it now. My conventional grip gives out around 200kilos, and I was able to hold 230+ w/ hook grip.


#7

How do you know that? Records dont state which grip was used and either is allowed.


#8

My grip can easily out lift my posterior chain. Even on high rack pulls 100+ lbs over my DL max grip isn't a problem, but maybe thats because the most I've ever held is 560, at high levels of strenght it's probably more of a limiting factor. Just make sure your hands are dry and you are squeezing the bar like you want it to disintegrate in your hands.

I've tried a hook and it just didn't feel right to me.


#9

You can see in video


#10

Hook grip all the way. I use the hook exclusively, but I don't pull max weights anymore. I have a very noticeable size imbalance between my right and left lat. I think it is from years of DLing with a mixed grip and not rotating hands. Stupid me... Now when I use a mixed grip I fear tearing my bicep. Heavy weights with a mixed grip scare me.