Personally, I dont beleive in the hook grip. I dont like straps either. My thinking is that it really deteriorates the functionality of your strength. If you can’t hold on to something properly in the gym, then all those muscles are for nothing. That is not really an issue for those who don’t need to use their strength outside of the gym
Maybe I’m confused as to what a hook grip is. How is using a hook grip not utilizing your own strength? Straps I agree with, but a hook grip doesn’t involve any apparatus. Could you explain a little deeper?
It does use your own grip, but you use it in such a way that you would probably never use it outside of the gym, if you understand my meaning.
In much the same way as you’d never use a true squat position outside of the gym?
I dont feel that the hook grip allows the muscles of the forearms to fully develop in proportion to the other muscles being used. A hook grip limits the development of the forearm muscles, I Feel. I could be wrong. I just dont seem to think that when you are using a 48" pipe wrench, or swinging a sledge that your strength gained from the hook grip will be as relative to what you need to do. It would be rather embarrising to have all those muscles, but not be able to tranfer that strength becuase part of your pulling chain is weak.