You wouldn’t ride in an automobile with out your seat belt, right? Then why would you ever lift a barbell without your hook-grip? Okay, I agree, the potential for injury or death is much greater in the automobile without your seat belt scenario. But the point that I’m trying to make here is that I want you to feel the same way that you feel when you are riding in an automobile without your seat belt, when you are lifting without your hook grip.
There are not many things that you can do that will immediately add a few pounds to your best lifts. ”Hook gripping is a necessity for anyone who wants to perform heavy Olympic lifts without the artificial aid of straps,” says Josh Bryant, MS, who won the 2005 Atlantis Strongest Man in America competition.
To perform the hook grip, first make sure to chalk both hands. Grip the bar, beginning with the thumb and index finger. Tighten the thumb around the bar as much as possible. Now wrap as many fingers as you can over the thumb and squeeze. And while that may sound easy, it takes some time to get comfortable with it.
Utilizing the hook grip will help minimize the risk of injury and you will be able to lift more weight. Try using the hook grip when you deadlift. Not only does it put your hips in a mechanically more efficient position to lock out a deadlift than a mixed grip, it also shortens your stroke.
WOD – 02.05.2013
EMOM (Every Minute On The Minute) for 8 minutes:
3 air squats
5 rounds of max reps of:
body weight bench press
(rest as needed between efforts)
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Same as All Level
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