Hooks will releave your hand pain as it takes some weight off the hand were as straps just keep the bar from rolling out you still have to grip hard. Quadriplegic heavy lifters, with them having no hand grip use hooks for lifting for this reason.
I personaly know a Quad that does 150 Db shrugs thanks to hooks. He would never be able to do this with straps or VirsaGrip style straps because of having to use your grip.
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