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Old 05-10-2013, 05:37 PM   #21
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if you try it, you should post your thoughts here. i'm curious to know if you find it helpful.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #22
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Ok, may not be lifting till tuesday though
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #23
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I was able to give the hook grip a try but it was at an olympic bar. The added thickness really made it rough. It was just a painful as everyone promised and I will give it a try on a normal 1" bar tues.
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I was able to give the hook grip a try but it was at an olympic bar. The added thickness really made it rough. It was just a painful as everyone promised and I will give it a try on a normal 1" bar tues.
You could also tape your thumb which takes a little of the discomfort away.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #25
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Use your double over hand grip for Pulling as heavy as possible then switch to hook grip. As mentioned tape will help but I never used it, you will eventually accept your thumbs are not going to tear off and just block out the pain.
Holds for time will also prove effective.
Doing them in a rack would be advisable adjust the pins so 1) You don't have to do a deadlift to train your grip 2) If your grip fails it doesn't have far to drop. I rotate intensity/weight, shorter rest periods also heavier weights for less hold time.
Times are 60sec for less weight at which point your grip should be being pulled open by the weight to 30sec with more weight going to the same point of grip starting to fail.I always trained them for example heavy 30 sec holds for several sets then next training session switch it up to lighter for longer holds.
These should leave your forearms pumps and trashed, not sure what to recommend for sets as that will depend on the individual.

Pick up a wrist roller that you can slide over a pin in the power rack, put it at shoulder height and roll away till fatigue sets in.

As mentioned not using straps for your back training on all your pulling motions will also help but don't let your grip strength limit your training find a balance while you increase your crush strength.

Not sure if you said alternate grip isn't an option or you find little benefit employing it.
Don't like to use that grip anymore bc of all the claims of bicep injury. Having said that I can do significantly heavier pull work using alternate grip.

Picked up a plate load pinch grip design machine. You can score one of these for $120-200+ absolutely love this thing and has taken my grip strength to another level.
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I have heard too many horror stories about people's biceps rolling up like blinds on a window. Though I don't care about flexing I sure would like to avoid that. I have tried straps but I had one come undone on me on a max attempt and now I don't trust them. I also don't like using any equipment if I can avoid it, just a personal thing
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I've been trying to get used to the hook grip for the past week or two, definitely seeing improvement in comfort. A question that came to mind was, is the hook grip dangerous for the thumbs? I've heard people say that it can damage your thumb nerves (which sounds weird to me, but who knows). Anyone here that can shine some light on that?
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Not that I know off. I am sure shit happens. However in my experince not often in this case.

Ask some of the WL as they are a body of men and women whom use the tech more than anyone else.
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I've been trying to get used to the hook grip for the past week or two, definitely seeing improvement in comfort. A question that came to mind was, is the hook grip dangerous for the thumbs? I've heard people say that it can damage your thumb nerves (which sounds weird to me, but who knows). Anyone here that can shine some light on that?
I took a look around and there's talk of something posted at Elitefts.com about nerve issues and the hook grip but when I went there I couldn't find anything on that. They do have a great piece on how to implement the hook grip though and pics to go with it which always helps.

You may be able to find the item that I couldn't locate; it's supposedly in their Q&A section.
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