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Old 06-10-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
Radislav Banar
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Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Hey guys,

I feel like this is a recurring theme for me , where i have a workout that has a ton of clean reps and throughout the middle of it i will start to lose my grip.

In Elizabeth at the round of 15 , i started to hit failure and it carried onto the round of 9.

Todays WOD was 5 handstand pushups 10 hang power cleans (135) 20 wall balls 5x round. I was good till round 3 where again i lost my grip.

Any tips on what i can do to solve this issue. My time wouldve been smoked if i didn't lose my grip.

Now i know i need to hook grip but its extremely uncomfortable and i can't get used to it. Anything else anyone recommend? Also 135 is light for me so i have a feeling that by muscling it up i am wearing out my forearms and therefore making them fatigue at a quicker rate.

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

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Now i know i need to hook grip but its extremely uncomfortable and i can't get used to it.
<blunt>I suggest you get used to it.</blunt>

Really, though, using the hook grip with make a difference (see #2)

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...i have a feeling that by muscling it up i am wearing out my forearms and therefore making them fatigue at a quicker rate.
Yes. The hook grip with help "lock" the bar in your hand, so you can use more hip (and less arm) to drive the bar up. Keep in mind, you won't keep the hook grip in the rack position (or at least it won't be a very tight grip). It'll take a little more getting used to "re-catching" the hook grip as you pop it off your shoulders to bring it back down.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Grip strength is yet another part of fitness. As you work longer and harder, this will improve. Hook grip will help to an extent, but the real answer is to improve your grip strength and stamina by putting in the work.

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Hook grip isn't comfortable at first. Do it more often and you'll adapt.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Your hook grip will be very sore but will come right after about 4 weeks.
After that you'll never be able to Olympic lift (effectively) without it.

Perservere. Use it for as long as possible in workouts then switch to normal grip when needed to let your thumbs recover. I found taping my thumbs helpful as well (until I ran out of tape and just hardened up).
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:24 AM   #6
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

+1 for hook grip. I resisted for a while too since my fingers aren't particularly long, but persevered and it really does work. Burgener won't let any of his trainees lift without it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Hook Grip #1. Practice #2.

Your grip is going to give out at some point, with decent weight and 30+ reps. Hook grip and getting used to the burn will help you hold onto the bar. After that, it is just about how fast you can pick it back up.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #8
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

Thanks guys ,

i guess ill just have to try to try hook grip, and see where i go from there. I have no other option !!
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:28 PM   #9
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Re: Losing the Grip on Hang Cleans

If you watch the coverage of Weightlifting at the London Olympics, you will notice that they had a dedicated camera on the lower right rear of the stage that showed an up close view of each lift gripping the bar with the hook grip. I tell my new trainees that the Olympics felt the hook grip was so important to Weightlifting that they dedicated a sole camera to it. "Hook grip" cam, so to speak.
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