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Old 09-22-2006, 01:06 PM   #1
Sean Manseau
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if you're doing the farmer's walk with dumbbells, does it defeat the purpose of the exercise to use a hook grip?
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:02 PM   #2
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Sean,
I don't believe it defeats the purpose. It will likely cause some significant discomfort, though.

The hook grip, as I understand it, is superior for high-velocity pull-type lifts (ie. OL). These are typically done for low reps (a short amount of time). The farmer's walk is not.

Try watching the World's Strongest Man shows, see what they do in the farmer's walk. I would be amazed if they used a hook grip.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:15 PM   #3
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Not to thread jack(maybe a little), has anyone seen that IFSA comp on OLN?

Watched it last week. Two final events:

1. Farmers walk with 160kg in each hand. 50m for time. 74 seconds.
2. Clean and Jerk/Press with 155kg(actually it is overhead by any means as far as i can tell). Max reps in 75 seconds. Winner got 8. And he pretty much power clean(actually, he didn't drop under at all), and strict pressed it. It wasn't pretty, but it was incredible. No hook grips in sight.

One of my new favorite shows!!
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:25 AM   #4
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Magnus Samuelsson (competitor and former winner of WSM) does the farmers walk in his video "Swedish Power" using the hook grip. 2 sets of 80 meter with 130 kg "suitcase".

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Old 09-27-2006, 09:17 AM   #5
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Thanks, Torbjorn. At least we know now that some competitors at a elite level use it.

I still say "ouch". I don't think it would be good for the MCP joint of the thumb over time--then again, no one ever accused WSM competitors of having "healthy" bodies when they're through competing.
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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I was watching it again the other day. On the atlas stones, one of the competitors set the second stone on the rack. Only problem was his finger was in the way. It nearly took his finger off. He couldn't continue.

Torbjorn,
You got a link for that video?



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Old 09-27-2006, 01:41 PM   #7
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Andy,
www.ironmind.com has it. Lot's of other good stuff too.
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Old 09-27-2006, 04:43 PM   #8
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You can use the hook grip for farmers but if you bump your hand against your leg it tends to come open and then you almost inveitably have to drop the weight and reset.

Of course it's probably something you can get used to using.
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Old 09-30-2006, 01:46 AM   #9
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Oops. Seems I was wrong. Upon closer inspection of the video he (Magnus) says "I lock the grip..." and the part I never heard "...with my thumb". So that means he just used a regular grip. My bad.
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:29 AM   #10
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Farmers walk using Hook grip is a good way to practice the grip with lighter weights.
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