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Old 10-27-2011, 07:31 AM   #1
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precise thumb instructions for hook grip

I looked at a lot of the threads on hook grip but could not find exactly what I was looking for.. I read the wikipedia page on the hook grip and when I follow the instructions, I'm guessing that my thumb still isn't doing the right thing.

Here are the salient points from the wikipedia page:
  • "the thumb is itself wrapped around the bar"
  • "create a powerful hook on the bar"
  • "the athlete needs to use the fingers to actively pull the thumb around the bar rather than simply pressing it against the bar"
  • "The hook of the thumb under the bar.."

If I follow these instructions, my thumb wraps around and under the bar until it rests primarily on the pads of my thumbs. In fact, my thumbs prevent my first two fingers from touching the bar. I tried this a week and a half ago and my right thumb pad is still recovering sensation.

Contrast this with most of the images you'll find of the hook grip (including the one on the wikipedia page) -- the person isn't trying to go around the bar with the thumb. Rather, the last segment of the thumb looks like it levels parallel with the bar.

There's an image with step 1 and step 2 where step 1 clearly shows the person bending the thumb parallel to the bar and parallel to the ground instead of making it curve further around the bar. And step 2 shows all fingers getting significant contact with the bar.

Can someone please post precise instructions regarding the thumb? Does the side of the bar closest to you nestle in the curve between two knuckles of the thumb? Does the bar press more on your thumb's knuckle and bone and not so much on the pad? (And if you also find the wikipedia article to be misleading, could you amend it?)
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

Most of the article is a direct quote from Greg's book, so if that explanation doesn't do it for you then the quote can't be "fixed."

Everyone will do the hook grip slightly differently based on finger length and other anatomical factors. Keep practising and it will come.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

when our box first opened, we only had 30mm bars.
I have short thumbs and I found that I could not hook grip no matter what.
When we got new bars at 28.5mm, the problem for me was solved.
My hook grip looks a lot like this:
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:21 AM   #4
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

There shouldn't be a need for precise instructions... If you have short fingers, it will be more difficult. Practice and pull - you'll figure it out, or not.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

There's actually "premise" instructions for hook gripping a bar? Isn't that kind of like instructions for boiling water? ;-)
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

wow really? How complicated are people making this "fitness thing"...

get new thumbs.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

do yourself a favor, and watch the live-stream feed of the 105kg class weightlifters from the Pan Am Games right now... they tend to show close-ups of their grip on every lift.

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Re: precise thumb instructions for hook grip

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There's actually "PRECISE" instructions for hook gripping a bar? Isn't that kind of like instructions for boiling water? ;-)
fixed. *duh*
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