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Old 10-31-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
Jefferson Kilpatrick
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This is advocated in the CJ for cleans. Is this a universally accepted grip , are there other options, and what is the mechanical advantage of this grip?
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Old 10-31-2004, 12:17 PM   #2
Mike Minium
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The basic mechanical advantage of the hook grip is that it allows you to increase your gripping strength on the bar, thereby eliminating any slippage that may occur at heavier loads (or higher reps).

People a lot smarter than I discuss the advantages of the hook grip here:

And yes, I'd say that the hook grip is universally accepted as the de facto grip for olympic lifting.

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Old 10-31-2004, 04:24 PM   #3
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The O-lifting crowd will say this grip is a "must have". I have had an adversarial relationship with the damn thing for years and have only recently committed to using it. It helps, but I have never had an issue with lack of grip strength in any of the O-lifts, DL's and the like.

As this is a friction based grip I can not see it adding significantly to other grip endeavors. I may be wrong here, but if this is the case I do not see a huge difference between the hook grip and lifting straps. So my thinking is that if you want to tax the grip, like in the current WOD, perhaps no hook grip and no straps?

I posted something like this a while back and it was not well received! I guess my position is that the hook grip is important to have but may not be appropriate for all situations.

It'll be interesting to see what other folks have to say.
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Old 10-31-2004, 04:55 PM   #4
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Thanks guys- hurts my thumbs, not great for a surgeon.,,, but I will stick with it
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