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Old 07-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

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Hey folks, here again with another question. Every time I start to train heavy snatches (and sometimes cleans, also) I have been tearing my hand like the picture above.

Does anyone else have this problem? Anyone have tips to help prevent it?

I use chalk. After training sessions I use Dove Soap, Callous filing/shaving and Bag Balm (from Donny Shankle's tips for hand care).

I try to stop if I sweat too much, but I train in my garage in CA for the most part.

This happens often enough that I am *almost* pain immune to rubbing a bunch of salt into this spot on my hand and/or soaking it in hot salt-water.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

Have you experimented taping with athletic tape over that spot? I haven't torn my hands anymore since I started using it. Its definitely worth a shot.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

I have. That tends to make my hands sweat faster. Which in turns makes the skin softer faster. Which in turn usually means automatic tear.

It allows me to finish out a session (sometimes) because it is less painful. However, it does not prevent the tearing. And the tearing prevents training almost anything with my hands.

I have also gone over an entire month without doing ANY snatch movements at all (Except 75# "Hope" WOD). The first set of 3 in my warm-up at 165 tore my hand on the 3rd rep. I had done light work up the first set... Bar, 95, 115, 135 all with the same sequence of High Hang, Under the Knee, from the Floor.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:18 AM   #4
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

Try a different grip? Different bar?

Having done too many wods and days with heavy snatches and cleans never tore there... Now under ring finger on pull ups I have (did 2weeks ago on both hands at same time on a HSPU / pull up wod)

Other thought might be a sweat band for your wrist and maybe a baseball glove...

Good luck and fast healing tho
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

I get the same thing when I pull from a hang, what helped me was keeping a tighter grip in the bar. Turns out most of my grip was around the thumb and my pinkies were very loose around the bar. That slack combined with the explosive pull would often tear my skin. Now I consciously grip harder with the "outside" of my hand as well.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:01 AM   #6
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

Yep, Everett's on the right path. Also search youtube 'how to grip' by Rip, you need to be sure you're using a pulling grip where the bar sits in your fingers, not your palm:

* squeeze the crap out of the bar, no slack
* seat the bar in your fingers, not your palm

then when you pull there's nowhere for the bar to shift and tear your skin.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

Those are fairly thick callouses so I would suggest more aggressive filing more often.

CVS sells a file in the foot care section called the Ped Pro. $11 and comes in white which is nice for the guys. Comes with two sets of blades should last 2 years. Use it after washing you hands and allowing them to dry completely.

Ever sense I got serious about keeping the callouses thin no more tears.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

I do tend to get small tears on my pinkys when I hook grip as well.

About gripping the bar tighter...I always thought one of the advantages of the hook grip, particularly with regards to the clean, was that you didn't have to grip the bar as tightly, which leads to more relaxed forearms and triceps. Relaxed arms are faster arms, and your elbows can come around in front quicker.

Won't gripping the bar tighter negate that advantage?
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

I think we're getting close to a solution which I will try out next week.

I usually grip the bar via the following two methods (I have tried both, a lot).

Chalk up. Place my thumb to the bar. Wrap the meat of my palm under the fingers around the bar. Contact my fingers to my thumb either Index first or Pinky first. So I am basically holding the bar in the palm and not the finger crooks.

I just went out into the garage to test the grip and it was pain free even WITH my tear (empty bar, obviously I won't push it right now).

I already super-man grip the crap out of the bar.

[edit] Part of the problem is that my pull-up grip is also on the meat of the palm with my fingers not wrapped around the bar (even when I kip).
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #10
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Re: Hook Grip tearing under right Pinky

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Relaxed arms are faster arms, and your elbows can come around in front quicker.
True, but by the time you're moving your elbows the bar is floating and your grip has already relaxed - you've basically let go of the bar on preparation of receiving it.
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