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Old 12-25-2010, 12:47 PM   #1
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hook grip, kills nerves?

Hi, competitive powerlifter here..I double-overhand hook grip all my sets except my heaviest one (which I use alternate grip). I've been reading online recently here that over time, the hook grip will destroy the nerves in your thumb...so then, your thumbs won't have any feeling and then the hook grip won't hurt anymore! lol...I'm not sure if I want to destroy a nerve in my thumb...doesn't sound too healthy. Anyone here know or have any experience with this? I have very big hands and long fingers (along with long arms) that make the deadlift a very suitable lift for me. Not sure if having long fingers will put less stress on my thumbs compared to someone who has short stubby fingers...
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

That's total b.s.
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:26 PM   #3
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

Yea, sure, and squats are bad for both the knees and the spine, lifting weights will severely stunt the growth of anyone under 17, and everyone who "does CrossFit" is in a cult that has vowed to commit suicide once they achieve a ninety second Fran time.
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Yea, sure, and squats are bad for both the knees and the spine, lifting weights will severely stunt the growth of anyone under 17, and everyone who "does CrossFit" is in a cult that has vowed to commit suicide once they achieve a ninety second Fran time.
I don't think this is one of those myths ha. The link I saw said there was a post that said it was mentioned in elitefts Q&A from one of their powerlifters. Also have read quite a few posts from people who have gotten numb thumbs from hook gripping.
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:48 PM   #5
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I don't think this is one of those myths ha. The link I saw said there was a post that said it was mentioned in elitefts Q&A from one of their powerlifters. Also have read quite a few posts from people who have gotten numb thumbs from hook gripping.
All I know is that the more I did it, the less I felt it. Brad Gillingham told me himself that he figures it killed his nerves in his thumb...

I don't know whether it is scientific or not, and its not just me getting used to the feeling of it...but the more I did it, the less it bothered me.
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Old 12-25-2010, 04:52 PM   #6
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

I mean really, who needs feeling in their thumbs? PRs for the win.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:00 PM   #7
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

I agree but I just don't know whether it will increase chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome or some other nerve disorder later in time....I wish there was more research done regarding this.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:51 PM   #8
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

I don't think its anything to worry about but clearly an adaptation does occur in a similar way that boxers/rugby players etc train for impact tolerance. Your body just gets more used to the feeling. Whether its actually the nerve that adapts or the brain just learns to block out the messages I couldn't say. I think its more the latter though because the hook is less comfortable if you take a couple of weeks off and come back to it, for me anyway! But then I'm not lifting at the level of a competition powerlifter either
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:09 PM   #9
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Re: hook grip, kills nerves?

I used to hook exclusively and I have pulled 700 lbs with a hook. I can still feel my thumbs .
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:38 AM   #10
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I used to hook exclusively and I have pulled 700 lbs with a hook. I can still feel my thumbs .
Exactly...I hook grip, and it just doesn't bother me anymore...doesn't mean its killing nerves!!
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