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Old 08-20-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
Michael Ingley
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oly lifting grip

how wide should you grip for cleans?
I can't seem to find a comfortable position to grip with.
My forearm is considerably longer than my upper arm. Any suggestion?
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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Re: oly lifting grip

Grip for the cleans needs to be at least wide enough so that your hands and arms don't bash on your thighs. Some people use the length of their thumb as a marker like this: as you grasp the bar, point your thumbs towards your legs so that the tip of your thumb touches your calf.

This marks where your fist should be, obviously you then need to reposition your thumb into the hook grip.

What you don't say is what it is exactly that feels uncomfortable? The hook grip alone feels terrible for weeks when you first start using it, but you get used to it.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:25 AM   #3
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Re: oly lifting grip

when I clean the bar my grip on the bar is not suitable to jerk the weight without hurting my wrists, I think this has to do with me hanging onto the bar with my fingers more than my whole hand. Should I always use hook grip? My fingers are pretty short too
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:18 AM   #4
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Re: oly lifting grip

Use hook grip at the start of the clean, but release at the top. You can bounce the bar off your shoulders to reset your grip before the jerk. I try to do this to get a wider grip for the jerk.

Why is your grip "not suitable"? I don't really understand what you mean? You should be jumping the bar off your shoulders, then pushing yourself under the bar for the jerk. There should be very little load on your wrists.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:42 AM   #5
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Re: oly lifting grip

Mike
anytime you O lift use hook grip yes it suck in the beginning but worth the effort in the end
secondly for cleans when the bar is racked your hands should be outside your shoulders elbows up and in
if you are going to clean and jerk you have two choices
1 clean with a grip that is suitable for cleaning and jerking (slightly wider than your normal clean grip)
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2 clean with normal clean grip then re adjust once the bar hits the rack as it does that little bounce you then re adjust to your jerk grip then do a jerk

for PR's I would choose option 1
for wod's I would use option 2
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