The Hook Grip with Stephane Rochet

The Hook Grip with Stephane Rochet


Olympic weightlifters always use the hook grip on the bar and every time I pull off the ground, even deadlifting, I like to use a hook grip. Basically, I get my grip spacing here, I wrap my thumb around the bar and then these fingers go around that thumb right there. And then the rest just kind of fall in there. So now, once you’ve done that you’re secure on the bar. You’re rock solid on the bar. It’s like having a strap on there but the strap is your thumb. And when you’re locked in like that with a hook grip, now you feel secure and you can pull with the arms without having to bend the arms. A lot of times when you’re not using that hook grip you clench real tight so I’ll have real tight arms and you also bend the arms but you don’t need to, you can let the arms hang long and loose like ropes on your clean. As long as you keep that through that vicious pull right there what we’re going in the hang in there basically your second pull right here, as soon as that bar starts coming up then the hands rotate under and you can let go of that hook grip. And then Ian was showing how to catch that back, the elbows drop thumb comes in, fingers around and down I go. Now the bar can drop down there and I’m not going to let go of that and I’m not using a lot of force in my grip or in my forearms to hold that on there. So that hook grip, really good skill to have. Now, what happens is, initially, it gets uncomfortable here on the side of the thumb but you get a nice callous there over time. Kind of a suck-it-up callous. So, if you get through that little time of pain and uncomforted, it’s a great skill to have.

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