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Jypsie
05-17-2006, 11:00 PM
I am stronger than I think, but the problem is that my grip is weak. When I was doing SLDL's today I had increased my weight, but my hands were getting really tired from trying to hold the weight. So, is this something other people have problems with? Any recommendations?

nicidale
05-17-2006, 11:03 PM
Try going reverse grip with one of your hands. That worked for me. Or invest in some straps.

Leah
05-17-2006, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by nicidale@May 17 2006, 07:03 PM
Try going reverse grip with one of your hands. That worked for me. Or invest in some straps.
Agreed :)

Kristy
05-18-2006, 08:18 AM
I am going to pimp John's grip article one more time:

Click Me! (http://ruggedmag.com/index.php?type=Article&i=13&a=3)

Sunshine
05-18-2006, 10:26 AM
Straps made a huge difference for me. I go without when I can, but they are wonderful.

Jypsie
05-18-2006, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the info, guys!

Phoeff
05-18-2006, 01:02 PM
Plate pinches help a little for me. Someone recommended "Captain's of Crush" grippers but I never got them.

smuggie
05-18-2006, 04:57 PM
You can also try a hook grip.

Hoochiemomma
05-18-2006, 05:33 PM
I had the exact same problem last night. By the end thinking man, I am going to look like an ass when I drop this stupid bar, so I quit.

I'm going to try that grip of John's that Kristy posted and see how that works for me.

Kristy
05-18-2006, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by Phoeff@May 18 2006, 05:02 AM
Plate pinches help a little for me. Someone recommended "Captain's of Crush" grippers but I never got them.


Crushing grip doesn't carry over well to holding grip.

I'll second Smuggies suggestion on the hook grip. If you can deal with the pain for the first little while until your thumbs get used to it, you'll probably see a huge benefit to your grip strength.

p-funk
05-18-2006, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Kristy+May 18 2006, 04:14 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Kristy @ May 18 2006, 04:14 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Phoeff@May 18 2006, 05:02 AM
Plate pinches help a little for me. Someone recommended "Captain&#39;s of Crush" grippers but I never got them.


Crushing grip doesn&#39;t carry over well to holding grip.

I&#39;ll second Smuggies suggestion on the hook grip. If you can deal with the pain for the first little while until your thumbs get used to it, you&#39;ll probably see a huge benefit to your grip strength. [/b][/quote]
so do static holds with the COC grippers.

PowerManDL
05-18-2006, 09:26 PM
Barbell rollups and of course the standard static holds out of the rack work great.

jaleena
05-19-2006, 11:18 PM
PMDL once told me to use chalk. It helps lots :clap:

Tony
05-20-2006, 12:01 AM
chalk+hook grip=greatness

Inatic
05-20-2006, 05:14 PM
I have to use wraps when i get over 200lbs. My hands cant hold on the bar and if i lower wt, im not using enough.

not to mention it saves eating up my hands. I also reverse the grip on one hand.

smuggie
05-21-2006, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by Tony@May 19 2006, 08:01 PM
chalk+hook grip=greatness
Yup. I do both now.

Tony
05-21-2006, 03:08 AM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 20 2006, 09:08 PM
Yup. I do both now.
How are your thumbs?

smuggie
05-21-2006, 03:15 AM
Originally posted by Tony@May 20 2006, 11:08 PM
How are your thumbs?
I&#39;ve been getting lots of cuts on them lately.

I&#39;m wondering if it&#39;s because of the hook grip.

Tony
05-21-2006, 03:16 AM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 20 2006, 10:15 PM
I&#39;ve been getting lots of cuts on them lately.

I&#39;m wondering if it&#39;s because of the hook grip.
It might be, depending on the bar and it&#39;s knurling.

smuggie
05-21-2006, 03:18 AM
Originally posted by Tony+May 20 2006, 11:16 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Tony @ May 20 2006, 11:16 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-smuggie@May 20 2006, 10:15 PM
I&#39;ve been getting lots of cuts on them lately.

I&#39;m wondering if it&#39;s because of the hook grip.
It might be, depending on the bar and it&#39;s knurling. [/b][/quote]
Or maybe it&#39;s because you squeeze your thumbs so hard when using a hook grip.

Tony
05-21-2006, 03:27 AM
Originally posted by smuggie+May 20 2006, 10:18 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (smuggie @ May 20 2006, 10:18 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Tony@May 20 2006, 11:16 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-smuggie@May 20 2006, 10:15 PM
I&#39;ve been getting lots of cuts on them lately.

I&#39;m wondering if it&#39;s because of the hook grip.
It might be, depending on the bar and it&#39;s knurling.
Or maybe it&#39;s because you squeeze your thumbs so hard when using a hook grip. [/b][/quote]
I didn&#39;t have that problem. However, I used LOTS of chalk.

smuggie
05-21-2006, 03:29 AM
Originally posted by Tony@May 20 2006, 11:27 PM
[QUOTE=smuggie,May 20 2006, 10:18 PM]I didn&#39;t have that problem. However, I used LOTS of chalk.
I&#39;ll start using more chalk and see if that makes a difference.

jaleena
05-21-2006, 01:47 PM
Our Oly lifters wrap their thumbs with tape, fwiw. Tape is super-cheap, so I got some myself...cheap insurance :)

Daisy28
05-22-2006, 05:35 PM
I tried the hook grip, but it killed my thumbs...so is this normal and something that will go away after time?

dichotomous
05-22-2006, 08:43 PM
I love my straps. I recently started going much heavier. Straps have really made the transition easier.

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by Daisy28@May 22 2006, 01:35 PM
I tried the hook grip, but it killed my thumbs...so is this normal and something that will go away after time?
Yeah you&#39;ll kill all those pesky nerve endings eventually.