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Why You Should Be Using The Hook Grip

by Ben Thompson

Understanding The Hook Grip

The hook grip is a technique used to grip the barbell that allows you to tolerate greater loads when compared to the double overhand grip. It is commonly used by olympic weightlifters as it is essential to control the bar at the explosion of the hip in the snatch and clean and jerk. 

This technique can also be used instead of the mixed grip for the deadlift. The reason this technique is preferred is it decreases the risk of bicep tears and muscles imbalances of the latissimus dorsi which can occur from using the mixed grip.

Watch the video below for more information on the hook grip and how to incorporate it into your routine.


Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is the Founder of Movement Enhanced. After first starting in the industry back in 2011, he has many years of experience in strength and conditioning. Ben is uniquely qualified as a soft tissue therapist and exercise scientist. He has traveled around the world to learn from the best in the industry and continues to develop his craft and skillset.

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