Are you a hooker?

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You should be! Are you unwilling to give it a try? Or are you just too uncomfortable with the whole idea. Does it feel unnatural and awkward?

According to Jim Schmitz, Olympic Weightlifting Coach, it just takes time…..

It takes about two weeks for one to grow accustomed to and comfortable with the hook grip.  Everyone I teach tells me it feels unnatural and weird and I have to remind them to hook on all lifts—snatch, clean, and pulls.  There is usually resistance when I tell them to use the hook all the time.  As I’ve said, it takes generally two weeks to grow accustomed to it, but my gym record is six weeks.  I was training a javelin thrower, Nicole Carole (1996 national champion and Olympian), and she had been doing Olympic lifting in her training for years and could do pretty good snatches and cleans with the thumb outside the fingers.  When I showed her the hook grip in 2001, she didn’t like the way it felt and was very resistant to doing it.  I had to make a bet with her that she had to try it for four weeks and if she didn’t like it, she could go back to her old grip.  After four weeks she still didn’t like it, but because she saw all the other lifters in my gym—especially the women who weighed less than her and lifted more—doing it, she said she would give it two more weeks.  At the end of the additional two weeks (for a total trial period of six weeks) she said it felt good and she felt it was a better way to grip the bar.   

Another concern with the hook grip is what to do when the bar turns over in the catch or receiving position in the snatch and the clean.  If it feels good to keep the hook, do so; if it feels good to let the thumb pop out, no problem—let it happen and go with the flow.    

 

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Watch hook grip WHY, WHEN, AND HOW here!

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