Is deadlifting with a hook grip bad for the joints in your thumbs? I've been using a hook grip for all by deadlift sets for a few months now, with weights up to 315lbs, but today I tried 335lbs and felt like my thumbs were being pulled apart at the joints. Had to quickly put it down about as soon as I locked out. Is this feeling normal when working with heavier weight and I just have to get used to it, or is there a significant risk of me dislocating a thumb if I continue using a hook grip on heavier weights?
OP here, after looking closely at the image that I googled for this thread, I noticed that only the index finger is over the thumb, while I've been doing it with both the index finger and middle finger over the thumb, and my index finger would be on or near the knuckle of my thumb. I'm wondering if that could be the problem, I think I'll try doing it more like the image next time I deadlift.
I have a 550 hookgrip pull and I've never experienced any pain like this; perhaps you're doing it incorrectly.
Nice, yesterday I pulled 500x2 then I did a single off a three inch deficit.
That aint how you hook grip man, you want as many fingers wrapped around your thumb as possible. Yeah it hurts but you'll get used to it. I got tiny hands but still wrap 3 fingers, it just takes practice.
I was a pretty serious rock climber before lifting. When I very first started I was at 3pl8 dl and picked it up double overhand standard grip
You're fucking weak. Get the fuck over it. However much you can lift with the form I described is how much you dl. Anything else is bullshit. You're just fucking weak. You're just like a woman
>how do I get better at dl guys? Surely not proper form, good diet, and lifting heavy! I bet it's my grip since I'm so flawless nothing else could possibly be incorrect
I use hook grip for farmer's walks mate, you're not goint to rek your thumbs deadlifting 350 with a hook grip. It's probably about on a par with tearing your bicep with mixed grip in terms of likelihood
Due to a back injury I can't do mixed without it swelling up. Recently discovered hook and have gone up to 405x3 only thing is make sure to chalk up your thumb and it will shred the skin on the thumb
Use wrist straps to share the force of the lift among more of your forearm flexors and extensors. Also use an overhand grip. At the moment you are starting with your arms in an externally rotated position so some your muscles are stretched while others are contracted before the lift has even started. That is not good for preventing injury.
put athletic tape on your thumbs rather than just chalk
>Use wrist straps to share the force of the lift among more of your forearm flexors and extensors
advising someone to use straps for 3pl8 is pretty fucking stupid mate
If you're doing it wrong, yeah, you're pulling on the tendon hard. If you're actually hooking your thumb properly, the pressure from your grip and the bar completely locks it in place, so it won't put any unreasonable pressure on it. If your thumb hurts from hook gripping, you probably aren't doing it right.
If it hurts don't do it man. I personally think hook grip is a crutch like wrist straps, and shouldn't be used unless you're pulling really great weight. Focus on training your grip for awhile and pull normally
>the pressure from your grip and the bar completely locks it in place, so it won't put any unreasonable pressure on it. If your thumb hurts from hook gripping
no, at first hook grip hurts regardless of whether you're doing it right or not
it gets better with time though