I have recently been advised to get weightlifting hooks. They seem like a good idea, especially when doing shrugs or back exercises and you start to lose a grip. Is this recommendable? Does this have any negative effects? Could you lose wrist or hand strength, by becoming dependent on these?
i rarely see dudes using hooks in the gym, and i would not recommend them.
good grip is essential...hooks defeat this if you need something to shrug/ deadlift/ chins/ whatever heavy wieght i would go for some straps! less bulky more practical
---using nothing is still most recommended
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Agreed. Years ago, I tried hooks and found them so difficult, I ditched them after 2 uses. I use straps on ultra-heavy deads, rack deads and if I do bb shrugs.
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Straps are a better choice than hooks for most. The straps allow you a more natural grip, thumbless grip, etc. and can also handle a lot more weight than hooks can.
You should do all lighter sets without using them and only use the straps when your muscular strength reaches beyond your grip strength. It is easy for them to become a crutch.
For great straps check out www.prowriststraps.com - they have some cool ones on there and specialized versions for various uses (olympic lifting, heavy deadlifting / shrugs, bodybuilding, etc.)
Thanks for the replies. I think I am going to get some straps instead. They seem like a better option. I was concerned about the limiting hand/grip strength and becoming dependent on them, but I needed something to do shrugs with the 140 dumbbells. The only problem is finding good ones in this country!!! Real gym equipment is hard to find here....
One final question, is there anything in particular one should be looking for in straps?
Last edited by Mr. Lu; 01-13-2009 at 03:37 AM.
What country are you in?
If you are going to be going over 500 lbs I would get straps from APT or ones that are made of nylon as the cotton ones can tear.
Personally, if your grip is a limiting factor, you should train your grip, not assist it
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I am in the Dominican Republic. Not really much of a weightlifting culture here. Everyone just lifts, but no one really has an idea on how to maximize your effort. I go to Gold's Gym here and it is horrible. The trainers have no ideas what is going on. Everyone wears sunglasses inside the gym. Its a joke.
Anyways, thanks for the advice.
I like hooks and use "1 Ton Hooks" but I turn them around so that the opening is facing my palm... My wrist strength sucks and I have to use them or I lift little girlie weights on deads and traps! Ugh. I've tried a ton of hooks and straps etc... and these are my favs
hope that helps
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