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    training weaknesses

    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    It all depends on where your weak spot is. If your grip and lockout are weak, obviously static holds will help that. Personally my weakest spot is right off the floor, so I do extra work on my hips and hammys to increase my initial pull.
    Normally, I'd agree w. you, but this kid is a beginner. EVERYTHING is a weak spot! I'm not trying to be an a-hole, but if the kid starts divying up his training time among his weaknesses, rather than just focusing on the basic core lifts, he is going to go nowhere quick!

    He doesn't need holds or rack pulls or farmers walks... he just needs to bust his as* on the basics!

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    I agree with sensei on all points except the rack pulls. Rack pulls are a good newbie exercise leading into deads because newbies often lack the flexibility to get down to the floor for an off the floor pull. Rack pulls allow you to vary the pin height downward as your flexibility, form, and strength improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Normally, I'd agree w. you, but this kid is a beginner. EVERYTHING is a weak spot! I'm not trying to be an a-hole, but if the kid starts divying up his training time among his weaknesses, rather than just focusing on the basic core lifts, he is going to go nowhere quick!

    He doesn't need holds or rack pulls or farmers walks... he just needs to bust his as* on the basics!
    Oh yeah, I keep forgetting. lol. I remember when I first started. My grip just seemed to follow my Deads. I also used to do very heavy shrugs after deads and rows.

    Should I be doing static holds to improve my grip now that it fails if I go much over 425? (I'm kidding, already working on this problem)

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    Thanks for the help. I'm going to try it again this Sunday and see how it goes. I think that maybe I was trying to use my shoulders in the lift, but I'm not sure. I'll report back on how it goes on Sunday.

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