Hooks for deadlifting?

Discussion in 'Training Forum' started by MisterSuperGod, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Can anyone relate their experience with hooks (or even straps) and possibly give a recommendation?

    My SLDL sets hit a snag the other night. My left hand grip/forearm pretty much gave out. i used a dew rag (bandana) to overcome this problem, but i'm afraid it will fail and the weight will come crashing down.

    i did a search for hooks, and i like what i see. They look like they would solve my dilemma easily, but i don't want to buy some cheap ones that i'll have to worry about giving way or not curling around the bar enough and create another hazard.

    Appreciate any and all help. Thanks.
  2. BigNattyDaddy

    BigNattyDaddy Member

    Haven't tried the hooks but I've looked at them in the past. I have some lifting straps that I will use sometimes on back days. I think the hooks would be a good idea too, but wouldn't use them everyday since your grip strength wouldn't improve while using them.
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  3. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    I’ve used hooks and hated them.

    Try the Scheik straps that have Velcro cuffs vs just the looped; absolutely love them.
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  4. Perrin Aybara

    Perrin Aybara Member

    My friend I work out with has Versa Grips and I like them for snatch grip deadlifts and Romanian deadlifts. I've used them once or twice on heavy block pulls to save my hands and they seem to do well with heavy weights, too.
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  5. Evom1

    Evom1 Member

    I see a lot of people at my gym using versa grips now. I just use regular old straps

    A friend of mine when we were younger tried hooks on shrugs and relaxed too much at the bottom since your grip isn't used and he pulled his trap pretty good
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  6. Perrin Aybara

    Perrin Aybara Member

    When my buddy isn't there I'll just use this cheap pair that's lying around the gym. The thing I like about the Versa Grips is you don't have to wrap them around and around, just fold it back once and hold. I have a grip and immediately rip pulling style, so all that time wrapping the straps at the bottom hurts me. That's why I really only use straps for high rep work and rarely for heavy work.
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  7. Thegreek

    Thegreek Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    I’ve been a raw lifter for awhile now and his winter I want to start using a belt and straps to see where I can go. I’m at 450ish on conventional dead’s I have a pair of lifting straps but haven’t used them yet but I was looking into figure 8 straps.ill check out the versa ones too. My only concern being able to drop the weight if I fail and have the bar take me with it. I guess I didn’t really contribute anything here just wanted to get involved in the convo lol.
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  8. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Have never had this happen to me. Stay loose when dropping the bar and the straps unravel.
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  9. Rosconow

    Rosconow Member

    My grip is definitely my weak point. Can't do much more than 3 plate deads without straps. With straps, I've gone to 5 plates 2rm.
    I use just the basic grizzly brand padded straps. They work good for me.
  10. Savagesteve

    Savagesteve Member

    I don’t do anything crazy and grip is also my limiting factor. I got some free regular straps with some protein years ago and haven’t had any issues with them.
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  11. tengtren

    tengtren Member

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  12. Fryguy

    Fryguy Member

    I use liquid chalk and I like that more than straps. Great for deads and pullups.
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  13. CAswole

    CAswole Member

    I have the haulin' hooks. They're ok. I like em for db rows, lat pulldown etc but not for deads. The wrist wrap slides down a little and the hooks wind up towards the tips of my fingers. Just feels off. Get barbend figure 8 straps. You'll thank me.
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  14. RomanMVP

    RomanMVP Member

    Gotta go with Versa Grips. Have used hooks in the past, the best I ever used are the ones where the hook is wide and turns into the palm. Never liked the narrow hooks. But I don't think you can beat Versa Grips.
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  15. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    I liked the VersaGrips as I've tried them so may get my own pair.
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  16. AnTabolic73

    AnTabolic73 Member

    Hooks just seem awkward. Like theyd take your grip out of the equation totally. I've used straps in the past. Plain straps, and the comfortable ones with neoprene for the wrists. They work well. And you'll still be able to squeeze the bar in your hands.
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  17. AnTabolic73

    AnTabolic73 Member

    That wont happen with straps, like @Mac11wildcat said. But now that you mention it, I can see that happening with the hooks.
  18. i want something where once my grip gives way, the weight on that side (typically left) will still be supported safety, so that i don't have to set the weight down and i can just bust out that last rep or two.

    i do at home workouts, on the second floor, with hardwood under my feet. Dropping the weight isn't something i can get away with.
  19. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Try the dowel straps. Dowel acts as a wedge between the bar and your hand. It’s the tightest I’ve ever been locked in to a bar but didn’t like it for every day lifting.
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  20. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member AnabolicLab.com Supporter

    Heavy deads on the 2nd floor of a house? Sounds like an adventure trying to do that quietly and without putting holes into the floor or cracking the ceiling drywall.

    Can't imagine trying to set up 535lbs on the floor even with mats on top of the hardwood.
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