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Why Does Grip Position Matter?

Weightlifitng, powerlifting,  and accessory training all need practice and knowledge to be able to perform optimally. One of the most basic and essential concepts you need to know when initiating a lift, is to know where to place your hands, specifically your grip position. There is an infinite amount of exercises that can be performed, and many of them can be done with multiple types of grips.

 

While performing Olympic weightlifting, athletes use a pronated hook (palm facing down, fingers gripping the thumb around the bar) grip. In comparison, powerlifters might prefer to use an alternated hand grip to control the bar during a deadlift. How do you know which you grip you should use? Which one you can use? And what you can do to fix it and strengthen it?

 

If you drive a Ferrari but have crappy tires, you're not going to drive very well. If you're really strong but you have a weak grip, then you're not going to lift very well. Your grip strength is the tire on the car! There are a multitude of variations you can implement in a program and when put together, you can have a successful training session in the gym. Grip position is one of those variations. Check out the video below to learn which ones are best for specific lifts and how to improve it!

 

 

 

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