Archives For March 17, 2012

L-Sit Pull Ups & Chin Ups

  • L-Sit Pull ups (Palms facing each other): 8
    • Before neck warmup
  • L-Sit Pull ups: 8
    • After 2nd neck warmup
  • L-Sit Chin ups: 8,8,8
    • After 4th neck warmup, 2nd last set and at the end.

Neck Extension

  • 10lbs: 25
  • 15lbs: 20
  • 25lbs: 15
  • 37.5lbs: 10
  • 46.25lbs: 20
  • 51.25lbs: 20,20

Neck Flexion

  • 10lbs: 25
  • 15lbs: 20
  • 25lbs: 15
  • 37.5lbs: 10
  • 46.25lbs: 20
  • 51.25lbs: 20,20

Neck Side Flexion (Left)

  • 10lbs: 25
  • 15lbs: 20
  • 25lbs: 15
  • 37.5lbs: 25

Neck Side Flexion (Right)

  • 10lbs: 25
  • 15lbs: 20
  • 25lbs: 15
  • 37.5lbs: 25

Notes

  • Giant sets
  • Used the Ironmind neck harness and Olympic plates
  • Performed all exercises standing

So I've been using the double overhand hook grip for deadlifts for a few weeks now. Mixed grip deadlifts feels weird and hurts my shoulders and wrist, so I only pull with a double overhand hook grip.

The grip itself is fantastic and secure, and the limiting factors that I've experienced so far are my pain tolerance, and a paranoia of ripping off my thumbnails.

My pain tolerance grows higher every time I deadlift, and I don't worry too much about tearing my thumbnails off during the lift.

The tips of my thumbs are callused now, and skin tends to peel off every few days.

But I am starting to see a series of diagonal lines on my thumbnails, as shown below:

Thumbnail Damage Hook Grip Deadlifts

I've seen pictures of people cracking their thumbnail because of the hook grip, but I haven't seen this before.

It also feels a little tender underneath my thumbnail. I can really feel it when I'm playing video games, especially when using the left and right analogue sticks on the control pad.

Cause for concern? Nah. At least not yet.