The hook grip is a pretty essential part of weightlifting.
Not only does it allow you to lift more weight without grip fatigue, but it positions your hands in the proper position for the Clean and Jerk as well as Snatch.
As great of an impact the hook grip can have on your training, the one downside is it can absolutely do damage to your thumbs. No joke, I have what looks like a permanent bruise on my thumbs.
In the past, I've used good ole tape as well as my favorite the JerkFit Nubs.
This being said I'm always open to testing new products which is why I was intrigued when the guys at Break Parallel reached out to me to review their Break Parallel Hook Grips.
Break Parallel claims that the Hook Grips provide “the safest and most powerful barbell grip.” Let's find out if that's true…
Pros: The Hook Grips certainly do help grip the bar and are easy to put on.
Cons: Although they're easy to put on, they can slide around, look a bit goofy, and I'm not a fan of the wrist strap.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a cost effective solution and don't mind the wrist strap and the way they look, these are worth a shot.
When I was initially contacted by the guys at Break Parallel I was pretty curious to try the product out. I've loved wrapping my thumbs with tape or the JerkFit Nubs but I don't currently have a tape sponsor (Johnson & Johnson where you at?) and my Nubs have seen much better days.
Now the looks of the Break Parallel Hook Grips are a little out there for me. There's just too much going on in my opinion.
I like that they used high-quality fabric and the overall design is fine, I just hate looking like the 80-year-old guy at the rec league basketball tournament.
Many people won't mind the look, but think about this for a second. How much gear are you already wearing, especially if you're doing a CrossFit WOD?
- Gymnastic Grips
- Wrist Straps
- Knee Sleeves
- Lifting Belt
and now you've got to put these bad boys on that wrap around the wrist straps and gymnastic grips you're already wearing.
Too much. Much too much.
Now, this being said, some will like the security of the wrist strap knowing they won't slip off, but I simply think it's not needed.
Performance wise, these grip the bar very well.
Chalking them up and wrapping your thumb around the bar leaves no worries for it slipping out. Especially with the extra fabric at the tip of the thumb. This, however, would not be allowed in competition in my opinion because it's similar to wrist straps that you wrap around the bar. Great for training, but no so much in either Weightlifting or CrossFit competitions.
When it comes to durability, I believe the Hook Grips should last for some time except for the velcro on the wrist strap. All of the fabric is heavy duty and the stitching is on point, but the velcro is just kind of cheap.
For you who are like me and like the idea of the thumb protection but not the wrist strap, here's what I did:
Where to Purchase: Break Parallel
Stay Strong, Live Long,