1 - Ton hooks

Discussion in 'Commercial Equipment' started by Fausto, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Fausto

    Fausto HST Expert

    Hey all

    I have seen these before and they seem rather usefull for those of us who aspire to do some heavy tonnage.

    Anyone used them? Are they worth it at 49 USD?

    Here's the link : 1Ton Hooks
     
  2. xahrx

    xahrx New Member

    Hooks and straps have their place. Sometimes your grip strength isn't up to what your legs and butt can do, so they can be helpful in those situations.
     
  3. stevejones

    stevejones Member

    In my opinion, hooks are pieces of crap. I bet you'll never see a heavy deadlifter wearing those things (powerlifter or bodybuilder), unless they are modeling them for some company.
     
  4. xahrx

    xahrx New Member

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    (stevejones @ Jul. 25 2006,18:00)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">In my opinion, hooks are pieces of crap.  I bet you'll never see a heavy deadlifter wearing those things (powerlifter or bodybuilder), unless they are modeling them for some company.</div>
    Never tried hooks myself, just straps. They're cheaper and serve the same purpose.
     
  5. mikeynov

    mikeynov Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have a pair of those hooks, they're terrible.
     
  6. robefc

    robefc New Member

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    (mikeynov @ Jul. 29 2006,21:20)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">I have a pair of those hooks, they're terrible.</div>
    Seconded.

    Although to be fair, as far as hooks go these must be among the best, very robust etc.

    It's just that I found using them no help whatsoever, couldn't lift a thing.

    So anyone who does like hooks will probably find these great, otherwise don't bother.

    Cheers

    Rob
     
  7. Fausto

    Fausto HST Expert

    Seems like it is not worth it hey, can Pete Cisco actually promote good stuff at the end of the day?

    Sorry I started the thread [​IMG] but I honestly was curious [​IMG]
     
  8. adb1x1

    adb1x1 New Member

    While most of the things Mr Sisco promotes are a waste, I have a pair or these hooks and use them all the time. They are made much better than typical 'hooks'. They make the amount of weight I can use for exercises like dead-lifts, shrugs and rows much greater and less limited by grip strength (and with much better form because I'm not fighting with my grip to get the reps out).

    There are a couple of things you should be aware of though:
     
    1.   If you have small wrists, the cuffs will side down, making them useless. A wrap around the wrist will prevent this from happening. I use weight lifting gloves with a long wrist wrap (Harbinger). Then the hook cuff is positioned about half on my arm and half on the wrist wrap. It won't slide down with this configuration.

    2.  The 'hook' part can be turned around, so that your fingers go over the hook rather than under it (if that makes sense). This is the most stable positon.

    One other thing I'd like to add:

      I had a problem with stitching on the first pair I had. I sent an email to the gentleman who sells these hooks and he was genuinely concerned that he might have an issue, so he ask me to return the hooks (at his expense) so he could see what the problem was. He also sent me a new pair with reinforced stitching. This new pair had a similar problem and he sent me a third, even more improved pair. This pair hasn't had the same problem.
    This I consider customer service much above the norm.

    Anthony
     
  9. Fausto

    Fausto HST Expert

    Well, well well

    Do we have some contradicction or what? Seems like they can be useful after all, hey?

    Maybe some  of the guys who tried them just did not know these tricks [​IMG] thanks Anthony.

    However I doubt it wheather I could get the same customer service from all the way in South Africa?  [​IMG]

    Good though...good!
     
  10. stevejones

    stevejones Member

    I used forward weight lifting hooks from prowriststraps.com (See Here), and, as previously stated, they sucked.  Maybe reverse grip hooks work better.  

    Anyway, with a little bit of grip training, you shouldn't need straps or hooks, except on very heavy shrugs.  My grip used to fail at about 550lbs on deads, so I started squeezing captains of crush and heavy grips three times a week.  Also practiced with static holds, which increase grip strength dramatically.  My grip isn't even an issue with weights all the way up to 800 lbs now.   My back/biceps/traps give out before forearms now.  Both static holds and grippers work great, but I think static holds are probably the best thing you can do to help your forearms hold onto the bar.
     

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