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This is pretty interesting to read. Maybe it would be helpful to have a "What I did wrong / learn from my mistakes." thread where we can all admit, repent and ask forgiveness for the mistakes we made on linear progression (LP)?
Excellent read and excellent work mulling through all that data. Must have been very tedious for them!
Reflecting back over my own LP I should have followed the program exactly as written. I know I would have progressed much quicker with less stalls and resets if I hadn't tinkered. Shit, there was a time when I was benching more than I could properly squat! Ha!
Great info. So much of my time was spent on finding new ways to get stronger and bigger. It would have been more useful to find those things that prevented it. Ego, training how I liked, lack of sleep, lack of calories, lack of rest between sets, etc. Most everything that you presented in the Observation section!
I've decided to start using a hook grip to see if it helped my deadlift at all. I have a hunch that it's affecting my ability to gain in the lift.
I tried it yesterday and it seemed to work pretty well. I am right handed, so my right handed hook felt a lot better (it was double overhand to try and get my strength up). Is this typical to have a non-dominant hand's hook feel a bit off?
I've looked in Starting Strength and your hands don't look incredibly large, rather similar to mine. Can you make an effective hook?
I actually have large hands and can make a good hook. But I do not feel the difference between my dexterous and non-dexterous hands in the hook. I assume you are using a double-overhand hook as opposed to an alternate hook.
If anything, you may be over-gripping a little bit; you just need to cover your thumbnail, not wrap over the other side of it. This should let the bar hang a little lower in the fingers and will take some twist off of your thumb.
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