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Brady Cable is a Coach and Operations Manager at Kabuki Strength. His personal best deadlift is 765lbs in the 93 kilo weight class. And yes, pulled with a hook grip. If you are interested in working with our coaches, please visit our coaching site. Grip in the deadlift is an issue that not everyone has a problem with. Something that those who do struggle with grip loss know it to be all too frustrating. Someone once said to me “if you haven’t had a grip problem, you might just not be strong enough to have a grip problem yet”. People who often use straps for much of their training find their grip might become the limiting factor in their competition deadlift over other parts of their body. One of the most disappointing things in powerlifting is locking out a big PR deadlift, especially on the platform, and then dropping it near or at lockout. Knowing your body had all the strength required to lift the weight, but your hands did not. Between this and a growing fear or possibly awareness of the possibility of bicep tears, using a double overhand hook grip is something that’s becoming increasingly popular within the sport. I don’t think hook grip is the only solution to grip problems, or even a solution at all for some people. This article will be a comprehensive guide to learning and working up to using hook grip but will also be riddled with general grip advice that will be applicable to any style and may just make you a better at the deadlift.I’ve had quite a few clients and acquaintances approach me about the grip in their deadlift in the last few years and I generally see at least one of three things that can be improved regardless of using...

Brady Cable is a Coach and Operations Manager at Kabuki Strength. To read more about Virtual Coaching services click the coaching link in the menu or click here. For more content like this and hundreds of indexed videos on movement, cueing, technique, lectures, and other educational topics please visit kabuki.ms. Whether you’ve been following our content for years or you’re just starting to dive in, you’ve likely noticed we start many of our corrective strategies with bracing and spinal mechanics. We don’t do this to over simplify the process but, because so often the dysfunction or issue in question is driven by poor spinal mechanics. Bracing is a logical place to go for people with back pain or other issues directly related to their spine, but it’ll also explain some ways in which spinal mechanics influence the mechanics of distal joints, like hips and shoulders.It’s worth outlining what we’re even talking about with regards to either bracing or spinal mechanics and put some context to it.  In many cases, this article will be directed towards powerlifters or other sagittal plane athletes but can applied broadly to other types of athletes as well depending on the situation. Positional Changes Why we feel bracing is so important begins with a discussion about spinal mechanics. It’s not news that you want to minimize changes in spinal position during most axial loaded movements especially from a safety standpoint. I don’t think there’s anyone out there that thinks you should egregiously round your spine throughout the course of a pull to be a better deadlifter. There are nuanced discussions where people make arguments for starting in a bit more flexion particularly in the thoracic spine, but there’s always the caveat of “if it stays locked”. I used the example of flexion, but this applies to spinal extension too....

Brady Cable is the Ops Manager at Kabuki Strength as well as a Movement Coach and IASTM expert. He can be contacted via his email at "[email protected]" Coaching cues are one of the most prevalent and important parts of coaching. When you’re trying to get somebody to put their body in a certain position or generate force a certain way, you need to give that person a point of reference for how to do that. People often shout very generic intrinsic cues like “core tight” or “knees out”. There are some things that need to be looked at when things like this aren’t getting the results you want. Too often I’ve seen people use a cue only to have it result in no change and they resort to simply saying it louder or faster instead of changing their approach. This approach doesn’t create meaningful change or help anyone, it often leads to tension and frustration between the coach and person being coached. There needs to be a multi layered approach to thinking about how to cue things and get people to do movements in the way that you want them to.If a person is struggling to achieve a certain position under load, it can be as simple as having to regress the movement and have them practice it first. “knees out” means nothing to a person who has no neurological or motor control reference for what the position is. Cues like that are also problematic because they lack specificity. Knees out in particular tends to lead to a lot of people rolling to the outside of their feet, or pushing their knees so varus that to generate force they immediately must collapse back into valgus.Staying with the theme of “knees out”; cuing is also intrinsic as mentioned earlier. Intrinsic cueing refers an...