The Clash of the Classes is back again! This is a TNT team competition where the morning classes battle against the evening classes. This year’s winter competition will be from 8:00am to 11:30am. The Clash of the Classes is about having fun, and getting the morning and evening crew together for a friendly competition. The 1&2pm classes can choose whether they want to compete for night flight or dawn patrol. The clash will be on the 6th of December, the same day as the Holiday party. Make sure to sign up right away under the events tab on MindBody so that you get to be a part of the fun: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=14217. This is for every level of athletes and the entry fee is $20. This will be a great competition!
Our annual TNT Holiday Party is around the corner. It will be December 6th at 7:00 PM at the Q on Main Street St. Charles (all ages invited, but everyone who is not 21 has to be out by 9:00 PM). This will be a fun event to celebrate the season with your friends and family. Sign up on MindBody Online under “Events” https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=14217. Let’s make this a great one!
It’s painful, awkward, and absolutely necessary. The hook grip is what you have to use whenever you are cleaning (hang, power, etc) and snatching (hang, power, etc). If you grab the barbell without a secure hook grip it will start to roll in your hand as soon as the weight gets heavier and the speed increases.
The clean and snatch produces a tremendous amount of power (why they are effective at improving fitness) and the link between you and the barbell has to be strong in order to be successful. Wrapping the thumb around the bar effectively stops the bar from slipping in your hands during the violent 2nd pull (when the bar passes the knees and moves to the hips) of the olympic lifts. Getting used to the hook grip can be a little uncomfortable at first but this will soon go away. It will become a habit and used every time you grab the barbell or carry groceries.
Taping your thumb can save the skin on your thumb if you are prone to tearing. In order to really secure a firm grip on the bar make sure you press your hand down into the barbell before locking in the thumb. This will solidify the grip even more which will increase the stability of the grip. The hook grip does not need to be kept through the entirety of the lift. Once the barbell is overhead or on your shoulder release the thumb for improved mobility.