assistance equipment, like
wrist straps and lifting
hooks, has been around for
a long time. After all,
who doesn't want to able
to get more reps and use
more weight NOW? Haulin'
Hooks are a unique, new
concept on the block. Learn
how these new hooks stack
concept of "Haulin'
Hooks" is simple...a
thick, padded wrist wrap
attached to a set of strong
steel hooks, designed to
help augment your grip and
allow you to hold onto MUCH
heavier weights and get
the "Haulin' Hooks"
measure up to other grip
assitance equipment? And,
bottom line, are they effective
for improving your results?
IS GRIP ASSISTANCE A GOOD THING?
the first question we should ask
about any grip assistance device.
Does the use of it become a crutch
and lead to weaker grip strength?
answer to that CAN be "yes."
If you use grip assistance for everything,
your grip strength is going to suffer.
here's the rub...there are times
when grip assistance is an absolute
necessity to maximizing your results.
For example, if you're doing partial
deadlifts with WELL above your normal
full-range maximum weight, grip
assistance will allow you move MORE
weight and hold onto it LONGER.
allows you to get maximum overload
on the target muscles - overload
that would not be possible without
assistance is also quite useful
on high-rep endurance-based training.
Yes, there are times when high reps
are useful - and if your grip gives
out before your target muscles hit
their limit, you've left results
on the table.
choose your battles wisely when
it comes to using grip assistance
tools - use with very heavy weight,
very high volume of sets, and very
high reps. Everything else - no
grip assistance. Your grip strength
will be just fine.
ARE HAULIN' HOOKS:
Hooks" utilize a very
simple principle - a thick,
padded wrap that goes around
the wrist with a set of steel
hooks attached. Also included
on this product is a wrist
strap. With the hooks and
the strap, you've got all
aspects of grip assistance
covered in one piece of equipment,
which is nice.
entire hook apparatus is built
VERY strong. I think the
only way to dent this thing
would be with a sledgehammer
(and even then it would take
more than a few swings). The
nylon straps are rock solid
and the foam padding that
wraps around your wrist is
of the other nice features
is that you can adjust where
the hooks sit depending on
how you feel comfortable gripping.
You can move them up and down
on the equipment to get the
best feel, which is a benefit
you won't see on other grip
strap portion of the "Haulin'
Hooks" is pretty much
your standard wrist strap.
Again, it's a solid part of
the overall equipment.
company offers several different
versions rated to different
loads. I tested the "Powerlifter/Pro"
hooks, which were the heaviest
rated. They also offer "Ladies"
hooks, which are designed
to better conform to the generally
smaller wrist size of women
(plus, they're pink!).
ARE HAULIN' HOOKS DIFFERENT THAN
OTHER GRIP ASSISTANCE TOOLS?
main thing you'll notice about this
equipment is that it's not a "trough"
style of hook (one solid piece running
all the way across). Trough hooks
are very useful but this "open"
design (with the way the two hooks
are arranged) allows you to get
more of your hand on the bar for
better control and a good feel.
other thing you'll notice is the
wrist straps that are attached are
a bit wider than most standard wrist
straps. This gives you better gripping
from these visual and construction
differences, the overall goal of
the hooks remains the same - to
augment your grip.
THE HAULIN' HOOKS EFFECTIVE?
Using these hooks will allow you
to hold onto FAR more weight quite
comfortably. The thick wrist
padding distributes the load quite
well even under very heavy loads.
gripping power allows you to get
extra reps and add extra pounds
to your exercises, which definitely
increases your results.
hooks themselves also flip back
and out of the way quite easily
when you're not doing a grip-related
exercise such as squats or presses.
Basically, you can do supersets
without having to remove the hooks
and they won't get in the way.
line - this is a very good piece
of equipment for improving grip
on pulling exercises.
THERE ANY DOWNSIDES?
are a few, but it's nothing serious
enough to stop you from trying these
hooks if you're interested in them.
if you're using just the metal hooks
on a metal bar, there can be a tendency
for the hooks to slide horizontally.
This is easily remedied - the company
includes a set of rubber gripper
tubes that slide over the metal
hooks to deal with this issue.
I'm not a "wrist strap guy."
I've only used straps a couple of
times because I normally find them
awkward to work with. The straps
that come attached to the "Haulin'
Hooks" can get in the way if
you don't want to use them along
with the hooks.
company has actually addressed this
as well with a "hooks only"
version of the product - it's basically
the same set of hooks but without
the attached wrist straps.
you DO like using wrist straps,
you'll love the fact that they're
attached. If you don't, one thing
to note is that the "strapless"
versions of the hooks are only rated
to 650 lbs.
you're planning on doing training
with more weight than that (and
that IS a definite possibility if
you're looking to do partial lockout
deadlifts), you'd be better off
getting the higher-rated hooks and
just dealing with keeping the straps
out of the way as you're doing the
gripping your fingers over and around
the hooks does take some getting
used to. It has a different feel
than other grip assistance tools
but the result is just as good,
if not better.
in my experience, that's pretty
much it. There aren't any major
weaknesses in this product -
one pair is going to last you a
lifetime, even if you're beating
them up with EXTREMELY heavy weight
on a regular basis.
you're looking to improve your training
results in the heavy pulling exercises,
grip assistance is a must. "Haulin'
Hooks" are a highly-effective,
top-quality option that I would
have no trouble recommending.
hooks will definitely help you lift
more weight and get more reps.
more information about "Haulin'
Hooks" and get a pair for yourself!
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