2006 WABDL Metroflex Push/Pull

1st attempt 644lbs – hook grip
2nd attempt 688lbs – hook grip – missed
I lost grip and my thumb came loose. I supported the bar with my leg to keep from dropping the bar and I ripped the skin on my left thumb.
3rd attempt 688lbs – switched to alternate grip – State Record in the Open and Masters Divisions
This was incredibly easy.
4th attempt 722lbs PR – alternate grip – State Record in the Open and Masters Divisions
This was my 6th attempt at this weight and I finally got it.
I will continue to work with the hook grip. It seemed to have helped my form and from using a double overhand grip during warm-ups along with grip work, my grip strength had improved significantly. Thanks to Ray for recommending that I switch back to the alternate grip. It would have been tough with my thumb ripped, but alternating grip didn’t bother my thumb. The lifts felt even easier when I switched back. I will need to work on my speed off the floor with the hook grip.

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