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Tommy Kono Part 2: Straps

Tommy Kono Part 2: Straps

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Published by Kat Ricker
I was extremely fortunate to receive personal instruction from Tommy Kono during his annual visit to Bodytribe Fitness in Sacramento during the weekend of the Tommy Kono Open VI.
Here is the second installment from our time together. This addresses proper technique for using straps for pull work.
I was extremely fortunate to receive personal instruction from Tommy Kono during his annual visit to Bodytribe Fitness in Sacramento during the weekend of the Tommy Kono Open VI.
Here is the second installment from our time together. This addresses proper technique for using straps for pull work.

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Part 2: Using straps
Proper technique

I was extremely fortunate to receive personal instruction from Tommy Kono during his annual visit to Bodytribe Fitness in Sacramento during the weekend of the Tommy Kono Open VI. Here is the second installment from our time together. This addresses proper technique for using straps for pull work.

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TRANSCRIPTION 08.07.2011 What she’s doing is.. You notice that she’s using her arm almost immediately. It should be long. The arm should be long and you’re not using your arm to pull. You are using your body to pull. You got to try to understand that… First of all, the strap is going the wrong way. She is putting the strap this way, right? It’s the same way as the hand. The strap is supposed to go this way. OK? Now, grip the bar. The strap, yes, it’s that way. That is the proper way of using the strap. And you don’t have to have it real tight. Don’t grip the bar too tight. You are not going to do the snatch; you are just going to do some pulling now. I want you to feel it so the strap is tight around your wrist when you start pulling. Don’t grip the bar so tight. Let the strap do the work. OK? Yep. Arms are loose. Arms are loose. Let your grip a little bit looser. Okay, don’t grab the bar. Do you feel the strap biting in here? Okay. This is… Stand up. This is how it’s supposed to be. When you use the strap correctly, you’re supposed to feel it like that. If not, you are gripping tightly, and the strap is of no use. And again, remember, when you wear the straps, it’s this way. Your hand is going this way, but the strap is going the opposite way. That’s covered in my book, by the way. A lot of people… There’s several company that sell the strap and they show the strap going around this way, which is actually useless. And a lot of the time, it stress wrap it around, wrap it around. You don’t have to wrap it around. Just once around loosely. The hand doesn’t even have to be tight. The bar will be fitting right around here. It’s not way up here, it’s almost on here. And if you do it correctly, you will feel the strap this way. Arm’s relaxed. So you gonna feel the pull way over here. You notice how it feels now? There’s no strength here at all, right? It’s all from the body now. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Remember, the strap goes around from underneath, and over. That’s right. All you gotta do is once around. You don’t have to tighten it or anything. Just relax your hands, just stand up and let it hang. Let it hang. Let it hang. Do you feel it? Do you feel it tight over here? It’s supposed to feel tight. Relax your hand a little bit more. How is it now? Good. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Now just do sort of a deadlift. Deadlift. Stand up. Right. You got it? Continued next page...

Ok. There’s no tension on the arms at all, right? That’s how it’s supposed to be. That’s how you use the strap. Go ahead. Go down. Come on up. Right. Keep your arms relaxed. Good. Let the body do the work. Go down again. Up again. Right. You notice her hand really is not holding the bar tight. It’s just barely holding. She could actually let go of these hands like that and still be able to do the deadlift. Good. All right. Got the idea now? That’s how you’re supposed to be doing the pull, too. Anytime you doing snatching and all that? You’re not supposed to have tension on the arms to start pulling like that, because then you’re not using the big muscles. You’re supposed to use the big muscles for do all the pulls. So should I not grip the bar, not crush the bar? No.

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