Two Reasons Why You NEED to Pinch Lift

Article written by Peter Baker I know what you’re thinking. It sounds something like this: “My grip will be just fine doing regular old deadlifts on a plain bar.” And that might be true, to an extent. But if you want healthy hands, a better deadlift, a stronger grip, AND more function, you need to pinch lift. So I will tell you why you need to and show you how. Before that, we’re going to cover some basic hand motions so you have a frame of reference.

Basic Hand Motions

There are more than I am listing, but for the sake of simplicity, you’re going to want to pay attention to these three. We have:

Flexion—When you bring your fingers in to form a fist, this is flexion.

Extension—If you give someone a high five, you are putting your fingers in extension.

Opposition/Reposition—Moving your thumb to touch your index, middle, ring, or pinkie fingers is what we call opposition, and moving it away is reposition.

Having gone over that, we train flexion of the fingers the most, and extension, opposition, and reposition the leas