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Old 05-02-2013, 12:20 PM   #2
Greg Everett
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They should be extended and hands relaxed, but that doesn't mean the bar is toward the fingers. bar should be in the palm, which means it's over the forearm, slightly behind the centerline for balance and better hand position. The exact hand/wrist position will vary among lifters based on how they're built and their grip width and mobility, but in any case, holding the bar too far back in the hand (ie toward the fingers) creates too much stress on the wrist and also makes it harder to extend the elbows forcefully and securely overhead.
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