Why can I lift more from the hang than the floor?This is actually pretty common; so if it happens to you, know that you’re not alone. The primary reason athletes are better from the hang position than from the floor has nothing to do with strength or speed. It has to do with athletes performing a poor first pull from the ground. A poor first pull prevents you from engaging in the same positions you would achieve in the hang. Navigating around the knees is a problem for a lot of people. Hang positions, especially the higher ones, are simple—mechanically speaking. The lower you start the more mechanics needed. Starting from the floor gives us the greatest advantage because we benefit from added momentum by the time we reach full extension in the second pull. To help you lift more weight from the floor, make sure that you’re comfortable in the start position on the floor, you have a controlled start, and you find the correct positioning for the hang position as you rise up to continue the lift.