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Old 09-05-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default Grip Strength

Grip strength i think is sometimes overlooked (not so much by members of this forum per se), but it is a crucial part of strength training.

I have always been of the mindset that just lifting heavy weights without straps will be enough to work the grip, but if you have a weakish grip as I do, this can limit the amount of weight that you can lift on the other moves.

We all know of loads of different ways to train the grip specifically, BB holds that kind of thing. I just came across these though, that i thought sounded like fun (fun for us anyway ) and doesnt require very heavy weights so is not taxing on the CNS. So in the interests of the forum I thought Id post it up.

You may have all used them, they may be old hat, but i think for the 'weaker gripped guys' such as my self this is a way that could strengthen the grip, like I say, without using bone crunching amounts of weight.

Plate SPinning
Take a relitively heavy plate (say 25kg/55lbs) and feed it through your hands. 30-45 seconds clockwise then 30-45 seconds counter(anti) clockwise, give a good burn in the forearms and isnt ad boring or time consuming as wrist curls, plus you can get competitive with how many revolutions you can do

Ultra Farmers Walks

Hold two plates together in each hand in a pincer grip (so say two 5kg/10lb plates) the plates will want to slide against each other and fall, but you hold them tight and then walk for 30-60 seconds... Its a lot harder than it seems and MUCH harder than just holding a single 10kg/25lb plate, works the grip well WITHOUT having to load up 5pps and having your arms torn out the sockets trying to hold on to it

Hope this helps


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