Welcome to Improve Your Grip
It’s nice to meet you! My name is Henry & I’m a friendly fellow who started this website.
I’m happy you found your way here! I am here to assist you.
Regardless of your progress & training experience it’s important to have a helping hand by your side.
I’ll share my insights to help you to improve both mentally & physically, offering you various ideas &
directions to take on.
Let it be a starting point of our journey together.
A Little Bit About Me
I’m fascinated by strength sports – I’ve been a recreational powerlifter & martial artist more than a decade. Being passionate about strongman training & weightlifting, I’d love to discuss about those topics with you.
First & foremost I’m interested in functional strength itself & in overall approach
I put a little less emphasis to proportional illusion of it.
Nevertheless both are equally important – Naturally, you want both to appear looking good & strong.
In athleticism I value mental toughness & fortitude as well as physical abilities.
One can’t go without another. Curiously, we’re only as strong as our weakest link is – Grip
Who doesn’t want to have a powerful grip?
Honestly, every great athlete has one..
Why is Grip Strength Vitally Important?
Functionality With Tremendous Benefits
It is the very first point of contact between you & the object you want to pick up. Your grip is incredibly important – And not only in few exercises, but almost
in all of them. You have to grab even a squatting bar with considerable force if you want to make that exercise possible for you..
Having grip strength is tremendously effective in any physique, yet training grip happens to be one of the most overlooked aspects in regular training routines.
Try not to become one of those individuals & fall into that category – Try & Improve your grip since it has many benefits to it.
One thing is having strong hands, which is great.. BUT other thing is preventing injuries & having healthy hands, & that should be your top priority no matter
who you are. Functional strength can come in handy in infinite number of situations, for infinite number of times.
Technically, there are four primary movements that you should focus on the most to improve your overall grip, finger, hand & forearm strength:
- Crushing grip – Grabbing & squeezing an object with your fingers – It’s the most basic hand movement, where you’ll be moving your fingers towards your palm
- Pinching grip – Movement that involves your thumb to pinch grip an object – The idea is to always use your thumb in combination of any of your other 4 fingers
- Supporting grip – Also called static grip, that focuses on holding onto something as long as you can while maintaining it in the exact same position the whole time
- Extending grip – Complex extensor movements, in your wrists & fingers, to adjust your grip position, move opposite directions & to provide you with muscle balance
Who Should Develop a Powerful Grip?
Everyone – Old & Young – Athlete & Casual
Beginner or Expert, Competitive or Non-Competitive, Recreational or Professional Athlete – We all could use a stronger grip.
It’s also a big part of your competitive edge, if winning or losing is at stake – Grip strength offers great deal of support to what you’re already doing.
- Pole Dancer
- Rock Climber
- Tennis player
- Golf Player
- Guitar Player
- Piano player
- Arm Wrestler
- Sport Shooter
- Motocross Driver
- Military Forces
- Martial Artist
Whether you’re senior citizen who wants to be healthy, avoid injuries & feel safe enough while grabbing staircase railings, OR you’re aiming to become a strongman
with monstrously strong grip, able to roll up a frying pan with your bare hands & wants to put other similar feats of strength on display.
Grip Strength becomes exceptionally handy in any case – Almost any sports athlete out there, that you can name or think of, needs a great grip.
I’ll Help You to Get Started
Choose Correct Equipment & Source of Knowledge for Your Goals
Whether you simply wandered up here by chance, became curious about grip training or have a serious reason of seeking recovery for your beat up hands to get rid
of pain. Adding some muscle to forearms to bring up functional strength, muscle balance for overall healthier body or just trying to get better at your gym weight
lifting game. I can offer little bits & bobs, here & there.
Going straight to basics: Getting yourself a classical spring gripper is an universal, portable & one the more easily accessible forms of forearm trainings that will go a
long way. In most cases look no further, it can be all you need.
For enthusiast & those seeking to further specialize there are entire myriad of additional equipment to get fancy down the road. Most of the archetypes you’ll find on
my site to learn about different angles that can be applied to your workout sessions.
There are multiple different types of grippers available that you can benefit from, with wide variety of different resistance levels to cover all your training needs &
routines, including the rehabilitation part.
Getting in better shape as well as nuturing injuries are important, inseparable parts of your hand health. Whether you’re trying to get your strength back up for your
recently dislocated finger, or trying to treat repetitive strain injury like Tennis Elbow, proper gripper can be an excellent way to go.
To deliver you the all-round-package you can benefit from classical right handed gripper as well as lefty gripper, smooth gripper & also a thumb gripper.
What Grip Training Resources Can You Use?
Learn How to Train Your Grip
Simply work with hand grippers & specifically specialize in them or up your entire game by learning new exercises along with crushing grippers. Among these authors
are famous names like Tommy Heslep, who is one of only five people in the world who have certified for IronMind’s Captains of Crush #4 Gripper. Learn it all from
the experts, legendary grip masters who have done it all & have wealth of experiences to share. Learn dozens of different methods from easy to near impossible.
Toughen Your Palms With Hand Grippers
Avoid Fitness Gloves
You should use fitness gloves only if you absolutely need to. Unless you’ve deliberately made it your goal to make glove manufacturers richer & happier by grinding
through one pair after another & still keep buying new ones.
Why should you always avoid excessive use of fitness gloves? Many folks rely entirely on gloves when they hit the gym & as a result vast majority of them usually
have weak palms. Gloves are a foreign objects between the palms of your hands & a weight you are trying to lift that directly prevent your palms getting any stronger.
If that’s the case, once you take off your fitness gloves & touch first barbell or dumbbell set you see, you’re going to shred the palms of your hands almost instantly.
Your hands definitely start aching & in the long run you likely get blisters.
So, how do you solve that problem? No, you don’t put your gloves back on – Many hand grippers have aggressively knurled handles that are specifically designed to
toughen the palms of your hands. Keep training, your hands get stronger, simple. Gradually, over the period of weeks & months while regularly exercising with
grippers, skin in your palms will toughen up. It’s one of the key parts to be able to perform more strenuous exercises with bare hands.
Unless your hands are injured, or you’ve already worked your hands to the limit you have no business with gloves. There’s no excuse & likely no practical reason to use
fitness gloves. If you lift awkward object & it’s a huge safety issue, use gloves.
If you’re trained athlete in the middle of competition where gloves are allowed & give you both competitive edge & chance to avoid injuries – In that instance you want
to use gloves for a sound reason. Other than that you always want to put fitness gloves away & work with your bare hands for functional strength.
Always Prioritize Muscle Balance
Rubber Hand Bands Can Work Wonders to Keep Your Hands Healthy
Balanced Muscles, Healthier Hands
As always, for rehab purposes & for hand health in general, having balance is key for getting much stronger in functional strength department. I recommend to pair up
your gripper training with extensor training. For that task you can use rubber hand bands to work on counter-movements to balance your forearm muscles.
Rubber Hand Bands are excellent addition to your grip training, whether you’re using one or multiple different grippers in your training routine. They’re inexpensive
& help to keep your hands pain-free. Ask any qualified physio-therapeut, chiropractor or doctor. They all confirm that hand-bands is good way to go be healthier.
In Addition to 4 Major Hand Movements – There’s Actually 5th As Well
You guessed it – Wrist Rollers & Resistance Bars. These are absolutely fun to use training devices that can be brutally effective, making your forearms burn up quickly.
Curiously, this is beginner friendly approach, starting with low, easy resistance levels suitable for everyone with an option to be scaled up next to impossible.
This makes it a versatile approach that can be used both casual users as well as advanced athlete. There are many portable variants of wrist-rollers available, making
it a conveniently accessible training tool that you can throw into your gym bag as you’re on your way to next workout.
These things are worth their weight in gold. Easy to use, effective. Nurse an injury, add overall functional strength or bulk up your forearms quickly, the choice is yours.
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