In Strength Training, As In Life, Grip Is Important!

Grip strength training should be a clear part of strength training.  The majority of your lifts depend on the grip strength – what you can’t hold properly you can’t lift – and it translates into a reality in life - there’s a strong relationship between grip strength and long life.  


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The ball-shaped grip develops more broadly applied strengthby forcing finger muscles into more stress, leading to strength over a broader range of the hand, which means a stronger, more comprehensive (over a larger area) grip.

More finger involvement in grip can also reduce carpal tunnel pain - the weakness, numbness in the hand and back to the elbow.  The ball design lets you use neutral or EZ-grip (more palms-facing) holds with straight bars, which open the shoulder and reduce the risk of rubbing and grinding in that small and complex space, is easier of the shoulders. Presses are more comfortable. In fact, supinated (palms-up) grips, or similar EZ grips bring valuable variation in chest exercise.  One thing to recognise is that you'll initially find the grip unusual - that's because it's so different, with the fingers splayed - and you'll need a lighter weight to get going... but this process is what'll give you the power to get ahead.

Here are some comments from Will Brink, a author, trainer, columnist and Harvard graduate in natural sciences

Here’s a simple fact of life: if your back and legs can dead-lift 700lb, but your grip ends at 300lbs, your dead-lift is 300 lbs. Thus, your grip is truly the final link in the chain that dictates what you can pull off the ground or what you can hold onto in general, be it a chin up bar, barbell, or other objects. Your grip is your ultimate contact with the weights and the objects of life. For strength athletes, such as power lifters, strongman competitors, and others, grip strength is king. Without it, you are no place. When it comes to strength, you are only as strong as your weakest link and most strength athletes know that fact all too well.

Grip strength is also a key factor in various martial arts, especially MMA and BJJ. If you grab onto someone’s sweaty forearm and they easily pull away from your grip, it will make a big difference in the outcome of that MMA match. Various athletes from places one might not expect, from golf, the shooting sports, and others, know a strong grip plays either an important role – or a key role – to their success. That’s why the worlds top strength & conditioning coaches, and knowledgeable strength athletes – such as Dave Tate, Joe DeFranco, Charles Poliquin, Jim Wendler to name a few, focus on functional grip strength, often using thick grip/thick handled barbells and dumbbells. Problem for most people is, their gym has few if any thick handle dumbbells or barbells (usually 2.5” in diameter) as they tend to be both expensive and a “niche” product to your average health club or gym.

Perhaps less appreciated, but no less important, thick handled dumbbells and barbells also stimulate the forearms and muscles of the upper arms to boot, so they have real utility to those looking to add size and strength to the entire arm, not just increasing grip strength. As Charles Poliquin has said

… as much as possible, train with thick bars when training the upper body … Can’t add size to your biceps? Try working the forearms!”

Your standard barbells, dumbbells, chin-up bars and cable attachments are only about 1” or so in diameter, which of course makes them easy to grip. That’s well and fine for beginners, non-serious trainers, and bodybuilders only concerned with visual appeal, but it’s not optimal for everyone else serious about maximizing their functional strength and muscle mass. 

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About Will Brink

Will Brink is the owner of the Brinkzone Blog. Will has over 15 years experience as an author, columnist and consultant, to the supplement, fitness, bodybuilding, and weight loss industry and has been extensively published. Will graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in the natural sciences, and is a consultant to major supplement, dairy, and pharmaceutical companies. His often ground breaking articles can be found in publications such as Lets Live, Muscle Media 2000, MuscleMag International, The Life Extension Magazine, Muscle n Fitness, Inside Karate, Exercise For Men Only, Body International, Power, Oxygen, Penthouse, Women’s World and The Townsend Letter For Doctors.