Got Grip?

When we envision being super strong, we usually think of lifting i.e deadlifts, back squats, clean and jerks etc. What we forget is the key piece to the puzzle …. grip. Your grip plays a key role in many exercises that you perform here at CPM. Sometimes just focusing on perfecting your grip can lead to many successes you didn’t know you had in you.  If you really want to get stronger focusing on your grip could help you become better all around. You can perform gymnastic movements more efficiently, aids in injury prevention, and even become a better rower!

I found this article on Tabata Times and discovered these key reasons to help with your overall fitness.

Why Develop Grip Strength?

Training grip strength does not just train your grip; rather, you are training your entire body. This training has a beneficial effect on other parts of your fitness such as endurance and stamina. Just listen to these experts.

Stronger Grip = Bigger Lifts: When you have a strong grip, you are able to lift heavier weights in the gym. Especially in pulling movements such as deadlifts, rows, pull-ups, and chin-ups, a solid grip that you can call upon will help you increase your training results by increasing strength.

Stronger Grip = Better Endurance: When your hands and lower arms are strong, you can also perform more repetitions than someone whose weak hands are a liability.

Stronger Grip = Better Injury Resiliency: Muscles and connective tissues that are strengthened are more injury-resistant, and if injury does end up taking place, stronger tissue can usually recover faster so that you are back on top of your game.

You should also do mobility to help with grip strength:

To develop and maintain grip strength by the soft tissue quality in your neck, chest, shoulders, arms, and forearms and how that affects your grip.

Working out the tension, trigger points, and tissue adhesions in these areas must be addressed as they have a direct effect on joint alignment and mechanics, presence of muscular imbalances, and likelihood for injury. Following soft tissue work, mobility in the neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists must be evaluated.

Don’t be limited by your grip strength; instead, use these helpful tips and tricks to increase your grip!


The O-Board Says…

AMRAP 20 minutes of:
5 Weighted pull-ups
10 Push-ups with feet on 30″ box
15 Squats holding a 45 pound plate

Posted by: Annie