Handgrips Burlington VT

Grip strength is just as important, and sometime more important, to certain sports. In activities such as martial arts and wrestling grip strength is essential to grappling and taking down your opponent; whereas with sports like football, catching and holding on to the ball is vital.

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If you've recently walked into a power lifting gym or chatted up a few weightlifting buddies, you're not going to be asked how much you can grip, but rather how much you can bench? However, grip strength is just as important, and sometime more important, to certain sports. In activities such as martial arts and wrestling grip strength is essential to grappling and taking down your opponent; whereas with sports like football, catching and holding on to the ball is vital. Even with simple daily activities like turning doorknobs or removing lids from a jar of mom's preserved beets.

When it comes to weight lifting, your grip strength will directly influence the amount of weight you can lift. For example, upper-body exercises such as chin-ups depend on grip and forearm strength.

There are various ways to develop your grip strength, but the simplest method will only cost you about $6 per pair online. My grip-strength training tool is a hand grip tool. These sort of resemble the spring-loaded collars that you place on the end of a barbell to hold the weight plates on. However, these are held in your palm between your thumb and other fingers and squeezed as you would a stress ball.

Training with hand grips is simple.

You can do it at work, on a plane or at your kitchen table like this:

  • Hold a pair of hand grips in your right palm (Figure 01).
  • Squeeze the hand grip between your thumb and other fingers (Figure 02).
  • Hold the squeeze for 1-minute (time it with a stopwatch or watch the hands on a wall clock).
  • Switch hands.

I typically train each hand with 3-sets each consisting of 60-seconds. The squeezing action offered by the resistance of the hand grip targets the forearms primarily, but it also impacts your wrist, palm and finger strength.

Anna's Tip: While you're waiting for your hand grips to arrive via mail order, use a rubber ball or a rolled ball of newspaper to perform the above exercise. This will ready ...

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