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     Fitness Tips For 9/19/2007

Grip Strength Training Exercises For The Grip of Death
By Kyle

When was the last time you worked your grip to failure, enlisting 
the use of drop sets, beyond-failure training, and forced reps for
your forearms and fingers? People often blame their weak grip for 
their lack of progress in strength or hypertrophy training of 
certain body parts or movements. Even though our grip is called 
upon each and every day under a variety of circumstances, grip 
training takes a back seat in most training programs.

There are many ways people train their grip. Some people buy grip 
closers to work their grip during the day so they don't have to 
put up with it during their training workout. Some do direct grip 
work on their training day.

Although there isn't a universal exercise that will make the grip 
problem go away, many people experiment with different exercises 
and different holds to help them develop better grip strength. 
Below I've listed some traditional exercises that will help you 
achieve a mighty grip of death, whether you are an average or an 
elite trainee.

Farmer Walks:

You can do these a variety of ways. You normally see these being 
done on TV in the World Strongman Competitions(WSM). First, select 
two objects of the identical weight(barbells, tri Bars, which work 
rather well, dumbbells etc.). Then, bend down and pick them up with
 a firm grip with each hand. The objects should feel somewhat 
weighty. Walk with them until you reach your desired distance or 
until you can no longer hold the objects in your hand.

Dead Lift Holds:

Yup, it's exactly what it sounds like!

This exercise can be performed a couple different ways. Some 
lifters pick the bar up off the ground like a normal dead lift, 
hold it at the top till they can no long hold the bar, then 
proceed to dump it. Some set pins up on the power rack to hold 
the bar so they just unrack it for a total range of motion of 
an inch or so. I find the second method to be the most 
productive, because you can properly use more weight to 
overload the grip faster.

Wheel Barrow Walks:

Got a wheel barrow handy around the house? (I don't think many 
gyms carry them as exercise equipment, but it wouldn't surprise 
me at what some gyms do!) Load up the wheel barrow with some 
rocks, plates, dirt or your training partner (seriously). Once 
you have got the amount of weight you'd like in the wheel 
barrow you can do one of two things. You can grip the wheel 
barrow and stand upright with it and hold it, or you can do it 
the fun way and walk with it. This trains the grip well, much 
like farmer walks. This great grip exercise has also lately 
been touted by John Davies and his Renegade Training group 
as a great conditioning exercise.

Dumbbell Static Holds:

This exercise is done with one dumbbell that is very heavy 
to the trainee. It would be best to use an adjustable 
dumbbell so you can change the degree of resistance. You 
will hold the dumbbell across your chest but not touching 
your chest with both hands. Once you have got the starting 
position guess what you do now? HOLD IT! You hold the 
dumbbell till you cannot possibly hold it any longer with 
both hands.

Loaded Hangs:

This would apply to anyone who trains doing pull-ups and 
things of that nature. If you have a belt that allows you 
to suspend weight from it to add resistance to your pull-ups 
this is a very beneficial exercise. Load the belt with a 
fairly good amount of weight, then simply hang from the bar. 
You will be supporting your actual bodyweight plus the loaded 
weight of the belt and weights attached to it, which makes 
for a great grip exercise.

In conclusion, a strong grip is essential for all strength 
athletes: power lifters, bodybuilders, performance athletes, 
strong man competitors, and Olympic weightlifters should all 
train their grips. Don't allow your grip to be the thing that 
is holding you back from bettering yourself and your 
performance with heavy weights. Don't turn to special wrist 
and bar straps, which actually weaken your grip. Stick to 
the iron and develop The Grip of Death!

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