___________________________________________ Truly Huge Fitness Tips Presented by TrulyHuge.com ___________________________________________ A Secret Perhaps Only 2 Out of 100 Weight Trainers Knows Anything About... Increasing Your Grip Strength Is The Secret Weapon For Lifting Heavier Weights And Building Huge Muscles Learn These Awesome Grip Strength Training Secrets To Improve All Your Lifts and Increase Your Muscle Mass Fast For full details go to Grip Strength Training ____________________________________________ 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!