If you’ve been hitting the weights for years yet struggle to hold onto the bar during deadlifts and pullups, it’s time to focus on training your mitts.
“Having strong fingers, hands, and wrists helps you lift more weight and allows you to hold the weight for longer time and more reps,” says Jedd Johnson, strength coach and co-founder of DieselCrew.com. "This translates to better results in the gym."
A 2011 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that hand-grip strength is a good predictor of total-body muscular strength and endurance. We’re not suggesting you ditch your lifting straps or hooks. Just save them for your last heaviest set when pulling, after your grip is toast. Build maximum strength with these five unique moves designed to boost performance in the gym.
Each of these exercises is designed to improve one particular component of your grip: crush, support, pinch, extension, and monkey (yes, monkey). Add these moves, twice per week, after your pulling workouts. Perform, 1A, 1B, 1C, and so on, without a break. That’s one set. Do two total sets.
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