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Grip Work

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by The Goose, May 1, 2006.

  1. The Goose

    The Goose

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    On my road back to overall physical fitness I have revived my interest in strengthening my grip. I have always found this to be a relatively fun aspect of training. I can do it at off times or in between workouts without too much overall strain on my system.

    My mainstay are the Ironmind grippers. I have the full set from trainer to #4, but have never gotten past #2. I keep these with me every day and use them during a break or sitting in the car when early for an appt. etc. My goal is to be able to close the #3 (someday). I also do thick grip dumbbell work, weighted finger curls, wristrolling, and a half dozen other grip exercises on various arcane devices.

    Another favorite is the Rolling Thunder. It is a 2" or 2.5" thick one handed deadlift handle that is smooth and revolves so that you really have to grip it, a claw or hook won't work, to lift. It has a vertical tube to stack weights on that hooks to the handle with a carabiner. Very challenging.

    Anyone else work their grip specifically and what type of exercises do you do?
     
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    Slotback Glock 35 Millennium Member

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    Do you perform fingertip pushups?
     

  3. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

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    Don't do it so frequently. Train the gripping muscles like any other. You don't bench or squat several times each day, so why train grip like that?
     
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    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    Ever try pinch gripping 2 45lb plates?

    Smooth sides out is fun...and painful!
     
  5. The Goose

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    I gave the wrong impression. I only work my grip 2 - 3 times per week,usually on Cardio days, but keep the grippers with me to make sure that I always find time. I train from 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM, once the day starts life seems to get crazy and grip work is just one of those fun things that I can squeeze in at odd times. I learned long ago about overtraining in general. These days when I lift it is a few "big" movements with intensity in a relatively short amount of time. At 55 I am focussing a lot more on cardio vascular health then getting stronger, but I always enjoyed grip training.

    BCR, I sometimes pinch grip plates. Painful yes, fun (no)! LOL