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Developing your grip
The deadlift can add or subtract to your total in the sport of powerlifting. Pulling a ton with straps on means your lower torso is solid and strong. The problem arises when you get into a contest and can’t use your straps. It doesn’t matter what you did in your gym with the straps because they aren’t allowed in any sanctioned event.
Now is the time to get a grip that will bring Hercules to his knees. And one of the easiest most opportune ways to do so is by using Olympic weight plates. Set two of them up side to side, facing one another, so the smooth part is on the outside, i.e. the part of the weight you are going to hold onto.
Without using chalk or other grip enhancing substance, grab the plates and start walking in your gym. Measure the distance you are able to go before the weights slip out of your hands.
Do the exercise one to three times and then let it set for a day or so and then do it again. In time your distance will increase as will your ability to handle heavier weights for longer distances.
Just be careful you don’t let them fall on your feet or worse yet someone else’s.
Isometric grip exercises
Isometric contractions for 5-6 seconds in various flexion angles building up the intensity over the session, i.e. one at 70% for 5 seconds the next series at 80% for 5 seconds. Work up to 100% for the full 6 seconds for three to four sets at a time. Then build up in the length of time holding at 100%-avoid the Valsalva maneuver during
Many can be done at home, as the required equipment is nil.
Grip strengthening exercises
Here is a great device for developing your
grip. Use differing diameters of PVC plastic pipe. Each piece fits into the next larger one. The diameter of the handle
can be made greater or smaller depending upon the level of difficulty
desired. Naturally, the smaller the handle the easier will be the task
of holding onto the resistance.
The grip is progressively challenged as the diameter of the PVC becomes larger.
Not only are these handles useful for simple lifting exercises but they
can also be adapted to the pulley, band or elastic modes of resistance
training as depicted in figures three through seven. In addition, the
larger sized handles make chin up and pull up exercises much more difficult
Start with one full newspaper and crunch it up into a ball with
Other useful ideas for grip training
Bar hangs for time
Radial and Ulnar deviations
Equipment: Thors hammer
The Thors hammer is an adjustable dumb bell with plates added to one end only. Sledge hammers can be used in place of the dumb bell but minor adjustments of weight are easier if the dumb bell is used.
Begin holding the bar near the weight until you build up the strength to use the lever of the full handle.
Hold the non-plated loaded end as you would a hammer or in a handshake or neutral grip position at the sides of your legs.
The dumb bell plates will be facing forward with the bar horizontal to the ground. The motion is up and down using only wrist action.
The next movement is with the plates to the rear, again the motion is up and down.
Begin the development of your grip by working on your endurance first then go to a strength-based program that employs heavy weights coupled with low reps.
Practice Isometric contractions for 5-6 seconds in various flexion angles. Gradually build up the intensity over the session, i.e. one set at 70% for 5 seconds the next series at 80% for 5 seconds. Work up to 100% intensity a full 6 seconds for three to four sets at a time. Build up in the length of time you are holding at 100% but avoid the Valsalva maneuver during these contractions.
Augment direct grip development by strengthening each motion or movement pattern of the wrist. Additionally work the fingers/thumb individually and as a group. Practice balance, coordination and agility as you work these smaller muscles of the arm and hand. Theraband soft weights work great for many of these exercises.
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