Training Grip Strength

Posted: May 28, 2012 in Grip Training, Strength
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My first contribution of any ‘real’ information will be on a topic I feel is rather fundamental, if not vital, to any program that involves strength training or athletic performance.  It’s an area that truly defines our evolutionary role as tool, instrument, and weapon wielders…our ability to grip.

The grip can make or break us when it comes to the manipulation of self or objects.  Without a strong and tireless grip our performance, especially in maximal effort bouts, is severely hindered.  Think of that last failed 1RM Deadlift attempt, or perhaps that heavy set of Power Cleans, you made – was it your legs that gave way beneath you or that damn bar slipping free from your chalked up hands?  Perhaps that false grip on the rings eludes you still?  Maybe you’ve considered the possible consequence of a missed apprehension or arrest?  Or likely that weekend-warrior-backyard-home-improvement gig has found you questioning whether or not you have developed a sudden case of carpal tunnel syndrome!

Whatever your poison, spending a few moments from time to time dedicated to improving your grip may be just the anecdote your searching for…here’s a link to an article with a great exploration of the topic and a few tips for getting your supplementary training started:

http://www.dragondoor.com/hand_strength_what_is_it_and_why_do_you_need_it/?CategoryId=20&pg=3

 

**Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org: found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapien

 

 

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Comments
  1. Mikey3air says:

    Dude – I find it particularly fascinating that your introductory article would concern grip, a major influence to my life as a professional concrete hoseman for 20 years; then becoming such a primary influence to daily life, once under seige with carpal tunnel/ulnar nerve problems since Nov. 2007!
    A deciding factor of HOW I live since injury, its been a real eye opener in daily life, whether playing with grandchildren or pouring a cup of coffee – when you cannot grip, all of life becomes a major challenge, not merely minor naucance; we take for granted our ability to grip.
    When it is painful, gripping difficulties are overwhelming; in my case, even carpal tunnel release surgery has not brought relief; following 5 years of severe carpal tunnel/ forearm tendinitis & traditional modern medicine has failed finding a cure on a personal basis.
    Ulnar injection brought temporary relief to right arm problems, yet left arm difficulties remain an issue.
    An alternative therapy exists now – a small machine which is fun to use & serves as a new therapy method for others sharing this ailment: the NSD Powerball (www.nsdball.com).
    A relatively new product, it uses centrifical force by way of a free-floating gyroscope encased in a sturdy ball-shaped housing; allowing one their own personal therapy method to rebuild strength slowly when keeping to 200-400 rpm.
    While it uses the muscles, tendons & ligaments of the arm, it provides a therapy that can conveniently travel anywhere with you, operating quietly while it slightly taxes those areas of a carpal tunnel injury – slowly building a permanent solution without drugs or costly medical procedures or doctor visits & has completely changed life for me!
    Grip dropped from 140 foot pounds per square inch grip to less than 60 with the injury, yet using the powerball for only a couple of weeks, I’ve found relief & strength is returning slowly – regulating length of time to use the powerball is the only trick to learn & at less than $50, it’s a far less expensive solution than doctor or therapist visits.
    Your website is awesome Dude! I look forward to studying all your informative posts & links for I’ve already learned much!

    • Aron Cavette says:

      Thank you for visiting my site and commenting, Dad! Awesome review of the Powerball. You beat me to the draw on that one 😉 I am working on a follow up post that will outline more of the functional anatomy and relationship between the grip and the shoulder/neck. The NSD Powerball had a place in there, along with some other quick techniques and tools. Stay tuned for more after these messages! (ha ha)

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