Grip Strength

Simply defined Grip Strength is your ability to grip an object. It may be a stair rail, a hammer, or bag of groceries. With a extraordinary amounts of grip strength you’ll be able to accomplish some pretty amazing things. Bending nails or tearing telephone books just to name a few. Those type of activities will be covered in the Feats of Strength section of this guide. Grip strength really breaks down to 3 different types of grips that the human hand is capable of: the Pinch Grip, the Crush Grip, and the Support Grip. This guide will cover these 3 types of grips and provide exercises and training resources.

Here’s what’s covered in this guide:
Amazing Grip Strength

Introduction to Grip Strength

Grip Strength is critical for rock climbers and martial artists. Competitors of the World’s Strongest Man contest have a intense workout specifically designed for grip strength. There are also several professions where people use primarily their hands and have developed vast amounts of grip strength. My grandfather was a mail carrier and possessed some very impressive grip strength.

Grip Muscles

Depending on the grip necessary to hold and object different muscles are used in the hand. This guide will cover the exercises necessary to build those different muscles and overall hand strength. Most of you reading this guide probably have no desire to be like the guy at the top of this post, but hand strength is more than being a ripped muscle freak. Hand strength is very functional with every day activities like carrying groceries to shaking hands. Take some time and read this guide, add it to your daily work out routine. Your hands will thank you.

15 thoughts on “Grip Strength”

  1. your information is incorrect. one would think rock climbing requires finger strength, but it’s more about the quality of staying-power in the feet, not the hands. thanks anyway — i’ll read on…..

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    • Are you a climber? Well I am, and while it’s true that your feet are a huge part of good climbing, FINGER STRENGTH IS ESSENTIAL.

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    • Ok, first of all, staying power in the feet should be the least of your worries when climbing. Climbing shoes are made to make your foot work as one stiff unit so that staying power or fatigue in your feet is minimal. Second, any climbing requires finger strength, even if you’re doing moderate to easy routes. It is true that climbing is mentally intensive and requires focus on technique, but to disspell finger strength is ridiculous. The higher the grade, or the more overhanging the route is, the more critical finger strength becomes.

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    • Although I have no doubt that he has used roids to bulk and build…most old skool body builders have a stomach because of the old skool workout techniques that used.

      It was once believed that pushing out when lifting help with your strength and to focus. Yes, in actual fact, all this did was stretch the lining of the stomach which is why older body builders look fat when invariably they are not 🙂

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  2. 🙂 this sound really interesting! I’ve always wonders about hand muscles and stuff. I live three blocks away from my bus stop and i have to carry a really heavy bass clarinet to school (lol all the weight is from the case) and I would be so tired at the beginning of the school year just from my hand and arm muscles. But now I can run with it and everything, NICE POST!

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