Hand Grips Benefits
Have you ever wondered: “hmmm what can I do to make my wrists and forearms a little stronger?”, well pay attention because this one’s for you!
Hand grip exercises can be extremely beneficial and even help you progress on your other lifts you work on as well…namely deadlift and pullups.
Throughout this short article I am going to be touching on the hand grips benefits and why you should consider adding these as a regular part of your workout routine.
Let’s start with some of the obvious benefits, shall we?
Your forearms will get stronger which will lead to increased weights on deadlift and reps on pullups
Your forearms will increase their “pain tolerance” when gripping or squeezing the bars or dumbbells
Your fingers will become stronger as well!
Now what are some not so obvious ones that you’ll also find beneficial as time goes on?
Making A Good First Impression
Although this one is so simple and so basic, it is widely forgotten. This is not taught so much more anymore but it used to be taught that men ought to have a firm handshake. A strong grip is a natural sign of confidence and it demands that you be taken seriously!
Opening Jars Around The House
We’ve all seen it right? The stereotypical TV scene where the woman has to have the man open the jar or maybe the guy is made the butt end of the joke because he can’t open a jar…either way it’d be beneficial for you to be able to open things when needed.
It could also be that you’re all about feminism and not wanting a man to open the jar for you so you can fight the patriarchy. If that’s the case, then as the strong woman you are it would be beneficial to add these to your routine as well!
Playing Sports At All Levels Of Competition
You could be a high school, college, or professional athlete…whatever you may be, grip strength is imperative for success.
Don’t believe me?
Imagine you’re playing basketball…there’s 10 seconds left in the game and your team is up by 2…the opposing team shoots a 3 to go for the win but they miss! You rebound but their center is huge and could rip the ball from you and score to put it in over-time…will you be strong enough to hold onto the ball?
Or what about football?
Grip strength is crazy important in football, especially the higher the level in which you participate. When you are a running back you have to hold on to the ball for dear life so you don’t get stripped!
Or when you are a wide receiver and you have to stop the zinger of a pass the quarterback is trying to fit through the small window of time.
How about bowling?
This one may fly under the radar quite a bit…but grip strength is crazy important in bowling! I mean think about it, you have to hold a 10+ pound ball all the way through your swing perfectly!
Being A Strong Parent
We’ve all seen it, some of us may have even lived it already, you know what I’m talking about right? Having to drag your kid away kicking and screaming from the park or even the toy section at the store?
Or what about giving your daughters prom date such a firm handshake that he won’t even think about pulling any smooth moves.
Whatever the case may be, strong hand grips benefits you as a parent because they let your kids, and their dates, know who the real person in charge is!
Walking Your Good Boy
Everybody has been in this situation. You’re out walking your dog on a nice day and then BOOM out of nowhere a squirrel shows up and your dog takes off after it and he gets loose because you weren’t strong enough to hold on tight to the leash.
When you start working on your grip strength, that will never happen again. You’ll be strong enough to keep your hold on to the leash the next time a random squirrel crosses your path.
So Where Do You Go From Here?
Now that we know why hand grips are beneficial, you’re probably wondering what you can do to start increasing that strength.
The first thing you can do is buy a set of hand grip strengtheners!
There are many different brands available and they all work pretty much the same way. The main difference you’ll find is the level of weight resistance available.
If you are a beginner to working out and strength training in general, I would recommend starting out with a light adjustable hand gripper that goes from 20-150lbs. These are perfect for beginners!
But let’s say you’re intermediate or advanced…I would recommend getting a set of heavy grippers that have 200+ pounds of resistance. This will help increase your strength tremendously!
Ok So Now I Know The Equipment To Get…But What Types Of Exercises Should I Do?
If you have hand grip strengtheners, I would recommend adding 3 sets of 20 and eventually work your way up to 5 sets of 20. This will build up your strength and your forearm endurance.
No longer will your forearms be burning after pullups or deadlifts!
Another exercise that you can do is the wrist curl. It is done exactly how it sounds. Simply pick up a dumbbell and curl it in your hand. This exercise really simulates the squeeze and stretches your forearm a bit more.
Now for the reverse wrist curl! I perform these in 3 sets of 12 reps. Reverse wrist curls workout the top of your forearm which many people neglect. This will most definitely give you an all-around advantage.
Lastly, good old-fashioned farmer walks. There is almost no exercise that is more practical for wrist and forearm strength than the farmers walk. It shifts the weight in the wrists with every step!
Now that we have talked about the hand grips benefits and what exercises you need to get there, you are prepared to go out there and crush it! *But not peoples hands…that’s not cool *lol*