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If your grip strength is weak then this can have an adverse effect on your overall lifts.
It really doesn’t matter if your arms are strong, or that you have powerful legs as your grip strength will always let you down.
So what can you do to improve your grip strength? Well, there are a variety of different grips and tactics you can use. Read on and discover some of these tips for yourself.
The Crushing Grip
This particular grip involves trying to crush an object that offers resistance, such as resisted grippers for example.
By wrapping your fingers around this object and trying to crush and hold, your grip will greatly improve over time.
The Pinch Grip
The pinch grip involves placing your thumb on one side of an object with the remaining 4 fingers on the opposing side.
An example of this grip would be if you were to try and grip 3x 10 pound plates with one hand.
Thick Bar Training
Another way to improve your grip strength would be to use a barbell with a larger grip.
There are products available on the market that you can use to increase the size of the grip, for instance ‘Fat Gripz’.
A cheaper option, for those who maybe on a budget would be to simply wrap a towel around the bar.
Lose the Straps
There are a few who hit the gym using wrist straps, which will enable you to lift heavier without having great grip strength.
Obviously if you are using tools like this then your own grip strength is not going to improve.
My suggestion? Lose the straps and build up your grip strength. It may mean you having to drop the weight down to start, but you will thank me in the end.
Use the Rope
To build your grip strength you should not rely solely on the barbell and dumbbell. There are other tools at your disposal if you have a membership at a half-decent gym.
For example you could try:
- Pull-up variations
- Cable curls
- Cable extensions etc
Focus on Your Grip Strength
Like any weakness, the only way to strengthen it is by focussing a little attention on it.
Therefore it makes sense that if your grip strength is weak that you spend one workout session a week focussing purely on grip strength.
During this workout you will use the above tips. It may take a little time, but before long your overall strength will start to increase again.