It feels a lot to me like grip training is the new strongman training. Strongman training used to be popular back in the early days before people really knew (or cared) about how they were supposed to lift to get big and strong. They just kinda lifted heavy shit all the time, and the rest took care of itself. Now it seems like everyone and their brother (including me) is incorporating strongman lifts into regular programming. It is no longer a sub-cult of the lifting community.
Now, more than ever, I’m seeing a lot of people promote grip training just the same. And, just like strongman, grip training is a very unique sub-cult right at this time. And, just like strongman, I think it absolutely, positively should be included in your weekly programming if your goals are strength and/or muscle gain (one in the same).
“Why in the eff would I want to waste my time with that?”
Oh! Well! I’m glad you asked! If you haven’t noticed, I’m very fond of lists. Let’s make one1!!1
1) Grip is commonly a weak link in many movements.
How many times have you missed a deadlift or some kind of clean variation because the bar flew out of your hands? How many times did you use wrist straps instead? Max effort lifts aren’t your thing? Ok. Ever heard of “Kroc rows”? (DON’T FORGET THE “R” IN “KROC”!!)
Do you suppose he’d be able to do this many without straps? Rofl. No way.
Now, don’t get all uppity on me. I know that Kroc rows aren’t supposed to be about testing your grip strength, but just think about how bad-f*cking-ass you’d be if you could!
2) Your “partner” will love it.
Well, if you like it rough that is. Let’s just use our adult imaginations on this one, mkay?
3) You can do some cool shit.
Here’s me tearing a phonebook (using the cheating method because I currently have girly hands).
On the other hand, here’s Adam Glass tearing a MUCH thicker phonebook the REAL way.
Here’s some other hand/grip strength vids from Adam.
Reverse nail bending (fast forward to the 1 minute mark):
One handed, 277 pound swing (but I’m pretty sure he’s surpassed that already):
Full deck of cards torn and quartered in seconds:
Like I said, B-effin’-A, right? RIGHT?!?!?!
4) Grip contests are fun!
I only did 2 out of the 4 legs of World Strongest Hands (WSH) series and improved each time. Since then, I have slowly started incorporating more grip into my programming.
Here’s Adam’s write-up on the last leg of the WSH (and I make some cameos in the highlight reel). He predicts I could have been in the Top 30 world-wide had I been able to compete in all 4 legs. Not too shabby.
3) Telling someone at a bar that you compete in “grip” is a really awkward opening line. (60% of the time, it works every time.)
So, if all of those reasons aren’t enough to at least get you interested in grip training, I don’t know what will.
But if you liked those videos and want to learn more, now is your chance to learn from the 2″ V-bar WORLD record holder, Adam Glass.
Adam has a new product out called Industrial Strength Grip. If your hands are your weak points or you just want to impress people by shredding a deck of cards or bending horseshoes, you need this product.
On top of those freakshow abilities, grip training appears to have an excellent carryover to physique. Adam primarily trains grip nearly every day. I personally watch him do it. I have also personally witnessed him lose a significant amount of bodyfat and gain muscle over the past 7 months.
As we all know, Adam is one of the few people I trust and consult with. And as I said, I train with him several times a week. He’s also one of the talking heads that has brought us Biofeedback/Gym Movement. If you don’t think what he has to say is valuable, then I have no idea why you’re reading anything I write.
Hopefully you know that I only endorse things I believe in. That’s why I *only* promote things I use in my own training. That’s why I *only* promote Gym Movement for a training “routine”. And that’s the reason why I will promote this product. I use it, and I fully believe that there are more than enough reasons for you to use it too!
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