Why is Grip Strength So Important?
Think about it…
Almost everything you do in training involves grabbing on to something.
Actually, not just in training, pretty much EVERYTHING IN LIFE involves your grip.
If you can’t hold on – then how the heck do you expect to lift it??
Grip strength is probably the most overlooked discipline when it comes to fitness.
But it’s one of the most important!
When people say “today is arm day”, it very rarely means at some point they intend to focus on isolated-finger and forearm strength. Usually, it consists of biceps, triceps and looking in the mirror while they do them.
Now I’m not knocking the – watch yourself in the mirror while you train routine. I find myself doing the same thing sometimes.
But maybe while you’re looking in the mirror you should take a look at those forearms of yours…
Forearm strength is the main reason you “can’t” do pull-ups.
Sure, you can hold on to the bar and hang there… but there is so much more to it.
Your body is a team of muscles that when working in harmony, can do amazing things.
But – when there is a weak area… your other muscles have to work overtime in order to make up for the muscles you don’t usually train.
-What does this mean when it comes to pull-ups?
It means that if you have strong biceps and weak forearms – your biceps have to work twice as hard to compensate for your weak grip.
This is why your arms usually – flare out (meaning your elbows push outwards) when you start to get fatigued. That is your body trying to put the stress more on your biceps than your actual grip.
The reason I can do a “front lever” on a ½ inch ledge is because I have taken the time to train my forearms and fingers.
I get asked all the time how I can do so many pull-ups without big arms…
After every “arm day” I spend about 30-45 minutes focusing on my fingers and forearms.
I don’t need huge biceps because my – medium sized biceps… (they aren’t that small) work together with my strong forearms so all fatigue and energy is distributed equally.
There are plenty of other factors that go in to why you can’t do pull-ups but I guarantee, start training your grip strength and you’ll be surprised by the results.
How do I train my grip strength?
Start with the link below and get the tools you need to start training your forearms!
Michael Eckert is the founder of Michael Eckert Fit, a former United States Marine and Certified Personal Trainer dedicated to teaching new ways to getting you stronger and becoming healthier.