Posted On:1/21/2007 9:17am
Style: Muay Thai, Boxing
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My coach teaches us to improve grip strength by doing finger pushups. We do them on jigsaw mats, not bare floors. Use 5 fingers first, and use the ball of the fingertips. We try to do the finger pushups till we cannot take anymore, then switch to knuckle, and finally palm. Typically we do about 5x30 pushups per training session, and it has really helped improve my grip.
Once your fingers get stronger, do it with only 4 fingers, without the thumb. I can't even do one.
Posted On:1/24/2007 8:38pm
Don't forget the thumbs. Put a tennis ball or raquetball in your hand and press into it with your thumb and release. Great thumb workout. Also, rock climbing or gym rock walls burn the forearms. Don't like heights? Try bouldering, rock climbing w/o the height. Big rock with small finger holds. How about pinch gripping a floor joist in your basement and just hanging? Lots of cool ways to improve grip.
Posted On:1/25/2007 9:47am
Style: creonte on hiatus
towel chin ups ;)
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Posted On:1/29/2007 11:57pm
Style: TKD, uber BJJ n00b
Originally Posted by meggaman7
Ironmind.com has THE best hand grips available as well as a lot of other gripping equipment.
Beefbuilders are considered just as good, if not better, by some. But, IM has all the certs and sutff..lots use BB to bridge the gap..now that IM has the x.5 grips..well see..I'm getting some more now :D I hope they didnt make the knurling smoother like I have heard :(
Posted On:1/30/2007 2:10pm
I was about to buy one of the ironmind grippers when I decided to re-utilize my old gripper. But instead of using all fingers, I use three variations:
1. Ring and little fingers and base of the thumb (don't use the thumb the thumb to close the gripper... see pic)
2. Index and middle fingers and base of the thumb (don't use the thumb to close the gripper... see pic.)
3. Using the thumb, index and middle fingers to close the gripper (see pic.) You can either try using all three fingers, or just the thumb in this manner.
I cannot close the gripper as in #1 without assistance from my other hand- I can only do negatives. It's a bitch to have girly hands like mine.
With #2 and #3, I can do about 10-15 reps. Once I can do double of that, and when I can do a few reps in #1 fashion without assistance, then I'll buy an ironmind gripper :viking:
Posted On:1/30/2007 8:03pm
Oh man..I hope those arnt like the Everlasts I used...those things were a joke, most people when they see the IM, either people laugh cause they think its just another gripper, or they are really intrested..because its all metal and think its heavy duty. I know only 2 people that were able to close the #1 w/o training, one of my bros, and a friend of mine (he lifts).
Some people once they get high enough on the grippers, they can start doing what you're doing with the #1 even the #2...a guy in BJJ said he knew a guy that could close the #3, when he got a hold of his gi, he couldnt break the grip.
Now that you can close it the 2nd and 3rd way, you're just gonna start building endurance, I know they're a bit pricey..but, they are really good..I'd even go for the heavy grips if its price..they quality isn't as good..but, for liek 60-80 US you get 6 grippers.
I did the same kinda thing (I found an old gripper my bro gave to me when I was little [man, I used to think it was amazing he could close it]) But, it doesn't even compare, if you do have the cash, and are wanting to get a better grip, I'd go for them...
Posted On:1/30/2007 9:57pm
Yep, those are the everlast ones :tongue3: The are a joke indeed; I can do who knows how many reps with those things using all the fingers.
I'm just a cheap bastard, mind you (and cash-strapped :tongue6:). The way I see is that I could get one of the IM trainers (or the IMTUG) before I purchase the #1... or I keep doing this for a while.
I've see major improvements in my index, middle and thumb fingers by doing this. The little and ring fingers are still a bitch, though. That's what makes me wonder whether to jump right away into an ironmind gripper...
... Goddamit dude, now you are making me think about buying one of them!!!
Posted On:1/30/2007 10:36pm
I didn't get a trainer personally, I just got a #1 and a #2, I had a pretty shitty grip 2..but in like 3 weeks I could close the #1..I ordered a few more cause I can never get closer then 1mm on my #2..negatives helped me immensly. I wouldn't get the IMTUG unless you we really serious about tweaking very finely type thing..most people just use the grippers to do it (bit harder because of the spread).
It's like training pushups to go for a world record bench (I guess if you compare to a #3 :P)
I would seriously save up for them, next training tool, if you are contemplating them :P. Worth it to me I tell you, I would have the grip of a feeble old lady I feel :p
Posted On:1/30/2007 10:37pm
Style: punching bag / crew jitsu
Good thread, good exercises.
Plus I play bass so this should help with that too.
Posted On:1/30/2007 11:17pm
Somehow my debit card found itself outside my wallet as I look at my ironmind shopping cart, with a #1 gripper in it. I blame it on Torec.
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