I have been making steady progress on my 1.5 Captains of Crush (COC) and wanted to share another tip that has helped. This technique comes from John Brookfield (like most worthwhile grip tips) and his book The Grip Master’s Manual. Many of the techniques in the book are specifically recommended to aid with closing the COCs.
Like the strap hold, the towel roll is very simple, and very effective. It specifically targets the lesser-used fingers: the ring finger and the pinkie. It is often wrongly assumed that in order to finally close a #3 Captains of Crush gripper, that the index and middle fingers must get stronger. Usually it is the ring and the little finger that are either holding you back or pushing you over the top.
How to do the Towel Roll
- Take a small towel about the size of a washcloth. A bath towel is too big unless your hands are like Paul Bunyan’s
- Grasp one corner with between the fingertips and thumb of one hand
- Slowly roll the towel up until it is balled up in your palm
- Repeat 10 times (or as many as you like)
It sounds simple and it is. But don’t mistake simple for easy. If you do the motion deliberately and really focus on manipulating the towel with your fingers, you’ll be hurting about five reps in. Of course, it does get easier, like everything else.
When it gets too easy…make it harder
Make a hole in a towel and attache it to a small bucket with some rope. As we did with the strap hold, add some water or sand to the bucket. Now try that towel roll again. Even two pounds can make a world of difference. You’ll have to move even more deliberately to make sure the towel doesn’t get away from you while gravity is yanking at that bucket.
When that gets too easy, add more weight.
The Grip Master’s Manual has a goldmine of grip training information. Brookfield is the go-to guy for a reason: his methods work. Take his advice, get yourself a Captains of Crush Hand Gripper – No. 1, and get after it!
Go have some fun and let us know about your progress.
PS: Do you have a great grip training method that we all need to hear about? Please tell us in the comments section.
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