This is an expansion of another post I wrote, How to get a stronger grip.
I have been absolutely addicted to hand strength for the last years. After getting to know Jedd Johnson and Adam T. Glass I have gotten in all the way. In terms of making your hands as strong as possible, getting in all the way means that you have to develop every single area of hand strength.
Today I want to talk about the pinch grip because it is my weakest area and I’m trying to bring it up to par with my crush and support grip.
Pinch grip is simply the action of bringing the fingers towards the thumb. Picture yourself grabbing the edge of a table with your four fingers above it and your thumb beneath. Now try to press your fingertips into the wood. That’s the pinch grip. Pinch is extremely important if you want to do old time strongman feats like tearing cards, tearing phonebooks, or again, if you just want hands that are as strong as possible.
If you’re new to this and want to get started, here is a quick and easy way to work on your pinching strength:
The next time you are at the gym, find three ten pounds plates (or five pound plates if this proves to be too heavy). Line them up on their ends so that two of the plates are sandwiching the other in the middle, with the smooth sides out. Now reach down and pinch them together, with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Now you can stand up with the plates in a deadlift, row them, press them, curl them, or any other movement you can think of.
The middle plate will try to slide out. Don’t let it! This is a simple but challenging move that you can toss into your workouts between sets of your bigger movements.
I think you’ll be surprised at how different this feels, and by how much stronger your hands are after only a couple of weeks of implementation.
And if you want really, really strong hands, Adam Glass will soon be releasing his Industrial Strength Grip DVD, Volume 1.
But today’s tip was based around the idea of quick and cheap. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
PS: If you’re ever looking for great grip equipment, check out Ryan Pitts’ wonderful Strongergrip Enterprises. Wonderful stuff, but not free, of course.