Hand strength is useful, whether you’re a weightlifter or not. And on each hand there are fingers (hopefully!). Each finger, and each part of each finger, can also be strengthened. The strongest hands are the ones where no area is neglected. So today I want to give you one quick example of a finger strengthener I use in my workouts–I don’t really have set-aside grip days–and show you how you can incorporate it into your own training.
I learned the barbell finger roll from Adam T. Glass’ DVD Industrial Strength Grip Volume 1.
Stand with a barbell grasped in your hands, with your palms pronated (facing backwards)–loaded to whatever weight is appropriate to knock out a few calm, easy reps.
Now, slowly unfurl your fingers to the point where the barbell threatens to roll out of your hands. Reverse the movement and that’s one rep. It’s a quick, easy way to toughen up your fingers and start working on crush strength, the type of hand strength required to close heavy grippers like the Ironmind Captains of Crush.
Adam’s DVD is full of great tips. Industrial Strength Grip is definitely geared more towards grip beginner’s and intermediates, but it is a wonderful product from someone who knows what he’s talking about. And better yet, he knows how to teach it.
So the next time you’re in the gym and you pick up a barbell, try playing around with these finger rolls. When your hands are strong, just about everything else gets easier.
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