losing grip while working out (literally)

  • ciizer

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    Apr 19, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    Hey guys, have you ever worked out to a point that you lose your grip on the machines and barbells?

    I was working out today and i did not have a grip on any of my workout. i started of with pull ups and several other machines, i knew my hands were hurting, knuckles and fingers were not able to grip on the bars properly, but i pushed ahead as the muscle groups that I was working on were still fine. the weights that i was carrying are my usual weights. does anyone have this problem as well? this is the 1st time i ever experienced such pain and weak hands in my 4 years of work out. and i have been consistent with my gym routines. any advice is appreciated. thanks!
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    This is why they make workout gloves.
  • GWriter

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    Well, gloves provide some friction, which helps, but it's really wrist straps that are used for serious grip support. However, they really should not be used unless you are going pretty heavy.
    You are probably at a point in your training where you need to target your forearms to develop grip strength.
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    GWriter saidWell, gloves provide some friction, which helps, but it's really wrist straps that are used for serious grip support. However, they really should not be used unless you are going pretty heavy.
    You are probably at a point in your training where you need to target your forearms to develop grip strength.

    I agree! Get some good work-out gloves. Also, work out your forearms; stronger forearms reduces strains on the wrists too.
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    Check out strengthening programs/tools to strengthen your forearm EXTENSORS, your forearm FLEXORS get enough work already throughout the day.
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    GWriter saidWell, gloves provide some friction, which helps, but it's really wrist straps that are used for serious grip support. However, they really should not be used unless you are going pretty heavy.
    You are probably at a point in your training where you need to target your forearms to develop grip strength.


    Agreed. For now, try gloves. But don't get dependent on them for the long run.
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    do you have carpel tunnel syndrome?
  • ciizer

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    Apr 20, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    hey guys, thanks for replying, i forgot to add, i do have a pair of nike gloves i wear all the time. not for better grip, but to prevent my hands from getting more blisters. but i think i will get another pair, as well as a pair for the wrist. but i do not think i have carpel tunnel syndrome (checked the symptoms according to wiki). your advice are appreciated.
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    Apr 20, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    Strengthen forearms and wrists.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    In many cases gripping instead of lightly wrapping your hands around the bar is actually cheating. There are very few exercises where you actually need to grip the bar tightly, and in most cases it's counterproductive to do so because it takes work away from the body part you're supposed to be working.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    ULmatt saidThis is why they make workout gloves.


    Don't get gloves, they don't do shit. Get chalk, straps or just work on your grip.
  • YJacket

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    Apr 20, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Gym_bull said
    ULmatt saidThis is why they make workout gloves.


    Don't get gloves, they don't do shit. Get chalk, straps or just work on your grip.


    Definitely agree, your Canadian-ness notwithstanding. icon_biggrin.gif
  • calibro

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    Apr 20, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    see, this isn't about butt plugs...
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    Apr 20, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    When I pull heavy I prefer hooks over straps. It's a much more stable and sturdier hold. However this doesn't mean you should neglect working on your strength on your hands, wrists and forearms. Good luck.
  • bosydomo

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    Apr 21, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    ULmatt saidThis is why they make workout gloves.


    fail
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    Apr 21, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    I wear gloves because I need the wrist straps after a fracture for stabilization.. and it keeps my hands nice and soft icon_razz.gif

    Get a pair of grip straps and don't use them until your grip gets fatigued. That way you'll strengthen your grip and also not limit the rest of your development because of grip strength