Can't hold a grip for my life!

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    Oct 05, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    I was wondering how are some ways to improve my gripping. It seems like I have a good bit of strength but can't go any higher due to my disability of actually holding higher weights. Someone told me to just keep working out and they will come along, but so far so far, no luck.
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    I was having some problems with my grip failing halfway through my back workouts. I started doing forearm work twice a week (one light day and one heavy day) and it has helped tremendously. I can make it through a whole workout now without having my grip fail. I do lots of wrist curls on a bench, both with palms up and palms down. Try that, but also in the meantime don't be afraid to use straps for your heavy lifts -- just don't let them become a crutch. Good luck!
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    Same problem. What forearm exercises worked for you? I just those two?
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    You might want to look at this forum:
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    The grips mentioned there would help you a lot.
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Buppi saidIt seems like I have a good bit of strength but can't go any higher due to my disability...

    Do you actually have a disability? What is it? That may help in advising you what to do.
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    You can start with the most basic of exercises too: Squeeze the hell out of a tennis ball whenever you have a free hand. When you can crush it you're good.
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    bananamilk saidSame problem. What forearm exercises worked for you? I just those two?


    Mostly those, but also reverse grip EZ bar curls. Most arm work, if you do it with a reverse grip is going to hit the forearm more. I do my wrist curls both on a bench and behind the back with a barbell. If I'm using a bar, I just 3 sets to failure. If I'm using dumbbells I still go to failure, but count so that I can do the same number on the other arm.

    Of course, I'm also trying to get huge-ass Popeye forearms in the process. Your mileage may vary. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 05, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Sorry you've got this problem at such a young age. I never had issues with grip until arthritis later in life. A while back I was just relocating a concrete pedestal in the garden and out of nowhere my hand just gave out and the thing fell to the ground. It's a wierd feeling when your body doesn't do what you think it should be able to do.

    Another thing that can screw up grip is carpal tunnel. My first best bud had it in one hand in his 20s/30s from construction and had almost no strength in that hand. He was otherwise a strong guy so it was odd to see him work his bad hand.

    Fortunately at this age I don't have to give a shit about definition. Time to face it, it's all downhill from here. So I only use resistance for tone, not shape. Even for that though I now use gloves. A cousin had suggested it. I was surprised to find that gloves make a huge difference in the weight my hands can handle. I still don't over do it but I definitely can do more with than without them.

    Also I've seen guys at the gym use gloves with straps they wrap onto the bars. I don't know how healthy that is and never researched it but seems it would give more grip.
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    Oct 05, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
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    Oct 05, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    To coach mike:

    You can crush a tennis ball with your bare hand? icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 05, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
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    Oct 06, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Some gyms have this seated grip machine:

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