A Strong Grip = Strong Performance!

Not every workout is done for show. That is, to look good–in our clothes and (ahem) out of them.

Some training is done for functionality, to build a foundation for the things we do every day.

One of the most used yet most overlooked muscle groups in our bodies are those comprising our hands and wrists.

Oh, we notice them when, say, we shake someone’s hands. Strong grip = good. Weak grip = yuk. Right or wrong, we’re often initially judged, in part, by the strength and conviction of our handshake.

Our grip.

A string grip also helps us in our everyday lives–whether we spend hours at a keyboard (guilty!), work construction, or anything in between.

And, of course, strong hands and wrists help us in sports. Any sport. We don’t always notice them. I mean you’re wrists and forearms don’t get “tired,” per se during a triathlon. But having strong forearms, wrists and hands can certainly help you during swimming and biking.

When training the muscles in our hands and wrists initiate just about everything we do. Think about it. Weight-resistence begins with how we grip the dumbbell or bar bell. Push-ups and pull-ups largely depend on the strength of our hands and wrists.Even spinning requires extended use of the handlebars.

And just about every sport requires strong hands and wrists–from tiddlywinks to tennis, foosball to football, billiards to basketball. And triathlons.

One of my favorite sites-the Art of Manlinessrecently ran a column on the value of a strong grip. Check it out here. It offers some unique training tips, including many you can do at your desk while at work.

Here are a few more.

One simple move: Squeeze and re-squeeze a rubber ball, one with some substance, but not hard as a rock, either.

You can also do wrist-loosening moves, such as simply flexing your wrist upward and down with your fingers straight. For those of us who live with our keyboards, do this move at least three or four times a day.

Challenge yourself!


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