In this article we will discuss the best ways to make your grip stronger. Grip strength is very important when you reach more advanced level. If your grip is not so strong, it can limit your progress in some of the exercises. With stronger grip your forearms will get bigger too. Here are the four best ways to improve your grip strength:
1. Do not use straps
Straps are a great thing, but it is a big mistake to use them all the time. This will lead to a weak grip. The best option is to use them only if you get so strong in a exercise, that you can’t handle the weight anymore. For example if you can deadlift 330 lbs with straps, but only 265 lbs without them. You can start your workout without straps until you reach 265 lbs, then start to use them. This will not make your forearms huge, but will improve your grip strength.
2. Static holds
Another way to upgrade the grip strength. There are a lot of varieties of static holds that you can do. With bodyweight you can do static holds on a pull ups bar. With barbell you can load it with weight and try to hold it for some time. This can be done with dumbbels too. To get stronger you need to progress every session by adding more weight or holding for extra seconds.
3. Use fat gripz
You can use fat gripz on dumbbels or barbell for your workout. For example for biceps curls you can put fat grips on the dumbbell and this way you will work on your forearms while doing curls. The bad thing about this way is that you won’t be able to workout with as much weight as without them.
4. Direct work on forearms
Static holds are great for grip strength but they will not make your forearms so much bigger. Here are the two best exercises for bigger forearms:
– wrist curls
Sit down on a flat bench with slightly opened legs. Bring the barbell up and put your arms on the bench so that your forearms are resting against the bench and your wrists are hanging over the edge of the bench. To perform the exercise the movement should be done only by your wrists.
– reverse grip wrist curls
As the previous exercise do it with barbell on a flat bench again. But this time your thumbs should be facing downward. Again the movent is done only by your wrists.