Hope you had a great weekend.
Ours was… quiet.
Which is good, because I have a very hectic upcoming 6 weeks.
Speaking of hectic, I got an email yesterday from my friend Bess, who’s just started school and has moved to an early morning workout schedule before classes using More Kettlebell Muscle workouts.
She asked me –
“I love the workout but I am struggling with grip. I’m using 12kgs( which is on the lighter side for me) and legs and abs aren’t smoked. It’s my grip really just forearms are killing me and fatigue a lot more before anything else on my body I can’t complete the full 1.5/2/2.5 minutes holding the bells… Do I push through for the next few weeks. Or switch to something else?”
That’s something we don’t discuss much in the KB world –
Or Grip anything.
So here’s what I would do:
Since Bess has limited time – and you may too – I’d pick the following exercises and play with them, because they can be fit into and around busy schedules, without having to change into workout gear:
1) Buy Captains of Crush grippers and do low rep sets multiple times through the day.
These can be carried with you in your bag and are great for crushing stress too.
2) Heavy KB holds.
Pick up a heavy KB in one hand and hold it until you start to get tired. Switch hands.
Stay away from failure though.
Do this 2-3 times a day.
3) Bar hangs.
Hang from a pull up bar for time.
Do this multiple times per day.
If this seems to easy with 2 hands, switch to 1 hand at a time.
Those are just 3 simple grip strengthening exercises you can do that will boost up your grip fast.
Here’s the other cool thing about training your grip:
Stronger grip = stronger body.
It’s really that simple.
Now, I know a little bit about grip training but I’m far from what you’d call an “expert.”
You know who is?
My buddy Dave “Iron Tamer” Whitley.
He bends horseshoes, wrenches, iron bars, tears cards and phone books, and a bunch of other cool stunts.
And you know who he learned it from?
One of the best strongmen on the planet –
Here’s the cool part –
Dennis is hosting his world famous “Oldetime Strongman University” where you can learn to do the same things Dave does – and more.
I’d be going myself and would see you there but I have prior commitments.
If you’d like to be able to hold onto your KBs come hell or high-water or better yet, whip out a deck of cards and impress your friends and co-workers by ripping them in half, check out Dennis’s “Oldetime Strongman University” here.
P.S. I don’t get any sort of renumeration for telling you about “Oldetime Strongman University.”
Dave asked me if I wanted to go and I just thought you might be interested in it too.
It’s something different that will positively impactyour KB training.
Like I said, I’d be going myself but I have prior commitments. If you go, do me a favor and let me know what you liked best about it, ok?