Two Thousand and One has fast become a page-turner. I don't mind
if time flies (I like the wind in my hair) providing I'm present
and awake. It's when a day is lost and the week a thin memory
that my hold on living becomes white-knuckled. Where have all
those eloquent men and women gone that fussed so and cautioned
us that life is short? In an effort to get a sound hold on things
here and now let us discuss grip training for the
of which, aren't you glad you're a musclehead and willing to admit
it? There was a time when we weren't looked up to with such shining
esteem, when we were easily singled out and mocked or tangled
in a witless joke. Today, as we do calf raises off the curb at
an intersection waiting for the light to change or seated ab crunches
at our work desk in the late morning, folks observe us with respect
and admiration. It's like they know we know something they don't
and wish they did... en vogue.
Girls, a strong grip is attractive, fashionable and charming.
Wouldn't you rather have powerful hands than a dozen long stem
roses, a sequined party dress with a plunging neckline or very
red lipstick? Men, with a tough grasp you can deadlift without
straps, curl, clean and row without hesitation and further your
might and mass with less struggle. We are able to pick up things
from the earth's surface with more ease and willingness. Strong
hands control, they have authority, they speak out boldly and
are useful in fending off ill-mannered and foul-mouthed louts.
like calves, have always represented to me a bodypart of their
own. I trained them early on and in conjunction with my biceps
and triceps and, though untaught, recognized them as integral
in building might. I've outlined on dd.com a number of original
forearm and wrist training programs and they remain with appropriate
creative variation the same today. Got time, take a peek:
Training and Other Tricks
from the Past
from the routines listed above I've taken to heavy dumbbell pulling
in shrugs and rows, barbell rows and deads. My hands are somewhat
limited in their fingertip grasp due to nerve impingement that
one might expect after years of less than tame treatment. (Note:
Be nice to your hands and other beloved bodyparts.) Therefore,
my attention toward specialty work has taken life in the past
six months. This is, in part, due to my relationship with the
IOL group and those who care to receive the newsletter. I've got
an audience of more than one and at the same time sit in the audience
of many. Accountability. We've become eager for answers and solutions
to all sorts of stuff. Inquisitiveness. What I once accepted as
a limitation I now paw over and wring out till it can be furthered.
Determination. Keeps me busy.
My tendency to volume train (cuz it works so well) and my desire
to manage some relatively heavy weight has me employ an ascending-weight,
descending- rep scheme. Secret note: The mix of load and reps
is very effective for muscular system response, training awareness
and motivation. These days, coupling my focus on griping power
as well as the targeted muscle group, I am more willing to assert
grip overload. Where I some months ago refused to tolerate the
strain to the hand and wrist, I now welcome it. I've come to recognize
its value, understand it and encourage it. A mind-set is established.
I am locked on increasing my griping-might in addition to the
might and mass of the primary muscles, a logical compatibility
of objectives. Sweet. It's working and I find myself urging heavier
weights with good form and accelerating spirit as I rumble from
workout to workout.
MO, modus operandi method of operation, is applicable to
a handful of pulling movements and I have discovered that focus
cast in a multitude of directions enables me to wedge myself between
pain and the once immovable object. The dumbbell shoulder shrug
for example, with which I have a recent infatuation, is particularly
appealing because I approach it differently than ever before.
The basic exercise requires strong hands to build strong traps
and the associated muscles unless one uses straps. I opt to go
barehanded explicitly to involve the hands. This approach is reflected
in the manner in which I attend the job. I confront the dumbbells
before me with deep breathing and meticulous hand placement. The
balance must be correct to assure proper weight distribution;
the fingers and palms and wrists must be positioned with care
as you determine your most positive advantage. I use sports rosin
to assist in the task... C-clamps, Miracle Glue, cables and ropes.
Ventilating breaths of air accompany the final grasps and tugs
as the perfect grip is secured and the focus on all fronts negotiated.
The dumbbells strain for the floor as I stand erect and identify
the chaos of resistance. The reps are sought without doubt, the
explosive upward concentric movement taunts the hands as they
war with inertia, mass and poundage. The lower back is rigid and
solid, the trapezius flaring and the bis play dead while the hands
hold on. They hold on because you and I insist they hold on and
they're getting practice and special attention. We won't let go
and the traps continue to mound, the erectors burn and the breathing
grows loud. The fingers are awaiting the signal to yield, unravel
and relax in a scream of pain. The grip has the feeling of submission
and last year I might have let go cuz I thought it was time. Not
today. The hands are the foremost warriors in the battle and have
more fight than an army. One more rep and another till the work
is done and they hold on.
to it, Bombers. Cap'n Dave
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