Most regular gym goers, men and women, ignore their hand grip strength. They do all types of exercises to get in good shape, strengthen their legs, arms and core, but never pay attention to hand grip. Your hand grip lets you open tightly closed jars or hang on tree branches or bars, but an extraordinarily strong grip can also help you impress some friends. Here are the 8 best ways for you to increase your grip strength.
Doing Pull-ups Using a Towel
When you do pull-ups, you are already making your grip strong, but there is a way of making to have iron grip. Hang a towel on the bar and perform the pull-ups while holding the two ends of the towel in. This is going to be extremely difficult, but it serves as a true test for your grip strength. Keep hanging still while holding the towel if the pull-ups are too challenging to perform in the beginning.
Doing the Farmer’s Walk
The Farmer’s walk is an easy method for strengthening your grip, but also one of the most effective ones. All you have to do is lift some heavy weights in both your hands and walk until your hands become numb and you are forced to drop the weights. Strongman cylinders are best for doing farmer’s walk, but you can use plates and dumbbells too.
Hanging on the Bar
Pull-ups are great for nice and strong grip, but the main focus is your upper body strength. If you specifically want to focus on your grip, it is best that you hang on the bar and keep hanging still. Get a stopwatch and see how long you can hang on to the bar for. Do this exercise every day until one day you feel that you can hang on to the bar forever.
Extending the Rubber Band
Gripping things tightly is not the only way to strengthen your grip strength. This rubber band exercise can help you boost your grip strength just the same. All you have to do is to put a thick band around all your fingers and extend it by opening and closing your fingers repeatedly. The tighter the band is the more effective the exercise will be.
Gripping the Grippers
This is one of the most common and yet the most effective exercises out there to give you a rock solid grip. You will have to spend some money to get these professional grippers from a nearby store or an online website. The best about grippers is the fact they are designed for enhanced durability. Close them repeatedly or keep them closed in your fist to see how long you can hold on for.
Pinching the Plates
This is another exercise that can be performed at the gym without requiring any special setup. You pick up two plates, join them together, erect them on the floor like tires and then lift them with a pinch. Pinch the plates with your thumb and index finger – easier said than done.
Holding the Hex Dumbbells
If you don’t have weight plates available, hex dumbbells will the trick. Pick a hex dumbbell in your hand by holding it on one side in your palm i.e. the dumbbell should be vertically held in your hand. Keep holding the dumbbell for at least 30 seconds and repeat.
Fill a big sandbag. Put both your hands on it and try to hold the sand in the bag in your hands. Once you have made a grip, try to deadlift the sandbag. Do not use the handles because that will kill the purpose of the exercise.