Improve your grip strength

Grip strength is important in the world of lifting, it is essential for a good deadlift, a good bench press and builds the forearms, wrist and hands (something many of us don’t think to work on) — and many exercises, along with the ones I named will improve when you improve your grip strength. 

Most people don’t consider the importance of the smaller muscles & techniques used to better your lifting & in doing so, they fail to make it to their fullest potential. Down below, I am going to list some of the exercises I would recommend to both athletes & general population recreational lifters if you want to see results in your strength. My list is short, but feel free to leave comments with other recommended grip strength exercises for my readers. 

  1. Two arm hang
  2. wrist curls 
  3. wrist extensions
  4. Hex dumbbell hold
  5. Farmers Walks
  6. Plate pinch/ plate pinch curl
  7. Wide grip barbell deadlift
  8. Utilizing hand grippers
  9. Towel /rope pull ups
  10. band hand extensions

Hopefully this list of 10 exercises will prepare you for your next big lift!

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Thirsty Thursday Booty Gains

Warm up:

  • kettlebell box stiff legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 8kg
  • kettlebell side lunges: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • resistance band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 2-3, 260 lbs (85%)
  • barbell back squat: 3 x 2-3, 190 lbs (85%)
  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 2-3, 135 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine rack pulls: 3 x 2-3, 195 lbs
  • EZ bar stationary lunges: 3 x 2-3, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine calf raises: 3 x 8, 205 lbs
  • seated calf raises: 3 x 8, 70 lbs

8-14-18 workout

Warm up:

  • Body bar squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • body bar goodmornings: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • glute/hammie machine: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 4 x 4-5, 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 4-5, 155 lbs
  • box squats: 5 x 8-10, 160 lbs

Superset:

  • seated leg curl: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • seated leg extension: 5 x 8-10. 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Box DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs
  • single leg kettlebell deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg 

8-13-18 Workout

Warm up:

  • Bicep curl machine: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, green band
  • Cable reverse triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs (70% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • smith machine one arm upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs 
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Tri-set:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • kettlebell alternating shoulder press: 5 x 8-10. 16 kg
  • jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Shay-lon Moss 

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 

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Earlier than usual

Heavy squat and sumo deadlifting..

Warm up:

  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 45 lbs
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg, green
  • kettlebell plie squat: 4 x 25, 12 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-3 (90%) 260 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 2-3 (90%) 200 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 3-6, 115 lbs
  • DB cleans: 3 x 3-6, 60 lbs

Superset:

  • Back extensions: 3 x 3-6, 45 lb plate
  • EZ bar hip thrusters: 3 x 3-6, 60 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated calf raises: 3 x 3-6, 70 lbs
  • Smith machine calf raises: 3 x 3-6, 135 lbs

Shay-lon Moss

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM Certified personal trainer

Exercise Science Degree

Sponsored Athlete 

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Wednesday Morning

Heavy Bench Day.

Warm up:

  • chest press machine: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell floor press: 5 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs
  • barbell floor press: 5 x 2-3 (95%) 120 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs
  • Cable curls: 5 x 3-6, 60 lbs
  • plate front raises: 5 x 3-6, 25 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs
  • Seated shoulder press: 5 x 3-6, 50 lbs
  • DB triceps press: 5 x 3-6, 25 lbs

Shay-lon Moss

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Exercise Science Degree

Sponsored Athlete

Tuesday is for Legs

Not going to lie, today I was super tired, i was practically falling asleep between sets during my workout & I don’t know how I managed to keep going because the pre-workout was even doing anything for me. I did a leg day session that lasted 3.5hours and it felt good, worked on another speed/dynamic day workout for the lower body and then hit some hypertrophy accessory work. 

At the bottom, I will post a link to my IG so that you can watch the videos of my sumo deadlift from today. 

Warm up:

  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Butt lifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Hip abduction: 4 x 25, 45 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 5-6 (60%) 175 lbs, 3 x 5-6 (65%) 190 lbs
  • Barbell back squats: 3 x 5-6 (60%) 135 lbs, 3 x 5-6 (65%) 145 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs

Supersets:

  • Single leg (linear leg press): 5 x 8-10, 208 lbs each leg
  • DB plie squats: 5 x 8-10. 30 lbs

Supersets:

  • Body bar goodmornings: 5 x 8-10, 9 lbs
  • body bar OHS: 5 x 8-10, 9 lbs

My video: Instagram

Shay-lon Moss

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM certified Personal Trainer

Sponsored athlete

Exercise Science Degree