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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Rope Climbing (Exercise How To/CrossFit)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD0uO7JGdZU

I will be honest when I say not a whole lot of you will probably find time in doing this workout, or don’t go to a gym that offers a rope for this type of training BUT if you ever do get the chance to give it a go at a local CrossFit box or make something at home like this, I highly recommend it because it works multiple muscles and it is a lot harder than what these athletes make it out to be (if you are doing it properly). I realize there may be 100 different ways to climb a rope, but there is a technique that CrossFit athletes have to follow if they want to get it done faster and do it the right way with minimum injury. We were all kids once upon a time and that meant possible tree climbing and doing things without even thinking about how we are doing them, but as we got older and more cautious, we might not always take those same risk and that goes with rope climbing because even though the concept of climbing a rope doesn’t seem hard at all when you think about it, it is dangerous because if you let go – you could fall on hard ground and mess yourself up, you could slide down the rope and get rope burns.. I mean the possibilities are endless BUT it shouldn’t keep you from experiencing this fun activity! 

 

The above video I posted, is an older video but shares how rope climbing should be done, so those of you who need visuals, I have that there (keep in mind there are so many trainers found on YouTube, that most of them know what they are talking about if you need more tutorials) & for those of you who do better reading instructions, I will have them down below with much more information! 

 

How does one rope climb?

 
  1. Grab the rope with both hands above your head, pull down on rope as you take a small jump
  2. wrap the rope around ONE LEG while using your feet to pinch the rope. Reach up as high as possible with your arms while gripping the rope tightly
  3. Release the rope from your feet as you pull yourself up with your arms, bringing your knees towards your chest
  4. Then re-secure your feet on the rope, standing up to take another high hold on the rope, then continuing until you reach the top
  5. if you want to lower yourself – loosen the grip on the rope with your feet as you slide down using a hand over motion. 

So.. what muscles will strengthen because of it?

  • Lats
  • biceps 
  • triceps
  • delts
  • chest
  • abs
  • obliques
  • also if you are using mainly your legs , then you will use the majority of your leg muscles as well
  • forearms
  • grip strength

Beginner’s exercise?

Not necessarily because it is a more intermediate to advanced training but BEGINNERS SHOULD DO IT because practice makes better and it challenges you! nothing should stop you from doing something no matter what your fitness level is, because we ALL have to start somewhere & we all were beginners at ONE POINT! keep it safe and you will do fine!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

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Kettlebell swings (exercise)

Happy Friday! 

 

Today, I am going to go over an exercise that I enjoy doing myself. It is called the “kettlebell swing” and I was first introduced to it during during my exercise science class and picked it up fairly quickly (it isn’t a difficult exercise) but form and technique like any other exercise is very important in order to do this exercise correctly. I am going to discuss how to perform this exercise and give you a briefing on what muscles it works on and then I expect all of you to go out and give it a go & let me know in the comments your thoughts on the exercise.

 

How To Perform The KettleBell Swing:

 
  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and toes pointed out. Look straight ahead (choose an appropriate size kettlebell) with the kettlebell between your legs using a two-handed, overhand grip. 
  2. Keep the arch in your lower back, bend your hips back until the kettlebell is between/behind your legs. Squeeze your glutes to extend your hips and swing the weight up.
  3. Allow the weight to swing back between your legs as you bend your hips and slightly bend your knees. Extend the hips and knees to reverse the momentum as you go in for the next rep. 
  4. Repeat for however many repetitions. 

Muscles worked:

  • Hips
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • lats
  • abs
  • shoulders
  • grip 
  • and chest area

You can also use… 

  • Dumbbells for this exercise 

If you are beginner, choose a lighter weight to begin with so that you can work on getting the correct form down then as you become more comfortable you can then give heavier ones a try. If you have had any prior injuries or conditions, please speak with your doctor before attempting this exercise. Please feel free to share, comment, like and follow me for more exercises. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo