An Athlete With Weak Hands Can NOT Maximize Full Body Strength and Power.
It Doesn’t Work That Way.
- A Weak Grip and Weak Hands Leaves You at the Mercy of Your Opposition, be it in sports or you VS the barbell. Once the grip gives out the rest of the body gives out.
- There is a unique confidence gained when you grip the barbell or your opponent and feel locked in. Greater confidence equates to improved athletic performance.
I remember feeling weak and confused at the tire yard.
I could barely grip the tractor tire and I wrestled with it for what seemed like 30 seconds to flip the tire the first time.
I was confused and even a bit embarrassed to have to ask for a lighter tractor tire.
I was bigger and stronger than the guys in the tire yard but they tore through those tires, flipping them easily. They made my buddy and I look pathetic.
That's exactly Why this e book on grip strength was created.
When I experience personal set backs and mistakes in my training I immediately become a man on a mission to help other Serious athletes who hate mediocrity. Why go through my mistakes?
When You Increase Your Hand and Grip Strength There is a Very Powerful, Positive Correlation with Your Overall Strength.
The Problem With Weak Hands and Poor Grip Strength is that your Full Body Strength is Limited.
When I first stopped using wrist wraps and straps for training there was a mental hurdle to get over at first because....
- I couldn’t perform heavy barbell or dumbbell rows, limiting my pulling power.
- My chin ups suffered big time because my hands and grip felt as if they were slipping off the bar after the first few reps.
- My Deadlift dropped immensely as my forearms would get so pumped that my hands couldn’t hold on to the heavy working sets.
- I had no strength endurance in my grip at all, so mid way into a training session my forearms were so blown up I had to lighten the weights I used to what I normally warmed up with when using lifting straps.
I was pissed off and embarrassed but once my grip strength improved, my deadlifts and power cleans improved.
My Barbell Rowing got better.
My pull ups improved.
I added thicker muscle to my upper body that I didn't have when I used to train with straps.
The bodybuilders of The Golden Era never used lifting straps. Arnold, Franco, Ken Wahler, Reg Park, Dave Draper, Bill Pearl, Lou Ferrigno. These men were built like Tanks and did not use lifting straps.
I quickly realized that my hands and grip were the weak link in my overall performance and something had to be done to get my hands up to par.
That is where dedicated grip work and changing my overall training program came into play. I knew that by doing some grip work at the end of my training wasn't going to be the answer.
I had been doing that for years and although I had big, muscular forearms, my hands felt weak when they were challenged to grip onto heavy weights or odd objects.
My fingers felt like they couldn't grab heavy weights adequately and my forearms would blow up and fatigue very easily.
I thought about the World's Strongest Man Competitions from the early 80s and how many of those men were bodybuilders but NOT like the pretty bodybuilders we see nowadays at the gym. These guys could deadlift small cars from the bumper, bend steel bars and deadlift tremendous weights. THAT was the type of strength I envied and the type of strength that could perform.
Weak Hands = Weak Athlete
I began researching methods and strength exercises to improve my hand and grip strength.
Yes, I came across countless tools and gadgets to pump up the forearms but none of these tools or gadgets were worth a dime when it came to developing truly strong hands. It was more internet BS trickery where big results were promised but not delivered.
These fancy gadgets did not develop "Man Strength" ....
- "Man Strength" is The 50 year old construction worker who shakes your hand and it feels as if he is smashing every bone in your hand. That is what I call REAL Man Grip Strength!
- "Man Strength" is when I wrestled against a guy in his late 40s and when he grabbed my wrist I felt as if he controlled my entire body. His front headlock left my neck sore for 3 days and this guy also did not do traditional gym workouts. He worked in a bar on weekends and carried kegs. He wrestled on weekdays and "moved weights" by moving another body.
The guys at the Tire Yard shocked AND inspired me with their brute strength.
At the time of this experience, I was training from my 2 car garage. My workouts were a blend of free weights, Kettlebells, Sandbags and Kegs. I had just started my transition away from bodybuilding workouts to more of a "functional" style of training.
The guys at the yard were cool about letting us flip tires, so on Saturday mornings, my buddy and I would show up and these two guys would get the fork lift and pull down some tires for us.
On The First Day there, my buddy and I got crushed.
Each time we got a little stronger, more explosive, tougher and more confident.
The first time sucked. I won't lie. But, it was a good wake up call. It was like a slap in the face and a massive blow to the ego, especially after we saw the fork lift operators smoke us in the tire flip.
These guys were watching us strain and struggle to flip the tires, chuckling the entire time as we sweated it out. My buddy and I were literally wrestling with these tires to flip them over.
The first few reps of flipping tires, we almost got crushed because we didn’t have the technique or that "REAL Man" strength to get these monstrous tires to move.
But, with the right training, our strength and confidence quickly grew.
At the time, my buddy and I were strong enough to bench 300 lbs for sets of 3 - 5 reps, squatting and deadlifting over 450 lbs and there we were, wrestling against tires like no tomorrow just to get them to flip once.
To most people, squatting 450 lbs for reps and benching 300 lbs for reps is considered strong......
And it IS strong.
Gym strong doesn't necessarily mean there is a positive transfer to sports performance.
These guys laughed at us wrestling against the tractor tires. They put down their cigarettes (YES, they were smoking cigarettes) walked up and flipped the tire literally tearing through it like child's play. These guys didn't use any strongman techniques, no knee drive to assist in the tire flip, no strain and no struggle. Just brute strength.
Watching this made my buddy and I look like weaklings. Imagine what this did to our egos. We were shocked and I became even more obsessed with learning different training methods to develop strength that translates to sports.
Both of these tire yard workers weighed about 175 lbs or so, but they were built like farm boys. They had a toughness to their build that you don't see in a typical globo gym.
These guys had hands that were solid and thick. You can see their hands had literally been molded through manual labor. Their forearms were jacked, looking like bowling pins.
To add more insult to my buddy and I, they showed us the tires they "train" with when they have some down time.
According to them, we were flipping the “small tires”. The tire they pulled down must have been near 700 lbs and they ripped through them with ease. It took me some time but through proper training and the methods inside Grip Experts I was able to flip the BIG tires that were 600 + lbs with ease as well.
What was interesting was that These guys don’t train at a gym and they don’t “work out”. Their training is what they do day in and day out at work. Carrying, lifting, pushing and pulling heavy odd objects. Simple, NOT easy.
When these guys were flipping tires, the owner of the tire yard was watching us the entire time.
He leaned over and said to me, “That’s not the guy you want to take a punch from”.
“No S**t!” I said to him.
Watching him tear through tires with ease was intimidating. I had a lot of respect for these guys because they were STRONG. They EARNED it!
Their brute strength came from working in the tire yard and lifting odd objects. There's a unique type of strength you develop through this style of training.
The bodybuilder who always uses wrist and grip straps and support gear to allow him to hold on to the weight does NOT have that freakish MAN strength and he will NEVER achieve this type of freakish strength. If you are just a bodybuilder, you don't care about performance muscles and I understand that. I'm sure bodybuilders didn't even read this far....
True athletes NEED performance muscles.
Here’s what I learned…..
I learned that it was going to take way more than some gripper gadget to bring my hands up to the respectable strength levels. Those gripper gadgets were NOT going to be the make or break factor towards achieving REAL Man Strength. I needed something infinitely more effective, and so do you.