One of our most requested guides has been a strongman grip training guide. You guys have been relentless...
It has taken a long time to write and perfect, but we are really happy with how it has turned out!
Most new competing strongmen really don't put much consideration into grip training and a year or so down the line will really start to regret it.
Great! You've come first in the strapped 250kg deadlift for reps! But that doesn't matter if you're coming last in the farmers hold with a measly 10 seconds.
The key to becoming a great strongman is having all round strength. A perfect example of this is Martins Licis this year, winning worlds strongest man, finishing top 3 in every event.
Whats In The Guide
We constructed this guide to easily fit in with your current training routine and the option of additional grip training outside of your regular sessions.
I will give you a quick rundown of some essential strongman grip training tips below;
- Don't use straps - Unless you really need them
- Change your mindset - Grip is essential in strongman
- Get a set of Grippers - Perfect for crushing on the move
- Do your stretches - Keeping your hands healthy
If you're wondering whats inside our brand new strongman grip guide then you're in for a treat! 25 pages of grip goodness including images and detailed text.
Types Of Grip
We delve into the 3 types of grip;
Crush - Finger Power
This involves your 4 fingers, crushing things like peoples hands.
Pinch - Thumb Power
Using mainly the thumb strength as an anchor to your fingers.
Support - Keep Holding On
Best compared to thick bar lifts where the bar is peeling its way out of your hands.
Each are vitally important for different types of lifts and as a strongman you should be ready for them all.
We cover each type of grip with a number of different exercises and accessory movements.
These are designed to help improve your overall strength and endurance.
Strongman Grip Monsters
You may recently have seen some videos of the giant Brian Shaw gripping things floating around after the tv show 'Strongest Man In History' aired.
It helps that he has giant hands, but he also focuses on grip training. Being one of a couple of men to ever pinch 2 old school York 20kg plates back to back, as well as lifting the millennium dumbbell. Brian really is a grip monster.
If that's not enough to get your juices flowing then the recent addition of the Hercules Hold to Giants Live events has to. Mark Felix shows everyone how its done in this event..
His hands are about the same size as a piece of a4 Paper.