GRIP STRENGTH, PUNK
Most people never put a thought into the best ways to learn or how our nervous systems develop. And I get it because most people don’t like to think or aren’t interested. With that, I thought’d I’d share with you why it is important to perform grip work in your training….
If you have ever seen an anatomy chart, then you would realize how many nerve endings are in the hands and areas of high nerve content are intimately connected to the central nervous system. That may be an oversimplification of sorts but: ‘a huge part of the sensory and motor cortices in the brain are involved with the hand.’ (Hannaford, 2005) Again, the brain is central along with the spinal cord in the CNS.
So, the stronger we can get our grip and the more work we give our hands, the more efficient our nervous systems will be. More efficient nervous systems= greater strength. Think about it, you can tell how strong someone is by their hand shake most of the time. My grandfather has been a mason his whole life and has hands that can rip a deck of cards in half and believe me, you would know it by shaking his hand even at the age of 87. Athletes with stronger grips are stronger and tougher, simple as that.
Try performing some fat grip barbell or dumbbell holds or the wheel of death in which you take a 45 pound plate and turn it in revolutions, anywhere from 25-50 turns, just to name a few.
In closing, I will shoot a video on this topic this week, but I am continually disappointed in the lack of commitment people seem to have these days. Excuses point out of them like a running faucet. I don’t give a damn for people that make excuses because they are amateurs and always will be. People say they want to be great but they don’t take action to BE great, a huge difference between the two. I realize that as each day goes by, there are less and less people that I choose to surround myself, not because I am a hermit but because I refuse to be around lower energy levels such as excuse making and self-pity. Man the F up and grow a pair and actually stick with a plan and go after IT! You only have one shot at this life, make the most of it!