by Mike Scialabba
So you're turning a few heads when you roll around in a tank top these days huh? Well that's just great, but are you instilling fear in your fellow man when you give him a firm hand shake?
Having biceps like mountains and triceps like a 3 headed dragon are cool and all, but don't forget about the Popeye muscles. If you want to have better control over the weights you push and pull, particularly in Olympic lifts, and create doubt in another mans masculinity through a simple hand shake, then start following these tips for a vice clamp like grip and forearms that actually fit your growing beach bi's.
1) Stop walking around the gym with straps dangling from your wrist.
Lets face it, you're not pulling a max effort every set you perform, if even every day you lift. So why the hell are you strapping up all the time? If you feel like you can't grip the weight without them, then stop using that weight. Go lighter until your weak link catches up; in this case, your grip!!
2) Clean and Snatch!
Power Cleans, Hang Cleans, Olympic Snatch, Hang Snatch, Dumbbell Snatch are all amazing lifts for dramatically increasing your grip strength, grip conditioning, and the shear size of these muscles. They also have an insane amount of other strength and conditioning benefits, so make sure you learn them, and do them, without straps.
3) Add a few strongman lifts and unconventional movements to your training.
Incorporate heavy farmer walks, sledge hammer work, rope pulls, clean grip dead lifting, thick bar dead lifting and thick bar Olympic lifts, kettlebell flips, and kettlebell bottoms up press.
Mike performing Heavy Farmer Walks
Don't just opt out for the “Barbell Wrist Rolls” and “Reverse Curls”. Do some movements that serve some major purpose and reap some huge, grip crushing rewards!
This exclusive article (and others) can be found in the latest Wannabebig Serious About Muscle Newsletter - July 1st, 2010
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