Don't Skip the Grip
Posted in Program Design & Theory on September 26, 2017
We predominantly interact with our respective environments using our hands…it’s essentially the primal derivative of our exploratory nature as humans. So why is it that so many people feel like their hands are going to break off if they perform one more deadlift or pull-up? You guessed it…they lack grip strength.
At MADabolic Inc., we are in the business of Everyday Strength & Athleticism. And, even though you may assign boredom to a heavy farmers carry during a grimy durability workout, or grumble about how hard it is to hold on to the kettlebell during a goblet squat, the functionality behind the grip-dominated movements you’ll find on our floor is just one of the many ways we touch your lives outside of our doors. It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to carry a heavy load of groceries from your car to your kitchen in one trip, or to be able to hold your kid for an extended period of time. Not to mention, adequate grip strength is highly beneficial when it comes to preventing and combating injuries that may arise from chronic, repetitive motion seen not only in athletes, but every day office workers as well. Simply put, some of life’s most common activities rely on proper grip strength, yet it remains a largely under-emphasized focal point in the fitness industry.
As with everything we do, we program grip-challenging movements into our workouts for a reason. So next time your grinding through a grip-challenging movement, or think about picking up a lighter weight than you ordinarily would because “it’s hard to hold”, remember that it’s difficult on purpose and embrace the challenge. Jacked forearms isn’t our endgame, but everyday strength is.