Want Popeye forearms? These are the best exercises to increase grip strength and – Health News Today
Getting big arms should start with getting big forearms, really. And if you want to grow big forearms, you need to take a look at the best exercises to increase grip strength as these will also increase the girth of the forearms. As well as being aesthetically more pleasing to some, strong forearms can also help you live longer, science suggests.
Stronger grip can be achieved by introducing grip strengthening exercises to your workouts: it is kind of evident we hope. But introducing said forearm and grip strengthening exercises is actually easier than you think. The best full body workout should include exercises that improve grip and indeed, that workout linked just here actually includes one.
If you are interested in more than just one of the best exercises to increase grip strength, please read on.
What is grip strength and why should you improve it
There are a lot of different types of grip strength and all can help you be a better lifter or gripper. The different types of grip include:
- Crushing grip: this is when you close all your fingers to hold the best barbells or best dumbbells. Or best kettlebells. You get it.
- Pinching grip: this is the clamping style grip when you use your thumb to press objects against the other four fingers to hold things.
- Supporting grip: you use this when you hang from places, which admittedly doesn’t happen often but it could come handy when you do pull ups vs chin ups. And if you think it’s not that hard to hang from a bar we’ll let you know that the current world record of dead hands is under three minutes. And you thought planking was hard.
- Extension/inverse grip: this strength is used when you extend your fingers outwards. Admittedly, flexing your finger-extending strength is probably the least useful way to impress other people but nevertheless, it can still come in handy in a variety of everyday situation.
Of these four types, we will be mainly focusing on crushing and supporting grip-strengthening exercises, mainly because they are the ones that can really increase forearm girth to give you that Popeye look.
If you would like to improve pinch grip strength, you can try and perform reverse plate curls using barbell plates or ballistic plate rows. For increasing extension strength, we recommend using rubber bands wrapped around your fingers and extending your fingers.
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