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How to Improve Hand Grip Strength

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Having a nice strong grip is great for everyone.  Whether you use your hand in a corporate job to shake others or while working with your hands, a nice strong hand grip is definitely a tool to impress.  There are many exercises and products available to help you improve your hand strength. 

Hand grip strength can be broken down into 3 main categories: crushing strength, pinch strength, and support strength.  Each one has different benefits and different ways of training.

Crush Grip  Crush grip is the raw power that you feel while shaking someone’s hand.  This strength is good for using your hands to grasp something tightly or, as the name says, crush something in your hand.  This strength can be increased by mashing putty or foam balls in your hand or also using a crush gripper. 

Pinch Grip  A strong pinching grip is the strength that allow you to hold something between your thumb and another finger.  Pinching grip can be strengthening by pinching a weight plate between the thumb and the finger that you want to make stronger.  You can also train pinching strength by wrapping a towel over a bar and doing pull ups with the towel.  Another good training method for pinch grip is to use a Digi-Flex Finger Exerciser.  A great exercise that you can do without having to use any special equipment to increase grip strength is to do fingertip pushups.  This is done by doing a pushup but making sure the palm of your hand is off of the ground.

Support Strength  Support strength is important for increasing the length that you can grip something heavy.  Support strength can be increased by carrying buckets full of water or anything that is heavy for long periods of time.  You can also improve this strength by holding a barball in front of you with your arms at a 90 degree angle.

As you train your grip strength, a great way to see improvement is to use a hand dynamometer.  You can also just try crushing things, such as soda cans, to see if it is easier or ripping apart phone books. 

Wade Boden is the Artwork Director of Robbins Sports, and online vendor of Hand Grip Dynamometers and Digi-Flex Finger Exercisers.