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  • #16
    I'd stress again the importance again of balance in your grip workouts. Too many pullups, deadlifts, BUPS can really tax the crush grip type strength but lead to imbalances with opening grip strength and cause golfers elbow. I mentioned the rubber band workout which works to strengthen the muscles used to open (not crush close) your hands. Ironmind sells some high tech rubber bands in different strengths for this purpose but regular rubber bands work very well too. You can use them at your desk on a phone call or while watching TV. The imbalances can be magnified the more you ignore one kind of strength.

    One thing that amazes me in the animal world is the alligator which this tremendous crush grip closing power in its jaw to basically snap a pig or probably a human in half. Yet, I am always amazed in these nature shows where an average man can keep the alligator from opening its mouth. Not that this really applies to humans but it is kind of a similar concept in an imbalance we can overlook.

    If you are looking to even train individual fingers (might be important for musicians) Prohands Gripmaster allows you to do that.

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    • #17
      I have also read that doing the rubber band type opening strength exercises can help for people how have carpel tunnel or other similar repetitive stress wrists issues. Muscle imbalances can wreck you so its definitely a worthwhile addition.

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      • #18
        As above gripping the towel over a bar is a good thing as it brings the thump into play in a big way. Hanging from the bar has more emphasis on your fingers.
        Along with towel hangs I would add some low rep fingertip pushups for hand balance.
        Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
        PS
        Don't forget to play!

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        • #19
          Just want to throw in another thumbs up for Gripmasters. Great for musicians and martial arts and working out in general.

          btw, Amazon has them.
          5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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          • #20
            Towel pullups and ring rountines (you don't come off the gymnastic rings for minutes) - it's brutal and fries my arms EVERY time!

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            • #21
              I hate being such a noob, but I wish you guys could not abbreviate so much, I cannot follow what you are doing, but very interested to ing this stuff, but the jargon is difficult. thanks . sounds like great stuff!

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              • #22
                Hand Strength and Grip Strength Tutorial - GripFAQ.com
                Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
                -Rick Warren

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                • #23
                  finger tip pushups to work the muscles in the back of the hand to balance the grip strength on the bar, towel or finger board. According to CC2 no more than 2 sets of 5 reps
                  Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                  PS
                  Don't forget to play!

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