Workout Routines

Strengthen Your Grip

Build the deadliest handshake in the gym with these killer grip exercises.

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Strengthen Your Grip

You can’t get pumped-up wrists the same way you get pecs and biceps, but there are plenty of compelling reasons to train your grip. Use this routine to get the paws of a grizzly bear.

THE GRIP WORKOUT

DIRECTIONS: Include one of the following exercises at the end of each workout.

TWO-HAND PINCH

Place two same-size weight plates (think 35s) together so the smooth sides face out, and grip them with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Squeeze the plates together and lift them off the floor as though you were deadlifting. Hold them in front of your body at arm’s length for time. Perform 3–5 sets. To make it even tougher, run some chain through the holes in the center of the plates and rotate your wrists. The chains will add weight and will swing when you twist your wrists, adding another element of challenge.

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