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Copper Compression

How to Improve Your Grip Strength

Grip strength is important for more than just getting the pickle jar open. Your hands are used for almost all daily activities, which is why grip strength is important to develop – even if you're not a fitness fanatic.

Understanding Your Grip

Did you know that there are multiple forms of grip? Getting to understand the different types of grip can help you focus on training the grip form that you use most often. For example, if you are an artist who uses pens or paintbrushes, training your pinching grip can help you keep a steady hand and reduce fatigue while using these muscles for extended periods of time. Here are the different types of gripping:

  • Crushing: A crushing grip is when you close your fingers towards your palm against resistance. This is used when grabbing a water bottle, shaking a hand, or grasping a baseball.
  • Pinching: A pinch grip is created by pressing your fingers against your thumb. This is used when writing with a pen, as you pull your credit card from your wallet, or turning the page of a book.
  • Supporting: The support grip is your ability to hold on to something for an extended period of time. This is used in scenarios like carrying a gallon of milk by the handle over to the checkout, carrying a bag of luggage up a flight of stairs, or carrying a full shopping bag through the parking lot back to your car.

Which type of grip do you use most often? Once you decide, you can choose the grip strengthening exercises that best suit your needs. 

Exercises For Grip Strength

There are plenty of simple exercises that can be done to train your grip strength at home or in the gym. Here are some to get you started:

  • Plate Pinches: Grab some weight plates, and lift them up using a pinching grip, with your thumb on one side of the plate, and the rest of your fingers on the other side. This is a great exercise if you use a pinch grip often for activities or hobbies.
  • Dead Hang: To perform a dead hang, simply hang from a pull up bar as long as possible. This will help strengthen your support grip as well as your crush grip.
  • Farmer Walks: This can be done using weights, kettlebells, or any heavy object. Simply walk with the heavy object for as long as you can. This is great for helping your support grip.
  • Hand Grips: What better way to strengthen your grip than a device designed to do exactly that. Hand grips or grip strengtheners are devices that you repeatedly squeeze against resistance. Perfect for strengthening your crush grip.

Help Your Muscles Recover After Exercise

Most people don’t specifically target their grip muscles with exercise, so when you start these exercises, you will likely get sore. To keep the soreness at bay and keep your hands in use, even after strength training your grip, get some recovery gear from Copper Compression. Simply slip them on after your training and you’ll notice how much they can help your hands recover. There are a wide variety of options available, so take the time to find the one that best fits your needs.

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