Grip Strength And Ballistic Grip Rings
Grip strengthening exercises are always overlooked – which is unfortunate, considering they help you perform many, many other exercises better, as well as improve your performance in just about any everyday activity. I would even argue that failing to focus at all on strengthening your grip would be worse than missing leg day.
Opening jars? No problem. Walking the dog? Let’s go. Firm handshake? You got it.
Our Ballistic Grip Rings are the perfect tool to hone your grip strength, anytime, anywhere. It’s a 5-piece set so you can gradually work your way from 30lb, 40lb, 60lb, 70lb, up to 80lb, and color-coded light to dark so you can easily identify and grab which one you need (or you can alternate between different ones for a bit of interval training).
They are designed to train and increase the sturdiness of your grasp – that is, crushing (strength between your fingers and your palm), pinching (strength between your fingers and thumb), and support (the ability to hold on to something).
And you don’t have to worry about any squeaky noises, so use away even at the office!
You can train often using Ballistic Grip Rings, but you can also train grip strength by the various exercises you already perform at the gym – any pulling or lifting exercise is an opportunity to train your grip.
Squeezing the bar when performing your usual routines lead to greater grip activation (and more gains in grip strength), so be sure to maximize each activity.
Stronger Grip, Heavier Weights
When you have a strong grip, you’re able to lift heavier weights. That makes sense, right? Especially in pulling and lifting exercises like pull-ups, chin-ups, rows, and deadlifts.
When you have a solid grip, you’re able to hold on more to heavier weights, and you’re able to hold on to them longer – so you’re actually working on your endurance as well.
It’s pretty common to be exercising and feel like you can still do a few more reps but your grip is weakening so you stop. Having a strong grip lets you hold on to the weight or bar longer, so you know that when you do stop, it’s because of volitional fatigue from the muscles you’re actually working on.
Grip strength can also be an important indicator for overall health. How so? That’s according to the people from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, where they concluded that grip strength is a predictor of muscular endurance and overall strength. Researchers have also found that a stronger grip correlates with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and that those findings suggest a link between heart health and muscle strength.
Get to it!
Having inadequate grip strength means you’re not able to perform exercises optimally – who knows how much more you can lift if only your grip’s stronger?
For other gym gear and accessories you can use to enhance your training, or to help you perform exercises safely and comfortably, be sure to check out our shop!