When it comes to building strength, grip training probably isn’t part of your weekly rotation. It’s not a mirror-motivator like a biceps peak or an opportunity to boast like a new 5K PR, but it’s just as important—if not more so.
Grip strength is about more than getting a firmer grasp on those dumbbells, better securing that ball before shooting a three-pointer on the court or fortifying the finger strength to be the next contestant on “American Ninja Warrior.”
Grip strength has real-world applications.
A weak grip translates to waning endurance, weaker overall strength and a lessened ability to bounce back from injury—especially as you age.
After all, in fitness, as in life, you’re only as strong as your weakest link.
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What Is Grip Strength?
While it’s often referred to as hand strength, your digits are just part of the equation. Grip strength involves everything from the musculature near the elbow down to the fingertips.
Knowing that, it makes sense that a stronger grip might mean a more impressive handshake or the ability to carry more groceries, but how does it translate to your overall health?