by Adam Signoretta
Stop wasting time with wrist curls and forearm exercises to get a grip.
Want to have forearms that will make Popeye look like a 7 year-old child? How do you do it? Simple – ditch the wrist straps. You do not have to get rid of them completely, but do not use them for every exercise.
One exercise that is great for building up your grip is the single-arm dumbbell row. The dumbbell row works the majority of the lats, which all men want. Since our grip is not as strong as our lats, a lot of people buy wrist straps and use them because they want to move big weight.
Here is a simple way to increase your grip strength and weight on dumbbell rows:
Do 5 sets of rows. First set warm up with an easy weight for 10 reps, then increase the weight so it is tough to get 10 reps and do 2 sets with this weight. On the fourth set, find a weight you can only hold on to for 5 reps. On the 5th set, put your strap on your wrist and heave the weight for as many reps you can. You can follow this method on every exercise you want to ditch your straps on.
To increase grip strength you can also add in more advanced techniques such as fat bars, using a towel as a handle, and/or fat grips. If you want to really get crazy, try using a Kettlebell with soap on the handle. That takes a crazy individual with a very strong grip.
Adam Signoretta is a certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with an extensive knowledge of corrective exercise, performance enhancement and Russian kettleball technique. He is also an NPC bodybuilder and author of “Be As Strong As You Look – a Handbook for Bodybuilders.” For questions or comments, please contact Adam at Asignoretta@aol.com