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Brandon Enos
05-20-2008, 05:25 PM
I just did my first day of adding grip work to my work out and yeah, sucked. After 5x5 deadlifts and weighted hanging leg raises, I could barely forearm curl 30 pounds. Couldnt close my Ironmind CoC sport 10 times in a row. Plus, for plate pinching, the barbell plates at my gym suck, the rim is to big, screwing up the grip. For this reason, along with the fact that my pullup bar at home is higher, allowing for hanging leg raises where I dont have to touch the floor each rep and I have my kettlebells for windmills versus dumbbells. I was thinking of dividing up my ab and grip work from my main workout, doing it later in the day so my grip isnt shot by my workout and I have better equipment. Just wondering if anyone else divides their specialized stuff from their main workout and if I could expect to see slower or faster or no difference in gains in my specialized stuff?

Kinda weird I know, probably didnt explain it right either, but yeah, Im tired and it hurts to type right now so whats there is there, there is no changing it now....

Derek Simonds
05-20-2008, 05:58 PM
Split it up if you have the time. I can't see any reason not to. I do grip training throughout the day. Especially when I am driving, either grippers or extensor work with bands. I have to post a picture I rigged up a real cool kettlebell / ball grip trainer.

John Alston
05-21-2008, 06:33 AM
Heavy deadlifts are great grip training by themselves.
I find consistently training grip is hard for the reasons you state. Sometimes I like to pinch grip plates when I clean up at my gym. I know I'm doing ok when I can carry the 20kg plate all the way back to the closet without using any help from the little lip.

Dave Van Skike
05-21-2008, 09:48 AM
Heavy deadlifts are great grip training by themselves.
I find consistently training grip is hard for the reasons you state. Sometimes I like to pinch grip plates when I clean up at my gym. I know I'm doing ok when I can carry the 20kg plate all the way back to the closet without using any help from the little lip.

I have the same issue of fittign the grip in but deads are grip work, unless you hook or use straps.

hit it at the end if you're worried. hang for time from a bar, plate pinches.