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Old 10-25-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
Júlíus G. Magnússon
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Default Grip Imbalance

Short version:

Pretty drastic grip imbalance. Should I limit grip work on my dominant hand to let the other catch up?

Long version:

I've been putting more effort into grip training for the last couple of months.

I'm training three times a week - ending each session with a grip exercise: CoC grippers, fat grip deadlifts and plate pinch grip holds for time once a week each. (Taking a break from specific grip work every third week.)

The issue that I'm having is that my left hand is severely lacking compared to my right one (I've been having some issues with my left shoulder for the past year).

For example, when it comes to CoC grippers, I can close the #1 ten times with my right hand, but only once with my left. With the Trainer I stopped at 50 for my right hand but I could barely squeeze out 25 with my left. There's a similar difference in the pinch grips, as well.

Should I be worried about this discrepancy?

It's been suggested to me that I do the same amount of work for my right hand as my left one, but limiting the grip development of one hand intentionally just seems silly to me.

Any grip experts out there want to chime in on this?
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
Derek Simonds
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I am certainly no grip expert. I have a difference from right to left also. I try and train my hands together as much as possible. So I like what you are doing with the FG DL and I would do two hand pinch instead of 1 hand. Grippers are surprisingly technical. Do you have the same muscle mass on your thumb pad right to left? Can you get the same set right to left. I guess on grippers I am saying do you feel like you are as technically good on both sides.

I wouldn't worry too much about the difference and just keep training both of them to get better.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin

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