This Week in Grip
Allen Heineck and I talk about the latest events in Grip Sport, Grip Training, Grip Strength, Hand Strength, Modern Day Oldtime Strongman, and other Feats of Strength.
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At the Juniata College Strength Clinic, I was recently asked about the incidence of Tommy John surgery with pitchers and other position players. Specifically, they wanted to know if Grip Strength could be a factor in the equation.
Could a lack of grip strength be a contributor to the increases in UCL tears and the need for Tommy John Surgery?
I dig into this topic in the video below:
Tommy John Surgery and Grip Strength for Baseball Players
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Strength Training and Injury Prevention for Throwing Athletes
Most athletes, whether you realize it or not, are throwers.
Think about it. The first throwing sports you may picture are the classics: Baseball, softball, the quarterback on the football team, the shot put, discus, and javelin throwers on the track and field team.
Those are the images that typically pop into your head when you think of a throwing athlete.
What you might not realize is that throwing motions are done in almost every sport. Think of a tennis player serving the ball, a volleyball player serving or spiking the ball, a basketball player making a big outlet pass…
How about that same basketball player making a chest pass? Isn’t that a similar movement as a football lineman pushing his opponent?
What about the soccer player throwing the ball in from out of bounds?
Or the swimmer gliding through the water using the same repetitive motions with their shoulders?
These are all throwing motions!
When you participate in sports at the high rates athletes do today, you are bound to have shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger injuries.
Tommy John surgeries are on the rise as are rotator cuff injuries, labrum tears, and elbow tendonitis. I won’t bore you with the numbers, but the studies are out there and it is shocking how frequently these major injuries are happening each year and that the age of the athletes experiencing these injuries gets younger and younger…
Youth sports are more popular than ever. Town rec leagues, church leagues, AAU, All Star, travel leagues, sport specific coaching facilities, position specific coaching, and youth/college showcase events mean your athletes can play their sport 12 months a year without taking a true off-season.
The constant repetitive motions along with specializing at a younger age means the overuse injuries that we used to see in college and professional sports are starting to happen at the middle school and high school level.
You can’t stop younger athletes from falling in love with one sport and specializing early. It happens!
The youth sports movement will continue to grow and overuse injuries will continue to happen at the middle and high school level…
But that doesn’t mean you have to just sit around and weight for throwing injuries to come about.
You can start modifying your training NOW to head those injuries off at the pass.
It’s all about making simple, subtle changes in your strength training.
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Build Bigger Arms – August of Arms
If you want to build bigger arms, pack some size on those bi’s, and develop some thick triceps that hang right off your arm, then August of Arms is going to be the most productive, and probably the most fun, block of training you do all this year.
I’ve packed the program with all kinds of cool exercises – you won’t get bored doing the same stuff all the time, you can believe that.
Also, I’ve sprinkled in several cool challenges throughout the month.
“Attack the Stack” is my favorite challenge. I filmed the demonstrational video for it yesterday, and it was INTENSE.
Attack the Stack is similar to the old bodybuilding exercise called “Run the Rack,” which involves hitting a serious of dumbbells, one after the other, either up or down the dumbbell rack, or both.
“Attack the Stack” is different though. This one involves a cable machine, so it can be done at any commercial gym, like the vast majority of what I have planned for August of Arms.
I’m saving Attack the Stack for later on, but if you want to see one of the cool moves I’ve got for you, check out Ab Wheel Isometric Holds…
Build Big Arms: Ab Wheel Isometric Holds
Might not look too tough, but try it pre-exhausted and for a few more reps, and it will blow your triceps up BIG TIME.
Here’s the thing about August of Arms, DIESELS.
This month is gonna be FUN.
Too often, I speak with coaches and lifters and it sounds like they DREAD their training, more than they LOOK FORWARD to it.
One of the biggest things I’ve done the last few years is I have made my training more enjoyable.
I don’t mean I go in there and screw around – not by any means.
But now, when I go into the weight room, I leave BETTER than when I went in.
I absolutely LOVE training, but there was a time during 2011 and 2012 where I HATED going into the gym.
You can’t be successful with your training, if you DESPISE even going to the gym.
Slowly, in late 2012 and even more so in 2013, I began changing my mindset about training.
It wasn’t ALL about stressing over the next competition anymore.
It wasn’t about hitting some crazy feat, or some far-off number on a certain lift.
It was about challenging myself, competing with myself, and actually having fun.
And lo and behold, these days, I’m stronger and performing better in just about EVERYTHING I could possibly want to anyway.
One of my biggest objectives with August of Arms is to make lifting FUN again for you, all while helping you see as much progress and value out of your training as possible.
I hope you decide to come along for the ride, and if you want updates about the program, just add your info to the box below.
All the best in your training.
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3 Tips for Building Big Forearms
For many lifters, the Forearms end up lagging behind in development.
Obviously, no lack of
forearm development here…
The reasons vary, but could be any of the following…
Maybe you’ve relied on straps too much in your training and as a result your forearms just aren’t challenged.
Maybe you’ve been doing the same handful of exercises all the time and need a change.
Or maybe you get locked into doing the same old “light weights for lots of reps” approach, because either that’s what you were told to do, or it used to work before so you just kept on doing.
Regardless of the cause, here are 3 things you can start doing in order to get bigger forearms.
1. Start Training for Strength
Maybe the problem is that your forearms are on the weaker side.
Try bumping up the weights and setting yourself a goal for hitting a specific strength mark in your forearm training.
This will force you to change up your approach and can result in improved forearm development.
2. Start Training More Movements
Your forearms are capable of a LOT of different movement patterns.
Unfortunately most lifters only train a couple of these patterns.
This neglect of key motions can be a BIG contributor to stalled forearm gains.
And once you start plugging these new movements back in, you’ll start seeing growth again.
3. Think More Wrist
It does no good to have a weak, brittle, fragile set of wrists. The wrists NEED to be trained hard and completely, too.
Training the wrists for both strength and volume will built those sick serpent-like sinews that run alongside the bones in your forearms.
When those wrist postural muscles get built up, that’s when your forearms really POP and start to look truly FIERCE.
So, are you ready to build some bigger forearms?
If so, you need to check out my new Workout of the Month: Fierce Forearms.
If doing High Volume forearm work was all that was needed, then EVERYBODY would have big, bulbous forearms.
You’ve got to attack the forearms the right way in order to see sustained growth.
Don’t use the caveman approach and think the harder you work in the gym and the more time you spend there, the bigger your forearms will get.
For best results, you want to train the forearms like you would the rest of your body.
This means different angles with different loads, rep speeds, and other variables…
And that’s what my Fierce Forearms workout is all about <= Grab your copy right now.
All the best in your training.
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