Gripper training continues to be the most popular form of grip training.
Gripper training has often been labeled the “gateway drug to grip sport” because once people get their hands on grippers, they often get hooked, and want to try out many other types of grip training, as well.
Once you get serious with your gripper work though, it’s time to start doing things the right way, and that means optimizing the way you train with grippers.
Gripper Training Frequency
It’s no surprise that many people want to know how often to train grippers is best. After all, lifters love the idea of closing big grippers.
However, if you’re not careful, you can really overdo it with your gripper training and make your finger skin and your hand tissues very sore.
Plus, with too much volume, or too frequent of training, you generally end up stalling on grippers or even sliding backwards.
Today, I share my views on the optimal frequency for gripper training in the video below.
How Often Should I Train with Grippers?
Gripper Training Programming
Hopefully, the video above makes sense for you. Doing anymore frequent training has never been effective for me, and generally it throws a monkey wrench into the rest of my training when I try to push the frequency.
In addition, approaching Gripper Training frequency with a 2-day-per-week program has been effective for close to 100% of all the people I’ve coached as well.
On top of that, I’ve received lots of feedback from customers who’ve bought my Cadence Based Gripper Training Program, who have said that the 2-days-per-week has been great and helped them make good strides in their gripper training.
In my opinion, based on my own training results, and the results of people I’ve designed programs for directly, and those who’ve followed my gripper products, 2 days/week is the DEFINITELY the way to go for grippers.
Gripper Training Technique
It should be noted, however, that if your gripper technique (placement and set) are not optimized, it’s likely that no matter how often you train them, you’ll never see much improvement past a #2 gripper.
Large-handed and naturally strong-handed individuals will be able to overcome grippers up to about the #2 through plain brute strength and raw power, but to go beyond that will require you to develop your technique.
Therefore, I recommend anyone who wants to seriously attempt to climb the gripper ladder get my DVD, CRUSH: Total Gripper Domination, so they can properly iron out their technique for maximized crushing power.
Wrap Up: How Often To Train on Grippers
I love hearing you guys tell me about hitting PR’s and smashing bigger and bigger grippers.
That’s why I put out all the gripper training information I do.
If you’re just starting out with grippers, do yourself a favor and get the best resource in the world on gripper training technique and drills: CRUSH: Total Gripper Domination
And if you’ve got a good handle on the proper gripper mechanics, then it’s time to formalize your training over the next 8 weeks with this solid program: Cadence Based Gripper Training.
All the best with your gripper training.
“Napalm” Jedd Johnson