Thursday, November 8, 2012

Get a Grip. Fat Gripz and Grip4orce that is. Increase your bench press.

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According to Muscle & Fitness, using a bar thickness similar to that of a strongman or powerlifter can increase the amount of weight you can bench.

How? By effectively spreading the weight of the bar to the wrists, elbows, and shoulders more evenly. That way no one joint bears the full load. Less strain results in safer benching and fewer aches.

This can also lesson the stress and pain on the joints. In the long run, you will be able to keep lifting.

In addition, the below list was provided in M&F on other benefits of getting fat.

[1] Improved grip strength. If you can keep your hands closed around a grip sleeve, a regular barbell will feel like a pencil.

[2] More forearm activation on pulling exercises and curls. You won't have to do as much direct forearm work to see growth in that area.

[3] Different muscle recruitment. The change of grip adds a new stimulus to any exercise you're doing, helping to even out imbalances.

Source Citations (MLA 7th Edition)
Hyson, Sean. "Painless power: relieve your joints and bust plateaus with thick grips." Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness July 2012: 46. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.

"25 tips for more muscle and superstrength! Apply these concepts to outgrow your clothes and break your lifting records." Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness May 2012: 140+. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.

Ferruggia, Jason. "Bigger biceps guaranteed: you need only three exercises to fill out your sleeves." Men's Fitness May 2012: 120. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.

Smith, Jim. "Forearm training: three weeks to bowling-pin-size development." Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness Mar. 2012: 102. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.

"Build Launch Power." Men's Health Apr. 2011: 046. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.

 Merritt, Greg. "Fat chance." Flex Jan. 2011: 102. Popular Magazines. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.