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Hand Conditioning: A Hard Body Starts With Strong Hands

Hand Conditioning: A Hard Body Starts With Strong Hands

Today’s article is one that I feel very strongly about. This article came out of the archives and its original publishing date was on May 12, 2016.

Believe me if you are serious about getting results from your strength and conditioning program you have got to understand the significance of conditioning your hands. This is something that you simply can’t ignore. I know you’ll appreciate this one. Read it and post up your feedback below in the comments!

I’m always hammering away on the importance of mental toughness. As far as I’m concerned in the world of the iron game there are three keys to success. The three main things every strong individual needs in order to achieve goals in strength are mental toughness, the discipline of persistence, and a set of strong hands!

Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law states that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. In terms of man’s pursuit of life challenges this is always the case. With any system containing several moving parts there is always the inevitable collapse of that system due to the weakest link failing during the functional process. This can cause a major operation to come crashing down, or to bring some important project straight to a halt!

When talking about wrestling with the iron there are certainly several moving parts within this system in order for a trainee to pull off the successful build up of a strong hard body. One key element to staving off Murphy’s Law is making sure your hands are conditioned and ready for whatever is demanded of you. Sure there are other factors that might succumb to Murphy’s Law such as technique and mobility, but for many lifts your hands are the first point of contact and when this is the case you want to make sure that they are up for the cause.

Conditioning Your Hands Goes Beyond Grip Strength

Now I’m pretty sure the first thing that came to your mind when I started referring to the hands was grip strength. You would have made a really good guess and you would also have been partially right, but the truth is that I’m not referring to just grip strength alone when talking about conditioning your hands…case in point.

As you can see hand conditioning may involve a number of factors from making sure that you allow your grip strength to develop all while not becoming too dependent on other supports such as straps and gloves which will also inhibit the ability of your skin to develop calluses which are necessary for daily lifting.

Sure grip strength aids in this process, but tough skin is something that I’ve witnessed a lot of people go out of their way to avoid simply because they are soft. The way they go about doing this is that they become too dependent on straps and gloves and instead of using these devices as aids they become crutches for people that can’t function without their use of them.

The Importance Of Grip Strength

Now having pointed this out what is the importance of grip strength and what are some effective ways to go about strengthening our grip? Well there are a few ways to skin this cat my friend. Here’s why grip strength is important along with a few tips for you to improve yours.

As you can see you can achieve a strong grip by simply leveraging the use of some hex dumbbells, some plates, and by simply hanging from a pull up bar for time. The best ideas for optimal performance often end up being the simplest. It doesn’t take a lot to be effective and you can apply these strategies at the end of your training session to give yourself a good finisher for the day’s training.

What kind of hand conditioning do you do in order to ensure the strength and integrity of your hands?

Don’t be shy about letting us know by posting up in the comments section here below.

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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