And to them, it probably was! Or close to it, anyway.
Anyway, I’ve spoken a lot about GRIP training in previous emails (as well as moving yours truly’s couch a few emails ago if you’ve been paying close attention my friend) and why it’s not only the most overlooked part of most people’s training, but why it’s also (along with CORE training) the MOST important part of your routine!
Along with leg and back work of course, and the great thing is?
That grip training goes GREAT with all of the above. And indeed, it’s hard to get in a real grip workout (unless you’re using TOOLS for the grip such as grippers or “rollers” which are great, but still do NOT even begin to hold a candle to the REAL stuff such as what I mention in the Gorilla Grip compilation for one – – truly one for the ages, and one you grip afficiandos will want to grab NOW – or even if you just want that kung fu like grip that “pulls people towards you” on auto pilot and has people shaking their heads in sheer AWE at the RAW FORCE you can exert without even thinking about it!).
Now, THAT was a rant and a half, and a long sentence!! LOL.
Anyway, that aside, I believe I’ve gone over plenty of reasons as to why I say what I do , and before getting into them yet again, a bit of a story.
Years ago, my ex made the following comment to her Dad (we lost him to the China plague recently – sad!).
“There were two guys, Dad, and they moved that damn couch as if it was nothing!”
(Remember, this was when I was 19, and certainly wasn’t in the best of shape!!)
Myself, a friend and her Dad had tried to budge that damned grandfather sofa, green in color and a humungous one at that up and down flights of stairs (just one, actually!) UNSUCCESFULLY before that.
Rueben, a friend of mine shook his head.
“Damn! You’ll have to get some guys to move THIS ONE!” I remember him telling me!
And while I moved a version of a grandfather couch a while back, and barely felt it (hell, the ease with which I rolled that damn thing up stairs and manhandled it through doorways at angles etc surprised even me!) I certainly hadn’t done anything like that back then, and when I tried?
I flopped miserably as you might expect.
“One of them was Rahul’s size, and the other was much taller”, she continued .
And he was. I still remember the wiry looking dudes, but especially the smaller guy who was RIPPED, and those corded forearms were what stood out!
They were doing thi spart time, of course, for a few extra bucks during off time (yours truly worked the computer labs back then for extra income).
Yes, as I told my daughter the other night.
“I’m a jock on occasion and a bonafide NERD sometimes!” 😉 And it’s true. I am – still!!
Anyway . . .
Point of me mentioning this is obvious.
I still remember the ease with which these two guys simply pinch gripped the damned thing, moved it down a flight of stairs, into the U haul I was driving, and then back up another flight of stairs, and then through a narrow ass doorway into the new apartment.
I remember shaking hands with the dude, and the smaller guy had an especially powerful grip!
And that along with the other incident I mentioned years ago when a 6’1” tennis player nigh on almost crushed my already mangled hand (wrist) was probably was set the foundations for TODAY and as for today, well, you know me, the Gorilla Grip guy!
Anyway, grip training is usually often ignored in favor of pec pumping and ridiculous booby building, and let me tell you, there is NOTHING (to me) stupider than a mammoth gut hanging down to your balls (or, well, ) . . . and straining away at the bench station . . . and having a grip weaker than a schoolkid (believe me, some of the guys I’ve seen . . . !!!).
And it’s not just stupid. It’s functionally USELESS is that type of training.
How often in life do you have to lie on your back, move nothing at all except a heavy weight using “just your pecs”.
Thought so my friend.
And even if you aren’t interested in real strength (believe me, train the grip right and you’ll better your performance radically even during the boobybuilding) or crushing applies with your bare hands like Dan Hodge did, or havin forearms that pop like Stallone’s, or just good old fashioned (in my case) kung fu like grips, a strong grip can SAVE YOUR LIFE someday.
Not to mention people you love, and I’ve mentioned Sig Klein’s example before on numerous occasions as well as the sale page for the book above haven’t I?
Bottom line – if you aren’t already training the grip hard, hard hard then start today my friend.
And do so the RIGHT WAY!!
And thank me later if you so choose, hehe.
PS – Or, do a few pull-ups with me! 😉
PS #2 – And as far as core goes? Hell yeah, one of the most important parts of the body to train, and HERE is the ONE and ONLY course that will get you ripped quicker than you can say “Hallejullah!” – Corrugated CORE. Yes, the name STANDS up to its reputation!! Think elbows bouncing off like on walls!!