The Problem With Your Weak Grip and How to Change It

Jeff Baldelli
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It’s easy to spot someone with a weak grip.

Walk into any public gym and you’ll see two types of people: those with strong and those with weak grips. These are your casual gym goers who go and work out once or twice a week.

The ones with weak grips are the ones struggling to curl relatively light weights.

Their forearms beave, their faces contort and strain, and their grips turn into white knuckles.

Meanwhile, you can see someone like me lifting with a completely different energy level.

You look and wonder how I’m able to lift so many more kilos. They conclude that I have specially trained forearm muscle fibers.

But the truth is, I have no such thing. I have just trained myself to have a stronger grip.

How to Change Your Grip Strength

The first thing to understand is that grip strength comes from several different muscle groups.

The first two to recognize are the biceps and wrists.

Why?

Because many people do curl work with their wrists.

But that’s not the main source of grip strength. The biceps is only half the fight. Another important muscle is the brachioradialis, which is primarily used in pressing movements.

So where’s the problem here?

I was a Personal Trainer for 6 years. During my first training session with a client, they have always commented how weak my grip is, even if I have been doing weight training. In spite of my confidence in discussing reasons behind their obesity, stress, injuries and improper posture, it never made much of an impact because I would have to bear their tightened faces and criticism because of my pumped up muscles, rounded shoulder and what appears to be like a strong grip.

When there’s a problem about how you look, you do something about it and that’s what I did. I started lifting weights at home hoping that I can get the V-shape sculpted to my body, but the problem was not in the bulging muscles.

After 6 years of being a trainer, I still had muscles hanging around the triceps area and just below the shoulder.

What Contributed to My Weak Grip

The answer is simple! Since I was in my late forties (yes, I was a very late bloomer) and started weight training, my aerobic capacity (also known as VO2Max) fell by 20-25%.