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Better Grip


Your Body Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link

Grip can be holding back the whole body’s strength development.

The reason is most barbells and dumbbells are easy to grip.   After you’ve been training for a while you’ll start to plateau. Could your grip be holding back the whole body’s strength development?

“The body is only as strong as its weakest link. Weakness in the forearms and wrists will limit how hard you can work your arms and the rest of your upper body.” Dr Mauro Di Pasquale, author of The Anabolic Solution, former Medical Director of the World Body- building Federation and former World Powerlifting Champion.

Your body is programmed to stay in proportion – so weak forearms will slow your muscular development. Your body’s natural reaction is to prevent imbalance and injury. So if you’re lacking strength in your grip and forearms your body stops you from increasing in strength and size.

Having a strong grip will increase your body’s potential to break through plateaus and develop all muscles in your body.

The most effective way to increase your grip and forearm strength is training with thick bars.

To develop maximum muscle size and strength, “Using a thick-handled bar is one of the very best things you can do to develop maximum muscular size and strength. It develops levels of upper body power virtually incomprehensible to those who train only with regular bars.” Brooks Kubik, author of legendary training manual Dinosaur Training and holder of over 12 US and world records in the bench press.

Reasons to Train with at Fat Grip Bar:

1. You’ll spread the weight more evenly across your body

When you first use a fat grip bar you may notice that there’s less pressure on joints like your wrists, elbows and shoulders. By using a wider grip on the bar, you’re actually spreading the weight more evenly across your joints.

This helps you:

A. Decrease the risk of injury – Because the weight’s spread evenly, there’s less pressure on individual joints like your wrists or elbows.

B. Lift more weight – And allow your core muscles to lift the weight efficiently and effectively. (What’s more, with fewer injuries, you’ll be able to train more consistently and make quicker gains).

2. You’ll increase muscle activation

When you use Fat Grip Bars, you engage your hands and forearms more than with a regular bar. So that means by working your hands and forearms harder, you’re increasing the muscle activation – and
strengthening your upper arms, shoulders, chest and back. Your hands, forearms and upper arms are forced to work harder, helping to increase their strength and size.

3. You’ll eliminate imbalances

Every exercise you do with fat grip bars will help to strengthen your grip, hands and forearms. And by eliminating these weak links, you’re unlocking bigger strength and muscle increases in your whole body.

Because our bodies are programmed to stay in proportion, the brain actually stops your arms, chest, shoulders and back developing – until your hands and forearms catch up. You can keep on training regardless – but you’ll hit a plateau.