The one aspect of training that is forgotten in most training programs is grip development. The hands are our most important piece of natural human equipment and are extremely delicate. It is because of this fact that we need to improve our lower arm function immediately using safe methods. I know you want durable lower arms instead of suffering from crippling conditions such as carpel tunnel or even cubital tunnel syndrome. There is no reason to suffer when you can prevent it from happening.
* How can using something besides a dumbbell or a barbell increase grip strength?
Contrary to popular belief, there are infinite possibilities for sensible, result producing training. For example, most people that start this type of program use a medicine ball. In my professional opinion, the medicine ball is an excellent choice as a training implement.
It took me a while to build powerful hands and I can teach you how without hurting yourself in the process. First thing is to take away barbells and dumbbells in your training. Replace them with sandbags, kegs, barrels, and/or medicine balls if you have one. You’ll earn each repetition in each exercise that you do and the focus will always be your grasp on the implement.
Once again, you should simply replace the bar or dumbbell with an implement a go about your regular routine of exercise. A medicine ball is the most practical choice for people that train at home or in a commercial gym. You will feel the difference within your first minute of exercise know that the grip training is working. The flexor muscles that close the hand will be adequately stressed.
* What are important guidelines to follow in training my hands?
Training with a medicine ball certainly improves the lower arm flexor muscles through consistent grabbing. Immediately following your last exercise in the training session, you now need to focus on the opposing extensor muscles that open the hands. Something like a wrist roller which can be easily made or a leverage based tool like the Formulator is perfect for this. The extensor muscles are the backbones of the lower arms and are the key to eliminating wrist, hand, and lower arm injuries.
* I need a reminder of how to improve my lower arms and prevent injuries?
1. Use bags of sand, kegs, barrels, and medicine balls instead of barbells and dumbbells.
2. Train forearm extensor muscles with a wrist roller.
3. Rest when tired and do not overwork.