Convict Conditioning author Paul Wade once noted that if you ask anyone – from little kid to full-grown adult – to flex a muscle, they will all instinctively lift up their arm and flex their biceps at you.
Never mind the fact that they’re not even remotely close to being the biggest muscles in your body, the arms are THE symbol of no BS, real-world strength – and for good reason.
While our legs may propel us through the world, our core may stabilize us and work along with our legs to move our upper body, it is the ARMS that allow us to reach out and manipulate the world around us – for everything from grappling with prey on a hunt to fighting off invading armies to creating human civilization as we know it.
As such, it should come as no surprise that throughout history, one of the most prized forms of strength has always been GRIP strength.
Strong hands not only make you more useful, more imposing, and harder to kill, but they also allow you to exert your will upon the world around you – including your will to positively dominate any and all of your kettlebell and calisthenics goals.
And yet paltry few kettlebell and calisthenics fanatics even bother to train their grip.
The result is:
- Fewer PRs
- More plateaus, frustration, and long-term stagnation during what SHOULD be the best years of your training life
- More wrist, elbow, and even shoulder discomfort that can derail your training for weeks and sometimes longer, further setting back progress that should have been yours for the taking
Well, friendo, I’m here to assure you it doesn’t have to be that way.
One of the finest methods I know for increasing your strength is to fill the gaps in your development – and in the modern era there is arguably no gap larger and more imposing than our lack of grip strength.
My 21-day challenge Kung Fu Grip aims to fix that.
In this challenge you will learn:
- Why direct grip work might be your ‘missing link’ to adding preposterous poundages to and eye-popping power to your military presses, pullups, snatches, and even squats – so you can lay waste to your previous PRs and erect brand new ones in their place
- Why old-school, no-BS grip training has long been the key to raw strength and brute power – and how restoring yours just might be the key you need to unlock untold amounts of physical strength and unfettered vitality
- The folly of mainstream grip-building advice – and why farmer’s carries and hanging (as epic as they are) are NOT the best choices for building a vice-like grip
- How direct grip work that makes ample use of the natural design of your hand can pack power into your mitts so raw and real that even your heaviest kettlebells may just start feeling like toys in your hands
- Why even open-handed calisthenics drills like pushups, one-arm pushups, handstand pushups, and more can majorly benefit from a precipitous boost in lower-arm power
- The outright SCARY connection between weak grip and increased risk of mortality – and how building your grip may not prevent various diseases and disorders, but may provide a much-needed hedge against them.
- Why you MUST ditch low-rep training if you ever want to have any hope of forging brutish forearms and a vice grip to crush your plateaus and forge bold new PRs
- The shocking connection between a weak grip and poor shoulder health – and why a flaccid hands can spell disaster for the most delicate and articulate joints in your body
- The Big 3 elements of your grip that are so effective at crafting next-level powerful grip and forearms your friends and family just might accuse you of taking steroids
- The farm tool that US President Abraham Lincoln used to forge a grip so uncompromisingly strong that no soldier in the Union Army was able to match!
- How to use a few books, a belt, a light kettlebell, and household items like hammers, axes, or cast-iron pans to forge a grip so powerful your hands almost can’t HELP but power up to new and exciting heights
- The grip strength-testosterone connection
- A done-for-you 21-day grip-boosting protocol that will kickstart your journey and may just revitalize your training for months or even years to come
- Much, much more!
The cost for this challenge is just $37.
Plus, to sweeten the deal, I’m also including the original bonuses that came with it for those who pre-ordered, including:
- The Black Book of Kettlebell Grip and Forearm Strength Secrets – a secret collection of some of my favorite, little-known, and downright dastardly grip and forearm-forging kettlebell drills to mold a mighty set of mitts with nothing but your lightest kettlebells and a few household items ($38 value)
- Super Strength Shortcuts – a no-holds-barred guide showing you how to use avant garde modifications to your favorite kettlebell and calisthenics exercises as well as little-known grip and forearm drills to radically ratchet up your upper body strength so quickly and effectively you’ll wonder how you ever did without them ($36 value)
- The Bottom’s Up Crash Course – My definitive guide to mastering one of the most unique and undertrained elements of the kettlebell world: bottom’s up kettlebell lifts. Learn how to launch your strength through the stratosphere and beyond, and turn your smaller kettlebells into turbo boosters to magnify and amplify your presses, squats, cleans, snatches, and more. ($39 value)
And lest you need some time to think it over, let the words of the folks who took the challenge when it originally came out:
I’ve been getting great results from kung fu grip.
As you may recall, I’ve got my instructor grading coming up for… kung fu!
I’ve got a few old injuries from heavy martial arts training, mountain biking, street luging (yes, for real).
Both elbows and my right wrist had been starting to give me a lot of grief, especially as part of my grading involves swords and staff which, as you can imagine, can take a toll on wrists and elbows. It was getting to the point that shaking hands with people was getting pretty bad.
Within one session they were starting to feel better. A week in they are feeling well on the path to healing.
Rows, chin ups and kb cleans are all feeling easier. The wrist is nearly pain free when crawling now. Picking up a heavy skillet doesn’t feel life threatening anymore.
The pinching exercise in particular is of huge benefit, especially to the saddle joint of the thumb and the extensor origins at the elbow.
Thank you for an awesome challenge! I heartily recommend it to anyone struggling with pain or weakness.
I thought I’d also give some feedback on your kung fu grip program. I’ve incorporated the bulk of the techniques into my ongoing training, which has really helped some chronic elbow and wrist issues. On top of that, I got some good feedback last night at kung fu training. We were practising some weapons techniques and my training partner, who is a pretty strong dude, said to me that ‘your grip is insane!’ This was after an early session of some pretty heavy kettlebell work which I thought had left me pretty fatigued.
Loving the program! Huge fan of the grip work, as it seems to supercharge my strength work and undo the effects of sitting / typing / texting.
- Josh Wang
I’m loving the program. I’ve been plagued with golfer’s elbow for the past year or so. I’ve found the source of the problem but the main culprit was a combination of getups and hyperextending my elbow.
I’ve found that specifically the radial/ulnar and rotation exercise feel great. I’ve traditionally had fairly strong grip overall, but I’m finding that my upper body is feeling much stronger and more “responsive” if that makes sense. This program, along with “Dawn of the Deadbug” has had a huge impact on making my body feel more connected and powerful. I love it.
– Tyler Morgan
I’m going to start my last week of the grip program on Thursday, so I haven’t really tested anything. Rather than adding kung fu grip toa KB program, I made more of a strategic choice by trying to sure up my two biggest upper body weaknesses at the same time. So I’m doing kung fu grip in conjunction with Kick SASS.
Last time we consulted I was complaining about wrist pain in the handstand. I know a handstand cue is to grip the floor and I never understood what that meant, but now my hands are strong enough to…grip the floor, which takes the pressure off of my wrists. So my handstand is getting strong, fast. The SASS strength coupled with hand/wrist strength has been really unbelievable.
I went from being able to hold a kick-up handstand for a breath or two, to being able to hold the handstand for 7-8 slow breaths. I also went from not being able to do any hspu, to somewhere between two halves to two depending on how strict you are… but without training handstand at all, and still with a week left in both programs. I’m psyched! The next step is to take on that rope!
- Josh Boccechiamp
My wrists and forearms feel brand new and my recurring elbow pain (working in the concrete industry is not exactly friendly on the joints) has run screaming into the hills to hopefully never return. I’ve noticed improvements in all my upper body movements from feeling solid and latched onto the pull up bar to secure and grounded in my handstand push ups while my kettlebell presses feel locked in and strong.
Another great challenge that once finished I will incorporate elements into my daily routine alongside my crawls and deadbugs from previous challenges.
Cheers mate and keep up the awesome work.
- Craig Lock
Just finnished the kung fu grip challenge this week. I am not only feeling stronger, the workouts where fun! I loved the exercises.
The bonus materials for continous training, amazing! i really enjoy the books with links to how you perform the exercises.
Next step: Get some fat gripz and more of your courses for overall superstrength and health:)
Thank you for amazing content and for making it available online.
With much appreciation
If you’re tired of having to tap out in your workouts, throw in the towel, and listen to that nagging internal voice in your head tell you “You’re just getting old; maybe you’re as strong as you’re gonna get and you just have to accept it,” it may be time to take up arms against your weakness and beef up the secret weapon you never knew you had: your grip.