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 soon-to-be released 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!