My good friend Charlie Lysak once grabbed my trapezius from behind. He was sitting in the back seat. I was teasing him about his strength training – I think I said something like, “I saw you picked up that heavy rock. That’s a practical skill.”
As I started laughing, he grabbed and squeezed my trap so tightly I thought the muscle was going to rip. I winced and tapped. Shhh, do not repeat that!
His grip strength was sick.
Aside from a ton of amazing strongman stuff he was doing, one of his favorite exercises was using handgrips – specifically Captains of Crush from Ironmind.
I immediately got a pair.
You know me…I ALWAYS think about how any movement or exercise relates to personal safety and self-defense.
I don’t train for cosmetics, I train for combatives.
I began exploring and experimenting with grip routines to improve speed and power for striking.
I focused on kinesthetic perception.
I played with tension to achieve optimal explosiveness – I figured out to intentionally only clench my fist just prior to imagined impact. That was a game-changer!
This is not how most people throw punches!
I filmed some of this for you in the video below. I share some pretty cool concepts and I know if you integrate them, you will improve your striking speed and make your hands and wrist more resilient.
In the video, I also share a super interesting story about the power of grip strength (that’s a pun and metaphor). More importantly, I share ideas on how to get started.
Let me know what you think.
As always, I appreciate you and your interest in my approach to training.
👇BONUS INSIGHTS BELOW!👇
BONUS: My intuitive training protocol led to an accidental, but serendipitous discovery: My hands became incredibly resilient and strong that I could punch really fast and hard without needing to make a full fist.
I was able to contract the extensor chain and connect the right amount of tension from my forearms through my hands which controlled my wrist flexion. (I demo this in the video.)
This amazing discovery allowed me to conserve speed when striking (when you clench your fist, you activate antagonistic muscles) during sports training or street scenarios.
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