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Benefits of Hand Grip Exercises

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author image David Benjamin
Based in the Greater New York area, David Benjamin is a veteran of the fitness industry of over 15 years. He is coauthor of "The Business and Practice of Personal Training" and has lectured to countless fitness professionals. Benjamin holds a degree in physical education from the State University of New York, Cortland.
Benefits of Hand Grip Exercises
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Overview

Grip strength is an important component of athletics as well as most everyday tasks. According to Bison Strength, grip strength can be divided into several types. Crushing strength would be used to squeeze the juice from a lemon. Pinching strength would be used to carry a wooden plank with one hand. Support gripping strength would be used for endurance tasks like carrying a bag. Grip strength can be addressed by squeezing rubber balls or spring-loaded grippers and holding weights for time intervals.

Increased Forearm Muscularity

Your fingers are controlled by muscles located in your forearms. The closing of your hand is controlled by your forearm flexors, while the opening of your hand is controlled by the forearm extensors. Building your hand strength also builds and thickens these muscles, giving your forearms a strong, powerful appearance.

Increased Hand Strength

Grip training strengthens your fingers, wrists and forearms. Improved gripping strength produces faster results in the gym because you are able to hold onto heavy weights. In sports requiring the use of a racquet or bat, you’ll be able to swing it harder without losing your grip. Grip strength, according to the American Council on Exercise, is especially important for sports like climbing and gymnastics, which often require you to support your own body weight with your grip.

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Hand Endurance

When you increase the amount of force your hands can apply, you also increase your endurance during instances where your hands must apply force for longer periods of time. If you need to carry bags or suitcases for long periods of time, you won't need to worry about losing your grip due to fatigue.

Improved Dexterity

Some grip exercises can be used to build your fingers independently. Musicians like violin and guitar players need the ability to apply pressure with each individual finger. Musicians will often build their grips using spring-loaded grip tools with separate springs for each finger. Improved dexterity also helps improve typing.

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