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Lessons Learned

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I was just thinking it's a good time to add a "lessons learned" for members to contribute what they have learned that they can pass on. If we get enough member contributions, I'll pin it in the FAQ forum. Let's go for 100 entries as a first goal. Order doesn't matter, so just reply away at will with what you would like to share as a "lesson learned". Oh yeah, no debate on the lessons good or bad. This is a sharing exercise. :)

I'll start.

Make sure you develop your overall grip strength. Don't become a one dimensional.

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Here's my 2nd one:

Don't neglect wrist strength.

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And a third.

Make sure you do some extensor work.

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Build a solid foundation, and the end product will be much stronger.

Take your time and do it right. This isn't a race.

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Train grippers with a wide set or no set!

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Work on your weaknesses!

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Train yourself so your biggest weakness is also your greatest strength. This is true not only in grip or lifting but everything else in life.

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Don't be close minded about training, but also train smart, listen to your body/hands. Always look to change it up intellegently.

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It's an old saying but fits in here as well. "If you always do what you've always done; you'll always get what you always got.

Edited by climber511

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Don't neglect your total body work and think you're going to develop a great grip. It just doesn't work that way.

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Recovery during training is a good thing

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Find a training partner! You can help each other stay motivated

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Reps do not equal strength... intensity does!, Work the thumb..it's half your grip. Overwork and too frequent training bouts shorten grip careers, Supporting or holding strength is the most needed, applied grip strength componant in sports AND every day life. RS

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Progress = Consistency + Intensity

Give it your absolute all each and every time. Never finish a workout saying, "I wish I put more into that last set." Do it to it, get it done, and enjoy the benefits of your hard labor.

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Heavy Deadlifts (should be done by all) before bending will give you PR's.

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Extensor work & finger walking "both directions." are very,very,very,very important.

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..seek the knowledge of those whom have walk the path u desire....

peace,

burner

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set goals both short term and long term

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For a shot in the grip, work your regular workout first before your grip work. Squats, deads, press, curls, etc. A good nervous system stimulation.

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Make sure you train compound grip exercises which work the entire hand and thumb regularly, such as pinching and thickbar lifts. You must not neglect any minor exercise either, develop all the small muscles in the forearm to a maximum and you will avoid injuries. That will mean plenty of wrist and extensor work. Try different things to see what you like and don't be afraid to think for yourself. Don't give up when progress stops. Experiment(a lot!). Most importantly, have fun!

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Stop constantly going for max attempts at everything. Devise a training plan and work that plan, the max attempts can come after you have trained properly for them!

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Dont get too specific. Remember that there are countless things in the world that will make your hands strong, not just grippers and pinching heavy wide things. Goals have certain paths, and if closing a gripper, for example, is one of them, then grippers you will have to close. But a strong hand is more then being able to close a gripper and getting strong hands takes more then just closing a gripper.

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dont be afraid to mix it up and try something new

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