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#1 OFFLINE   Shooter77B50

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:54 AM

I need to focus a lot more on my thumbs.
Do you guys have any specific thumb exercises for starting out thumb training?

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:25 AM

pinchgripping, I use a Vulcan with thumbscrews attached, it works the thumbs real good! I've added a small plate that enables me to work both hands at once.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:11 AM

I used a pony clamp for awhile until I got a two hand and 1 hand pinch set up which works infinitely better

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:56 PM

I highly recommend Mighty Joe's thumb blaster. It does exactly what the name says.
I'm not sure if he still makes them, but if you PM him he could probably cook one up for you.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:38 PM

plate pinching is something that requires equipment that you probably already have or have access too... it can also be damned impressive.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

Pinching is something you can do alot of variations with, and you probably have everything already. Plate pinching 10s, 25s, 35s, etc. Hex weight dumbbells by the top, standing upright. Blocks of wood of different widths then an eyelet bolt and string to attach plates. Pony clamps. Anything you can pinch that is hard is an option.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:28 PM

Only thing I would add to the above is Titan's Telegraph Key. One drawback is the ability to body english a lift, but if you hold the business end up off the table, that ability goes away. I have seen slow, but steady gains with my DIY version. You have to be careful if you do negatives with it Kinney style, cuz those can be pretty intense.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

Only thing I would add to the above is Titan's Telegraph Key. One drawback is the ability to body english a lift, but if you hold the business end up off the table, that ability goes away. I have seen slow, but steady gains with my DIY version. You have to be careful if you do negatives with it Kinney style, cuz those can be pretty intense.


On a side note, I have noticed that my strength endurance compared to maximal strength on the TTK is ludicris. 32.5lbs is my 1RM, but I can do 25lbs for 20reps. Anyone else notice this?

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:17 PM


Only thing I would add to the above is Titan's Telegraph Key. One drawback is the ability to body english a lift, but if you hold the business end up off the table, that ability goes away. I have seen slow, but steady gains with my DIY version. You have to be careful if you do negatives with it Kinney style, cuz those can be pretty intense.


On a side note, I have noticed that my strength endurance compared to maximal strength on the TTK is ludicris. 32.5lbs is my 1RM, but I can do 25lbs for 20reps. Anyone else notice this?


Never tried a TTK but its the same with the GTz half penny and stub. The 1rm is so light that a few pounds under it is really easy.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:04 PM

Yep, you definitely have to break out the 2 1/2 lb plates.

I've also noticed that too much volume can really impact other lifts, so I try to not go crazy with it.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

2 1/2 lb plates....heck I have 1 1/4 lb plates! Can't count how many times i've seen people in comps experience night and day lifting abilities on GTz with just 1 lb. Grip nerd, guilty. :D

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:58 PM

I have plates down to 1/8 lbs for stuff like this. 1/8, 1/4, 5/8, etc. Very handy for microloading. Sold the TTK quite some time ago though. Built something different that I found much better for myself though I don't get around to using it as often as I prolly should.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:50 PM

I've got a bunch of different sized washers that I weighed with a kitchen scale. Close enough :)

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:33 PM



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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

The below link details the use of Gripboard member Joe Musselwhite's simple-to-make thumb strength device:



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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:57 AM

Here is something I made up that works really well, it's easy to build with stuff from around the house.

Parris pinch


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpklO4EkxsA


I love how he starts extending his thumb, almost like he's considering it.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

I used clamps and silicon ball. The ball if you use it correctly pump your thumbs very fast

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

I think it's important to do grip work that "moves". So much of what we do is isometric in nature - movement is healthy and works fulls ranges of motion better.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

I highly recommend Mighty Joe's thumb blaster. It does exactly what the name says.
I'm not sure if he still makes them, but if you PM him he could probably cook one up for you.


Only just seen this one. cant beleive this one slipped under the radar! absolutely ingenious. i love how you can train the thumb in any direction, and microload in seconds. All the movements seem to look really natural aswell, compared to my homemade TTK which can put my hands in a vulnerable position when i try to go heavier.

Another great thing about this tool is that it would be difficult to cheat on, like bwwm said about the TTK. Just like hand grippers are difficult to cheat on compared to floor grippers.

EDIT: gonna message Joe and see what he can do!

so glad i seen this post!

Cheers.

Edited by alexjones234, 07 December 2012 - 02:01 PM.