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Do You Train Crush, Pinch, Support, and Wrist in Cycles?

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Onerepman

When you are trying to advance in one thing in particular (i.e. grippers), do you also schedule training days for pinch, support, and wrist work during the week?

 

I am currently trying to close a CoC No. 3 (I am able to close about an RGC of 135 MMS, 128 CCS.) Though I am progressing in my crush strength, I feel like there aren't enough days in the week for me to train my pinch, support, AND wrist work while also granting me sufficient time to recover. I feel like I am able to do two out of four without too much of a problem. Should I just focus on two aspects of grip during a given week for a cycle (say 8 weeks?) Then on the next 8 week cycle I would focus on support and wrist. Or should I try to incorporate these four aspects of grip training during the week albeit in less intense training sessions?

 

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DarkStars

Personally I do them all within the same cycle but yes, you could split your training into blocks - if you want to specialise in a specific area. Your overall goal will affect this also - are you just interested in closing big grippers or increasing the weight of a deadlift that you can hold onto also etc.

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Onerepman
8 minutes ago, DarkStars said:

Personally I do them all within the same cycle but yes, you could split your training into blocks - if you want to specialise in a specific area. Your overall goal will affect this also - are you just interested in closing big grippers or increasing the weight of a deadlift that you can hold onto also etc.

My immediate goal is to certify as a Captain of Crush, so closing big grippers is a priority. I personally think an 8-12 week cycle of training crush and pinch should be sufficient (any longer and I will be plateau-ing.)

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Aleksandar Milosevic

The only thing I personally cannot fit into training is crush grip/closed hand support. Injuries are imminent when I add that back with my thick bar and pinch. 

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