HOW TO GRIP

HOW TO GRIP

Hey bro…

Let’s jump straight in!

The bar…

As in the barbell.

The dumbbells.

Let me ask you something…

How hard do you grip when you’re lifting weights?

Shifting tin!

Do you grip tight?

Do you grip loose?

Do you even care?

Have you even thought about it before?

Let me tell you…

You should think about it!

Why?

Because it has a direct impact on your weight lifting experience.

Because if you are a bodybuilder, athlete or strong man, it has a direct impact on your performance and results.

From a physical perspective…

A body perspective…

A tighter grip builds exactly that…

Grip strength.

Forearm strength.

Force strength.

It makes you more compact and makes you feel tighter.

Makes you feel stronger.

But this comes with a sacrifice…

Movement.

Flow.

With an example of a clean and press…

If you watch a strong man clean and press a huge weight…

He picks it up and with nothing more than pure grip, strength and force, he gets it up.

Its advantage is it gets the job done!

Nothing fancy just get it up and down.

Disadvantage is it’s not energetically efficient from a movement perspective.

A tight grip also creates a tight and compact body.

Great for a bodybuilder!

But a tight and compact body is also solid and dense.

Not great for an athlete!

No movement.

No flow.

So it has its advantages and disadvantages physically.

What about a loose grip.

A looser grip means you are relying more on the movement to do the work.

Less force…

Less strength…

More power!

You are foregoing the added strength of the grip which means the power of the movement has to compensate.

Back to our example of a clean and press…

You will see a CrossFit athlete rely more on the power of the movement rather than the sheer grip and force.

He will have a looser grip than the strong man.

You lose some strength and tension in the body…

The armour…

But you gain power.

So advantages and disadvantages to both from a physical perspective.

But is this the only reason why you should think about it?

Is that why grip is important?

Is it purely physical?

Let’s look deeper!

Most of us are every day men hitting the gym because we enjoy it and want to let go of the stress of the world.

We are not bodybuilders, athletes or strong men…

So what about the every day man.

YOU!

What do you know about grip strength?

Why does it matter to us?

Have you stopped to think about its importance to your training?

Your experience with the weights?

Maybe even your experience of life?

What?

How can grip strength affect my every day life Tane?

Let’s go deeper… 🐰

In fact let’s just get to it!

Do you want to know why grip strength is so important to your experience of life?

Well alright then!

First of all…

Grip strength is important because it’s a detail.

What do I mean?

Understand this…

People don’t pay enough attention to the details!

The details are everything!

The details are the small, intricate matters and principles that only one type of person takes notice of.

What type of person takes notice of the details?

Simple…

A conscious one!

To truly live in this world in an awakened state…

A conscious state…

You must remain conscious!

Easier said than done.

The world is always trying to draw you in…

Tempt you into unconscious, mind based and controlled behavior.

In order to remain in control of your perception…

In control of your experience of the experience…

You must practice consciousness.

Hold yourself accountable to all of your decisions…

And become aware of all of the details.

Notice everything!

The universe is constantly communicating with you.

Giving you signs…

Sending you signals.

If you pay attention…

You will pick up on their vibe.

You will resonate with their vibration.

If you remain conscious…

Pay attention to the details…

You will become a master of reading the signs.

You will become a master of seeing the way that the universe communicates through numbers and patterns.

(Hint, hint! 😜).

So what does this have to do with gripping the bar Tane?

Haha!

I’m with you bro don’t worry.

When you are in the gym…

You are actually in one of your more conscious states…

Even if you are a deeply unconscious person.

You have made the conscious decision to go and better yourself through movement for starters…

And then while you are there…

The process of training and raising your vibrational frequency through the movement…

Well it will naturally raise your level of consciousness.

Make you more aware.

Bring you into the present moment.

In this present moment…

While you are weight lifting and in a more conscious state…

It is a great time to practice noticing the details!

Paying attention to everything you do!

This will help you to practice the mindset that is required for you to master your reality outside of the gym.

Notice the details in the gym…

And you will begin to notice them outside of the gym!

Gripping the bar and noticing how hard you grip the bar is a great place to start.

Like I said it has a direct correlation to results for a bodybuilder, athlete or strongman.

But maybe you are not one of those identities.

Most of you will not be one of those identities.

For the every day man, the gym is a place to release tension and increase yang energy.

But it is also a place of higher consciousness and awareness.

You may not have noticed…

But during physical training you will become more internal and more present.

More conscious!

Notice the details in your more present and conscious state…

And you will replicate the habit outside of the gym too!

Now alongside this…

The detail of how hard you grip the bar is important for another reason.

It is an indication of how you live your life.

When you lift weights…

Do you grip the bar really tight and tense up?

If you do what is this telling you?

I’ll tell you…

Your tight, tense grip tells you that in order to move that weight…

You like to use force!

You like to force your way through the process!

Get it done!

Up…

Down…

Crash!

Wooooo!

There’s the pump!

You force your way through the experience…

Through the lift.

If that’s how you grip…

With tension…

With force.

How do you live your life?

I bet it’s in the same way.

You force your way through…

Get it done.

Get from A to B.

No regard for the journey or the experience of life…

You just want to get to where you want to be.

Okay…

There’s nothing wrong with that.

That’s one way of doing it.

Now let’s look at another type of grip.

Maybe you grip the bar really softly and just hope for the best?

You walk up to that bar…

You take hold…

And you just hope you pull or push your way to the rep count you have in mind.

Very loose…

Very unsure.

You know what I’m going to say next don’t you?

I bet if that’s how you grip the bar…

That’s how you live your life!

You take hold…

And do exactly that.

Hold on for dear life.

Hope that you make it from A to B without messing up…

Or getting hurt.

You are unsure…

Maybe even a worrier.

You don’t expect much.

So you don’t hold on too tight…

Get your hopes up…

Commit to anything.

That way you can’t get hurt.

Hmmm…

Okay.

The safe option.

That’s another way of doing it.

Don’t grip too tight…

Hope for the best.

Two different approaches to gripping the bar.

Gripping the dumbbells.

Gripping the weights.

Which one are you bro?

Do you grip tight and force your way through?

Or do you grip loose and hope that the flow of life will carry you through?

The thing is…

Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Just like they do physically on performance and result for a bodybuilder, athlete or strongman.

You may not be one of these…

But you go to the gym don’t you?

So you need to know how to grip!

It’s an important detail…

And it teaches you a lot about yourself.

Grip too hard and you know that you are using too much force.

You force the weight…

Like you force life!

You need to loosen up and trust that the power…

Consciousness …

The flow of life will carry you through.

You don’t have to force everything.

It’s okay to trust the process.

Rely on energy and internal power too!

On the other side..

Gripping loosely.

Gripping the weight and hoping for the best…

Holding on and hoping life works out!

What does this say about you?

Well it’s all well and good going with the flow of life and trusting the process…

But you’ve got to take action too!

You’ve got to believe in yourself and meet the universe half way…

Through action!

What you need will find you but only if you go and meet it.

Action!

You can’t rely on something or someone else to do it for you.

Sitting and waiting will not work.

Hoping for the best will not work.

Life lives through us…

But we have to meet it half way!

So a loose grip is too weak…

A tight grip is too strong!

Well what’s correct then?

What’s the best way to grip?

What’s the best way to live?!

Time for the answer…

You have been patient enough.

As with everything in life…

Finding balance is always the ultimate goal.

When you grip that bar…

The answer is to find a balance.

Find your balanced grip.

It will be unique to you.

Everyone has different grip strengths remember!

But your balanced grip should be your equilibrium of tight and loose.

Tight enough to generate the force you need to move the weight…

But at the same time…

Loose enough to generate the power and flow you need to energise it’s movement.

It is a fine balance.

One that will be unique to you.

But at least now you know.

You grip the bar with balance.

With a balanced mindset.

A balanced approach.

Not too tight…

Not too loose.

Perfect balance for you and your body.

It’s a detail…

But as we have learnt…

The details are very important!

Who’d have thought this detail…

How hard you grip the bar…

The dumbbells…

The weights!

Who’d have thought it could tell us so much about ourselves and the way we live.

Well…

Now you know.

Knowledge is power!

Next time you’re in the gym…

Take notice of this detail.

Take notice of your grip.

Take notice of what you learn from it.

Then…

You will find you take notice of a lot more than just what’s happening in the gym!

It’s important for performance in the gym sure…

But most of us aren’t actually in the gym to perform.

We are there to escape the external…

By going internal.

The exercise…

The movement creates this state of awareness.

This state of consciousness.

By paying attention to the details…

Paying attention to how you grip the bar…

You will start to take notice.

You will start to become conscious of how you feel and where you need to tighten up or let go.

The way we train…

Is a reflection of our personality.

The way we grip…

Is a reflection of how we live.

Is it time to adjust your grip? ✊

Tane

 

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