Well the answer is clear: Grip, Grip, Grip, Grip, Grip, Grip and you guessed it, more Grip. For years most of us improvised by using the barrels from old barbells or other scrap material as opposed to spending thousands of dollars on fat bars and fat dumbbells. But no matter how you accomplish it, fat grip work, well…works. For those that don’t care why it makes you look like a monster, click the link below to purchase a set of Fat Gripz that will turn any standard grip barbell or dumbbell into a fat bar, for less than $40. That might sound like a lot for some of you, so I will give perspective.
1. A fat bar will cost you about $1500.
2. A descent Creatine or Protein powder will cost you about $40 for a months supply.
3. When I purchased my first set of Fat Gripz (I have 2 pair now), I had 16.25″ arms and a 48″ chest…6 weeks after I received them I had 17.5″ arms and a 49.5″ chest. Other than the normal workout progressions that I always change, nothing else was different other than the fat gripz.
4. No creatine or protein powder ever put a permanent, 1.5″ on anything in 6 weeks for me (or anyone else that I know that has worked out for more than 6 weeks).
For those that want to know why fat gripz work makes you stronger and bigger, the answer is actually complicatedly simple. The nervous system. The first part is that a weak muscle group (which grip almost always is a weak link), creates an inhibition in stronger muscle groups. By resolving the weakness, other muscles will respond with added strength and growth, as induced by the nervous system. The second part of the equation is that as grip strength improves, it will allow you to push other muscle groups harder (when using regular grip), again adding more strength and size. This is not the primary mechanism of action however, as many of you will notice that you grow the most during phases of fat grip only work, which will actually require you to lift less weight than normal.
Fat gripz warm ups are also great to aid in eliciting Post Tetanic Potentiation in the griping muscle before doing a grip intensive workout. For example, try warming up with fat grip deadlifts before regular grip deadlifts. You will find yourself able to hold more weight for more sets before your grip begins to wear out. After finishing all of your regular grip deadlifts, move back to the fat gripz for a few more sets to improve your grip further. After only a few weeks you start seeing substantial muscle growth and you will start busting through strength plateaus with no problem…and your friends will start avoiding your hand shake.
I promise you that if you include fat grip work into your workouts on a regular basis, you will see results. If you don’t, there is a good chance that you are not actually a human…..