Stronger Grip, Stronger Lifts

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Most men only care about their grip during a handshake. Turns out, they should be focusing on it during workouts, too. "If you've neglected your grip, you could be holding yourself back in the weight room," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of musclemorphosis.com. "The stronger your mitts, the more weight you can lift and the longer you can hold it." Want to know where your grip falls on the spectrum of wimpy to bone crushing? Put your grip strength to the test with this pinch-grip farmer's carry.

Here's how it works: Grab the tops of two 25-pound weight plates in a pinch grip using just your fingertips, and walk for as long as possible. "It'll tax your grip," says Durkin. "But if you do this regularly, it'll also strength it—which will make you stronger in almost every lift." Durkin held the weights for 1 minute and 18 seconds. What was your time? Let us know in the comments below.