The Importance of Grip Strength in Combat Sports

Grip strength is one of the most important yet most overlooked aspect of building an absolute killer. Whether it’s controlling the wrist or ankle, safeguarding you from injury, or even help you lift heavier and build up more strength in the preparation stages of a fight.

First of all, some benefits of training your grip. It’s not rocket science. There’s an age old saying in sports, ‘You’re only as strong as your grip’. This is true because you can most likely deadlift more than you can actually grip. Your grip strength is likely holding you back from becoming stronger in your entire body. Something else to think about is injury prevention. Hand and wrist injuries are not uncommon in combat sports. However, grip work will strengthen the connective tissue, muscles, and even increase bone density in the forearm. Not to mention, if your wrist is strong you’re less likely to injure your hand due to the increased ability to keep your wrist straight.

Did I mention training grip gives you a good firm handshake? Gotta represent, right? Nothing conveys a weak personality like a weak handshake. Grip strength, as well as being incredibly functional, it’s aesthetically pleasing too. Working on your grip builds bigger, stronger looking, veiny, roll-up-the-sleeves-worthy forearms. A symbol of power, intimidation points towards your opponent.

Now, the three main types of grip strength. The crush grip, which is generally referred to as grip, is the grip used to grab a limb. It is classified as any grip in which the object being gripped rests against the palm and and all fingers.

Next, the pinch grip. This one is less functional for mixed martial arts, but is still important to train to build up the forearms for injury prevention and general strength in the forearms. It’s like brushing your teeth. You’re teeth don’t instantly become whiter after just one brush, but over time they become shades whiter after regular use. Pinch grip is classified as any grip where the thumb is on one side of the object and the fingers are on the other. Widely considered to be a weaker grip position.

Lastly, the support grip. This grip usually involves holding something, like a farmer’s walk, deadlift, or carrying a bucket long distances. A great amount of muscular endurance is required for any sort of carrying or supporting grip. This grip is also very functional in the cage.

You can check out the rest of the site for more information on grip strength, and how to build it. We provide you with the vital information you need that other sources aren’t telling you. As I consider this site to be a platform to share information, feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you thought, what could be improved, and some of your experiences with grip training. This is Phallon from Fighting Champions, The Future of MMA.

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