Functional Grip Strength

Posted on: September 06, 2011

Functional Grip Strength

Of the many exercises I have my athletes do rope climb always gets a
great reaction. Comments like, wow you are so creative and inventive, and this
is really tough, but it is good! While the second part holds true, I have not
really done anything new. Record of rope climbing for physical training goes as
far back as the ancient Greeks. Going not that far back they were a regular piece
of equipment in any gym. If you can climb a rope, you are strong. I was
training a woman not too far back, not to give away her age but she was born
before let us say 1945, and I would periodically have her lay on a mat and
attempt to use a rope to pull herself to standing. After a few months she
accomplished this task. She was at visiting her doctor for a regular check-up
and a young intern was sitting in and wanted to test her strength. Seeing her
as an older woman and not likely very strong she held out two fingers from each
hand and asked my client to grab her fingers. My client looking to her in amazement,
replies, "Do you need them back?" Needless to say her grip strength
was well above the curve. If you don't have access to a rope, you can always
hang a towel over something that will support your weight and try to pull
yourself off the ground; you are also welcome to join a gym that is equipped
with one. Though eventually you want to be able to climb
up off the ground 10 to 15 feet, you can develop much of the strength required
without going more than a foot or two off the ground. The world record for a 20
foot rope climb, arms only, in a seated position is less than 3
seconds...Something to aspire to.

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