Training Philosophy

High iron content? Just add rice!

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A little while ago, I was asked about fat bar grips, grip strength, and what to buy. As I have finally got back into my regular routine (albeit slowly), I immediately thought about this question. My answer was simple:

Start playing with your food.

As you might imagine, I got a rather questioning look in response.

Here is a really simple and inexpensive way to increase your strength on the cheap, and it’s highly effective: go buy yourself a 20 lbs bag of rice and a bucket. With these tools, you can break through any of your max-lifting plateaus. And, it only takes 5 minutes of work, as part of your warm up, everyday or every other day.

When lifting heavy, generally what fails on you are your small muscle groups; in this case, hands, wrists, and forearms, when it comes to deadlifts, cleans, snatches, and jerks.

Here are the basics:

With your hands, either individually, or together, claw your way to the bottom of the bucket. Reset your hands back to the top. Rinse and repeat.

Knead your way around the circle, both clockwise, and counter-clockwise.

The snowball. Take a handful of rice and pack it between your hands until all the grains no longer remain.

This is more for the shoulders, but treat your hand like a paddle and make big figure 8s in your bucket.

These are a few good starters, but essentially all you have to do is play. As long as your hands are moving and your fingers; you are doing the work.

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