Grip strength is a vital part of your general well being and health—and an old-timer simply confirmed up a gymnasium stuffed with lifters, dealing with over 200 kilos. The 69-year-old Odd Haugen has such burly forearms and fingers that he claims to have trademarked the nickname “Vise Grip Viking.” Extra like “Good Grip Viking,” am I proper?
Odd’s show was caught on digicam by YouTubers Juji & Tom, a.ok.a. content material creator Tom Boyden and athlete Jon Name, who carried out a collection of weightlifting tips and stunts throughout his stint on Season 11 of America’s Acquired Expertise. In a video posted earlier this yr, they claimed to have captured current World’s Strongest Man champ Martins Licis setting the world record for grip strength, at 205 kilos… but it surely seems just like the V.G.V. (who additionally occurs to be Licis’ coach) simply smashed that, lifting 208.
The video additionally features a totally different problem within the type of the “loser’s grip,” a instrument which is rather more troublesome to deal with resulting from its pyramid form. All people within the gymnasium struggles to raise this one besides Odd, in fact, who beats the others together with his vise-like grip and lifts the 28-pound weight. That man will need to have one hell of a handshake.
However grip power is greater than only a cool stunt. Grip power is vital in your general lifting prowess, since you will solely have the ability to deal with heavier hundreds in the event you can bodily maintain them off the bottom, it is and in addition a predictor for health and mortality. When you’re working in your lifting sport, listed below are some tips for building your grip strength:
- Everytime you decide up a weight, squeeze it as completely tightly as you possibly can.
- Combine in additional thick barbells and dumbbells when lifting; this can pressure you to squeeze more durable, so even comparatively mild weights will really feel heavier.
- Combine up the way in which you maintain these implements: wrap a towel around your barbell to vary up the grip.