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Neurogrips Background

Thumb and Grip Strength:

            Your thumbs are needed in order to throw, catch, rip, grip, and manipulate a wide range of objects.  The thenar muscles (thick muscular pad in palm on thumb side) are responsible for hand grip stability.  Hand grip is a factor in all lifts, no matter how thick the bar/device is.  The gripping muscles respond to a variety of stimuli (sizes/shapes).

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Forearm and Hand Grip Musculature

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Functional everyday tasks require forearm and hand grip strength

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Achieving success and greatness in popular sports require forearm and hand grip strength

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Many athletes use "Fat Bars" to improve hand grip and forearm strength.  However, these tools are very expensive!

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Many turn to using wrist straps when training because their hand grip 'gives out' before the muscles they are training are worked sufficiently.  For many, hand grip is their weakest link.  Don't compensate by tying yourself to the weight. Train your hand grip!
 
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Specificity of Training:
“If you don’t use it, you lose it.”  You can also say, if you want to enhance an activity, you need to perform that activity, not something similar.  It is specificity not similarity of training.  If you want to strengthen your ability to deeply squat and return to upright, then training a half squat will only strengthen you in the range you have worked it.  You will remain weaker in the lower portion of the movement.  The same goes for hand grip strength.  We were made to use our hand and wrist to grip/grasp objects of various sizes and diameters.  To strengthen our functional hand grip, we should therefore challenge our hand grip strength dynamically in as many positions/diameters as possible.  For example, when training with a 2 inch "Fat Bar," you are only strengthening your hand grip in that one grip position.  Unless you are training specifically for a 2-inch Fat Bar competition, this is not a functional approach.

          Neurogrips™ are a forearm/hand grip strengthener that can be used not only on the standard training tools (dumbbells/barbells), but also fit on kettlebell handles, gymnast rings, manila ropes, etc (see picture section).  When hand grip training with Neurogrips™, you are able to adjust your hand grip in order to increase or decrease hand compression around the bar.  This allows you to further challenge your forearm and hand grip strength when performing explosive exercises such as the Kettlebell Snatch, and helps to improve proprioception and motor planning.  With Neurogrips™,  you are not limited to training your hand grip strength in only one, single hand/grip position, using only certain shape/size training devices.  The diameter and width of the bar you are lifting has no bearing on whether you can use Neurogrips™ or not.  Neurogrips™ will add 1-inch diameter to any training device that requires your forearm/hand grip strength. 

Many fitness companies are now selling various diameter attachments for their products.  The initial product usually has a grip diameter of 1 inch.  The attachment available for additional purchase may have a 1.5 or 2 inch diameter to enhance hand grip training.  That means that for each product that offers multiple diameter attachments, you must spend more money for each attachment in order to vary and enhance the grip demand of that one, single product.  And these attachments are not interchangeable between fitness tools.  This can become very expensive if you do it for a number of your training devices.  If you purchase these grip training attachments, you are now still only able to work with the specific grip diameter of that tool's attachment.  There is little versatility.  And better yet, if you have already purchased the attachments for your current products, you can use NeuroGrips™ with them too, making the grip even more demanding.

        
Neurogrips™ can be used to grip any  size/shape training tool to increase the grip demand in a multitude of hand positions.  Using Neurogrips™ will add approximately 1 inch diameter to any handle you grip.  So if you do own a product that is 1-inch diameter, Neurogrips™ transform it to 2-inches.  If it is 1.5 inches or 2-inches in diameter, it will be 2.5 or 3-inches with Neurogrips™.  If you want to use an irregularly shaped tool, such as a manila rope, you will have no problem using Neurogrips to increase the hand grip strength.  The overall benefits are obvious!  Neurogrips™ are the only interchangeable hand grip training "attachments" you need when training hand grip strength!   Quickly transition from one exercise to the next, increasing the hand grip challenge on each exercise you do, whether you are using a Barbell, Kettlebell, Persian Mil, Resistance Tubing  or Gymnast Ring, etc.  Use the Neuro-grips for one set and effortlessly remove them for the next set.   
hand grip                       baseball bat grip                                    finger grip
rope grip            climbing hand grip                          golf hand grip

Sherrington's Law:
This concept states that muscles working hard (In this case, gripping muscles) will recruit neighboring muscles (forearm, biceps/triceps, chest, shoulders, trunk), and if they are already part of the intended action, their strength will be magnified.  “In union, there is strength” was stated by Earle Liederman.  This can be observed during Physical Therapy treatments for shoulder rehabilitation.  If a client is unable to actively move the shoulder, they will begin with hand grip training in order to engage all related muscles.  By generating more tension to all involved muscles, this will carry over into shoulder strengthening.

Does anyone know who or what the Homunculus is? 

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It is a "pictorial representation of the anatomical divisions of the primary motor cortex and the primary somatosensory cortex, i.e., the portion of the human brain directly responsible for the movement and exchange of sense and motor information (namely touch: sensitivity, cold, heat, pain etc.) of the rest of the body.  There are two types of homunculus: sensory and motor. Each one shows a representation of how much of its respective cortex innervates certain body parts." (Wikipedia)

In short, it is a caricature of a "little man" whose body parts are drawn in size to represent the area of the sensory/motor cortex of the brain that innervates each respective body part.  There are larger portions of the brain processing information received from some body parts compared to other body parts.  One example of this is the hands, which have a very large representation on the brain's sensory/motor cortex.

With this in mind, will hand grip training engage a larger portion of your brain/Central Nervous System?  Will hand grip training assist with neural plasticity in patients or clients who have suffered a stroke and want to regain function?  Will hand grip training enhance the development of motor/movement patterns for athletes?  As a Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer, I have incorporated hand grip training into all of my client's sessions.  When working with someone who is in the initial recovery stages of a rotator cuff repair, usually the protocol begins with 6 weeks of passive range of motion, meaning, the client lays down while I move their shoulder.  He/she is not allowed to actively move the shoulder on his/her own.  But, he is allowed to move the elbow, wrist and hand.  That is to maintain mobility/strength in the peripheral joints.  But will incorporating hand grip training also assist in shoulder rehab by stimulating a large portion of the motor cortex?  Does training hand grip make neighboring joints, such as the shoulder stronger?

Try this: Next time you are performing a 1 arm shoulder press, as you approach fatigue, make a tight hand grip on both the working and the non-working hand.  Does it make it easier to press the weight?  Better yet, as you approach fatigue, tighten the grip on both hands, as well as clench your glutes and tighten your thighs.  Even easier now, right?  This "irradiation" technique can also be used with less functional clients who have difficulty transferring from a seated position to standing.  Ask them to move from sit to stand.  If they have difficulty, have them try again, this time while making 2 very tight fists.  This has amazed many of my patients, as at first they barely are able to stand, and then magically the second time they practically shoot out of their seat.  My advice is to incorporate hand grip training techniques into every training session.


So.....
You do not need to spend so much time performing these exercises in order to focus on grip strength, but can easily incorporate Neurogrips™ into all of your daily exercises. 
However, if you feel the absolute urge to do any of these forearm exercises...

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...try them with Neurogrips™ for even more of a grip challenge!!

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