We frequently get asked a couple of questions: What exactly is grip-free exercise? and why is it important? We thought we’d take a few of minutes to define grip-free exercise and also to answer three commonly asked questions.
Grip free exercise is any exercise that does not require you to grip the equipment in order to perform the exercise.
Grip-free exercise strengthens the muscles of the wrist and forearm
Many of our daily movements are flexion based movements: carrying our groceries, texting, driving and brushing our teeth. These movements require our wrists and hands to be in a clenched, flexed position which requires our flexor muscles to be constantly firing.
Instead of relying on our flexor muscles during exercise, using movements and equipment that allows those muscles to take a break while our extensor muscles pick up the slack and become stronger leads to more even development of our wrist and forearm muscles. This is especially beneficial for individuals with poor grip strength, arthritis or forearm injuries.
Grip-free exercise allows you to focus on the movement instead of the equipment
When we need to grip onto our equipment during exercise or else we will drop it (which could potentially injure ourselves or others around us), we become focused on not dropping the equipment during our movements. When we remove this fear, we can more focus on the movement and the muscle areas we are working.
Grip-free exercise adds challenge and variety to your workouts
Having grip-free options can only expand your exercise arsenal. Here are two unique and challenging exercises that incorporate grip-free exercise.
Super Man Plank With the Gravity Ball
These are just some of the ways to take advantage of the benefits of grip-free exercise. How would you could incorporate it into your workouts?