Hold strong

A strong grip is the se­cret to a healthy heart

Men's Fitness - - Trainer -

Noth­ing con­veys strength and com­mands re­spect like a firm hand­shake – but it sig­ni­fies more than just con­fi­dence, ac­cord­ing to a new study pub­lished in The Lancet. The same grip strength that al­lows you to ex­ude such power is also in­dica­tive of a healthy heart.

The study, which as­sessed the grip strength of 139,000 peo­ple over four years, found it di­rectly cor­re­lated with risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar mor­tal­ity. Sim­ply put, the stronger your grip, the health­ier your heart. Grip strength was used as an in­di­ca­tion of over­all strength – and quite rightly. It’s typ­i­cally your weak­est link and the first thing to fail be­fore your larger mus­cle groups when do­ing lifts such as dead­lifts and pull-ups.

So how can you boost your grip and strengthen your heart? Ditch the straps. A 2011 study in the Jour­nal Of Strength And Con­di­tion­ing Re­search ad­vised against us­ing straps or other aids if you want to build bet­ter grip strength – which should lead to big­ger gains, more strength and a health­ier ticker. In­stead, add towel pull-ups to fail­ure at the end of your work­out to boost your hand strength.

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