I used to train with the sledgehammer in my university kitchen, so you can only picture the confusion when my flatmates first saw me doing this!
- They ‘train’ their forearms daily
- They use a wide variety of movements
- Increased strength on pulling movements. If your chin up, row and deadlift strength jump, your back development by default will follow suit. If you can grip the bar harder, you’ll be able to transfer more force to the muscles in question, and so lift more load.
- Increased functionality. There are not many physical qualities more ‘functional’ than a strong, vice-like grip. Picking things up and carrying them in normal daily life will become easier. Plus, you’ll have a firmer handshake, which commands respect.
- Men and women with a strong grip tend to have a longer life span. Multiple research studies now support this, even after taking age, sex and body size into account.
- Looks good in T-shirts. This is for guys only. Outside of the neck, no other muscle group is more exposed than the forearms.