The Project: Kuwait

041: Get a Grip How to Improve Your Arms: Mahdi and Liam Discuss the Key Tips to Building Forearm Strength, the Good and the Bad of Using Straps, and Plus-size Athletes

April 20, 2019 Season 1 Episode 41
The Project: Kuwait
041: Get a Grip How to Improve Your Arms: Mahdi and Liam Discuss the Key Tips to Building Forearm Strength, the Good and the Bad of Using Straps, and Plus-size Athletes
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The Project: Kuwait
041: Get a Grip How to Improve Your Arms: Mahdi and Liam Discuss the Key Tips to Building Forearm Strength, the Good and the Bad of Using Straps, and Plus-size Athletes
Apr 20, 2019 Season 1 Episode 41
Mahdi Aloun, Liam Glynn
Liam and Mahdi are firm believers in focusing on building forearm strength, and they share with listeners of the Project Kuwait podcast why grip strength is so important as well as specific exercises that will make a huge difference in your forearms.
Show Notes

Time Stamps:

1:34 – Liam talks about his current goal of being lighter on his feet and ready to run, and how the past few weeks of doing so has changed his perspective on size and athletics.

4:15 – He mentions specific genetic anomalies that are smaller than their teammates but incredibly talented.

5:05 – Liam then goes on to talk about relative strength and understanding what a body should do.

6:45 – Liam and Mahdi discuss the importance of the people you surround yourself with and the psychological impact this can have on your training.

9:15 – Liam mentions the concept of putting the work in to find your areas of weakness and then committing to improving. 

11:01 – He gets into the idea that different people have different perceptions of what their normal weight should be and they often compare themselves to others in this area, which is not helpful.

12:30 – Mahdi transitions the conversation to grip strength, which he first started learning about during his time playing baseball but he has continued to emphasize in his own workouts. Liam suggests a few workouts to improve grip strength.

15:53 – Liam then gives recommendations for techniques for improving grip strength such as palms facing up and mixed grips.

17:28 – Mahdi chimes in to make sure that people understand the importance of alternating different grips so you are building strength equally. Liam says that he didn’t used to alternate, and he tore his bicep as a result.

19:51 – After Mahdi tells listeners to ditch the straps during lifting of this nature, Liam says that there is a time and place for using straps if you know how to use them properly. Mahdi talks about his experience using straps and how he realized that he was not getting the most of his workout with them. 

23:11 – Mahdi and Liam mention some more specific exercises that are good for grip strength, such as carries, curls, and pinch grip holds. Liam says to focus on simple things first by carrying heavy things or doing a high volume of light weights. 

26:02 – Another simple way to work on grip strength is by wringing out a wet towel.

 

Links:

Muggsy Bouges: http://www.espn.com/nba/player/_/id/73/muggsy-bogues

Allen Iverson: http://www.espn.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/366/allen-iverson

 

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