Being as strong as you can be sounds like a no-duh kind of thing. We agree, but what you might not know can hurt potential output. This week’s article will look into and discuss the effects of, importance of and results of good, strong grip strength. Knowing what you’re doing in the gym can and will have direct and indirect consequences. Hand muscles and tendons alike not only affect your ability to pinch and flip pennies and other lighter-weight dexterity related exercises, but also changes the focal point in many routines. One that comes to mind instantly is the effects of changing your grip benching. Elbows out vs. elbows in while benching will change which muscles are being worked.
What we understand is that elbows out benching focuses strain and muscle wear and tear on your chest. Shoulder movement should be limited to horizontal ranges. Pectoralis major involvement is at its highest, while anterior deltoid use is significantly decreased. (See: http://www.getbodysmart.com/ap/muscularsystem/armmuscles/anteriormuscles/pectoralismajor/tutorial.html)
Elbows in benching transfers that potential strain to your triceps and adds slight shoulder rotation.
From experience we know that having stronger grip strengths and related will affect your ability to properly walk in a walker, shift your weight and swing your legs. We also conclude that having weaker wrists, grip strengths and hand muscle control can and will limit your ability to push a wheelchair.
Put two and two together, any impaired movement standing erect will hinder your ability to move your legs in a normal gait.
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The point I want to drill in is that grip strength is directly responsible partly for your ability to stand erect with proper posture in a walker.