The Grip World Then and Now
In 1995, IronMind presented a chart that defined grip strength as having three components—crushing, pinching and supporting—and this concept has become so widely accepted and repeated that it’s taken as gospel throughout the grip world. It’s now time to put those ideas aside.
In 2009, IronMind presented an enhanced theory and better analytical tool for grip strength that would lead to better results and the kind of PR performances you dream about: the Crushed-to-Dust! Cube.
With the Crushed-to-Dust! Cube, now you can easily:
- understand the different types of grip strength
- identify the most effective forms of training for your specialty/requirements
- select the equipment best fitting your requirements
The 2 main types of grip strength are:
For each of those 2 types of grip strength, you can have your hand in either a closed or an open position:
- closed hand: when you are finishing off a gripper
- open hand: when you are lifting a thick bar
- closed hand: when you are pinch gripping a thin object, like a barbell plate
- open hand: when you are pinch gripping a thick object, like a Blob
For any of these 4 possibilities, the intensity of the effort can take two different forms:
It’s that simple:
2 prime movers x 2 hand positions x 2 intensities = 8 facets of grip strength
A supporting role is played by the wrist/forearm and the extensors. These help stabilize the hand, providing power and muscle balance.
Each of the grip tools in our Crushed-to-Dust! system is designed to train one or more of these 8 facets of grip strength. It’s foolproof—and it’s the fastest, surest route to the superior grip strength you’re seeking.
Since we opened our doors in 1988, IronMind has led the charge in the grip world: developing new products; recognizing superior performance; and elevating its importance.
IronMind has made parallel contributions in hand health, helping people build strong and healthy hands and prevent, reduce, or eliminate hand pain.
As you explore the IronMind grip world—the land of Crushed-to-Dust!—remember that our products and training principles are dual purpose: they both lead to greater grip strength and to improved hand health, a double benefit.
Crushed-to-Dust!® Grip Tools
The world’s leading system for building strong and healthy hands
Captains of Crush® Grippers
The gold standard of hand grippers
IMTUG™: The Two-Finger Utility Gripper
Friendly, fun, effective training for one or two fingers at a time
IronMind Hand Health
Strong, Pain-Free Hands
Build strong and healthy hands and prevent, reduce,
or eliminate hand pain
Captains of Crush Gripper Certification – since 1991
The official mark of a world-class grip:
getting certified and setting records
Red Nail™ Roster
Certified list of short steel benders
Rolling Thunder® Deadlift Handle
Can you beat the current world record?
John Brookfield’s Grip Tips
Over 60 exercises for building hand strength—have a look!