Arm Wrestling Coaching & Training by Clayton Faulconer
How's Your Health?
Your grip is an important indicator of your overall health and in arm wrestling, grip-strength is a common predictor of muscular endurance and overall strength. An interesting therory is that a stronger grip is a part of overall good health and will lower the risk of other illnesses and although I am not a doctor, I believe it.
The Human Hand
The human hand is made up of a total of 27 individual bones: 8 carpal bones, 5 metacarpal bones and 14 "finger bones" (also called phalanges) are connected by joints and ligaments. About one quarter of all our body's bones are found in our hands.
Hands are a very complicated part of the body with many bones. They can be working daily as they have very small muscles and ligaments. My studies of Arnold Schwarzenegger over the years has taught me that hands can — and should — be worked every day. As such, I try to use hand tools whenever I can. In fact, I try to use them daily and even carry some of them in my car.
What Are The Tools?
The hand tools that I use to strengthen my hands work varrying areas of the hands and all in slightly different ways. As your grip is super important, work and squeeze the thumbs whenever possible. Here are the nine primary exercise tools that I use:
- Green hand grip tool
- Rotation tool Wrist tool
- Forearms tool
- Power ball gyroscope
- Bands - attach to handles in car or stand on them (no picture)
- Hand grippers x 3 different kinds
- Squeeze balls (soft) - small squeeze ball or a tennis ball
- Bocce ball (hard)
In a few weeks, I will be doing a Vlog demonstrating all these tools. Be sure to subscribe so that you see all my blogs!