Last November I made my first visit to Kor Complex in St. Charles and it was there I learned two things:
- I have runners hands
- My forearms are quite possibly the weakest part of my body
Both of those are absolutely ok when you’re running but as I’ve started to branch out a little, I’ve noticed how much the second can really be a weakness.
On Saturday, I shared my modified training plan that will hopefully get me through two half marathons in April as well as the possible appearance on ANW, also in April. Part of what I need to focus on between now and then is getting a stronger grip and forearms. Sounds so odd to say that but try it. When was the last time you just tried to hang from the monkey bars? How long can you hang there? Can you swing from bar to bar? You might find it to be more difficult than you think.
I’m betting you crossfitters are pretty good at it which is why I’m taking a page out of the Crossfit book to spice up with this forearm workout.
Not sure what all these moves look like? Have no fear..the kids and I walk you through them in 3:00 minutes.
The other thing to consider with all this upper body talk is grip. When you do a pull up, what grip do you use?
- Overhand (palms facing away)
- Underhand (palms facing towards you)
- Hammer (palms facing each other)
- Alternate (one overhand and one underhand)
Changing the grip can DRASTICALLY change the effect of the move.
Ok, that’s a lot in one post. Pin it, try it…whatever. I would love for your workouts still. Comment with your favorite Tabata or HIIT workout so I can add it to my arsenal!
What are your favorite ways to change-up a workout? Have you ever played around with your grip?