“I think one of the things that naturally happens in CrossFit is a great adaptation to grip strength,” says CrossFit gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker. “Whether it be picking up a barbell with a hook grip or grabbing a log or flipping a tire, how we grab that rope and pull with it, how we grab the bar—all of these things are important to us in that adaptation of strength for that grip.”
Tucker discusses the thumb-around grip for a stronger and more secure hold.
“Thumb’s really important. Learn to use it. Learn to get some adaptation there for strength for that hand. It’s going to just make all the other stuff that you do from a ring dip to a rope climb that much better,” he says.
Bassi demonstrates how to use tools for building grip strength, including rock-climbing finger holds, double ropes and monkey bars.
“The stronger you get, start to amp it up a little bit,” Bassi says.
For instance, if you can do dead-hang pull-ups using finger grips, try an L-sit pull-up.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: You Can’t Lift What You Can’t Hold On To by Tony Young, published Feb. 1, 2008.