Increasing your grip strength is an important factor that most athletes do not think about when training. This vital area should be done on a regular basis as it will help improve performances such as deadlifts, rows and pull ups. There are several ways your grip strength can be improved. Some ways are grip specific exercises and others are standard practices that can be adopted into your everyday gym routine. Hand grippers are an easy but specific way of training your crush grip. Hand grippers work on training the muscle between your fingers and palm. This muscle is known as the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis. This can be done on a low tension allowing for a number of repetitions or done with a slightly harder tension and held closed for as long as possible. Adjustable hand grippers are ideal for beginners as they allow an increase in tension the better your grip becomes. Click here to see the grippers we have available in our store. To work on your pinch grip withinthe gym you can use weight plates for this. All you need to do is find a flat plate and pinch the top of the weight and hold it. The muscle used in this action is known as the Adductor Pollicis. Starting at a low weight is advisable until you get used to the technique. There are many different ways to increase the difficulty of this exercise. You can either increase the weights gradually so the hold is harder or you can use two plates back to back making the grip wider. Make sure these increases are gradual and are when you feel you are ready to test yourself a little more. Support grip is the last type of grip that can be incorporated into your gym routine. To increase your support grip all you will need is two dumbbells. Hold one in each hand and walk a small distance. The muscle used within this grip is the Flexor Digitorum Profundus. This muscle can also be trained by using thicker axle bars or fat gripz when doing pull ups or deadlifts.