Forearm training serves a purpose greater than vanity. It builds your grip strength, which is vital for progressing on your major pulling movements like the row and deadlift. It can help you progress faster in your chest and shoulder pressing as well. The bottom line is the bigger and stronger your forearms are, the better your arms are going to look and the better you’re going to progress in your weightlifting. Building big, strong forearms is fairly straightforward:
- Do a lot of heavy pushing, pulling, and curling.
- Do a handful of additional forearm exercises as needed.
So, while your grip strength will naturally improve through a proper weightlifting program, there are quite a few grip exercises that you can do to speed up the process. These 5 additional exercises are hand exercisers (hand grips), barbell holds, plate pinch, over sized grips and the dumbbell farmer walk. Forearms are the key to most exercises. The stronger your forearms, the stronger you are.