Should You Train Your Forearms?

Forearms is not something that everyone will work out when going to the gym. The truth is, you use a lot of your forearms on a lot of your exercises already, especially on pulling exercises that require more grip. So why would you isolate your forearms more in your routine and what are the benefits and carry-overs of doing so?

You may have weak forearms

As the saying goes…

‘you’re only as strong as your weakest link’.

If you lack forearm strength, your ability to build strength in other parts of your body will suffer too. Stronger forearms lead to a stronger grip with more muscles generating more squeezing during your exercises. When you have weak or underdeveloped forearms or wrists, those muscles may be the first group to tire out when you’re doing something like pull-ups or row variations on back day. All in all, stronger forearms will allow you to work out your other muscle groups more intensly.

It can massively improve your grip strength

Pull ups are probably the most obvious exercise when it comes to this and it’s often a case that people’s backs aren’t weak…it’s the grip strength they lack. A strong grip helps you carry, hold, and lift better during workouts, plus you’ll have more power when you work out, allowing you to do more reps in a more controlled way. You’ll definitely benefit in your rows, pull-ups and deadlifts (even bench press) by strengthening your forearms/wrists. You WILL get STRONGER!

It can prevent injuries

Without grip strength training your weight lifting could be impacted over time from repetitive stress. So many people will press with bent wrists or overtrain areas of their body leading to little injuries. If you don’t condition your grip and forearm muscles for mobility, strength and endurance, the results could wind up hindering your progress. Strong wrists, grip and forearms will take you a long way when you’re hitting the gym and doing weights regular.

So what are some of the best forearm exercises you can do?

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