How can I improve my grip strength?

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To strengthen your grip, you need to work the muscles within the hand. This can be done by gripping objects around the house. Start small with objects that can be easily held and squeezed with light resistance. Examples of these objects include: stress balls and pillows, working your way up to a tennis ball. Squeeze these objects with two to three fingers at a time to improve the strength of each individual finger. You will want to emphasize strengthening the muscles of the thumb during these exercises, because the thumb is a major contributor used in gripping objects. You can repeat these exercises multiple times throughout the day. Additionally, it's always a good idea to see your doctor for evaluation and for possible referral to a certified athletic trainer who can outline a progression of strengthening exercises for you.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program.)
One of the quickest ways to increase grip and forearm strength is by climbing or pulling a thick rope. Doing so will literally force your forearm muscles to respond with a grip that won’t quit. Another very useful tool is towels. Towels placed over a barbell can prove to be a tremendous tool for increasing forearm and grip strength. Deadlifts, rows, and pull-ups can all be performed with towels on the bar.

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