Tip: A Workaround for Cranky Joints

Add this handy lifting accessory to your pressing exercises to make your banged up shoulders, elbows, and wrists feel better.

Got Cranky Joints? Use Fat Grips for Pressing

Many people rely on fat-grip attachments to increase the difficulty level of pulling exercises like chins, rows, and loaded carries. They're a tremendous grip-training tool. They have another use, too, that benefits people who suffer from joint stress in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.

Fat Grips

These people never consider bar thickness. Bar thickness during pushing movements like strict presses, bench presses, and dips can play a huge role in the amount of joint stress a lifter experiences due to the amount of centralized pressure in the palm of the hand.

It takes a few sets to get used to it, but adding fat grips to each of the above movements (and even when pressing dumbbells) can create a world of difference to joint health and happiness.

This is due to the added surface area of the handle that's now spread across a larger percentage of the lifter's hand. This tip can come in quite handy, especially if you're a big guy with big hands. The load now diffuses itself over a greater area instead of one specific spot. You'll notice the difference immediately.