Tip: Fat Dumbbell Lifts for Grip Strength

Old-school strongman did a lot of thick dumbbell lifts. Try them out with a fat grip attachment. The deadlift, clean & press, and snatch are good ones to start with.

Fat-handle dumbbell lifting is a classic feat of strength of the old-time strongmen. The most famous of these is the 172-pound Thomas Inch dumbbell with its 2 and 3/8ths-inch diameter handle.

There are three lifts that provide just about all you need to take full advantage of the fat handle: the deadlift, clean and press, and snatch.

Naturally, you'll be able to deadlift the most, usually clean and press quite a bit less, and snatch the least. Working on all three lifts will give you several ranges of motion and feelings of acceleration that will improve your thumb and hand strength.

David Dellanave is a lifter, coach, and owner of The Movement Minneapolis in the Twin Cities. He implements biofeedback techniques, teaching his clients, ranging from athletes to general population, to truly understand what their bodies are telling them. Follow David Dellanave on Facebook