All Articles & Reviews by
Jeff Wilson




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Jeff Wilson is a fitness writer and serves as a coach and contributor for Powerful Peacemaker and Basic Instinct Fitness. You can keep up with his latest endeavors on Twitter (@BasInsFitness) and catch him on the sidelines of a variety of basketball courts and soccer fields all over southern New Jersey.

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The Gym Bag Essential that Could Take You to the Next Level

A fantastic grip accessory - the towel.

Strong hands are a huge part of effective strength training - how do you expect to pull a monster weight off of the floor if you can't hang onto the bar? Having strong hands goes beyond just performance in the gym though - a powerful grip is essential for sports performance (baseball, golf, grappling, etc) and can improve performance in a wide variety of jobs. In fact, the ability to grab hold of someone or something and maintain control can mean the difference between safety and serious injury or even life and death for those who work in law enforcement.
I am a huge fan of all types of grip training equipment - I have and regularly use Ironmind hand grippers, David Horne's Vulcan gripper, the FBBC vertical bar and Bomb as well as a variety of block weights, thick handles, bending gear, etc. And while it would be tough to get me to part with any of those implements, one of my very favorite pieces of grip training "equipment" has been in my gym bag since long before I ever invested any time in training my hands directly. I've long been a fan of taking my favorite exercises, movements that I know really work, and adding a new element to them to see if I can push the envelope when it comes to achieving results - sometimes this tactic hits, other times I realize that the original movement has become a mainstay in my routines because it doesn't need much (if any) altering.


Pleasure Spiked with Pain : Training for the One Finger Lift

With certain feats comes the assurance of pain. And a challenge.


Jeff discusses training for a great strength feat - the One Finger Lift. Love it.


Unusual Goals Require Unusual Measures

How do you train for something like that?

Plate Curl
Great exercise - the Plate Curl.
Training for an unusual strength feat? An unusual approach is often needed. Jeff explains.



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