Forearm strength is an underestimated variable in sports and everyday life. A strong grip is important for performance in sports, improvements in weight lifting, and can even help stabilize the shoulder. Sports like judo and wrestling have research behind them showing that grip strength is a strong determinant for performance. Furthermore, studies have shown that isometric hand strength and isometric shoulder stabilizers have a positive correlation.
Weight lifting exercises are a prime example of the importance of forearm strength. Any weight lifter knows that the stronger you grip the bar or dumbbell, the easier the exercise becomes. Have you ever tried to perform a heavy press or row with an open palm?
Towel Pullups can challenge an individual to activate more muscle to complete the pullup. A person who can perform body weight pullups will often find themselves struggling to complete reps with towel pullups. Grip strength is commonly the culprit.
Wrap two towels around each of the inside bars of the pullup station. Grip the towels toward the top to make the exercise easier to begin. If you find you cannot pull yourself up to complete a full rep, one way to begin building strength is placing a bench or chair underneath so you can perform negatives. If that is still too difficult, start by simply holding yourself up to work the forearms, back, and shoulders isometrically. Remember that the thicker the towels or the further away you grip the towels, the harder the exercise becomes.