I've got 2 questions, and I hope that this forum can help me. Confession - I'm not a body builder. I do strength training to further my cause in another area Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).
First question - Grip strength is critical in BJJ. I do a number of grip specific things like the gripper duh, farmer walks w/ dumbells, wrist exercises, etc. I've found that my grip strength has improved especially endurance-wise but my limiting factor now seems to be finger toughness. Once I achieve the grip I usually do pretty well to hold on, but it's the initiating the grip that still seems to plague me. Any ideas?
Second - I do a fair amount of leg work as leg strength is critical to a fighting position in BJJ known as the guard. I do all of the traditional exercise and have been experience nice gains both in strength and endurance. I'm having this nagging pain that usually comes on while squatting heavy (for me that's 6-8 reps of 275).
The pain starts just below the hip on the side of my leg and extends down about 1/2-3/4s down my leg. It's not the joint per se. I can feel the muscle, or tendon, whatever when I do a classic hamstring stretch with one leg crossed over the other, but instead of leaning forward I twist away from the back leg. Again up and down the side of the leg. Really weird. Anyway this area stays tender and sore longer than the big muscles of the leg and kind of hurts a bit after wards say when I try to walk stairs. Any ideas?