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Atlas Stones and Grip Failure


#1

My gym recently got some stones and I have been working with them a bit for conditioning purposes. The 150 lb stone I use provides no grip problems whatsoever so long as it is free of my sweat slime. But when I move to the 200 lb stone... Forget it. I can't lift it right now except maybe 3" off the ground and then my grip gives out. What can I do to improve my crushing of the stone when I wrap it prior to lifting? I want to get 200 by the end of the summer and 250 by the end of the year. Thanks.


#2

work your biceps and chest more. squeeze your arms together so tight it feels like your biceps are going to rip off the arm.

that was the advice i got from the guy at my gym that loads over 400lbs stones. that and tacky. tacky adds 100lbs to the top stone i can lift.


#3

[quote]asooneyeonig wrote:
work your biceps and chest more. squeeze your arms together so tight it feels like your biceps are going to rip off the arm.

that was the advice i got from the guy at my gym that loads over 400lbs stones. that and tacky. tacky adds 100lbs to the top stone i can lift. [/quote]

Pretty much that and duct tape.

As a side note, in only added about 60 to mine (from 290 to 350 @ 54")


#4

chalk hands and inside of forearms. the initial pull is essentially a row to the lap. work on heavy rows and make sure you chalk up before attempting that 200# stone.


#5

I like to use athletic tape. If your skin is sensative to the adhesive wrap your arms with prewrap, then put a layer of athletic tape over that.