I’m in Newark, Delaware lounging on my friends futon. Everybody else is up this early too, because it’s game day for the Blue Hens, and the UDMB starts rehearsing at 9am.
Friday was a terrible day, because I both lost my car keys and had to take it easy during my workout. After a 2 hour search before class and a 2 hour search once I got home, I finally gave up, grabbed the back up set, and went on my merry way. Along the way, I listened to two episodes of the Stop Chasing Pain Podcast and the Strength Coach Podcast, and I have more waiting for me on the way back. It’s great to learn real-world information, especially when you drive, and it really helped undo the frustration of wasting a day looking for my keys. Losing your keys sucks, and I don’t recommend it.
However, I DO recommend trying a barbell row 3 point row. It’s not a corner row or a bent over row, where one end of the Olympic bar is anchored into the corner; you hold the barbell the entire time. It’s the same as a dumbbell row, but in the barbell variation, you really work on grip strength and your forearm. Give it a try, and I bet you’ll feel like you have killer grip strength and a bigger forearm after a set or two.
Here is a video of me trying out the barbell row last Thursday; it was my first work sets of the exercise, and I wanted to compare them to regular dumbbell rows as far as load, so I pushed up the weight. Try to minimize the movement of your shoulders in the exercise; all cues for a dumbbell row apply. Give it a try!