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Measuring Grip Strength

Measuring Grip Strength

Grip strength may be the one of the most underrated elements of resistance training.  It’s always, “What do you bench?" "How much can you deadlift?" "How many reps of xyz can you do?" "How fast did you do that?" "How far did you go?” Never has anybody asked me what my dynamometer score was. Considering grip strength is so integral to performance, why aren’t we paying more attention to it? Sure we KNOW it's important; but are we training it systematically, or is grip strength just a by-product of all the work we are doing? Are we eschewing grip strength...

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2017 Naturally Fit Games

2017 Naturally Fit Games

Are you attending the 2017 Naturally Fit Games in Austin, TX?? We are! VIKN is proud to be the official chalk sponsor of the Naturally Fit Games! Come by our VIKN booth during the games to get 10% off badass VIKN gear. We also invite you to compete in our 2 fun booth competitions: Grip Strength Competition: How long can you do a farmers hold?? Grab one of our heavy kettlebells and hold it the longest to win free VIKN gear! Beard Competition: Take a picture at the VIKN photo booth and show off your burly beard! Tag #VIKNbeardstrong and you could...

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Hand Care

Hand Care

As we all know, kettlebell lifting can wreak havoc on your hands. I, for one, often feel self-conscious giving people a high five because of the blood blisters, callouses, or giant patches of dry skin on my hands. In some gym cultures, ripping your hand is a glorified battle wound that shows you gave your all in a workout. In the kettlebell world, ripping your hand totally sucks because it means your technique was off and/or you might not be able to train tomorrow. Even if you don't particularly care what your hands look like, there are several factors to keep in...

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7 Exercises To Improve Your Grip Strength

7 Exercises To Improve Your Grip Strength

As CrossFitters we attempt to broaden our skills in multiple domains. Whether it be in gymnastics, weightlifting, kettlebells, etc. In all aspects of our training, few things are more transferrable than functional grip strength. How do you expect to do 25 kipping chest to bar pull-ups without dropping off the bar? Or maybe you need to rep out barbell complexes without putting the bar down. Have you tried swinging a kettlebell overhead for anything more than 10 reps? Grip Strength is paramount no matter how you train. So how do we effectively train our grip so that it’s never a...

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Ultimate Gift Guide | For Kettlebell Lovers

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Ultimate Gift Guide | For Kettlebell Lovers

Tis’ the season of giving. Need last minute gifts for your kettlebell loving friends? Here is the Ultimate Gift Guide for this holiday season. You might even find something to add to your own wish list.  The Movie Star: Maybe they love to look at themselves. Or maybe they like to keep a close eye on their technique. Either way, you always find them propping their phone up on strange items in the corner of the gym or asking you incessantly to video them. Get them a smart phone mount and consider it a gift for yourself as well. The Fashionista: They like...

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