Monday, June 24, 2013

Strengthening your pinch grip, yea or nay?

Many of the library ergonomics guides tell you to avoid the pinch grip. But some people actually go out of their way to strengthen it! And consider it a distinctive feat of weight-lifting!

So should you use it or avoid it?

All the sources on the web have the exact same exercise for strengthening your pinch grip. Basically, get two of the plate-shaped weights, hold them together smooth sides out in a pinch grip by the rim, and hold for however many seconds.

I guess you could do this with books, but seriously, at the end of the day, I've had about all I can take of lifting books. And I would think that would just be adding to any repetitive stress injury potential you might have.

Have any of you out there tried to strengthen your pinch grip for shelving?

- Rebecca

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