The Strongest Grip: David Reinard Enters the Hall of Fame
Daniel Reinard, a 29 year old east bay native, leads a busy life. As a chemical plant operator living in Oakley, Reinard found himself becoming too busy to rock climb. After searching for ways to continue improving his climbing, he delved into the world of Captains of Crush grippers, steel bending and strength training. .
Reinard began hand strengthening in August of last year and his first competition was this past July. He has become a force in the competitions. Recently, Reinard was added to the Grip Hall of Fame for his impressive world records in the Worlds Strongest Hands Series
Strong hands make for a strong body. When the hands fail the body shuts down to prevent injuries. Anything I do now has improved.” Reinard said about the benefits of hand strengthening. “My job is physical so it has helped a lot here. I don't lose my climbing strength if I take long breaks. Weight lifting has also improved, along with other sports.”
Reinard lifts weights once a week and trains his grip everyday by using grippers, thick bar/axle lifts, sledge levers, 2x35 one hand plate pinches and other pinches. Occasionally he bends bolts, nails, levers, rebar and horseshoe for a fun change.
Reinard provided some suggestions for people that want to improve their hand strength. “Focus on quick simple workouts at the end of your climbing session. 15 minutes (5 minutes each) of grippers, plate pinches and wrist levers is all you need to see gains. Focus on max efforts not endurance. Raising max power also raises endurance, but not so much vice versa. If you don't lift weights, start. Deadlifts are a huge part of my grip progress. It helps in the way that an overall body exercise puts a large stress on the body. When this happens your body will increase testosterone output to help in muscle recovery. This stimulates growth throughout your whole body. It took me a long time to understand this fact, but once I tried it I was amazed.”