Grip Strength Plus More Backwoods Adventure
Trapping Is Trained Tuff
If you’ve ever wanted to know how Popeye develop incredible forearms I may just have an answer for you. While checking trap lines with a buddy of mine I realized a very important tool that I was missing in my arsenal of strength training equipment. Wondering just how in the world I overlooked this was beyond me, but I now will always keep this forearm builder in the top ranks of grip strengtheners.
It all started back a long time ago when men had to live off the land to make a buck or two with the trapping of several critters. The reward to the buyer was the fur that was used for clothing and other garments. It was a way of life then as many profited with the trapping and trading industry. Although it’s not as highly recognized today as it was then it’s important to revisit what went on back then. After all these people were tough as nails.
Trapper Jake Korel from the Wyoming area is a man I know and once shook hands with. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt anyone grab my hand as hard as he did on that day. There have been many strong people I’ve come in contact with in and out of gyms, but not one of them could produce the force that Jake could. This guy is as true as they come and I only wish there were more people like him. The world would be a better place for sure!
A story that was once told to me many years ago was when a trapper named Jake went out one morning to go check his trap line and suddenly found himself tangled up with a fellow that was under the assumption that Jake was trapping on land he shouldn’t of been. Come to find out Jake had the right to be there as he explained his situation. It wasn’t, but a few moments later that this man made a notion in doing something about this situation when Jake suddenly wound up and cococked this guy so hard it knocked him out.
Superior grip strength from years of setting traps!
Trap setting develops the GRIP and FOREARMS in such a way that the positioning of one self and the angle taken make it an awesome forearm developer. Something about squeezing two pieces of rusted steel together just makes it sound tough, but not impossible. Depending on what animal your working with will determine what size and tension needed. Imagine how strong you would have to be to set a bear trap? It probably takes two people to do it, but I’m sure there’s someone extremely strong out there that can man handle one of those bad boys.
To set the record straight I’m not a trapper nor do I claim to be one, I’ll let the real trappers do their thing and I’ll do mine. It’s the grip strength I’m after not the animal. I don’t condemn trapping of any kind as it’s healthy for the ecosystem and strength of the animal population.
As you can see this is how I roll back in the Wyo! Trapping used to be something many people participated in many years ago, but is a lost art these days except for a few! It’s just another way of how you need to be mentally strong to handle any given situation that may come your way. Trapping isn’t and easy thing to do so training the mind is necessary. Doing this through a weight training regimen is a very good starting point. Your mind set training and mental toughness techniques should be tested by exposing yourself outdoors. Get in tough with mother nature and she’ll get in touch with you!
In the video you see some pictures of various critters and a great friend of mine who I’m lucky to know. He’s the next big time trapper in the area and knows a thing or two about a thing or two. As far as I understand he’s had experience with every single animal in the state of Wyoming in some way. Trapping is one thing he does and running test’s on other animals is another. Great job huh? The critters in the video are the North American Red Fox, Raccoon and Coyote or jackal. These animals are respected and not harmed or torchered in anyway. Law dogs obey the law not break them!
BE A LAW DOG!
With that in mind the outdoor exposure will take care of the rest of your training from the point you leave the gym. You will come into contact with situations that will call upon those strengths needed for survival situations or in this case, trapping excursions. Use them just as effectively as a painter uses the canvas and a paint brush. Take the Mind, body, soul as one to complete every task you may come into contact with. Strength will come in time with no need to rush just be consistent.
Top Five Grip Movements For The Betterment Of Mankind
#1 Any kind of trap setting develops the grip and forearm strength
#2 Captains of Crush
#3 Dumbbell hex holds for time
#4 Wrist rollers
# 5 Wrist curls
Each one of these movements done together will develop insane forearm strength. In time you should be doing two finger pull-ups like my man Bruce Lee. Once again the secret is the angle of muscle worked. It’s not one tool that does the trick, but many. You can hold for time or go for reps with a three day out of seven regimen for training. Watch the overuse with the potential of arthritis here.
So that’s what I’m doing, trying to round up the people who’re genuine and down to eaarth. There are many of them, but you wouldn’t know it if you passed by one. These people are humble and stay to themselves most of the time. They train hard then go on with the rest of their day without being boastful or posing. If your reading this right now chances are your one of these people and that’s what I’m looking for.
That’s Trained Tuff