“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

It’s also the most massively useful tool you have in your house to improve grip strength. Combatives especially requires immense grip and forearm strength. During grappling, fighters need the ability to hang onto a collar or a sleeve, and yet it isn’t a skill that most “in-shape” people prioritize. For the responsible armed citizen, who understands the importance of hand-to-hand combat proficiency, grip ought to be trained often.

A simple way to begin grip strength training is to begin working towels into the routine.  Hanging onto a towel requires a great deal more grip strength then hanging onto a bar. The towels are also prone to rotating, which adds stabilization to the mix, and best of all, towels are cheap and plentiful. So here are a few examples of movements you can try with normal exercise equipment and, occasionally, a couple of towels:


Video courtesy of the immensely knowledgeable guys at Funker Tactical. Stay frosty, know your exits, and drink water! Timaeus out.