5 Benefits of Trials [494]


Trials are inevitable. We are all going to face challenge, and we’ll continue to have hard times in training and in life. If you’re going through a tough time right now, I hope you can lean into your situation and continue to work through it, knowing that the shit won’t last forever. There may even be some benefits to the trials you’re facing.

This post is to remind you that something good can and may come out of the trials you’re facing. You may see the benefits immediately, but you gotta hold on to something and eventually pull a positive from it. Hopefully at least one of these will resonate with you and provide some help.

1. Trials can help you create clarity about what’s really important and you can often gain a fresh, improved perspective.

2. You gain experience in handling trials so that you’re more comfortable and confident going through them in the future.

3. You’re given an opportunity to practice many things like patience, perseverance, faith, forgiveness (to yourself and others), stress-management, and communication. There is ALWAYS an opportunity to improve some aspect of yourself.

4. You can improve your relationships by leaning on your support team in trying times. You build stronger relationships when you share your emotions and reach out to those who care about you.

5. You can become a more relatable individual by working through trials and gaining the experience of hard times. You’ll be better able to coach, parent, help, and inspire others by sharing what you learned and how you changed because of the trial.


Of course, if you’re having a hard time, reach out to someone and get help as soon as you can. The trials are going to keep coming, and you can take action daily to improve your mentality so that you’re as prepared as possible to work through them.


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How to Get That Hand Crushing Grip

A strong grasp works far beyond helping you open that tough jar of Nutella . It’s very important in bodybuilding because, well, how can you make a move and strengthen your muscles if you have a weak pair of hands?

This is where the role of a liquid chalk comes in.  Everybody starts somewhere, but with Liquid Grip, you’ll feel like an expert. It helps, especially the beginners, in giving an instant boost in their grip.

As you know, bodybuilders do not want to be in the gym for two hours or more, otherwise, catabolism (also known as destructive metabolism) will set in. So by the time it fades, which is about an hour and a half, it’s an indication for a bodybuilder to wrap up the session.

However, you still need to develop your grasp because that’s when you know you’re hitting the right muscles properly when you’re working out. How do you achieve a hand crushing grip? Check this article by strength coach Dan Blewett on T Nation:

Big Forearms, Crushing Grip

Big, intimidating forearms are a sign of power. No one picks a fight with the guy who sports mitts that look like they could uncork a fire hydrant. But are you chasing grip strength or forearm size? Let’s talk about how to train for both. Read more…

In addition to that, here’s an ideal workout routine for your hands and grips on Stack:

Get Strong Hands and Forearms With This Grip Strength Workout

Grip strength plays a vital role in an athlete’s overall success. Golfers, baseball players, tennis players, football players, hockey players and many others rely on their hands to hold, hit, swing, catch, tackle and more. When it comes to combat sports, such as MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, grip strength is king. The ability to hand fight, secure a submission, defend a submission, hold the lapel and sleeve, dominate the clinch and deliver a crushing blow all rely on superior gripping ability. Read more…

Lastly, watch this easy hand training on Xtreme No:

Hand Grip Training – Bodybuilding

It’s very important to make time for a specialized grip training because that’ll help you set for a hardcore session in the gym. If not, your hands and forearms will get swollen for days – a lot of bodybuilding experts say so!

You’re only able to lift what your hands can hold, so that depends on whether or not you have a weak or strong gripping ability. If you have a weak hand, you can’t lift more. If you have a strong hand, you can build more muscle. That said, a stronger grasp mixed with heavier weights is the perfect formula for gaining more muscle. 

So what are you waiting for? Try these exercises, and have a hand crushing grip in no time!

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Bansko Mountain Film Festival 2015 in Bulgaria

From 25 – 29 November 2015 Bansko in Bulgaria hosts the Bansko Mountain Film Festival 2015. More than 100 films from 5 continenti, special guests including Hansjörg Auer, Tom Ballard, Patrick Gabarrou, Tamara Lunger and Jean Troillet. Chris Bonington – Life and Climbs has been selected as one of the finalists of this prestigious festival.