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Muscular Irradiation...WTF?! I talk about this in my book (shameless plug that you can get on amazon, just type my name; or for FREE with the link in my bio). By making a fist you can actually activate more muscle fibers and protect your joints. I take this principle and apply it to using a rope where I’m forced to make a fist so I don’t fall on my face. The first exercise I do an externally rotated rope push-up (externally rotating the shoulders actually is better for your shoulder joint itself while doing a push-up or dumbbell chest press). The next is a triceps overhead extension. (Both of these stability exercises are great for core stability as well). Use the principal of irradiation with many of your lifts!
Here’s more info on this from @muscleandstrength
Irradiation: How Your Fist Can Instantly Make You Stronger
Stand up and make a fist as hard as you possibly can. Go ahead, squeeze!
Okay, what did you feel?
If you truly squeezed your hardest, you probably felt all of the muscles of your arm engage, not just your forearm. Yet all I instructed you to do was make a fist, so why’d that happen? Is it magic?
Nope, it’s science.
Specifically, it’s called the principle of irradiation, which Dr. Roger Enoka defines as a spread of muscle activation that “augments postural stability and enables the transfer of power across joints by two-joint muscles.
In simpler terms, making a fist sends a signal to all of the surrounding muscles to activate.
Thus, simply by flexing your fingers into a death grip, your biceps, triceps, pecs, lats, and even the tiny muscles of your rotator cuff are all cued to engage in tandem.