Grip Machine Hack | Home Gym Hacks

June 27, 2024 2 min read

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Grip Machine Using a Straight Bar Cable Attachment

Grip machines build strong forearms, fingers, and a crushing grip--but for a dedicated machine, they take up a lot of space.

In this home gym hack I’ll show you how to recreate this machine with your weight rack, a barbell, loading pin, weight plates, and a straight bar cable attachment.

Here’s what you need:

Weight Rack:Holds the barbell that will support your thumbs

Barbell: Acts as a base for your thumbs, your fingers will be doing all the work

Straight bar cable attachment: Connects to the loading pin

Loading pin: This is where you add your weight plates

Weight plates: Add weight plates to loading pin for resistance

Setting Up The Lat Pulldown

  1. Set the barbell: Rest the barbell on your rack’s J-cups set below waist level
  2. Load up: Add weight plates to the loading pin
  3. Straight bar:Connect the straight bar cable attachment to the loading pin with a carabiner
  4. Go time: Rest your thumbs on the barbell and curl your fingers up pulling the weight towards the bar (like you’re making a fist)


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Shredded Dad

Hi! I’m Jose and I’m the proud owner of a PRx Pro Rack and PRx folding incline bench.

I’m the founder of, where I review home gym equipment, share fitness tips, and brainstorm home gym hacks.

You can connect with me on Instagram, where I share entertaining gym content from my garage gym.

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