- 02-05-2008, 05:34 PM
Go to any hardware or home improvement store and find some spring clamps. They are much better and stiffer than the cheesy and weak grippers at the fitness stores. I got mine for $1.50 and I can squeeze them about 30 times before failure. Try to find ones that don't pinch your hands, there are some really good ones out there if you look around.
- 02-07-2008, 02:27 PM
at my old gym, we made a gripper you could put olympic weights on, it was pretty nice.
02-07-2008, 03:00 PM
02-07-2008, 05:10 PM
Try COC grippers.
I started with the trainers, then got the #1's mastered them, bought the 1.5's, mastered them. Now I have the #2's and can close them maybe 4-5 times on a good day.
I look forward to the 2.5's. Maybe i'll even get the 3's one day.
02-07-2008, 05:14 PM
Well developed forearms, in particular, an especially ripped extensor(s)/brachioradialus gives your arms a MUCH more impressive look then just big guns and flat forearms (which I see a lot)
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02-08-2008, 09:00 PM
heavy grippers from the net yo, them things go 100, 150, 20, 250, 300(i'd be impressed if you could close this for reps on your first try), 350, 400, 450! this stuff will give you a monster grip.
i also do plate pinches, and hold 2 45's in my finger tips, for as long as i can, and fill old protein powder containers with sand and stick my hand in then push my fingers out to the sides and lift it, that will work well for your fingers....
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02-08-2008, 09:03 PM
02-14-2008, 03:31 PM
02-14-2008, 04:01 PM
02-14-2008, 05:14 PM
I can close the #2's for 4-5 reps on a good day, but you can't do it on a day after you lift. You need like 4 days of rest before you can do it.
The funny thing is my grip isn't that strong when i shake peoples hands... because i usually give a girly handshake I guess.
02-14-2008, 09:56 PM
I'm always repeating "rockclimbing, rockclimbing" in grip strength threads. You really can't understand the gripstrength that you develope from climbing. The pinch grip strength is especially weird, once you realize how little regular folks have. The strength you get from training your grip, or weightlifting is nothing like it.
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02-14-2008, 10:02 PM
Thats awesome man, so do you mean 4-5 days after working out grip heavy lifts like deadlifts, upperback and bicep stuff?
Most guys are bigger than me weight wise and I was raised to give a firm handshake and I guess I catch people off guard or something. I by no means do it intentionally and it kind of embarasses me because some guys wince and others get slightly uptight like I'm trying to show off or something. If I remember, because its so automatic for me, I let them squeeze first but I really hate wussy handshakes, they make me feel weird.
02-14-2008, 10:16 PM
02-14-2008, 11:40 PM
02-15-2008, 09:16 PM
This handgripper is my personal favorite - retains the same feel as the conventional gripper, but allows you to have complete control over the difficulty.
The ability to change the resistance allows you to design different set protocols. The customizable ability makes it a winner in my book, opening up training variation. One of my favorite exercises is to pick a level where I can close it about 2 or 3 times, and just hold it closed on the first pull for as long as I can. Within a few days, your constantly improving.
The burn you can get on this thing is incredibe as well. Dropsetting, supersetting, static holds.. the possibilities on it are pretty fun.
02-19-2008, 03:01 AM
02-24-2008, 12:27 AM
Farmers walk, static holds, plate pinches also deadlifts all increase your hand strength. Also if you have dumbbells that are hex head ones. Grab the base of the dumbbell with your hand, and palm it like a basketball. Then squeeze with your hands, and fingers. That will dramatically increase your hand strength. Also you can take your gripper, and pinch it closed. Then take a 2.5 pound plate, and squeeze the plate in between then two pieces you squeeze, and see how long you can hold it.
03-19-2008, 06:44 AM
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