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2008/05/15 19:13:39 (permalink)

heavygrips

Anyone have a pair of these?
Any good?
I'm going to order some but don't know which strength to go for. I'm a bit of a girl
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/15 19:46:40 (permalink)
    Own them, sell them and use them (not necessarily in that order). There are a few in the range from their 100 through to the standard 300 (400's and 500's can still be found for sale). Plus a couple of companies use the same Chinese handle and spring makers...


    Anyway... baring in mind I'm a ****ing beast on grippers and can do all of their range up to and inc the 400 and have had the 500 down to 5mm from closing I'd suggest that if you workout etc go for a 200, 250 and 300. The HG range is easy on the hands cos the handles are lightly knurled and chromed. I like mine sharper and without the gloss etc. We don't sell them but my faves are the Beefbuilder brand. Most trainees would find these too rough and tough.

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/15 19:55:04 (permalink)
    Cheers big man. I'll start with a 200 and 250, see how i get on. I've got tiny hands, will this be a problem?

    Have you written any articles or long posts about gripwork or forearm training? I searched but nothing much came up by yoursel
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/15 20:43:42 (permalink)
    Check my log, just started, in the journals section and I wrote an e-book on the subject which MT sell for me: http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/grip-ebook.aspx

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/15 21:48:50 (permalink)
    Cheers Mobster. How do the HG grippers compare to the CoC ones. I have a Coc sport one that is pretty good but they seem to name them differently now
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/15 22:20:04 (permalink)
    This was asked on another forum (gripboard). You have to remember some of the guys there own over 100. I've got 21 I think but have only paid for 8 I think. See my comment on the Sport at the bottom.

    Brands include the beefbuilder brand made by Warren Tetting. He's the daddy, as it were, and made all of the early Ironmind 'Captains of Crush' grippers (different name in those days). The knurl on these are the nuts but some soft handed poofs find them a little rough. They are the Texas bar of the gripper world.

    You then have the almost ridiculously customizeable Robert Baraban grippers (Warren Tetting offers some ones offs as well). Narrow handles, black or silver chrome, big range of strengths and more. He also makes a few under agreements for a few dealers which only they sell.

    Then there is the Ironmind 'Captains of Crush' grippers. Like all IM products they are solid and well made. They are also the most well known and for many the first 'real' gripper (as opposed to the ****ty ones brought from stores) many get their hands on. Their 'Captains of Crush' number three is the bench mark by which others get their strength compared to. So you might read of a 2.6 or a 3.2. That'll be compared to what some felt was a average 3.

    The more mass market but still a little stronger brand than most sports shops sell is the Heavy Grip grippers. Bill Morrison is the owner (good guy as are most of the above) and was looking at one time to move 20,000 a month via Walmart but they'd have screwed him so royally with late payments etc he dropped the idea. Lighter knurl/grip, used to be chromed but now with the industry average aluminum handle. Using the '3' scale mentioned above their HG300 is a little lower (around 2.5) and their HG350 a little higher - maybe 3.2 - 3.3.

    There are others but ALL other than Robert Baraban's line which he assembles himself and the Beefbuilders by Warren (ditto) are made from mass produced parts.

    Ironminds 'Captains of Crush' sport is, to be honest, less than a warm up gripper. At best it's around 2x as strong as most plastic handled grippers brought from sports shops. I could probably squeeze two sports in one hand at the same time without pushing myself to do anything more than actually get my fingers around them.

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 08:30:52 (permalink)
    Very comprehensive response Mobster. Thanks for the info

    The CoC sport may not be up to much but it works for me, although I might need to go harder next time
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 12:44:50 (permalink)
    Do these really help to improve gripping strength for barbell training as I have a crap grip.
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 13:48:00 (permalink)
    They do but not at the top level. Grippers improve crushing strength rather than pure holding strength. But if you're doing nothing now you will see an improvement.

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 13:49:12 (permalink)
    I have a few RB grippers. Started off with just the 'trainer' at 100lbs, this was more than enough to start off with. SOme of my non-training friends really struggle to close it more than once. Just get this, and at the same time get the next step up, be it 120 or 140 or whatever). Build up to 20 good reps on the 100. Once you can do that use the next grip up one, thenjust keep progressing.

    If you can deadlift 200 with no straps though, then don't bother with 'the trainer', it's easy. Static holds with a ridiculuosly heavy BB (or DB's) will help your grip strength and forearm size too.

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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 13:55:58 (permalink)
    Mobster, do you get your beefbuilder grippers from wwfitness?

    Just saw the 'universe' gripper. 1000lbs of pressure!? ~Impossible?

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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/16 14:51:38 (permalink)
    No. I was going to but a US bud on the GB offered me a deal. That Universe is for collecting only.

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/31 13:20:03 (permalink)
    Just got my 200 through. fcuking hell. Dunno if it's the hangover or i'm just a bender, can't even close it once

    Think i'll have to start on the 150. oh the shame

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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/31 15:05:57 (permalink)
    Indeed. I could rep that from now until dooms day. You wanna buy my e-book yet??

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/05/31 15:06:40 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Jake

    Mobster, do you get your beefbuilder grippers from wwfitness?

    Just saw the 'universe' gripper. 1000lbs of pressure!? ~Impossible?


    From Tetting himself he's made another which is on utube and will take 1800!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppfw3RvaXiE
    post edited by Mobster - 2008/05/31 15:08:48

     
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/06/09 02:06:01 (permalink)
    I bought your book mobster mate, good read. It's funny how quickly strength comes on with the training- only been doing it maybe a week or 2 and it's getting easier already, forearms thickening up nicely aswell.

    cant recommend these highly enough, great bit of gear
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    RE: heavygrips 2008/06/09 06:26:20 (permalink)
    cool.

     
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