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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by tommboy, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. tommboy

    tommboy White Belt

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    Do I need to get anything else then grippers??? Or can I do different rep ranges and holds with them and be ok???
     
  2. Urban

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    get some blockweights. they'll be a better investment for grip strength. Really I'd say that for most people grippers are probably the least important tool you can use.
     
  3. tommboy

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    why do you say this and where can I buy them at???
     
  4. Urban

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    You know... there's several good threads on grip training already in existence. if you really want to know how to get strong lower arms I suggest you go out and buy mastery of hand strength by John Brookfield.
     
  5. tommboy

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    ok will do
     
  6. Urban

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    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=186742 is one of said threads.

    In any event I said what I said about block weights because they train the whole hand (thumb included, which is the weakest point in your grip). They're versatile, you can do cleans, curls, toss them from hand to hand (catching them overhand), snatches, or farmers walks. I think blockweights and levering are probably the best ways to develop your strength for most sports.

    What's a blockweight? well you could consult the glossary.
     
  7. vadrip

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    Use your dumbbells as clubbells, kettlebells and indian clubs, just put the plates on one side of the db handle and you have your kettlebells, clubbells, and indian clubs. You can have the plates on the inside or the outside of your wrist. You can also use short straight bars and ez-curl type bar as clubbells and indian clubs as well, just put the plates on one side of the bar. Not to mention, one handed barbell lifts hit the foreams good.
     
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    thickbar work is good too
     
  9. peanut butter

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    urban, could the 'hub-style pinch gripper' from ironmind be considered as an adjustable block weight.
     
  10. Lawrence Dunning

    Lawrence Dunning Amateur Fighter

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    I just found last night doing Preacher curls really works the forearms nicely. Ans=d also Dumbell shrugs after you have worked bi's just to get an extra pump in the foreams.
     
  11. Noskill

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    Yeah, work that pump, man. :rolleyes:

    Thick bar pawns IMO. I never tried block weights but you can do so much stuff with thick dumbells and barbells. And you can make uber cheap ones too.
     
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    Cant hurt to use the grippers though. Mike Piazza (baseball player - future hall of famer) is known for having the strongest grip and one of the quickest bat speeds. When he came to the Mets, he took a grip test and his grip was so strong that he broke the machine. He used to just do 1000 contractions with a gripper in one hand and then switch, repeat, etc.
     
  13. Urban

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    no. not in the least.
     
  14. Urban

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    I'd tell him to get a tougher gripper... but then again, it's working for him, so who am I to say stop? But it doesn't seem like you would need that kind of endurance in your forearms to swing a bat maybe 7 times max.
     
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    Yeah, and squeezing the gripper 1000 times in each hand sounds like a great way do develop carpal tunel in your wrists and arthritis in your hands. I would also tell him to cut back on the reps for his furture health. Just my opinion though. :eek:
     
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    how does it differ from a block weight?
     
  17. Urban

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    Blockweight:
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    Hub lift
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    Asside from not being able to do snatches, cleans, presses, or tosses with the hub lift, it's still the wrong shape and size and wrong grip used.
     
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    Don't bother buying a hub, just drill a hole through a hockey puck, add one hook, done.

    Is that your hand in the first pic Urban?
     
  19. Urban

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    no. I pulled it off google.
     
  20. peanut butter

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    isnt the hub training your whole hand like the block?
     

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