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About John Wood

John Wood, a former Defensive Lineman for the University of Michigan football team, is well known throughout the strength world for his unusual feats of hand strength and his in-depth knowledge of many classical "lost" exercises such as the one-arm snatch and the bent press.

To date, his many grip strength accomplishments include closing the IronMind #3 hand gripper; lifting the 172 lb. Thomas Inch Challenge Dumbbell and the ability to explode beer cans with the power of his hands.

A 1997 graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wood originally began training his hands in preparation for High School football. This hand training was a large contributor to his football success and led him to a stint at Milford Academy Prep School in Milford, Connecticut and then as a scholarship athlete for the University of Michigan. He was a part of two Big Ten Championship Teams for the Wolverines as well as a two time letter winner.
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Wood graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in General Studies and more recently completed his Masters degree from The School of Information also located at the University of Michigan.
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About Functional Hand Strength

www.functionalhandstrength.com is the place for information on hand strength and unusual forms of training. Founded in January of 2005, FHS has quickly become one of the top strength websites on the internet. Here's a quick look at some of the other sections of our website:

  • Our News and Updates Page is regularly updated anytime we make any changes or add something new to the site.
  • In the What are you training for? section, you will find advice and recommendations for several different types of athletes. You'll want to visit this section if you are unsure of where to begin or need some advice on equipment or books that would be helpful.
  • The About John Wood is where you are right now, and provides information and an overview of the website.
  • Visit the FHS BLOG for regularly posted articles and training information.
  • The Live Support is a feature that is only available at FHS. If you have a question or need assistance while you browse our website, step into the Live Support and one of our service representatives will help get the information that you might need.
  • Our Hand & Grip Strength Products section is pretty straightforward. If you need as hand gripper, climbing rope or anything else, this is the page to visit first.
  • To help you get all the important information you may need, we set up a Product Q & A section where we cover any relevant information you would need to make an informed buying decision. In addition to product related questions, we also cover other frequently asked questions about ordering procedures and policies.
  • We put together our Training Kits to group some of our more popular items.
  • If you have a training question, you can ask it directly here: Ask a Training Question.
  • To see a list of all our featured items or find out how to order immediately please visit here: Order Now
  • Our Training Resources page provides links to our other sites and other places of interest on the internet.
  • You'll find a variety of training topics covered in our Hand & Grip Strength Articles
  • Visit our Testimonials section to see what some of our clients have to say about our products.
  • In the Hand Gripper Hall of Fame you'll find a variety of unusual and historical hand grippers.
  • Our Site Map features all the pages of our website for quick navigation.
  • If you need to contact us, you will find all our information here: Contact Us.
  • Details on our daily email tips: eNewsletter
  • When you order multiple items, you can see Your Shopping Cart



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