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Functional Hand Strength - Grip Strength - Building Powerful Hands
The advantages of building grip strength are numerous!

Whether you are an athlete training for your next competition, a musician looking for improved dexterity and flexibility for your next performance, a rock climber looking for improved stamina and performance on the rock face, or simply somebody that wants a powerful handshake, grip training should be an important facet of your workout. It is an often overlooked element that many athletes either feel isn't important or believe it wouldn't make any difference in their overall performance.
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What they fail to realize is that your hands are your tools. By strengthening and improving them, your overall performance will follow suit. This article will explain a few tools that will help you build strength, flexibility, stamina, and dexterity in your hands and forearms.
Start with the basics

The best approach is to start simple and work your way up. Hand grippers are a great way to get into grip training. They are inexpensive, durable, portable, and allow for progressive training. They are also a lot of fun to train with so motivation is rarely a problem.

If you aren't sure what kind of gripper is right for you, we here at Functional Hand Strength have developed an easy to follow Gripper Buying Guide to help you.
Hand Gripper Q & A
1. Which hand gripper should I start with?

2. When should I move up from one level to the next on the Captains of Crush grippers?

3. How many hand grippers should I have in order to train properly?

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How many Iron Mind Hand Gripper Strengths are there?

5. What are the Iron Mind hand grippers made out of and do they require any maintenance?

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A strength tool called the Ivanko Super Gripper is another great option for developing grip strength. Perfect for beginners and veterans alike, the Super Gripper is light, portable, durable, and provides you with many levels of resistance which allows for progressive training. It is built with movable springs that can be adjusted to different poundages, letting you pick the resistance you want. If you don't know where to start with gripper training, or simply want to train with one tool rather than several hand grippers, the Super Gripper is a very good choice for your training.

Ivanko Super Gripper Q & A
1. What is the resistance range on the Super Gripper?

2. Do you sell additional springs for the Ivanko Super Gripper?

3. Can I use the Super Gripper with the Iron Mind Captains of Crush heavy duty hand grippers (and vice versa) to vary my grip training and become stronger?

4. I am training for football/baseball/basketball/wrestling/etc., will the Ivanko Super Gripper help me improve my game?

5. Will you ship the Ivanko Super Gripper overseas?

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The Ivanko Super Gripper - Grip Training for all skill levels - Strength training for the hands and forearms
The Super Gripper by Ivanko

Another popular piece of equipment for building grip strength are our climbing ropes. Ropes give you a complete upper-body workout and really work the grip. The beauty of these climbing ropes are their portability, durability, and simplicity. You will find them in most professional training programs such as the military and agencies like the FBI and the Fire Department. The standard size on a climbing rope would be 1.5-inch diameter, but 2-inch is also available for a greater grip challenge.

Ropes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are typically made from manila fibers , which provide a tacky yet comfortable gripping surface. If you're planning on keeping your rope outside, pick up a poly-plus rope, which are synthetic and are build to last outside in the elements. You can get any length you want. Many athletes choose short ropes (typically 3 feet) because they can carry it with them and simply attach it to a cable system on their multi-gym.

Climbing Rope Q & A
1. What is the difference between the 1.5" and 2" diameter ropes?

2. Out of what material are the FHS custom short ropes made?

3. Can I get a short rope made with synthetic material (Polyplus) like I can with the climbing ropes?

4. Does the FHS custom short rope come with any training materials?

5. What kind of exercises can I do with the FHS custom short rope?

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Outdoor PolyPlus Climbing Rope

Manila Climbing Rope
Dexterity, Flexibility, and Coordination Improvement

The are a number of ways to improve your flexibility and dexterity with your fingers. We suggest a fine product by Greg Irwin, the founder and creator of the Hand Health System. His Finger Fitness book and DVD set are an excellent collection of finger exercises and strengthening routines that we have found to be very effective.

For more information and products on training your grip, make sure to head over to our home page for more great resources. If you have any questions or need assistance, please use the live support chat featured below or give us a call at: 1-800-978-0206.

 
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