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Getting Started with Heavy-Duty Spring Hand Gripper Training
Of all the emails that we have received at the FHS office, I would estimate that
at least 75% come from people wanting to know how to close spring hand grippers.
I'm a big fan of hand grippers and I don't know if there is a more satisfying
feeling in all of strength training than finally hearing the "click" of the handles
of a gripper you have been working on for a long time.
Gripper training is
also very worthwhile since it is also, one of the very best methods of
strengthening your hands. I believe that developing the "crushing" strength is
much like the "squat" of grip training. It works a lot of muscle mass brutally
hard, directly and throughout a full range of motion working the entire
arm and forearm.
When it comes to gripper training, there are two different modes of thought
that you should be aware of.
Many people look at hand grippers as a goal or a personal challenge in-and-of
themselves. The hand gripper can become very powerful motivation for training
but in this way of thinking, closing it is the only goal, the other benefits from
training become secondary.
I have even heard of some guys who base their entire training routines around
grippers (and little else.) This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though I believe
it quickly turns into overtraining, disappointment, frustration and subsequent
It is also easy to think that since you are dealing with a small
muscle group that it can "take more punishment." This is a bad move.
The other way of looking at hand grippers is a way that I have noticed many
people tend to forget about: that of a training tool. While many people get
caught up in focusing on closing the heaviest gripper they can for a single
repetition, all that really matters is that you keep getting stronger, and this
can mean with multiple reps or with the "lighter" grippers too. As long as you
keep making progress, closing the heavier grippers will happen. I look at this
as a win-win situation.
My training is a blend of these two styles. While I am focused on closing the
#4, I also realize that as long as I get stronger every workout and keep making
progress, it becomes just a matter of time until I get where I want to go.
I also want to clear up one thing up right now: in order to develop super strong
hands, with grippers or any other kind of grip training, it does NOT take hours
and hours of training. Many people seem to be under the impression that it is
necessary to close a gripper for hundreds of reps in order to become stronger.
While marathon workouts are certainly impressive in one regard, the fact of the matter is that
they are more often than not a big waste of time.
What we are looking for is quality, not quantity.
The first thing that you will need to know when beginning a gripper program is
how to choose the right gripper for the job. Remember, this is for training, not
Up until a year ago, the Iron Mind grippers came in 4 different strengths which
are very well known by now: The Trainer, #1, #2, #3 and #4. Recently, Iron Mind came out
with two new grippers, the Guide and the Sport. These grippers are one and two
notches below the Trainer.
If you are just starting out with gripper training and you do not know which
grippers to get first, I would recommend getting the Guide, Sport and Trainer. I
say this for a number of reasons, first of all, say you jump right into the
harder grippers and you choose one that you can only close once or twice-how are
you supposed to train with that?
You are going to need the lighter grippers to build the proper form and technique
and quite honestly, do some higher rep work to get your skin used to the
knurling. You can get the harder ones later and you should, as it will be
necessary for the sake of progression to have them all. In fact, you will end up
getting the whole set at some point. Trust me, I know from experience that it's hard to stop at
I see lots of guys who balk at the lighter grippers and as soon as they close
one, trade it away. I think this is a big mistake, as I said earlier, the
grippers are tools for building strength and the lighter ones can have tremendous
Let me tell you, even though my #4 progress is coming along nicely, the Guide
and the Sport have become a welcome addition to my training. I am now able to do
some single digit work and dynamic thumb work with these that has been impossible
with the harder grippers.
Now that you have chosen the proper grippers, we can move on to the key aspects
that you must incorporate into your workout-coming up next!
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