Many people have written in over the years to ask what my hand gripper “reps” look like when I train. I can’t (and won’t) speak for anyone else but here is a short video clip illustrating what things look like when I do my thing.

For best results, I prefer a full range of motion, a “pause” when the handles touch and letting the handles open in a somewhat deliberate manner – no monkey business here. Preferences aside, a greater range of motion means a greater percentage of muscle fibers are involved, ergo: a more efficient and effective workout.

The reason that I bring this up is that tempo is important, and some people had asked if reps should be done rapid fire, etc. You can do your reps in any way you like… What is shown here is simply my preference but I have certainly gotten very strong training grippers in this manner.

It should also probably be noted that any reps that I do, even with much lighter grippers, follow the same guidelines.

If you want to know what I recommend, then this style of would be it, at least the vast majority of the time. When it comes to reps, I have done it all: fast reps… slow reps… full reps… partial reps… timed holds… assisted reps… upside down reps… negative reps… all of those are worth experimenting with and some are more useful than others. My recommendation is to establish a “baseline” to see what you can do in the super-strict “style” outlined above — that way it makes it much easier to see whether or not you are getting stronger.

Train hard,
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