Welcome to FHS!

Welcome to FHS!
Back before my first year of High School and a few years later, just before I entered college they had a thing called “Orientation” – a program to make sure all the incoming freshman knew the way around: where their classes were … where to buy books … best places to eat … etc., etc. In that same spirit, and just so everyone is on the same page, we have put together an “Orientation” of sorts for learning your way around www.functionalhandstrength.com.

Here, you will find a few important things that you should know as you spend time navigating around this website. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the information found on this page.

Who’s running this joint?
First of all, who am I? My name is John Wood, that’s me over on the left doing a few curls.

As you have probably guessed by now, I’ve got a pretty varied interest in training. I’m not going to say that I have “done it all” but I have certainly done many different kinds of training … thick bars … 20-rep squats … power rack work … heavy supports …. barrel lifting …. sand bag training …. sledge hammers … you know, the stuff that can make you strong as a bear… but also probably get you kicked out of most gyms (or, at the least, plenty of funny looks).

One of my great interests is in hand strength — which you also probably guessed by now, since that is the topic that this entire website is devoted to. I closed the famed Iron Mind #3 gripper since I was 15 years old, so I know a thing or two about developing hand strength.

When it comes to getting strong, hand strength is pretty important — you can’t lift a weight unless you can hold onto it — yet the fact of the matter os that specific hand and grip strength exercises are downplayed or even ignored in many programs — set of half-hearted wrist curls every now and then just aint going to get the job done

I think that’s a real shame, especially considering just how much strength potential there is in the grip and forearm muscles… but you have to know how to do it right which is where I come in.

The Mission Ahead
One of the reasons why you are reading this page is that you took the extra step and joined up to my email list — sweet! I’ve got a lot of things to share, much of it about grip training, but info on all kinds of other things. Grip training is one of the most important aspects of every workout, but it is also just *one* of the aspects, there are many other things to consider. These are the kinds of things that I cover through my daily emails.

Yes, I said “daily” — as in every day — and sometimes more than once a day. I’ve got a lot of interesting things to share: workouts … training tips … things I’m working on in my own training … mistakes I’ve made (and hopefully how I corrected them and learned something from making them) … readers’ questions … equipment questions and suggestions … new product announcements… as you can see, there are many important things to cover, much more than we could do by emailing once or twice a month. If you are passionate about something, then it makes sense to learn all you can about it so I believe all the information that I am going to send your way is a good thing.

One of the most important factors in training success is consistency and reading something about training each day goes a long way in keeping you on track.

Yes, I do mention and promote my hand and grip strength products in these emails. If there is a strength tool or training guide that will help you get to you want to go, I would be remiss if I didn’t make you aware of it. You certainly don’t have to purchase anything from me to stick around, but I believe that our products have a lot to offer so I have no problem with shouting their merits far and wide, do you may at least want to have a look … and though it breaks my cold, dead heart, if you would like to unsubscribe from our e-mail list at any time, there is an unsubscribe link located at the bottom of every one of my daily e-mails.

This would also be a good time to mention that every page of our website is secure, and your information is never shared with anyone for any reason in case you might be wondering.
Questions and Answers
As you might guess, I get a lot of questions sent my way… If you have a question on a piece of equipment, you’ll want to have a look at this section of the site we also have some frequently asked questions on this page. The info pages for respective products often contain a lot of answers to basic questions so my advice would be to read those thoroughly first and also search the site. Questions on products, ordering or anything else having to do with customer service are addressed immediately by our staff… E-mails received on weekends and after our usual business hours will be answered promptly during the next business day.

What about training questions? My in-box is filled with them each day. It would be impossible for me to answer them all, so in order to help the greatest number of people, those are covered through my daily emails. You’ll also want to check out my training blog.
Doing Some Business
My guess is that you have probably done your fair share of ordering stuff through various online sources and our corner of the web is pretty typical in that regard. We get orders out as quickly as we can as a matter of principle — the faster we get your items into your hands, the quicker you can start using them to get stronger. We cover a lot of material on ordering in our Help Desk area. Please feel free to drop us a line by phone or email if you have any questions on anything or need any assistance, we’re happy to help any way we can.

Whew! that should about cover it — at least for now. Look for a cool grip workout from me in your mailbox tomorrow.

Train hard,

John Wood

About Us

About Us
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.
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 Iron Mind #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.

Walnut Hills Eagles

Milford Academy Falcons

Michigan Wolverines
Wood graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in General Studies and more recently completed his Masters degree from the University of Michigan School of Information.

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“Why Stronger Hands are the
Ultimate Secret Weapon”
The unique training equipment and methods for building superhuman grip strength are now at your fingertips…
John Wood does a 140 lb. one-arm dumbell snatch at Dr. Ken Leistner’s place.

Everyone is looking for an edge — that one thing that is going to give them an unbelievable advantage in every situation…you’ve come to the right place – this is where you will find that edge: hand strength, grip strength, wrist strength, forearm strength — whatever it takes to develop your lower arms to the max. Thank you for coming to Functional Hand Strength, the World’s Best Hand & Grip Strength Training Instructional website.

My name is John Wood this is the place where you will find what could be that “one thing” – hand strength! We provide top quality grip tools and training courses that will truly make the difference in your routine. You see, I was lucky enough to discover the importance of stronger hands a long time ago.

Back in high school, I started training my grip for football and I’ve never looked back. Building an “Iron Grip” helped me excel in every sport I played, whether it was on the football field, in the weight room, or in some other athletic event. Of course, I made plenty of mistakes along the way too, mistakes that you can learn a lot from.

There are plenty of ways to build brutally strong hands…and there are many ways to waste your valuable training time too.

I know…

I’ve done my fair share of each over the years but the important thing is that \throughout the process, I was able to find out which training techniques and methods work (and what to avoid at all costs). Now I have decided to share my extensive knowledge and let others in on the grip training “secret weapon.”

Of course, hand strength is only the beginning — you can’t build strong hands without knowing how to strengthen everything else, which is why throughout this website you will find materials for building all kinds of unusual strength. That’s why I created this website, to provide you with only the very best grip training products and training information. Accept nothing less for your training.

I fully believe that anyone who really works at it can develop a pair of hands that they can be proud of, but you have to know how to do it right…and that’s why we’re here.

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Where to Begin

In the boxes below you’ll find some of our most popular products. As far as training goes, the cornerstone of every grip training program should be “finger flexion,” or the “crushing movement” – this aspect is trained very effectively with hand grippers andwe carry the top brand in the industry: Captains of Crush from Iron Mind.

These grippers are now available in 11 resistance strengths to help you “climb the mountain” toward an iron grip one step at a time.

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