Why The Captains of Crush Hand Grippers Are The #1 Hand Gripper In The World
When it comes to grippers, the Captains of Crush hand aren’t probably the best, aren’t possibly the best, aren’t maybe the best …they are THE BEST.
Did you know there are currently over 17 different companies making hand grippers all over the world? Yes, many options indeed. Before we hung out our shingle at Functionalhandstrength.com we took a long look at all the hand gripper choices out there. While there are plenty of options to choose from there was only one choice for us – THE BEST. That is why we feature the Captains of Crush line from Ironmind.
Ask any athlete who is serious about hand strength development, “Who makes the best hand grippers?” …the answer will always be the same: Ironmind. Strongmen, football players, boxers, wrestlers, gymnasts, weightlifters, musicians, rock climbers, combat athletes, golfers, tennis players, kettlebell athletes – go with the Ironmind Captains of Crush hand grippers and you go with the choice of the pros!
Check out this very cool ad for the Ironmnd Captains of Crush Grippers from the inside
cover of the Japanese edition of Ironman. Yes, the Ironmind Captains of Crush hand grippers are undoubtedly the #1 brand of hand grippers in the world — and you can train with them too!
If you want to get started right away with developing your bone-crusher grip, visit this page and find out which Ironmind hand grippers are right for you: The Functional Hand Strength Hand Gripper Buying Guide
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 quitting.
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 practice.
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 just one.
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 value.
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!
Hand and Grip Strength Products
JOIN THE IRON LEAGUE!
…Some have called it “The Iron Game Library of Congress” which is a very good way to put it, and it is our goal to create our own “place” …where everyone speaks a common language… and can ‘talk shop’ on what works and what doesn’t in the world of serious training. You’ll find material from the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, Grip Training, Steel Bending, Olympic Weight-Lifting, Powerlifting, Gymnastics, Boxing, Wrestling, Conditioning workouts and just about any other training topic you can think of. More info…
NEW! FHS Pulling Rope
When you are around strength training as much as I am, sometimes it’s easy to overlook some good ideas… The good news is that they eventually seem to come back around. Let me give you a great example: A little while back, the idea popped into my head that I should take a harder look at sled pulling. Don’t ask me where the idea came from, I sure couldn’t tell you, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. More info…
Kindle e-books We feature several of our titles on the E-Book/Kindle Format. We have posted all our e-book titles on this page for quick and easy viewing. New titles will be appearing often. More info…
Get a Grip! With Joe Kinney
In this groundbreaking DVD, you can see the original “Get a Grip!” video, put together by the first man to close the IronMind #4 Gripper, Mr. Joe Kinney. You’ll learn all about his training equipment, his workout ideas and more importantly: his results.
Includes the only footage of the #4 gripper ever closed on film plus over TWO HOURS of additional material, shot in the summer of 2009, where Joe Kinney revisits his training and offers insight and instruction not found in the original video. More info…
Can’t think of the perfect gift? Give the gift of strength with a Functional Hand Strength Gift Card. Available in $30, $50, and $100 denominations, they are the perfect gift for trainers, athletes, musicians, or anyone who wants to gain some serious strength.These gift cards can be used on any of our websites. More info…
Top Quality Manila Climbing Ropes
Rope climbing is one of the very best exercises for serious athletes. If you are looking for a single exercise that will increase your grip strength and train every other muscle in your entire body, rope climbing is it. Our high-quality manila gym climbing ropes are made of the finest quality 3-strand grade-A manila and come with a steel clamp on one end for easy installation and removal. The other end of the rope is covered by a polyboot to prevent unraveling and promote durability during heavy use. More info…
Polyplus Outdoor Climbing Ropes
Our Synthetic Polyplus Outdoor Climbing Ropes are ready to battle the elements and have you swinging from tree to tree like Tarzan in no time flat. Choose these synthetic climbing ropes if you plan to do any outside climbing. More info…
2-Inch Thick Climbing Ropes
Want to be stronger than King Kong? — I’m sure everyone would agree that rope climbing is a serious workout… There’s no other exercise quite like rope climbing for building a “gorilla grip” and a sturdy back. Our traditional 1.5-inch diameter climbing ropes provide a number of interesting exercises for any routine….but more and more athletes have been clamoring for a new rope climbing challenge and so here it is: More Info…
How to Be a Champion by Ernie Jeffrey
If you want to learn what it takes to be a Champion Armwrestler, Ernie Jeffrey can show you…he coached some of the best in the game and put his theories down on paper. One of our scouts found a few mint copies of his incredibly rare training book published in 1977, so grab your copy now and become a real “terror” at the table. Arm wrestling rules and techniques have evolved over the years, but the need to build strength and power haven’t changed since the beginning… More Info…
You will find very little, if any, modern sources on hand-balancing available anywhere…until NOW that is. Thanks to strength author, historian, and publisher Bill Hinbern, the lost art of hand-balancing lives again… This training guide provides dozens of interesting techniques and supplementary exercises to get you hand-balancing like a champ in no time. More Info…
Climbing Rope Accessories and Attachment Hardware
If you’re setting up a climbing rope, you are going to need the right hardware to safely and efficiently attach it somewhere. We provide several options to handle a variety of installation needs, including I-Beam clamps, Wood Beam hangers, and Pipe Clamp hangers.
All manila rope orders come with the L-1 link (pictured at left) which will help you connect your rope to your specific type of attachment hardware.We also offer several custom options for your rope, such as various types of knots (monkey paw, “big knot,” and ball stop), a “rope hoist,” and the highly practical “tambourine.” More Info…
FHS Custom Short Rope
…well this got us to thinkin’ – how about if we combined the great hand strength benefits of climbing ropes with something portable enough to be used just about anywhere and by just about anyone? The result was the FHS CUSTOM SHORT ROPE.This custom piece is one of our classic three strand manila ropes cut down to a much more manageable length.
These ropes feature all of the great components which make them the best ropes out there except that they are only three feet in length! Perfect for carrying in a gym bag. More Info…
Finger Fitness Guide Book and Instructional DVD
The Finger Fitness Program has been in development for over 20 years and originally began as a small booklet. Over the years, it has grown and grown until now it incorporates an 80 page instructional manual as well as a 63 minute step-by-step demonstrational DVD. More Info…
ADVANCED Finger Fitness DVD
The new ADVANCED Finger Fitness program provides 15 exercises which are level coded from 1 to 5 for ease of use. These exercises are ideal for use as warmups or short breaks in the workplace to enhance and maintain flexibility and dexterity. More Info…
The Official Functional Hand Strength Logo T-Shirt
What does “The Human Vise” Pat Povilaitis wear when he performs his extreme strength feats? Camo pants, lifting shoes and the Official Functional Hand Strength Logo T-Shirt of course!This high quality 50/50 Cotton-Polyester blend is the coolest t-Shirt on the Net. Our logo is featured on the front and back along with our motto: “Earn it.” Available only in kick a$$ black.More Info…
Reading List From time to time, we come across books and other resources that we really enjoy but that we don’t actually carry — in case you are looking for something new and interesting to add to your reading list, check these out: More info…