Heavy Grips, Initial Impressions

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  • October 5, 2005 at 3:48 am #381

    Hi Guys,

    My name is Matt Jones and I just want to say G’day and introduce myself to the board (I know most forums like new members to intro themselves).

    I live in Adelaide and I run a training studio there, I am also the fitness writer for Blitz Martial Arts Magazine and do a few other bits and pieces relating to health and fitness.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with John’s service and the Heavy Grips that he sells.

    I was having dinner last night when my wife handed me my birthday present, I tore the box open and inside was all 5 of the Heavy Grips. She said she ordered them through John and he was a nice bloke to deal with which is good to know. So anyhow, I immediately dropped my fork and tore open the packs of the various grippers so I could have a play with them.

    Now, obviously I know that I should warm up and all those other things that with heavy grip work but it was my birthday and I wasn’t going to be slowed down.

    I grabbed the HG 100 and had a squeeze, it felt good and was quite easy so I figure it will serve as a nice warm up gripper. The knurling on all the grippers is great, not too much and not too little πŸ˜€ .

    I then grabbed the HG 150 and closed that for a few reps with no probs each hand so it was time for the HG 200 πŸ˜€ .

    The HG 200 was certainly tougher than the HG 150, I could do it each hand on my first attempt but after a few reps I could nolonger get those little handles to meet so I figured I better move onto the HG 250 before I my hands were totally fried πŸ˜€ .

    Now for the HG 250. This thing felt heavier than the others and I had heard that it’s a bear of a thing so I actually dragged my lazy butt out of the dining chair and stood up to try this thing. I had a crack at the HG 250 and was bummed as I missed out on a successful close on my first go by only about 3mm πŸ˜₯ . I had a few more attempts but as Vince Lombardi once said “fatigue makes cowards of us all”! Well, fatigue certainly made a coward out of my hands as after the HG 250 I could barely even close the 200 or 150, my paws were toasted!

    The HG 300 felt very tough and I think it will be quite a while before I make that thing close. On the upside, I have not done any specific grip or forearm work for about 5 years and even that was just some short term stuff with wrist rollers and pinch gripping. I did get an Ivanko Supergripper a couple years back but only played with it for a month or so as it just never quite felt right in my hand πŸ˜₯ . Conversely, the HG’s feel terrific and I’m sure I’ll be putting in some steady sessions with them for a long time to come.

    If any of you are thinking about trying some gripper training then grab the full set of HG’s from John, they are excellent and the lifetime warranty is something you just don’t see these days with most other strength products.

    Have a great day guys,
    Matt πŸ˜€

    October 5, 2005 at 8:55 am #1750

    another satisfied customer πŸ˜‰

    October 7, 2005 at 8:25 am #1751

    Damn, I can’t quite get the handles of the HG200s to touch.

    Mind you, before reading Matt’s post I was leaving a good 1cm gap.

    Maybe I need a set of those ClubBells?


    October 10, 2005 at 3:02 am #1752

    Damn, I can’t quite get the handles of the HG200s to touch.

    Mind you, before reading Matt’s post I was leaving a good 1cm gap.

    Maybe I need a set of those ClubBells?

    LOL, I am no salesman but I’d be lying if I said the Clubbells weren’t a great grip strengthener. My training for the last year was exclusively Clubbells up till a few months ago when I played with Barbells and Dumbbells again for a 4 week stint. After that I went back to Clubbells (I just prefer the feel of them) and have recently added in a few kettlebell exercises which I’ve been very pleased with.

    I am very excited about training my grip now though, I plan to work with the grippers 2-3 times per week and hope to crush the HG 250 shut in the next week or two. I’d also like to play with card tearing but I know that I have to be careful not to overtrain my grip (I also do BJJ which is pretty grip intensive too).

    Can’t wait to see how things come along. I can see how people get all caught up in their gripper training, I’d use them everyday if my hands could cope with the workload.

    I had another crack at the HG 250 last week, it just a spontaneous attempt when I walked through the door after work and was particulary keen (who isn’t keen to play with their new bday presents). I went for the close and just missed it with a gap that couldn’t have been more than 1 millimetre πŸ‘Ώ , arrrrrrgggghhhhhhhh, so close yet so far. Hopefully now that I’ll be starting my 2-3 gripper sessions each week that HG 250 will be crushed very soon. Man this gripper stuff is fun!

    Matt πŸ˜€

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