Review: This budget set Mandrill grip strength kit offers resistance up to 88 lbs and is good for beginner to intermediate athletes.
The set adds value by including a grip ring, finger trainer, finger stretcher recovery band and a carry bag so the set travels well.
I also love that the gripper is adjustable so you simply turn up the dial when you want more challenge.
Set of 5 grip trainers.
Very low price.
Offers resistance up to 88 lbs.
Adjustable resistance gripper.
Rubber finger stretcher is not very durable.
A good value for beginner grip strength training and hand therapy.
Hand X Band
Review: The hand X Band strengthen and defines forearms and upper hand in a unique way. Instead of contracting your hand into a fist, like other grip strengtheners, this strengthener goes over your fingers and you open the fingers instead of closing like a fist.
This works the back of your hand and forearms, enhancing muscle definition and vascularity.
Perfect balance to traditional grip strengtheners.
Easy to carry.
Bands may break over time.
Handy and portable, the perfect travel grip strength trainer.
Your Guide to Hand Grip Strengtheners – How to Choose the Best?
Cheap grippers are made with cheap material and in the case of grip strength trainers – you get what you pay for.
Look for stainless steel, aluminum, high-grade rubber and military grade compounds when you choose a gripper.
Remember: good grippers do not fail often, but cheap grippers might.
A spring under high tension can be dangerous if it fails while you are training, so go with your gut and pick quality over price.
Appropriate Resistance and Purpose
If you are using the grip trainer for therapy or recovery, lower resistances are the right choice. If you want to increase strength and vascularity, higher resistances are the right fit.
Only you know what your goals are, just keep in mind every set has its own purpose and make sure the grip strengthener you choose not only matches your budget, but must match your purpose.
Best Exercises to Strengthen Grip and How to Use Them
How to Use Grip Strengtheners?
Jedd gets it done in this video by showing us how to use a standard pair of grippers. I highly recommend you watch the video.
Jedd demonstrates which side of the gripper has the dogleg, which side of the gripper to hold, how to place the gripper in your hand, proper angle and more.
Some Exercises that Naturally Increase Grip Strength
Looking for a way to train your grip in addition to grip strengtheners?
Try these exercises:
Farmers carry or distance carries using really heavy weights.
Rock climbing or bouldering.
Deadhang – hang from a pull up bar as long as you can – be sure to change up your grip, underhand, overhand or mixed grip.
Hold a bumper plate for as long as you can hanging in one hand.
Go to a park and do the monkey bars, just like when you were a kid (It is harder now!).
Finger curls or wrist curls using a barbell.
Throw a towel over the pull up bar and hang from the towel as long as you can.
The grip strength Subreddit has resources like routine, ideas for specific muscle groups such as finger training or wrist focused training, ideas and tutorials on how to use specific brands of grip trainers, an entire list of specific grip training routines, and much more.
I highly recommend you check out this gripping resource.
Grip Strength Training FAQs
Do Grip Strengtheners Work?
Yes. While it’s true there are ways to increase grip strength with no equipment, a grip trainer is a convenient and effective way to increase strength.
I also like the fact that with most grip strengtheners you know the resistance up front, so you are not lefts guessing how strong your grip is, it is quantifiable.
Another great aspect of training with grip strength trainers is they are available in HEAVY resistances, up to 365 lbs for the Captain of Crush grippers and 350 lbs of resistance for the Heavy Grips.
BAM! That’s a lot of weight!
What is the Best Hand Grip Strengthener Brand?
My personal favorite brands are Captain of Crush, Cannon Powerworks, Fit Beasts, Heavy Grips, Apollo athletics pinch blocks, Iron Mind, Ivanko, Rogue, Fat Gripz, Trango, Vulcan and Gorilla Strength.
What is the Best Adjustable Gripper, or Grip Strengthener?
I like the Robert Baraban RED Adjustable Hand Gripper. It is not as popular and widely used as the ones I reviewed, but it has a whopping 50 different levels of adjustment between 50 lbs and 100 lbs of resistance.
I also like that it is chrome plated steel so it won’t rust, and it’s easy to carry with you.
Highly adjustable, and IMO, the best adjustable hand grip strengthener.
How do I Test My Grip Strength?
Find a pull up bar and time how long you can deadhang. Use different grips such as underhand, overhand or mixed grip. Keep track of these times so you can judge your progress based on how long you can hang using each grip.
Get a gripper with a known resistance level and judge your grip based on the most difficult gripper you can close.
Why is Grip Strength an Important Measure?
Your grip strength may be a limiting factor holding you back during training. It determines how many pull ups and chins ups you can do.
It also limits your deadlift weight and weighted snatches, and about a thousand other exercises rely on grip strength. But you already know that, that’s why you are here, right?
Fun fact: Your Grip strength may predict your level of aggression and sexual prowess. A study was done by the University of Albany, NY found that, at least when it comes to college-age men, the stronger the grip, the more sexually wanton and assertive the guy was.
It did not, however, find that to be true of women. Hmmm…
Well, What are You Waiting For?!?!
Don’t wait, pick up a pair of the best hand grip strengtheners for your routine and start pushing your limits today.
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Michael is a fitness expert and professional home/garage gym builder. His tutorials, guides, and reviews are backed up by his own experience and will definitely help you achieve your goals. He also loves putting mayo AND ketchup on the pizza for some reason!