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Increase your grip strength.

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by Blaster, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Have you tried the "Captains of Crush Grippers". They are an excelent product and great for improving your grip strength.

    THE BREAKDOWN

    Trainer @ 100 lb. --- 2 to 3 Times stronger than grippers you have ever owned before
    #1 @ 140 lb. --- Stops most guys who lift weights
    #2 @ 195 lb. --- Rarely closed
    #3 @ 280 lb. --- Only closed by about 75 men in the world
    #4 @ 365 lb. --- Fully closed by only one man under authenticated conditions

    Check them out here: http://www.emersonknives.com/EK_Grippers.html

    You can also find them at Ironmind.com along with many other great strength products.
     
  2. LittleFoot

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    thanks, but i think i'll stick with having a girlfriend ;j
     


  3. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

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    A couple of things about that website. First, the number 4 has been closed by 2 people.

    Secondly, the COCs are Ironmind products, are we sure that Emerson Knives sell the real McCoy? I'm not trying to accuse any one of forging grippers, but I didn't know Strossen supplied other dealers.
     
  4. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    My point wasn't to get into just how many people have actually closed a #4 Gripper, but if you want to press the issue the actual number is 5 people. Apparently Emerson's web site has not been kept up to date. http://www.ironmind.com/ironcms/opencms/IronMind/Main/captainwhoswho2.html
     
  5. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

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    Interesting. Pressing an issue though? Hardly. Obviously I didn't know about Samuelson, Heslop and umm, the guy after Holle. They aren't mentioned in my most recent Ironmind catalog, and I don't subscribe to Strossen's magazine.

    But my bigger point was more along the lines of Ironmind supplying other vendors. I am taken a bit by surprise by this. Is this a deal where Emerson advertises the COCs so they are exposed to a new audience and orders are actually drop shipped from Ironmind?

    Thanks for updating me on the #4s.

    Jack
     
  6. USPMAN

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    And about 3 more people have closed the #4, but Strossen kept missing them. (Even though the first guy certified (Kinney) was witnessed only by his wife). Now the rules to certifying are changed to make it all but impossible. Also, the #3 has fallen to more men in the last two years.

    And for the record, I can close the #2.
     
  7. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    Just what my Carpal Tunnel(sp?) needed!
     
  8. Germanasian

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    About how strong of a guy does it take to close down a #2? I know there's no exact way to tell, but what kind of lifts does a guy that can squeeze #2 do (i.e. you, USPMAN)?
     
  9. USPMAN

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    I think anyone can close the #2 with some training, but it may take anywhere from weeks to months. Someone that can open the package and slam shut the #2 is unreal. (a few have closed the #3 first time ;P ) I took several months to be able to do it, one week to close the #1. I am almost 6-0, 155# on a good day, and 22 y/o. I have seen incredibly strong guys (+300# bench) fail to close the #1 when I show it to them. For comparison, a #2 is about as hard to close as crushing a small Red Delicious apple, and most guys can't chest close a #3 with two hands.
     
  10. Germanasian

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    Thanks, USP. I guess I better get the #1 then. Have you noticed the grip training helping you in any facet of life or other training since you started?
     
  11. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

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    Germanazn,

    From Ironminds website...



    I don't know anything about you, so maybe the #1 is for you. But unlless you've trained crushing grip, Ironmind recommends starting with the trainer.

    Good luck,
    Jack
     
  12. USPMAN

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    Well, my hands are thicker. I can hold on to heavier weights (250# one hand deadlifts), I can burst unopened soda cans with a two handed chest crush, and throw a football with more accuracy. Go for it. If you can pick up a 25 to 35lb dumbell up vertically, with one hand, by the weight (i.e. thumb on the number 35), get the #1. If not, you might want to get the trainer to start.

    For motivation, look at Tommy Heslep on Ironmind's list. He only weighs 185 lbs, and not only closed the #4, but can also pinch 2 45# plates, smooth side out, with 2 fingers and a thumb.
     
  13. Germanasian

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    I'm not sure I understand this. What type of dumbell are you talking about? There are the iron ones that are all one piece of steel like the old timers used, there are the ones with mini "plates" on the ends of a knurled bar, ones with a knurled bar and a single disc (that gets thicker the heavier you go) on the ends, and the hexagonal dumbells. Where do I grab it exactly and how many fingers can I use? What about trying to pick up a plate by the center 'hub'?

    Thanks
     
  14. USPMAN

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    Use a hex dumbell. Balance it straight up on the floor. Pick it up by the top, not the handle, like you would pick up a CD. Use all of your fingers. Basically, you are trying to lift a block weight. Better would be to saw the 2 35lb ends off of a 70lb hex dumbell and lift them. BTW, the "old-timer" iron ones, what do they look like (i.e. brand, weight, color)?
     
  15. Germanasian

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    OK, thanks. I'll have to go to the fitness store and 'try' out some of their hex dumbells.

    The 'old timer' dumbells I was referring to were the all solid one piece iron dumbells that were simply two round balls connected by a handle.
     
  16. Team Greenbaum

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    I just stumbled on this thread by accident. Here's my $0.02.

    Ironmind does sell their Captains of Crush Grippers through other dealers I have no doubt that the ones from Emerson are authentic.

    A person's size and gym lifts have very little to do with grip strength. The best "natural" closers are people who work with their hands & fingers all day like electricians and mechanics. As stated above, if you've done some grip training already, start with the #1, otherwise start with the Trainer.

    -Scott Greenbaum
     
  17. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    I can do eight to 10 reps with the #2 and get the #3 halfway closed. I need to get back on grip training and close the #3.
     
  18. Team Greenbaum

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    That's excellent! I highly recommend training with strap holds to finish off that #3. Hang some weight from a fabric/nylon/leather strap, close the #2 and clamp the handles on other end of the strap, and then lift the weight. For a real challenge, try a using a steel ruler...