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I have had a few hand grips in over 16 years of using them intermitantly, I have found that they vary massively in comfort and effectiveness, and these grips are not the best. Grips are important in weight lifting as it is one of the major componants. Grip from the wrist and fingers are one of the major weak links in the bodies ability to lift weights using muscle mass. Your biceps, triceps and deltoids have far more muscle mass than your wrist or hand muscle and so these latter muscles should be built up so that you can lift weights for longer sets and heavier reps. Too often people ignore these muscle groups and I have seen the toughest guys with bulging muscle have to drop a dead lift and immediately hold their hands in pain as that was the part that gave way first.
These hand grips are of the usual level type device that you see executives all over the country using in their offices (another issue is that unless you have a special reason to strengthen these muscle groups, to use one of these grips excessively only results in pointlessly powerful hands and arthritus in later life !). Most grips are hand held like this but you can find machine based grips in gyms too, the downside is that you cant use those ones at any time.
The grip is obviously light but you can get lighter ones that are made from plastic, as these ones are made from beech wood. You simply squeeze the lever which is a strng metal srping and this provides resistence to the hand and builds up strength and muscle mass in the forearm and hand area. Some people have said that it improves dexterity but I cannot see how this would be the case...strength and power is improved but you wont be able to move your fingers in any greater way then you can already. Nor does it improve fitness ! You will not really work up much of a sweat using these.
The beech wood varnished grip is of high quality, it wont give you splinters or chip away easily and the steel spring is ceetainly strong enough to last for years without weakening, ive had mine a year and unlike other hand grips it has not started to squeek yet, which is pretty annoying for anyone around me in my office.
The problem is undoubtadly the grip....its varnished effect means that as you pump, your hand naturally gets sweaty and this simply makes the surfice of the grip slippery, so you find it harder to actually keep your fingers in the right place. I used to have a plastic moulded hand grip that had diverts for your fingers with a bobbly effect, which was a little abrasive on the skin, but kept your hand in place. I have also seen rubber gripped ones which mould into you natural finger shape over time, absorb the sweat and seem much more comfortable, although they are more expensive.
You should be able to get one of these grips for around £6-7 from any good online retailer, again I think the wood grip contributes to the higher cost as you can get cheaper ones out there that are way more comfortable.
Strength hand grips - so many brands, so little time to choose from between them. And why would you worry too much, in all honesty? Well, the trick is in working out how much time you actually plan on using them, and then deciding from that whether or not you need to spend a lot of money and go for comfort and durability, or whether the quality from a product such as this one is sufficient.
I wouldn't want to criticise an Everlast product, and indeed this one's durability is unquestionable. With exercises focusing on your hands and when sweat is involved though, the last thing you want is calluses or skin abrasions, and hand on wood is never ideal.
What Everlast have here is a strong hand grips product. The metal coiling is incredibly durable, but not so tense that you can't actually operate it unless you're He-Man. The idea behind this product is to strengthen your wrists and arms, forearms mainly. You hold the grip with your thumb around one of the handles and your fingers around the other, and squeeze it together, which goes against the natural pressure of the metal coil at the top of the handles. It's a really good workout, but as I said earlier, it really depends as to how much you're intending on using them. There's no doubting the quality of design here, the product will last a good long time without showing wear or tear. I've seen other similar products where the metal and handle join area has become worn and this can lead to the grips getting looser and ultimately breaking. Everlast's grips won't do this.
But it's so important to make sure you get the right grip when choosing this sort of thing. To start with, these feel very comfortable. The wood is smooth and you don't feel like it's going to get clammy and sticky when you start sweating. Once this does happen, there's enough grip so that you don't feel it's going to slip out of your hand at any moment, but it's not tacky or sticky so as to feel like the wood is getting saturated. It's well protected.
The only problem would come with excessive usage, and I'm talking about a good few minutes on a regular basis as opposed to hours. I've used other products where the grips have sort of moulded themselves to the contours of my hands and this has resulted in a comfortable feeling. Sometimes this also results in the grips becoming worn, and while this won't happen here, what you don't get is the comfortable feel of a moulded grip. The hard wood becomes somewhat abrasive and bruising once you have to put a bit more effort into it, and while this might not happen to a seasoned pro with bulging forearms, as a beginner you'd need to think about whether you should opt for a softer grip.
Personally, I would choose the grip for comfort above all else. I find there's a psychological advantage to feeling something comfortable in your hands when exercising like this, there's no use in persevering if you lose motivation because something doesn't feel right. These Everlast grips are without doubt of high quality, but personally I'd choose something with a softer grip.
I bought these hand grips in order to improve general arm strength as I felt that I needed to improve my upper body strength and since I trusted Everlast as a good fitness brand I bought these and this is what I thought about them.
The price of these hand grips was £9 at my local fitness shop however I am pretty sure a better deal can be found with a bit more searching on the internet. I think the price is just about right considering the quality of these hand grips.....
The handles are well made from clearly long lasting materials as the wood is solid and well finished and the metal is just about "indestructible". What impressed me the most about this product is that they are put together very tightly so you get a very confident feel when using them.
The resistance is good as I find them quite challenging after a few tries, so you are guaranteed a hard work out. The handles are comfortable in the hand as they are made with the right thickness for an average sized hand, so you are not going to be struggling to hold these handles if you have slightly small hands.
Overall, these handles are great for using to improve general grip and strength thanks to the simple and ergonomic design that is comfortable to use and the good amount of resistance provided by the springs.
A product that I would recommend to any one. A product definitely worth a 5 star rating.
Im reviewing fitness strength hand grips from Everlast. These hand grips are a compact and portable lever type device that you squeeze in order to build up strength and muscle. Athletes and avid gym goers mainly use them to incease their ability to excel at their own sport. Hand grips give you more forearm muscularity, greater hand endurance, increased hand strength and improved dexterity. They build the muscles up in and around the fingers and wrists. Great for any level of fitness and for all ages.
This product is avalable from most sports stores and from the Everlast website and are around £10. I personally got thses in the Argos clearence sale for £8.00
I am a personal trainner and I get asked all the time 'what can I do to improve my grip?' Well, I first came across these in the Argos sale, which is the original reason for buying them. Everlast are a great brand and I often buy their stuff for my fitness routie and for my clients. I mainly use their boxing stuff which I have found to be great quality and a great price, so when I needed some hand grips and saw these, wow I thought, great. I bought them from Argos, they came with no packaging, just an Everlast tag on the top. All of the signs are in the Everlast yellow and black. Using them is very easy, put them between your thumb and the rest of your fingers and push together and realese. Now At first I have to say they were difficult until I 'broke them in' as they say. They also did have a squeek sound everytime I pushed them together.
After breaking them in they were fine to use and easy, with good tension. What I like about these is that they have a very smooh movement, making it easy to use. For the price they are excellent and although they squeek at first, all you have to do is put some oil on them and then it stops. Now the bad point is that they are one size fits all which I find is mainlly ok, but if you have small hands it makes it hard to use them. Also I find the wooden handles to be a bit of a pain as if you have sweaty palms, or get clammy hands when exercising then the handles become slippy and this makes the grips difficult to use.
Overall though for the price I think they are great. If you want to spend an extra £5-£10 you can get some with a rubber handle but these do the job and I have seen some improvement in my grip and also my clients. They are smoooth and have great tension, so I give them 4/5 and I would buy them again and I have recommended them. Everlast gets my custom once again andd does a great job.
Thanks for reading and rating.