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      29.11.2012 23:53
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      York Fitness Hand Grips

      The Handgrips = = = = = = = York has been one of the biggest names in the global fitness equipment industry for over 75 years. York started life as 2 different companies, the first established in the USA in 1932 and operated in the world of Olympic Weightlifting, and the second was established in Canada in 1936 and began developing weights and benches for use in the home. Many of you will have probably heard of York Fitness if you are regular to exercising or going to the gym. York Fitness do a huge range of products suitable for the home including Dumbbells, Barbells, Weight Benches, Multi-gyms, Treadmills, Exercise Bikes, Cross Trainers, Kettle bells, Gym Balls and more. I first became familiar with this brand quite a few years ago when I purchased a set of dumbbells from my local Argos store. Since then I have also purchased kettle bells from the York Fitness range and made my most recent purchase from this range which is the Strong Handgrips. The handgrips actually come in 2 different strengths which includes strong and extra strong, I decided to purchase the strong as I thought that the extra strong would be too hard for me. The aim of the handgrips is to improve your grip strength and to tone your forearms. I have been training at my local gym for approximately 2 months and I do a lot of weight training. My grip isn't the best and quite often I find myself loosing grip when doing dead weights and other weight training. I have heard of products like this before helping to improve your grip so I thought I would purchase some to see if they really did help. The handgrips come in a bright green and white box and have a picture of the handgrips on the front. On the back of the box is some information about York Fitness. There aren't any instructions inside the box or any indication of how to use these; how-ever it's very straight forward and simple. The grips and made from metal and have a spring coil resistance making them tough and durable. There are soft foam handles which are grey in colour and these help to provide and comfortable grip when using them. Price/Availability = = = = = = = = I purchased the Strong handgrips from Amazon for just over £5.00. You can also purchase the Extra strong handgrips from Amazon as well. Alternatively you can buy these direct from www.yorkfitness.com for £7.99. Please note that you may also find these cheaper elsewhere. Using the Handgrips = = = = = = = = = The handgrips are the perfect size for holding in your hand and the first thing I noticed was how soft the foam handles were. Holding the grip in your hand you simply need to squeeze the handles towards each other so the handles in a sense close. I found this quite hard at first how-ever once you get into a routine of doing this I find that it becomes easier. The foam handles are very soft which makes them really comfortable when using. I have to admit that these aren't the most exciting things to use and they are very boring to use, how-ever they are great for helping to improve grip and tone in your forearm so I was determined to use these for a good few minutes every day or every other day to see how if things improved. I'm really glad that I went for the strong handgrips as I wouldn't have been able to do the extra strong ones. For me these handgrips are just right as they aren't too easy but aren't so hard that I can't use them. The handgrips can be stored back in their box, how-ever I just keep them hidden away in a drawer so I can take them out and use them anytime. As this is a boring exercise I tend to use these for a few minutes whilst watching a film so it isn't so boring. I have been using the grips for approximately 1 month now and I try to use them for at least a few minutes every day or every other day. I think my grip has definitely improved to what it was 1 month ago as I find that I can now grip weights at the gym much better than I could before. Even my personal trainer has noticed this. Overall Opinion = = = = = = = Although these don't look like they do much I think they do a fantastic job of helping to improve grip and to help tone up your forearms. I have definitely noticed a difference in my grip and it has improved to what it was like before I started using these. In terms of value I think these are very reasonable and as the grips are good quality and very well made. When looking for handgrips I wasn't really sure what brand to go for, how-ever I am now glad that I decided to purchase these. The grips are suitable for both men and woman and are suitable for using every day or every other day. Due the quality and strength of this item I expect them to last me a good few years and if not longer. If you find that you have trouble gripping things or just lack grip in general when you pick things up then I would highly recommend these as I found a good improvement after using them every day/every other day for a few weeks. I am taking 1 star off this product as it is a really boring exercise today; how-ever if you stick with it then you will see and feel the benefits of it. (review may also appear on ciao)

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      29.02.2012 20:56
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      A great little fitness extra

      I have a distinct memory of this kind of fitness equipment in my childhood. Someone in my family had a set, and I remember trying to use them - but being a child and having tiny child hands and tiny child arms, I couldn't move it an inch. Whoever it was using them made it look so easy I was in awe. Little did I know, they weren't the magical muscle creature as I presumed - but an adult, with adult hand and adult arms. So is the innocence of youth I guess. Fast forward 28 years, take away pretty much all of the innocence and replace it with unwanted body fat - and here I am desperately trying to get back into a fitness routine. These are not a recent purchase, but something I picked up a few years ago, midway into a year or so long fitness kick - but dug them out a few weeks ago in an effort to get back into the only good habit I think I've ever had. When I got these it was for a specific job - to tone and build size in my arms. I have a very, and increasingly odd physique - a fat ballerina look. Imagine if in Black Swan, instead of do ballet, Natalie Portman ate fast food, drank lager and sat on a sofa for the best part of 2 years. Picture that, change the gender and face, add more hair (take some hair off due to a receding hairline) and replace the breasts with moobs and you have my general look. I've always had skinny arms and they have never seemed to fatten up as the rest of my body does - so I decided to pick up a pair of these, a product designed to build size and help tone arms. I got them online, namely Amazon as I do pretty much everything, and if memory serves they were less than £10. A quick price check shows they have dropped in price to about £5-7, but I noticed now there is an option of 'strong' or 'extra strong', and as far as I can tell mine, as they black are the extra strong. I don't remember this option last time. They are a little easier to use than I remember as a child, so much so I can get a full squeeze and more out of them. On doing this, something the adult version of me does with some ease - right away i feel some pull in my forearm, wrist and fingers - with one simple action I can feel it working quite a few muscles. To get most use from this, I use both provided at once - but whats its really good at is that you can do them whilst doing other things, or nothing - namely sitting on the sofa watching TV and you can squeeze away on these very easily. They are pretty tight, but me being an average sized person, I don't find them hard until about 10 minutes of full squeezes - then I get some strain in my hands and feel a little burn - its by no means a session at the gym, but you can feel it doing some good. To describe how they work is sort of simple, but will take a bit of imagination - two grips that fit nicely between your finger tips and the palm of your hand are held together with a really tight spring. This spring is tight, but not too tight, meaning if you squeeze with your hand you will pull it together. As it pulls it puts a fair bit of resistance on your hand and works the muscles in your forearms. This set has two, one for each hand and they are a tiny bit of exercise kit - small and unintrusive meaning you can do them whilst doing other things without them causing much fuss. In terms of how effective they are its a mixed bag. Whilst you can certainly feel them working, there is not a huge visible result - I had to use them for a few months before my arms started to feel firmer - but not huge sign of any real extra tone to my arms. Never the less, I continued to use them purely because they are so easy to use and fit around other things - so much so, I've dug these out specifically to help me get back into the routine - breaking me in easily rather than full on. At only £5 they are a great buy but you will need to use them quite a lot to get results, but when you can do it whilst watching TV, there is no excuse to not give your arms a daily workout.

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      02.01.2012 10:41
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      An effective way to tone and exercise your arms

      WHAT IS IT? A pair of tightly coiled large springs with handgrips, used to build strength and muscle in the hands, wrists and forearms. Available in two tensions, I have the Strong set and my husband uses the Extra Strong grips. HOW DOES IT WORK? You literally grip the foam covered handles and squeeze them together. Best used in reps as it can get painful, I do twenty reps three times during a one hour workout as advised by my gym instructor.   IS IT ANY GOOD? I inherited these from my husband who was moving up to the stronger set, he has been building muscle and I was afraid to use them to begin with as I don't want to bulk out. Used in short bursts though they are an effective method of toning and the effort also burns a surprisingly large number of calories. I've been using them for three months and it still burns sometimes, this is an uncomfortable way to exercise but I carry on because I've seen superb results already in my hand strength and forearm shape. The handles are slightly too long and obviously designed with a mans bigger hand in mind, the overhang doesn't affect the workout but I'd prefer a shorter handgrip. The foam is thick and stops the metal of the spring coming into contact with my skin, this makes them comfortable to hold and the foam stops them slipping when my hands are sweaty. 4 Dooyoo Stars.

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      08.11.2011 23:03
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      Are these really working my forearms cant tell.

      I purchased a set of York hand grips for strengthen my hands as i often get writers cramp even just writing out a birthday card. I do suffer from arthritis in my wrists after a quick chat with the doctor he thought the York grips would do the world of good as long as i use them with care and not over do the exercises. York hand grips comes as a set and cost £5.99 from Amazon uk. York hand grips come in two strengths Strong or Extra strong, i purchased the Strong as i knew i wouldn't be able to cope with the Extra Strong strength. York hand grips come in a compact small box that's white in colour with green trim, it does have the red york logo on and a picture of the grips too. York hand grips are made from steel and have a large torsion spring at the top with two handles at the bottom. The handles are grey in colour with a foam covering around them for padding and grip. To use the York hand grips you basically hold a set of the grips one in each hand, the handles should be positioned in the palm of your hands so you can squeeze both handles with the thumb and fingers around them. I don't use the York hand grips as much as i should and it also depends on my wrists if they are painful with the arthritis then ill wait until they feel better. On average i use the grips two or three times a week. Also the Strong strength is plenty for me to work with and i can only just squeeze them but can not get the handles to meet i guess if i used them more often or the stronger my wrists get ill be able too. The good thing about the York hand grips as they don't take much attention, i can use these while watching tv. I use them for around 10-15 minutes at a time one in each hand and squeeze that's all there is too it. The idea is to build up the strength in wrists, hands and forearms, during use i instantly feel all the tension and muscles working. I have noticed less cramp in my hands and wrists but cant tell if they are toning my forearms yet. I have had the York hand grips for seven months now. I thing they are good quality and a reasonable price for a good brand, i recommend the York hand grips.

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      19.07.2011 12:49
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      Good product

      Wrist strength is an issue which can become a problem in all walks of life, from the mundane nature of opening jars and bottles, to the more exciting world of climbing and weightlifting; grip is an issue which many people like to improve. Any regular gym goer will know that building forearm strength with weights is both a slow and difficult task, which often yields little to no results. I am also a regular climber, and needed a way for me to be able to improve the length of time i could hang on to rockfaces and the plastic handles at the local wall. I spoke to my friend about the problem, and he recommended these york fitness Handgrips. And what a recommendation it was. These are available from a number of large retailers, including Argos, for just £5-7 and are incredibly easy to use. It is literally a case of sitting down in your armchair, putting on the television, and squeezing the two hand grips together. This requires a good amount of force, and after a while your arm does become tired, but that is all proof that they work. I have noticed a significant increase in my grip strength both whilst climbing and in the gym, and therefore can argue that this product is indeed a very worthwhile investment. However, do not feel that they are only for outdoorsy people, my mum has been using mine as well in order to not have to ask me to open all her jars in the kitchen! That price has to be worth £5. The one disadvantage of the handgrips is that they are obviously only a very basic tool. This means that as your strength increases, there is no way of actually making the task more difficult, and therefore no way of continuing to improve your strength. The fact that they always provide the same task for you to complete means that there is no progressive overload, meaning that your strength will eventually plateau. However, for the sake of a few quid, these really are a great investment and will allow you a real strength increase in your wrists. Get down to your local town centre a pick one up today!

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      10.06.2011 19:34
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      A well made product which will give results fairly quickly, best used by those beginning weight trai

      I do have quite a limited box of tricks when it comes to fitness equipment. I exercise mainly at home and have a room dedicated to my equipment, but I wouldn't say I take my exercise/fitness too seriously. I think if I were to do so then I may become bored of the regime and I have quite a relaxed approach to the whole idea. The York Fitness handgrips are a product I have owned for a couple of years now, but have lost interest in them over a period of use. These soft handgrips are a simple and effective piece of gym equipment, but I just found that they have such a limited use in the longer term. The York Fitness soft handgrips are used for toning up your forearms and strenghtening your grip. When I first started using them I did find that they did show results and they felt to be working as they can be hard work until you get used to using them. The grips are held together by a spring and they offer 'strong' resistance which allows you to give your forearms a workout regardless of your ability. My problems came over a longer period, I just found they had a limited benefit. I don't think this helped due to the fact that the use of these handgrips is quite a boring action. usually I enjoy my exercise and once that is removed from the process I soon lose interest. Priced at around £5-6 the York Fitness soft handgrips are reasonably well priced. Unfortunately for me I soon became bored of their use. I did notice results in my fitness through strenghtening of my grip on both the handgrips and weights. The foam padding on the handgrips allows for comfortable and pleasant use of the product and prevents sweaty palms hindering their use. Overall I would say that the York Fitness handgrips are of benefit to exercise, but the product offers limited appeal to myself in the long-term due to the nature of their operation. The reasonable price does offer some incentive to give them a try, but overall I would say they would prove most useful for those looking to begin weight training and/or moving up through the different weight sizes.

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      23.05.2011 19:53
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      Muscles - use 'em or lose 'em.

      None of us are getting any younger and as we grow old (trust me, you youngsters) things which weren't an issue in our younger days sometimes deteriorate and require a little intervention. My wife has been losing some of her strength lately and in particular has developed a weakness in her hands and ability to grip. She struggles to lift what she used to be able to lift with easy and things slip from her grasp. For my part, I'm still pretty fit and strong but I am not as fit and strong as I used to be, so in an effort to keep everything fully functional and in good shape, I have invested here and there in items of equipment that will help us both to indulge in a more active regimen in exercising, seeking to compensate in some way for the inevitable ageing process. Life's like a hot bath; the longer you stay in, the more wrinkled you get! These grips were a purchased gift for my wife, but with the sneaking knowledge that I too would get some use out of them. She showed an appreciation for the present but hasn't used them much as to do so just reminds her that she isn't as strong as she used to be. They are kept on top of the magazine rack now, handy to my favourite sofa in the lounge and it is in the evenings when I most often seek to get a grip. These come in strong and extra strong versions. I had got the weaker of the two options, but for me, it wasn't so much a struggle to fully depress the grips - it was much more of a struggle to do lots of reps - which probably emphasised how unpractised those hands of mine have become in recent years. I was getting aches and pains after about 10 repetitions per hand and my right hand was much stronger than my left. After about two weeks, I now do about 30 reps on the right hand and about 20 on the left and tend to stop before it gets too sore and difficult. The grips are comfortable to use (a bit big for my wife's little hands - she would have been better off with a ladies' pair) Quite simply you grab them in your hands and squeeze them slowly to the fullest extent, releasing slowly and repeating until your chosen number of repetitions has been achieved. I can manage more reps if I do two shorter sessions within say a half hour period and it's a useful exercise to perform whilst otherwise vegetating in front of the box. These offer the added advantage of warming up your hands and I have noticed a slight improvement in strength terms over this quite short period. If you're like me, you won't be motivated to use these if you don't keep them handy. I do have some exercise equipment in the garage that does get a bit of use, but for those lazier days, it's nice to be able to do something whilst parked on your derriere in the house. The springs seem strong, the soft foam grips make them comfortable for me to use and I don't use them for an extended period so have had no issues with cramping up. You get 2 in a pack and I paid £5.49 for them. I'm sure they're having an effect, so I'll give them 5 stars

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      22.05.2011 16:46
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      A comfortable reasonably priced pair of grips.

      As part of my job I have to regularly pass a fitness test that tests strength and cardio and in my spare time I do a lot of climbing therefore its imperative that I have a good grip and strong forearms. I do not like spending too much money on home gym equipment and thought these were a bargain when I picked them up for £4.99 from my local sports shop. Don't get me wrong I don't want Pop eye style bulging forearms but I do like to look after myself and keep toned. The handgrips are a pretty simple concept and come in two varieties; strong and extra strong. There are two handles with a spring coil resistance and all you have to do is hold the device between your hands and squeeze the handles together. You get two grips in the pack; one for each hand and they fit comfortably between your thumb and fingers. The grip handles are made from foam and plastic, making them absorb some of the pressure you exert so that they are comfortable to hold in your hand and don't slip out. The coil is made from metal so can withstand a huge amount of force. The grips are not a miracle cure and need to be used in the same way as you train other body parts using a low number of reps. I purchased the strong grips and when I first purchased them I could only manage about 8 reps but now I do 12. The easiest way to use them is to hold the devices in each hand and squeezer together as hard as you can and then count to three and release. This is one rep and I would repeat for around 8 times. It is best to use a low amount of reps and if you feel like you can do more and more then it is time to upgrade up to a set of grippers with harder resistance. I don't train my grip everyday and only use them about once a week fitting them into my work out routine. I like them because it is an exercise I can do when sat on the sofa in the front room watching television and don't need to be in the gym. As with all exercise it is advisable to warm up the area you are working with and warm down after use to avoid strains or aches the next day. My boyfriend has used them and I guess a point of note is that he found the strong ones too easy and could knock about 25 reps. It would probably be advisable for the gents to go for the extra strong or at least try them out first. The grippers also advertise that they train your forearm. I do not find them the best way of training my forearms and prefer using wrist curls using a barbell. Overall I have found an increase in my grip strength since using them and I think that they are a cheap addition to have in the home. They are small so you can store them away neatly after use and are fairly robust. After a few months the coil needs a little WD40 to keep it oiled as it can creak and jam if not cared for. I have recently lent these to my step father who had in the past year suffered a stroke and is struggling to grip things. After checking with the physiotherapist to see if they will help him, he is finding them extremely useful and building them into his exercise routine.

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      08.03.2011 20:58
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      A great piece of kit

      When my mum could open a jar and I could not , I knew that it was time to build my hand , wrist and arm strength! I brought these York Fitness Hand grips for just £4.50 on amazon. They were a great buy! The idea of hand grips is that you squeeze them and then release. This works by the metal coil being put under pressure and is hard to move. There is also a clip so that they cannot open up too much! You continue until you are tired and or you have had enough. It is harder than it sounds. Might be because I brought the Extra strong set but it does take some getting use to how ever strong you are! The grips work your fingers , hands , wrists and all of your arm. I prefer to use them whilst watching TV or if I am on a car journey. (Not whilst im driving!). The hand grips are shinny metal with foam grips. I really like the foam grips. They are great for gripping and they do not get uncomfortable whilst doing long work outs which is essential with hand grips as the more advanced you get , the longer you have to work out for. Some hand grips that I have tried as just wood or plastic which is extremaly uncomfortable! Overall , a excellent piece of kit to get your arms at least into shape with minimal effort.

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      14.02.2011 14:23
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      Inexpensive, Easy To Store And Simple To Use.

      Any exercise that you can do whilst sitting down and watching the goggle box is in my view, always worth investigating. Also, if the equipment necessary can be purchased for under £8, then it's a no brainer as far as I am concerned. It was with this in mind that I purchased a set of York Handgrips from Amazon (I didn't even have to walk to the shops!) Available in two different strengths of strong or extra strong. Extra strong was my preferred choice as I was looking forward to a future, crushing the hands of mere mortals as I was introduced to them at social and especially work gatherings. Well, you need an incentive don't you? Now, they are a very simple design and concept, fool proof if you like. All you have to do is hold them in your palm and squeeze. Simple eh? Well, not at first but after a couple of days I could manage it, no worries. So, how do they work? I hear you cry... Well basically, the resistance of the spring coil enables you to develop your grip until it's vice like (ish) and it also helps develop the forearm and does improve the muscle definition of the upper arm too. The grips have soft foam handles for comfort and it also stops them from slipping when your palms get a bit moist. They are actually really a lot more comfortable than some other makes that have just a basic solid plastic or even wood grip that becomes uncomfortable very quickly. So given that the best way to develop your grip and forearms is repetition, comfort is essential. On the downside, without additional exercise, these will not prevent you becoming a couch potato and one of my grips did develop an irritating squeak but this was put right with a little application of WD40, so I can't really grumble. All in all, I am giving these a big strong thumbs up! Inexpensive, easy to store, simple to use and you can definitely feel a difference even after just a few days. I have no issue recommending these, plus with this simple purchase, you can take one step closer to turning your armchair into a gymnasium. Thanks for reading, Moon Out.

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      04.12.2010 01:09
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      Good lazy way of working out a little

      I Purchased these hand grips about a year back and they cost me £6. I had the intention of exercising but at the same time wanted something that was very easy to do and with as little effort as possible. So when I spotted these I decided to buy them and give them a go what could be the harm sitting in front of the TV using them? It is a simple hand grip with two metal springs that you need to squeeze together. On each handle is a good piece of foam to allow you comfort while using this product rather than the metal digging in to your hand. Once they arrived to be honest they were forgotten about and left in a cupboard under the stairs. It was not until i was cleaning the cupboard out recently that I decided i would give them ago. So it began I squeezed them held for aa few secondsthen realized over and over. At first I found them a little hard to use and could really feel them working on my for arm. I continued to use them once a day while sitting watching TV and as I continued I was able to hold for a little longer and also I am can repeat more and more as the strength in my arms grew. I can see a little more definition to my forearm but nothing amazing. The main difference is in the strength in my arm it is very noticeable how these hand grips have helped it build up. The main problem with them are the noise they make after a week of use they constantly squeak. It is not over bearing and can easily be drowned out by the TV but when using without any background noise can be annoying. So far I have been using them around 2 months and they are still in good condition the foam has mounded a little to my hand shape but it is all still intact and as it is a think layer of foam they do provide the amount of comfort that is needed when using hand grips. They are not going to make an amazing difference to your fitness level but they do help build strength and are well worth the £6 I paid for them.

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        02.12.2010 20:59
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        increase your general strength

        York Hand grips are another of my pieces of keep fit / exercise equipment that I keep in my garage, and use from time to time in attempt to tone my body a little and keep the weight off, especially as Christmas time approaches, and all the food and drink that gets consumed throughout the festive period. York Hand grips are basically a bit of kit that is designed to exercise and strenghthen the forearm, hand muscles and the tendons. This is ideal for anyone wanting to build up their thin forearms, and at the same time will give a gnerally improved hand grip, which will come in handy for day to day issues, such as opening a jar of jam! These hand grips are also used by a lot of people to help with certain health problems such as tennis elbow, and also my late grandad used to use these to help keep his arms strong whilst he battled with multiple sclerocis. York hand grips are basically a strong spring, covered with a plastic casing in a shape that fits into the hand. This plastic cover is then covered in a nice soft foam, and it is this foam covered plastic shape that you hold onto and squeeze the whole grip closed, and then let it spring open again, to complete 1 repetition. This exercise is not as easy as it sounds, and depending on your initial strength, you will feel a burning / aching sensation creeping into your forearms after after perhaps just 10-15 reps when first using these. I have had my set for a good few years now, but I don't really count how many reps I do. Instead, I just keep squeezing the grips in and out until my forearms feel like they are about to explode, at which time I stop for a rest, then I repeat the process again. I can always see that i am working my forearms straight after I have done a workout with the hand grips, mainly by just looking at my forearms, and I can see that my arms look like they are bigger, as the muscles have been working so hard, that they kind of swell up slightly, but only for a short while. The next day the arms will ache a little if you have been putting a lot of effort in, but after using them a few times, the aches become less obvious. Overall they are a great little piece of kit. They really work the forearms, and I can definately tell that my arms are a little more bulkier - not like the famous popeye arms, but there is a little more substance to them compared to the twig like forearms I used to have! These grips are ideal for working out with pretty much anywhere, such as when watching tv, or out walking, or maybe even during a lunch break at work. I did keep mine in my car for a while about a year ago, and used to get them out of my glove box, and use them if I was stuck in a bad traffic jam, or if I was waiting to pick someone up etc. Cost wise, the York Hand grips generally retail at around about £5-£7, which is a little bit more than some of the other cheaper makes, which can cost as little as £3-£4, but the York hand grips have a much better feel, and build quality to them, and the foam on the plastic (which most of the cheaper makes do not have) stops the hands from becoming sore and blistered. Thanks for Reading. © L500589 2010

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          19.11.2010 12:32
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          A very simple exercise to strengthen your grip.

          My family bought a set of these for me a few Christmas's ago following a hand injury that I had, and I now have them in the office where I use them as sort of stress relievers and 'thinking' toys, because I personally find them quite therapeutic, and it also allows me to get some exercise whilst actually in the office. Might seem a little strange to use them in such a way, but whereas some people have stress balls or Newton's Cradles to keep themselves amused, I have these York Fitness Handgrips. At the time, my family paid about £6 for them from a local sports shop, and I have since seen them across the web at Amazon and similar stores, but the prices seems to have risen to around £7 nowadays. They come in 2 different strengths - either strong or extra strong, where I was given the latter type. Not sure how much of a difference there is between the 2 strengths, but if it is particularly important, it might be worth trying them both out in a local sports shop before you buy in order to determine which one suites. Effectively what you have is a chromed spring coil with 2 long legs, that overall form a 'V' shape between them. On each leg, you then have a well padded foam grip attachment that has been finished off nicely at each end. There is a chrome link between the 2 legs to ensure that they don't open too far, meaning that you may not get your hand around them. So first impressions are that these handgrips look professional and are well made, and have been finished off very nicely. The concept of how to use them is very simple - you just grip the handgrip in your hand and slowly squeeze to bring the 2 legs of the 'V' together as close as you can. As you do, you are working against the resistance provided by the coiled spring, and hence you begin to work the muscles of your grip, your hand and your forearms. Release the grip slowly and then squeeze again, and keep repeating this process for a number of durations. Over time, the strength of your grip begins to improve and you start to build up the muscles in your hands and your forearms. In my case I've been using these on and off for a couple of years now and I have definitely noticed that my grip has improved. Initially, I found it was fairly difficult to bring the legs totally together, but now, it is quite an easy process. I seem to have now become somewhat of a Black Belt Ninja Jar Lid Remover specialist at getting those difficult lids off of jars at home that often appear to have been welded on by the supermarkets. My forearms also seem to be improving (although I'm not expecting to get up to Popeye standard in the foreseeable future). Another good point is that the foam padding on these grips hasn't broken up over time. What I have found with other products that use this sort, or a similar type of foam padding is that over time, through use and sweat, the foam element starts to break up and can cause sores on your skin. But the foam used on these handgrips doesn't appear to suffer from that, even after a couple of years of use from me. The real good thing about them is that you can use them anywhere - in the office (as I do), in front of the TV or in bed at night (if you're that way inclined!!). There is no need to get your sports kit on (unless you are intending to do some serious gripping!!) and you don't really need to set anything up because they are instantly ready to use. In summary, for the price, these are a nice fitness item to have at home or in the office. They are well made, simple to use, you don't need loads of room to use them and will give you improved results in your grip and muscle toning in your hands and forearms. Highly recommended.

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            13.11.2010 13:10
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            strengthens grip

            I got a set of york handgrips to improve my hand and wrist strength and grip. The york name is well known and I thought they would be good based on them being a york product. The set I got came in a box with york fitness on the front and the grips showing on the front of it. It was basic but fine and kept the grips protected. When I opened the box everything was fine and the grips worked ok. The york handgrips are made to give extra strength to your hands, wrists and upper arms. When I was using the grips a lot I used to sit working them for 10 minutes at a time when I wanted to use them. The great thing about the grips is that they are small and light and I could use them any time I wanted. They are not too big to use almost any where in your home or at the gym. You can even sit at work at your desk and use them to relieve tension and strain from your hands if you want. The york handgrips are easy to use but you do need to build up how long you work with them. If you don't do this they will make your hands hurt too much and it will put you off trying them again. Its best to do less reps at the beginning and work up to 10 minutes max for each workout. The spring coil on the grips is what works your muscles. You press down on the grips and the coil has tension that you must push against to get the best from the grips. The handles are foam covered and come in black or grey for better grip. The york hand grips cost £5.99 and can be more at some shops. I would recommend them if you need to improve your strength and tone your forearms but start off doing less with them and build up slowly.

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            21.10.2010 02:24

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            Good product

            Fitness grips are very useful for adding strength to the hands and arms and are a good thing in particular for sporting purposes for helping aspiring goalkeepers or wicketkeepers. They are also very good for anyone wishing to build up some strength again in their hands or simply to get stronger. I play cricket and do a lot of net bowling in the winter and so strong hands are quite a help when you are trying to bowl as fast as you can or swing the ball. These grips cost around £7 and therefore are very affordable and reasonably priced. The product consists of spring loaded grips covered by a foam based padding. This padding ensures that they are not uncomfortable or painful to hold. They are indeed well insulated from the metal part of the grips and quite easy to hold and used. You should get used to them very quickly. One of the good things about these grips is that you can incorporate them into your day to day routine without having to go to a gym or anything. You can even use them watching the telly! If you go carefully at first, you can build up to working these grips for a certain period each day. It's important not to go mad and strain yourself though and you should build up slowy into your routine. These grips will not give you arms like Popeye but if you use them each day for a short period they will help to make your hands and wrists stronger and in cricket, the sport that I play the most, this is very good for both batting and bowling. Grips like these are also good for goalkeepers and I remember seeing a famous old goalkeeper on the television once, I think it was Ray Clemence, recommend grips for young goalkeepers because they need strong hands. These grips are very useful for all of this and handy to have around as they can be used at home very easily and don't cost much at all.

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