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    Hand grippers........ -ARE THEY REALLY THAT EFFECTIVE IN DEVELOPING FOREARM STRENGTH?

    hmmm. are they effective in developing forearm strength more than the traditional wrist curls?
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    well you get hand strength - which has a knock on effect - I'm about to start some serious hand strength work in conjuction with normal training using an Ivanko super gripper.
    When you close your hand the muscles in the forearm contract so I think its pretty safe to assume grip work will have very positive effects on forearm strength.
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    those hand grippers dont do anything for me, what works to develop forearm strength are weighted hangs from chinup bar and dumbell holds,for size and also strength, db wrist curls work like a charm
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    i think the best things for the forearms are

    heavy hammer curls
    reverse bicept curls
    those wrist curl things
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    hand grippers are usually not recommended. they were used in the past 'cause they were 'fashionable' like chest expander rings lol.

    the problem is, look down now at your hand. open and close your hand. the hand gripper does not operate your hand in this same movement. it is not natural and you have a VERY high rick of developing tendinitis of the wrists. and beleive me, thats the last thing a lifter needs.

    i would say skip it and stick to wrist rolls and holding a barbell as long as possible. or use on of those spongy ball stress releivees which take like a million reps to get anything out of LOL!
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    wrist curls (with barbell) or dumbells

    reverse barbell curls. (best in my opinion)

    hammer curls...........aren't these more for the upper forearm and partial to the bi?
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    yeah those works, my friend has never trained and he has huge forearms (and strenght) so I asked him if that was genetic he told me no its because I always so hand-grippers.
    that really adds strenght to your grip
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    some handgrippers work some dont. Ive found the best exercises for forearm and grip strength are these two.

    1) Farmers walk

    2) Climbing a rope or doing pullups using towles instead of grabing bar.
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    Originally posted by thugluv
    yeah those works, my friend has never trained and he has huge forearms (and strenght) so I asked him if that was genetic he told me no its because I always so hand-grippers.
    that really adds strenght to your grip

    lol, 10-1 it's his genetics.

    you can't/won't get huge forearms from hand grippers. I tried them for a while, and, personally, found them to be a waste of time. You might gain some strength from them, but not a lot, and definately not size.

    The best things to hit the forearms are

    a) death-grip on everything you hold
    b) hammer curls
    c) farmer's walk
    d) pull-ups using towels as handles and not the bar(saw it in the rock's training program and it seems to work)
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    Originally posted by Crazee_786
    hand grippers are usually not recommended. they were used in the past 'cause they were 'fashionable' like chest expander rings lol.

    the problem is, look down now at your hand. open and close your hand. the hand gripper does not operate your hand in this same movement. it is not natural and you have a VERY high rick of developing tendinitis of the wrists. and beleive me, thats the last thing a lifter needs.

    i would say skip it and stick to wrist rolls and holding a barbell as long as possible. or use on of those spongy ball stress releivees which take like a million reps to get anything out of LOL!

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    Originally posted by amusclehead



    lol, 10-1 it's his genetics.

    you can't/won't get huge forearms from hand grippers. I tried them for a while, and, personally, found them to be a waste of time. You might gain some strength from them, but not a lot, and definately not size.

    The best things to hit the forearms are

    a) death-grip on everything you hold
    b) hammer curls
    c) farmer's walk
    d) pull-ups using towels as handles and not the bar(saw it in the rock's training program and it seems to work)
    maybe it doesnt work for you, but it does for me and my friend
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    Originally posted by thugluv


    maybe it doesnt work for you, but it does for me and my friend
    I just don't think it can work effectively. all you're doing is basically flexing the forearm. You can't gain size just by flexing it.

    That's like for triceps, just flexing them and expecting them to grow, no?
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    Originally posted by Crazee_786


    the problem is, look down now at your hand. open and close your hand. the hand gripper does not operate your hand in this same movement. it is not natural and you have a VERY high rick of developing tendinitis of the wrists. and beleive me, thats the last thing a lifter needs.

    true. this is why if you are going to use them do increase hand strength only squeeze them about half way....hold then release....thats one rep
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    I have 18 inch fore arms. My key, flogging the dolphin 5-6 times a day.
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    Originally posted by Taoist
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    Originally posted by amusclehead





    if you're just joking, then, haha, if you're not and that was a serious post, please, go away and come back when you're more mature
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    Originally posted by SLTS



    true. this is why if you are going to use them do increase hand strength only squeeze them about half way....hold then release....thats one rep
    yeah the problems with that is no full range of motion and i dont want some partially developed inbalanced forearm.
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    Aww! That's one hell of a cute rep.

    I've got some hand grippers, I may as well use them some.
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    Originally Posted by Yeti View Post
    some handgrippers work some dont. Ive found the best exercises for forearm and grip strength are these two.

    1) Farmers walk

    2) Climbing a rope or doing pullups using towles instead of grabing bar.
    let me try this...
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    I have the Heavy Grips 250, 300, and 350 and they were defiantly worth the $60. I've added almost an inch and a half to my forearms and I love the look on peoples faces when you go to shake their hands and crush their fingers into one another. Helps out tremendously on deadlift too.
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    reverse wrist curls are godlike for grip strength ive found

    i was having trouble being able to grip what i DL, i started these

    start: 12.5lbs x 10
    now: 30lbs x 8

    i don't DL very heavy (255) but now atleast i can grip as much as i am able to DL - first step in the right direction for improving

    on a side note these give an AWESOME pump..and..for some reason i can now reverse wrist curl more than i can bicep curl
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    Buy captains of crunch. They are real hand grippers. Those ones you buy at stores aren't effective. They go up to 400 pounds i believe and only 3 people in the world are recorded for being able to close them.
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    Originally Posted by Flyguy3663 View Post
    i think the best things for the forearms are

    heavy hammer curls
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    those wrist curl things
    Hahahha "those wrist curl things"
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    Thanks for the advice OG brahs. I’ve been using these harbinger rings and their big ass bar/dumbbell grips.



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