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Thoughts on Fat Gripz (or alternatives)

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness Forum' started by HaRd2BeAr, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. HaRd2BeAr

    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Hello guys and girls, been looking at these Fat Gripz (love the spelling) and wondered if anyone had used these or alternatives.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fat-Gripz-Ultimate-Builder-Thicker/dp/B005FIS14Y/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    I can't afford to invest in an Olympic weight set and tbh it would be wasted on me.

    Just wondered if it is a good idea increasing the thickness of the bar to increase the use of my forearm or a bad idea? I guess a towel would be a pain to rap around equally and that would bother me.

    I have heard you shouldn't do it for every exercise so maybe just bicep work?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts :)

    Aaron
     
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    I've used them a few times when doing bicep curls (with dumbbells or even an EZ bar) and chest press with dumbbells.

    I find they give you a great workout on your forearms (when doing bicep curls) so find they're good to mix up your training with them.

    My protein do their own version of them too which are slightly cheaper -

    Manus Thick Bar Grip Sports & Leisure | Myprotein.com
     
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  3. HaRd2BeAr

    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Thank you Ben :)

    Do you think it would be a good thing to vary a workout and confuse your muscles so to speak?

    Think I will be plcaing an order later.

    Thanks again, much appreciated.
     
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    definitely make workouts harder so i would recommend! even for chin ups!
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Sounds like a fun change to my routine, thanks hodge :)
     
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    Don't confuse them too much lol

    Vary your workouts a little bit, but not much. You'll never make gains otherwise. You need to get efficient at the exercise pattern to become better at it. Strength is a skill in many ways.
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Lol, I just mean compared to what I am used to. A lot of people say you have to lift less using Fat Gripz, but I know weight isn't the be all.

    Just trying to add variety I guess.

    Just wondering if this a good place to start or a gimmick?
     
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    silent ninja Well-known Member

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    It's not a gimmick. The answer, as my economics lecturer always used to say (never say yes or no, it was always a trick question he'd ask) is that "it depends." Lol

    If you want to work your forearms you could do farmers walks or preacher curls. I'm sure fat grips are good too. I did farmers walks today and even my tendons got a workout lol
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    I don't have enough room for farmers walks lol

    So it's a case of, it depends on what I do now for forearms as to what benefit grips will have.

    I did reverse grip barbell curls the other day, anything gripping the bar, pull ups, shrugs.

    My impression was that it engages more muscles gripping a bigger bar, but if it is just for forearms then I guess it's not essential. I have slight trouble with my right wrist that gives me a bit of pain so maybe not a good idea?

    Thank you for your thoughts ninja. :)
     
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    well, I've just ordered the one from myprotein...will let you know my thoughts as and when... :)
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Thanks mate, look forward to your thoughts on them. :)
     
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    well, they arrived yesterday and are a solid bit of kit..! haven't used them as such - will be beginning of next week before I next to to the gym, tho, I may give them a quick blast tomorrow afternoon with some dumbbells... :)
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Sweet, thanks for the update. Get ready to blast those forearms. :D
     
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    well...used them last night for the first time...

    I was doing my pull routine (back and biceps) and I thought I'd start off using them on my bicep workout... on my first set (ez curls) I was able to use my usual weight, but had to use a slightly lower weight on subsequent exercises...but overall I'm impressed and will continue to use them...

    could feel the burn on my forearms, tho, in some ways (because of the reduced weight) - it felt like my forearms were having more of a workout at times...
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Thank you mate for your thoughts, so do you feel it took away from the muscle groups you were trying to target?

    Thanks again, much appreciated. :)
     
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    well, slightly...but I was only doing bicep curls with them, and I assume that it will even itself out soon...but then most reviews I've rerad mention that when you start using them you'll use a lighter weight that previously used... :)
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Thanks mate, well that's me sold then. :D

    Although I did say to someone they could go on my Christmas list. :eek:
     
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    xmas is too late - think of those missed gains... !! :)
     
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    I recently brought a pair of sumo extreme grips and love them when bench pressing and for nice curls. After a workout my forearms are on fire!

    They only cost me £17.95 as well
     
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    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Thanks mate, completely forgot about these, decorating the garage at the moment so haven't been getting in my workouts, hopefully have a look when it's all done :)
     
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    Never seen these before.
    I wonder how that grey foam pipe lagging would compare?
    It's a hell of a lot cheaper.
     
  22. HaRd2BeAr

    HaRd2BeAr Well-known Member

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    Would be lol

    Worth a try I guess?

    At least you would see if you like the feel of a wider grip
     
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    worth a try I guess... tho, with the gripz etc - they're really firm (and not spongey)... but worth a try at least if you've got some lying around...

    and maybe if it's going to be a permanent fitting - then maybe wrap some gaffer tape of something around it to stiffen it up?
     
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    I find mine help take pressure off my dodgy shoulder when pressing.
     

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