of Crush Grippers
CoC n.1 (on the left), and n.2 grippers
an old man that wrestles at the Tokei.
He must be into his 70's, and the wrestlers there call him "John-the-Grip".
No-one seems to know his surname, and if you ask them of his background, they'll
shrug and say they think he was a wrestling champ in his youth. What they all
agree on is that he's got an amazing grip and because of that, he's a complete
pain to wrestle. John-the-Grip looks like he creaks, this old man is no longer
fast, supple nor apart from his hands, strong. Yet the wrestlers down there say
"just don't let him get hold of you!". Once John-the-Grip gets a hand
on your wrist it's stuck and he's stuck like a limpet. When he gets both hands
on your wrist he just lies down and you just go with him. Stuck like glue. Grip
strength in wrestling is a very handy asset indeed.
Captains of Crush train 'Crushing strength"......From the Grip FAQ at Ironmind.com
- "We feel that there are at least three distinct types of grip strength:
1) crushing, 2) pinching, and 3) supporting. Crushing grip is what most
people think of when they think of grip strength - its the type of force
you exert when you shake hands with someone. Pinch grip strength is what comes
into play when you, for example, lift a smooth barbell plate with your fingers
on one side and your thumb on the other. Supporting strength is used, for example,
when youre fighting to hang onto a heavy deadlift. "
Which gripper should you
Ironmind, "If youve never trained your crushing grip specifically,
its best to start with the Trainer. If youve been training with a
sporting goods store gripper, or regularly use hand strength as part of your work,
then start with a No. 1. Very rarely does anyone close a No. 2 the first time
he tries it, although it is done occasionally. The No. 3 had never been closed
the first time anyone tried it - (although Manfred Hoeberl came very close)
- until Ken Brown did it at the 1997 U.S. Strongest Man competition. As you might
guess, the list of people who have tried to close this gripper reads like Whos
Who in the strength world."
- 280lb - not many have closed this
- 365lb! - Only 1 person - Joe Kinney - has ever closed this gripper!
I wonder which gripper
John-the-Grip could close.
made and heavy duty, these grippers look and feel bombproof. The first thing that
grabs you is the weight - the n.2 gripper is heavy! and feels twice the weight
of the n.1. Most people can just about close the n.1 first time, but closing the
n.2 is a totally different matter. If you can just about close the n.1, the n.2
gripper will stop you in your tracks. Apparently even the trainer is tougher than
just about any other commercial gripper you can buy too.
knurling is heavy, and bites in well to get a good grip. Ironmind recommends you
go easy on these, training them maybe twice a week tops. When you can close your
gripper a dozen times you move onto the next one.
stated by Ironmind above, the grippers will, however only train one aspect of
hand strength. So you'll need to supplement your training with pinch grips, wrist
curls, static holds, wrist leverage movements etc. There's loads of speciality
gear for that at Ironmind too if you want to flex your wallet.
construction, sharp knurled solid (aluminum?) handles over a heavy duty steel
recognised measure of strength
'cool factor' - you get certification if you can close the n.3 or 4 grippers
: They are good. Get one.