Product: Grip4orce Flex
Where to Buy: www.Grip4orce.com
Is swinging that 24kg kettlebell getting too easy? Have you been yawning during your minute-long 25lb sledgehammer slam sets? Are your hands laughing at you after a long grip strength training workout? Not to worry! Grip4orce has created a product that will take your grip strength, as well as your unconventional training, to new heights! This simple piece of gear will turn any handle, be it kettlebell, sledgehammer, macebell, or barbell, into a grip-busting 2-inch monster that will make you envious of all the pre-Grip4orce training you took for granted.
The Grip4orce Flex product is a piece of rubber shaped into a “C” that features an internal polymer resistance core and anti-slip tread. The key to its awesomeness is that fact that it can be used with a wide variety of handle shapes and widths, unlike some other grip-fattening devices that are created specifically for 1-inch bars. Unlike competition-style kettlebells, most cast-iron kettlebells have a variety of widths, changing from smaller to larger as the weight increases. Grip4orce fits on all of them, from 8kg to 48kg. In addition, sledgehammer and macebell handles, which also vary depending on weight and brand, can be used with the Grip4orce. It can also be used as a standalone grip training device just by squeezing it.
Grip strength training, and specifically working with thick bars, does more than just give you the power to intimidate that guy you just met, it allows you to increase muscle activation, decrease performance losses due to weak hands and forearms, enhance functional lifting power, and will put your endurance kettlebell challenges through the roof! Imagine doing the 10-Minute Snatch Test and concentrating completely on form rather than worrying about your weak hands getting ripped up by all that chalk yo had to put on the handle.
I tested the Grip4orce product using a series of holds and exercise variations. While you can’t do some of the kettlebell exercises that require a loose grip (like the Clean or Snatch), you can perform anything with a tight grip (like Windmills, TGU’s, Presses, and anything with a Pistol-grip hold). You can even do 1-Hand Swings (although you’ll need to use a lighter kettlebell than usual, or be prepared to lose your grip mid-swing and drop it on the ground). I also topped off some of my standard kettlebell workouts with some extra grip strength drills using the Grip4orce. These involved Farmer Walks with double 24kg kettlebells and heavy static holds for 30-second intervals on each hand using a 32kg kettlebell.
Overall, an excellent product that can be used with most handled, unconventional pieces of fitness equipment. Whether you’re looking to enhance your grip strength with a supplementary grip workout, or extend the life of your light-weight kettlebell by making the grip larger, the Grip4orce delivers.
This product review was featured in the December 2011 Issue of the My Mad Methods Magazine. "Grip4orce Flex Review" was written by Mark de Grasse. Learn more about the My Mad Methods Magazine by Clicking Here.
Mark de Grasse is the owner of MyMadMethods.com, My Mad Methods Magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions. In addition to being a certified trainer specializing in kettlebells and bodyweight training, Mark is also the chief editor and designer of both the website, magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions DVDs. Find out more.
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