Common Gripper Questions – Answered Here
Here are a couple of questions I have received recently on Gripper Training at my YouTube Channel…
Gripper Training can be a LOT of fun. In fact, some Grip enthusiasts ONLY train Grippers and the supporting aspects of Gripper Training.
When new trainees find out about Grippers for the first time, they can become obsessed with them. I know I did when I first learned about them. All I wanted to do was try to close the #1 Gripper every time I saw it.
However, this isn’t exactly the best way to go about it. Everyone is different and some people can handle more frequent training and more volume than others, so you have to find your own way. Use other people’s suggestions as a guide and slowly work up the volume and you should be able to progress quite nicely.
How Do You Measure the Strength of Grippers”
In Grip Sport Gripper Events, often the Grippers used are rated using a device called an RGC. Above the video shows the entire process of rating a Gripper.
Once a group of Grippers are all rated, they can be lined up by difficulty fairly accurately. Of course, as mentioned in the video, Rating a Gripper at Close with an RGC Unit is not the only indicator of Gripper difficulty. Handle spread, spring depth, spring conditions, knurling conditions, bevel size/angle, and handle skew all contribute to Gripper difficulty as well.
Grippers do vary. The #1 you have might be a little stronger or weaker than the #1 someone else has. The same goes for other Grippers made by other companies. This is perfectly fine and should not be something that causes dissatisfaction, but rather should drive you to be as strong as possible.
Here is another Gripper Training Question that I received a while ago…
When Should I Get the Next Gripper”
This is an extremely common question. Often, new Gripper Trainees will start out by buying just a Trainer or #1 Gripper, then when they get it to their house they are either able to close it right away or after just a few workouts. Then they have to buy either a #1.5 or a #2 so they have a tougher gripper to work at. Then they close that and now they need to buy another one…
If your ultimate goals is to get certified on closing the number 3 gripper, you’re really doing yourself a favor if you just go ahead and get all of the grippers at the same time. You will save a good deal of money on shipping this way and you will always have grippers to do negatives with.
These are very common questions I get so I hope they help you out in your Gripper training.
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