The 66fit adjustable hand grip exerciser is a useful addition to any strength training program for helping to develop your grip and forearm strength.
There are two models available and which one will be best for you will vary depending on your current level of grip strength. This particular product article takes a look at the design of the 10kg to 40kg version and situations where improving your grip would be useful.
How does it work and what are the benefits?
[one_half]If you have used a gripper before then the design of the 66fit adjustable hand grip version will probably seem fairly similar.
The way it works is by building up varying degrees of tension in the spring which then requires different levels of grip pressure to close the handles.
The small red hand wheel attached to one side can be used for adjusting this tension by either extending or shortening the distance the lower part of the spring is from the upper part.[/one_half]
This makes it quick and easy to adjust the spring tension between different sets if you need to, the same as you might increase the weight as you move through the sets in any other exercise.
Both the section that will rest in your hand and the section that you will wrap your finger tips around to close the grip have also been ergonomically designed and coated to better fit your natural hand shape.
One of the great benefits of using a piece of equipment like the 66fit adjustable hand grip exerciser is that it specifically targets just your grip strength and forearm with no reliance on you having strong upper arms.
Also, you don’t particularly need any prior training to use it correctly and because of their small size it’s easy to take them with you if you plan on travelling as a way of keeping your grip strength up.
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66FIT Adjustable Hand Grip – Features Summary
Exercises that can require additional grip training
While the pushing exercises such as bench press and overhead presses do still require stabilizer muscles such as the forearms, they don’t rely on your grip in the same way as pulling exercises.
Having a weak grip or forearms can cause your grip to fail long before your back muscles do, leaving many people to rely on different variations of weightlifting straps.
While this is perfectly acceptable, you still won’t see the progress in your lifts that you would by having a strong grip.
Some of the exercises that could benefit from performing additional grip training are:
Sample workouts for using the 66fit Adjustable Hand Grip Exerciser
The weight you use in gripper training may vary but the repetitions should try to stay the same as if you were looking to build any other muscle in the gym.
Work through a series of rep ranges if possible and don’t forget that you can also invert the grip exerciser to work different tendons in your forearm. You can even reduce the number of fingers you use to close the gripper to make the exercise harder.
A sample workout might be:
Set 1: 10-12 Reps with a normal grip each hand
Set 2: 8-10 Reps with a normal grip each hand
Set 3: 6-8 Reps with a normal grip each hand
Set 4: 6-8 Reps with an inverted grip each hand
Set 5: 8-10 Reps just using the two fingers furthest away from your thumb for each hand to increase the strength in what will probably be the weakest portion of your grip