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#1 OFFLINE   bubba29

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

Has anyone had long term training experience withe the FatGripz?  Please share tips, advice, experience.



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

I use them on all the exercises for back day at the gym and leave looking like Popeye. Love them. 



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

I've used them off and on for awhile but have went to a 2" axle just because.  We have had the kids use them in the weightroom and they hate them.  When they hate them that means they work well. 

 

 

I used them for presses, curls, triceps, and anything but squats.  They are a great tool and really smoke you grip.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

OK, I've used these twice so far.  First day I did low rep rows.  Made it harder but didn't hit the forearms too hard.  Yesterday, I did higher rep lat pulldowns and hammergrip DB curls.  My forearms were fried and are noticebly  (is this a word?) sore today.  My concern is that I am not able to use heavy enough weights to tax the actual body part I am trying to train (back or biceps).



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

I'v been using them for 2 years now and they are worth the investment.

I use them for chinups and curls, but only every second workout.

 

When you're done with a fatgripz set, take them off and knock some additional reps, gives the best pump ever!



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

I'v been using them for 2 years now and they are worth the investment.

I use them for chinups and curls, but only every second workout.

 

When you're done with a fatgripz set, take them off and knock some additional reps, gives the best pump ever!

 

so you go every other workout.  do you go a lot heavier the days without the fatgripz?  does it end up being low weight/high rep with fatgripz and high weight/low reps without?



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

I was using them 2/3x a week- every gym session but legs- but then I started getting some bad aches in my hand.  I haven't used them n a few weeks now.  I liked using them on machine pulling exercises and arm exercises the most.  They were also kind of fun to use for close grip bench.  Felt it in my grip more then my forearms though.  I felt working the forearms directly with wrist curls helped them the most.     



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

I was using them 2/3x a week- every gym session but legs- but then I started getting some bad aches in my hand.  I haven't used them n a few weeks now.  I liked using them on machine pulling exercises and arm exercises the most.  They were also kind of fun to use for close grip bench.  Felt it in my grip more then my forearms though.  I felt working the forearms directly with wrist curls helped them the most.     

 

regular bench bothers my shoulders so i have been doing a bunch of close grip.  during this exercise, do the fatgripz help with wrist pain or worsen it?



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

I was using them 2/3x a week- every gym session but legs- but then I started getting some bad aches in my hand.  I haven't used them n a few weeks now.  I liked using them on machine pulling exercises and arm exercises the most.  They were also kind of fun to use for close grip bench.  Felt it in my grip more then my forearms though.  I felt working the forearms directly with wrist curls helped them the most.     

 

regular bench bothers my shoulders so i have been doing a bunch of close grip.  during this exercise, do the fatgripz help with wrist pain or worsen it?

 

Help for sure, felt it in my forearms pretty decently also since I had to squeeze harder on the bar and it forced me to use better technique.  I used higher volume though and had a spotter so the weight wasn't max effort type work.  You could use them on machine pushing exercise pretty easily as well though. 

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

No I alwys use my maximum weight, with or without fatgripz. I just feel that using them everytime results in

slight overtraining for me. My grip feels weaker then. But I sould mention my slow regeneration..



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:57 AM

Excited to be getting mine in the mail in a few days.
I'll be deadlifting and benching with them, heard they add a few inches of ROM in bench.

Excited to be getting mine in the mail in a few days.
I'll be deadlifting and benching with them, heard they add a few inches of ROM in bench.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:42 AM

Excited to be getting mine in the mail in a few days.
I'll be deadlifting and benching with them, heard they add a few inches of ROM in bench.

Excited to be getting mine in the mail in a few days.
I'll be deadlifting and benching with them, heard they add a few inches of ROM in bench.

 

 

wow, you are excited.  not sure about a few inches extra ROM but probably an inch for sure.



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

Excited to be getting mine in the mail...
Wait, have I mentioned this before?

How do you guys find them translating to axle pulls?
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

Excited to be getting mine in the mail...
Wait, have I mentioned this before?

How do you guys find them translating to axle pulls?

 

I don't have a axle to compare it too but they are quite challenging.  I usually do regular deadlifts with DO grip then switch to mixed girp and finish with rack pulls with the fatgripz if I want to hit the grip a little more + possibly even some strap pulls to overload the upper back for strength purposes.

 

I searched the forum for fatgripz and saw that adam glass-one of the top grip athletes in the world- could do 460 axle, 405 FG.  So the FG are harder it seems.

 

I got my fatgripz before I joined this site but manus company makes thickbar handle adapters also and they support this site so could look to support them.


Edited by Stephen Ruby, 09 February 2013 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

Did you get the blue ones or the orange ones?

I've used both. The blue ones mimic the diameter of a normal fat bar. However, I feel they don't distribute the weights into the joints as well as the orange ones.

I use the orange ones on everything. I have a recurring AC sprain and using the fatgripz extremes Allows me to bench and press overhead pain free. 345 was my sticking point due to pain and fear of injury. I'll do that weight all day now, pain free.

DO deadlift is a nightmare with these things. I've pulled 295 with them. Never tried with the blue ones so I'm unsure of my personal weight difference.

When benching with these at first, ensure to use a spotter. I've personally almost dumped 225 onto my face a couple of years back because I wasn't used to the feel.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:40 PM

I used my FatGripz 2 days in a row. First day presses, second day pulls. I am pretty surprised how much my forearms were effected by the presses. My forearms are sore. I am gonna have to dial this back a bit.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

i think i strained my left forearm last week using these.  it is still sore despite not doing grip specific stuff.



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

Just tried benching with them yesterday.

I've had a puny bench my whole life, and have stalled at a bodyweight/125 bench for the longest time.
I learned how to use correct form from Starting Strength, and tried out the fatgripz for the first time, so not sure which exactly was the cause for my increase. But my bench jumped by 20 lbs yesterday.

My max, which is now 146, even feels a tad easier with the fatgripz because of the ease of control.

Do you guys feel that benching with fatgripz are easier or harder than regular bar?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

i think i strained my left forearm last week using these.  it is still sore despite not doing grip specific stuff.

Do you know what exercise using fat gripz strained your forearm. 



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

i think i strained my left forearm last week using these.  it is still sore despite not doing grip specific stuff.

Do you know what exercise using fat gripz strained your forearm. 

 

it is weird but it may have been because i pressed with them one day and the next i did some rows with them.  the rows weren't that heavy.  maybe too much 2 days in a row.




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