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How effective are these really?

I just ordered a pair for the purpose of increasing recovery rate, which apparently it is very good at. However I have a hard time seeing how spinning around some steel balls would be good for anything. As they seem popular I thought I'd give them a go still. 

Also I know Teemu Ilvesniemi credited them for improving his no set and tns sets with grippers, which I find a bit strange. Because of improved dexterity or what? 🤔 

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Raymond
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I've had a set for about 15 years. They came with a booklet that explained how they stimulate acupuncture points and how they are supposed to be good for your health. I don't know if that's all BS and hocus pocus, I just use them for relaxation & therapy. When I was training for a one arm chinup my elbows were taking a beating so I started doing teacups while rolling them around between sets and they really helped to relieve the tension in my elbows and kept them in good shape. Whenever I get sore hands (I've had quite a few hand injuries), they are great therapy and few minutes rolling them loosens everything up and relieves the pain. They give you a light palm massage and get a bit of extra blood flowing with no strain, so they are great for recovery.

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Hopefully

Thanks! 

And well since they have been around for 600 years or so I suppose they ought to be good for something. Seems fun improving ones skill with and doing some challenges too. 

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Griparn

I have some larger steel balls weighing around 2kg each. I use them for recovery work and they are quite a workout also for the wrist and forearms.

The smaller chinese balls you can maybe do more variations with, like upside down, giving more dexterity work.

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Fist of Fury

They work the extensors pretty damn good if you ask me.

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