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Weight Lifters- Ever hear of Fat Gripz?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by TheCowboy, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy The Teen

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    Saw this on a couple body building videos. A thicker bar apparently build more muscle than a thinner bar. It got pretty good reviews on Amazon but it's $40 for two little grips.

    http://www.fatgripz.com/

    Check it out. Anyone have experience with it?
  2. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    It's not going to help you build more muscle.

    Building more muscle comes down to consistently breaking down muscle fibers with weights and eating in a calorie surplus and getting enough protein.
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    My first thought was gimmick.

    It may help people who can't get a good grip limiting their ability to max or do more reps but if you're actually working out enough to know that, you've probably already solved the problem without $40 pieces of rubber.

    Seems like something that the regulars at the gym would point and laugh at as some scrawny guy walks in with them in hand.
  4. DallasDomination

    DallasDomination Well-Known Member

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    Looks to me like this will help your overall grip by strengthening your forearm muscles. Technically a stronger grip does allow you to lift heavier. However I don't think it's that big of a deal, especially not for $39 bucks. I'll build my grip at the gym over time.
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  5. danielofthesaints

    danielofthesaints Well-Known Member

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    Pull-ups with a towel + heavy farmers walks = shredded forearms
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  6. FiveRings

    FiveRings Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't pay 40 bucks for a plastic grip, but benching with a thicker bar does feel like a better workout
  7. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    They take the strain off of your fingers and wrists so that you can focus more on other muscles. For instance, when I curl at a high weight with a kink bar, around 130-140, it really kills my fingers and wrists. I usually just wrap a towel around it, so I get why these grips would work, but really, there's no reason at all to spend $40 on them.
  8. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I get the same problem around 250-260. :cool:
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    high rep...

    And on a kink bar, which only ways 10-15 lbs, 250 would mean just under 3 plates on each side.

    Unless you're skipping leg day, I really doubt youre repping that.
  10. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy The Teen

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    Good stuff. Don't laugh at me, but I can't do a pull-up... YET. I can do a tricep dip fine without any assistance but can't do the pull-up yet.
  11. FiveRings

    FiveRings Well-Known Member

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    Future, I think him highlighting your weight and the sunglasses emoji represent *sarcasm /exaggeration*. But we're all glad to know you hate curl bros
  12. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Lol probably I was really hungover and grumpy when I posted that though. My bad @Hoofbite
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  13. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    As a former "scawny guy", I find it highly humorous that anyone would laugh at a scrawny guy IN THE GYM.
  14. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    What kind of gyms do you people frequent? Thank God the gym in my town isn't full of a bunch of morons who want to laugh at people trying to better themselves. The big guys in our gym, who obviously know what they're doing and have been doing it forever, are always very helpful and approachable for any questions a person might have. They frequently will walk over and give some advice on how to do a lift more safely or give you a couple pointers on how to get more out of a particular workout.

    I've never seen any of them mock or ridicule anyone though. I guess we're lucky at our gym or something.
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  15. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy The Teen

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    I go to LA fitness. Not the best gym in the world....
  16. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    I guess not. I feel for you.
  17. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    No but anything that can give u an edge mentally or physically is a plus. Ignore the naysayers and do what u believe in. The key to muscle growth as far as working out is concerned is that you gotta shock your muscles by changing your routine at least once every two weeks and once you've done that then the following week go back to what works. I'm a fan of the pyramid method which means you start off with a weight you can do about 15-20 times in order to properly warm up and then add 5 to 10 lbs every set and decrease reps accordingly.

    Example: Reps 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 and then once or twice a month add so much weight on the last set that you can only do like 2-3 reps, get a spotter and bang out a couple of cheater reps once in awhile also (A weight you can't lift without a little help.)
  18. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    http://anthonycolpo.com/how-to-improve-your-grip-without-spending-extra-time-in-the-gym/

    Anthony Colpo reviews a product similar to them, and seems to like them. Based on the same principle, for the review would be what your probably looking for.
  19. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    Just to make a small point:

    The principle is that the grip allows one to efficiently train grips and forearms, without doing separate exercises. You probaby won't build that much muscle, because it's isometric. Further, one would have to lower the weight when performing these exercises, so using the grip tool would not be an every set routine, but can be incorporated per sets.

    The principle is sound, but a towel, as others mentioned probably work fine, but are more difficult to use. You could probably find a foam roll and cut it to specs, saving the money.
  20. bounce

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    No disrespect, but muscle confusion is widely considered a myth of body building. As long as you're consistently pushing more weight, it doesn't matter if it's the same exercises you've done for a year. Breaking down the muscle fibers (and, in turn, stimulating muscle growth) will occur as long as you're constantly increasing weight as you progress. Regardless of whether you've done the same routine for years, or for weeks. True "muscle confusion" is increasing weight, as you said - not changing exercises.

    Now, changing exercises will work as far as staving off boredom with a workout, and it's not a bad thing, but it's not necessary to muscle growth. You may feel a different soreness after you change exercises, but that's more due to the fact that you're changing the muscles you use - not shocking the ones you've been using. For example, going from bench press to dumbbell press is going to bring in more of the stabilizing muscles which may not have been worked as much before on traditional bench. But, you're not confusing the muscles and causing further breakdown of the ones that have been used all along.

    If we're being honest, the true keys to muscle growth at it's most base form is A) Diet B) Lifting heavier weight and C) Using proper form. Heavy emphasis on A.
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