|Gripmaster||Gripmaster Pro||Captains of Crush||Heavy Grips|
|Best For Weak Starting Hand Strength
||Best For Building Grip Strength
||Best Heavy Duty Product
||Best For Smaller Hands
|Buy Gripmaster on Amazon||Buy Gripmaster Pro on Amazon||Buy Captains of Crush on Amazon||Buy Heavy Grips on Amazon|
One thing I’ve been getting into lately are grip trainers to improve not just my grip strength, but my overall strength as well. Another benefit I’ve found from grip strength training is that improving grip goes a long way at building up the strength of tendons and will actually prevent many injuries. Despite being very simple devices, I’ve found that some grip trainers are quick to break down and become weaker over time. That’s why I tested four of the most popular grip trainers on the market to figure out which one is is worth your investment.
The original Gripmaster, like it’s stronger counterpart Gripmaster Pro version, utilizes individual spring-loaded buttons so you can train fingers as well as overall grip. Different colors signify greater resistances, and one drawback is that you can’t adjust resistance on any Gripmaster like you can on other grip products. For me, none of the individual buttons provided much resistance, but I had somewhat stronger hands to begin with. I think a younger or older audience would benefit most from this product, especially anyone who might have arthritic fingers.
Best for people who have very weak grip strength to begin with.
The Gripmaster Pro is everything the Gripmaster is with the added bulk of added resistance. One aspect of the Gripmaster and Gripmaster Pro is that you can work different aspects of your grip depending on how you hold the product. Hold it close to your palm to work forearm, but hold it out at your fingertips for added resistance and grip-focused training.
Best for people who want to build grip strength through fingers as well as forearm.
Nevermind the playful name, the Captains of Crush hand gripper is no joke. There are currently 11 models to choose from with strengths ranging from 60-365 pounds of pressure. There aren’t multiple springs and pieces, rather a single coil and two handles meant to squeeze together. I appreciate the iron material, as it make it feel solid when squeezing.
Best for someone looking for a well made, heavy duty product that won’t lose its resistance.
Heavy Grips grip trainers are the least expensive product we reviewed, but still gives a good grip test to someone who isn’t looking to build Olympic-level grip strength. It looks just like the Captains of Crush, but has a “cheaper” metal feel to them. Also like the Captains of Crush, the Heavy Grips series has resistances ranging from 100-350 pounds of pressure. These feel slightly smaller than the Captains of Crush, so probably better for people with smaller hands.
Best for someone looking for a low price option or someone with smaller hands.
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