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Gripmaster Hand Exerciser

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Black, Heavy Tension (9-Pounds per Finger)
  • Using GRIPMASTER every day will build the finger strength, endurance, and dexterity so imperative to climbers at all levels.
  • Rated the #1 hand exerciser in the world, and recommended by Climbing Magazine and Rock & Ice Magazine.
  • Available in 3 strengths, please order by color; Blue - Light tension (5 lbs/finger), Red - Medium tension (7lbs/finger), Black - High tension (9lbs/finger).
  • Each unit comes with a full exercise program.
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Product Description

Get a grip... a better, stronger grip! As used by federal agents, the GripMaster! This enhances hand, wrist and forearm strength, for improved shooting control, accuracy and weapon retention. It's unique in that it isolates each individual finger... not just a "squeezer" like some. That's why it's used by the FBI, ATF and DEA. It comes in 3 models with gradual resistance... you might want to get 2, starting lighter and building to heavier. Blue is Light, 5 lbs. per finger. Red is Medium, 7 lbs. per finger. Black is Heavy, 9 lbs. per finger. State Resistance Level. For shooting and bowhunting strength, get one or more of these valuable tools now! GripMaster Hand Exerciser

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  • ASIN: B0085MX3SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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It looks like it will last a very long time.
Dr. Dennis P. Mohney
The black back on the exerciser isn't really a pad, it's more like the slightly rubberized hard plastic (kind of like on some cell phones).
Jon
And unlike the V-shaped hand grip exercisers that are commonly sold, the GripMaster helps to work out individual finger joints and muscles.
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197 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Rahman on June 8, 2007
Color Name: Black, Heavy Tension (9-Pounds per Finger)Size Name: 9 pounds Verified Purchase
With a weight-training background I already have a number of products focusing upon forearm and grip strength. This by appearance and description seemed to fit a very specific purpose, what could be called finger-tip strength, so I went ahead and gave it a try.

Receiving it, the high-quality construction was immediately noticeable. Beginning with the highest tension [black] gripper, I began use intermittently, whenever web pages loaded in slowly, between television commercials, and so on.

I had no idea why during my twice-a-month hobbyist guitar playing, I was able to play with a marked increase in speed and accuracy. The fingers occasionally seemed to be pulled onto the fretboard like magnets. Thinking about it for a few minutes, I realized this device was the only significant change I had made over that time. Typically I had to warm-up for at least 30 to 45 minutes before my hands correctly played quicker fingering patterns. There was no lag time this time.

For the price and diminutive size of this device, it is surprising how effective it is at its focused purpose. I also noticed that, while my typing has not gotten any faster, I can type somewhat longer without becoming self-aware of fatigue.

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There are several reviews for this gripping device that claim insufficient resistance, even with the highest tension [black] version. This may be due to a misconception of the purpose and usage of this particular device. It is what could be thought of as a finger-grip strengthener, as opposed to those devices which develop palm grip-strength, which are far more common and found at any sporting goods store.

The tell-tale sign of improper use, is through where you position your grip when performing the exercises.
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By April P on October 23, 2006
Color Name: Blue, Light Tension (5-Pounds per Finger)Size Name: LIGHT Verified Purchase
I used to try to strengthen my fingers using the Gripp balls, and later, the Gravity Gripp, which were grip balls that were also 1 pound weights. However, they were bulky, hard to get a grip on, and heavy and pretty silly looking. So, when I saw the picture of these awesome little gizmos in a catalog, I ordered one right away. They are about the same price of the Grip balls, but they are SO much cooler! Not only is this good for fitness training, they're even better for musicians! (my instrument is piano.) These are light and flat and they fit right into a purse. I don't feel silly using this out in public -- if anyone asks, I just let them try it, and they are immediately hooked. I carried my blue one around everywhere until this weekend, when I gave it away to a friend.

It is difficult to know which tension to use. I'm a woman with small hands, and found that I am right between the blue and the red. I use the blue one for 4th and 5th finger (left hand). I can usually handle the red one for everything else, but the booklet says that repititions are more effective than heavier tension. I use mainly the blue one now. I hope to work up to the red, but that will be a while. I'm also going to buy a couple more so I can work both hands simultaneously.

I do have one caveat -- make sure you use these correctly. Don't overdo it, or try to use a heavier tension to just to feel all macho. Like any weight training, you have to press the buttons precisely to isolate the muscles. Don't use your whole arm just to get the button pressed. I found that if I started to cheat, I got a little wrist pain and felt the beginnings of tendonitis. (another reason I'm staying on the blue tension for now.)

Oh, and buy your Gripmaster here at Amazon. They are $15 each everywhere else.
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201 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Brian on November 8, 2007
Color Name: Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)Size Name: 7 pounds Verified Purchase
I [used to] love this product. But Gripmaster has reduced the palm pad to something too uncomfortable to be useful. I have a 5lb blue version, which I use often. I decided to get a 7lb medium version. What arrived was the new version, which I didn't expect - images weren't yet updated. As of this writing, Gripmaster's own site still doesn't picture the currently sold version. I've posted my own pictures here, which compare the original with the new version. The old version was nicely padded and ergonomically large. The new version has much less padding and it feels sharp and blocky. It wears on you after too few reps. With the original, I could go as long as my finger and forearm muscles would allow; with the new one, discomfort kicks in first. As other reviewers have noted, these aren't best for developing brute strength (weights are) but rather for therapy and dexterity, which require moderately high reps. If it can't do the reps without discomfort, it's just not worth using at all.

And in case you own the original and you're thinking you'll just put the big pad on the new skeleton, forget it. They're not interchangeable, which is also disappointing. On the original you could put the pad on either side, allowing you to use all your fingers on the unified bar or independently on the buttons. Can't do that with the new one. (See the pictures.)

Too often a company makes a good product and once it gains a market foothold, they cut costs and expect it will only increase profit margin. This is a perfect example. Well, I hope this review will encourage purchasing choices that make Gripmaster regret their choice to go cheap on their customers.
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