So, recently, I decided to try out something new for my workouts. Now, I am a bit of an old school guy myself, so I was skeptical of what this product would really do. After, I opened the box that these things came in, I decided to read up on them a bit first. I probably should have done that before I got them, but what can you do? Anyways, these products are called Fat Gripz and are designed to fit over your barbells or dumbbells.
These products force you into a wider grip when you perform your exercises. To most of you, this still might not make sense as to why this is so important. Believe me, I felt the exact same way that you did, until I read up a little more about this product. Apparently, most of us really suffer from some strength imbalances that we are most likely not aware of. These strength imbalances lie below your biceps, yes, I am talking about your forearms. As we lift weights, we usually aim to work out and grow the more important parts of our physique.
It is sad that so many people will exclude their forearms from any specified exercises. Even though, it is usually seen as an afterthought in the gym, neglecting your forearms has probably already had its bad effects on you. The Fat Gripz come in and will aim to fix these strength imbalances by putting a more balanced weight load over the entire arms, including the forearms. One thing that I heard before trying this product was to be prepared to check my ego at the door.
A good rule of thumb with this product is, the lower you set your weights to use this, the more this product will work for you. I had to take my weights down to a noticeably lower amount and knew that my forearms were probably pretty weak, I assume. It really is a completely different kind of workout when you are using these things. I felt an intense burn throughout my entire forearm area while performing my normal weightlifting routine.
The people who mentioned checking your ego at the door, they were certainly right. I was shocked to see just how much more intense my workouts were getting. As for progressing with this product, you will probably increase weight at the rate that you would normally. Some people have mentioned being able to use them in a sort of one workout on and one off schedule. I have yet to try this because I would think that there might be some hidden risks associated with weightlifting this way.
I really do have to say that the results that I got with these grips were really good. I began to notice that my forearms were growing at a really good rate. I even managed to get a few compliments here and there on how much bigger I was getting. These products are fairly inexpensive and durable, even thought they are made of rubber. One thing that I was worried about was how well they would hold up after repeated use, I am happy to report that after months of use, these bad boys are still going quite strong. Although they are a bit dirtier now, they have lost no strength or hold at all!