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Choosing the Best Grip Strengtheners

by Juan Lopez August 30, 2019 0 Comments

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The muscles in the hand and wrist are some of our most important, as they allow us to grip everyday items, drive, type, and more. Whether you’re looking to increase hand and forearm strength, stay flexible, or complete a rehabilitation program, choosing the best grip strengtheners is the best way to simplify the process. Check out our guide where we consider levels of resistance, material, top recommendations, and more.

What to Consider when Choosing Grip Strengtheners

Decide what factors are most important to you when choosing a grip strengthener.

Ease of Use

All of our grip strengtheners offer an ergonomic design that is made to feel comfortable in your hand over long-term use. Our hand exercise balls and ring grip exercisers are a good example, perfectly sized for grip strength training for men and women. The exercise balls even feature a textured surface for easy gripping.


Similarly, our hand extension exercisers offer an intuitive design that makes finger exercises simple and fun. Therapy putty can be intuitively pinched, twisted, and pulled for an on the go workout that anyone can use.

Hand Strength & Coordination

It’s important to match your grip strengthener to your level of hand strength and coordination. If you’re just getting started with grip training or want an easier option, hand exercise balls or therapy putty are the right option. Both fit comfortably in your hand and offer a range of resistance levels for personalized strength workouts. For a more advanced challenge, try the finger exerciser which can provide targeted training to individual fingers.

Versatility

All of the options above are versatile enough to be used for a variety of different workouts and stretches to target the hand, forearm, and fingers. Our therapy putty is one of the most versatile, as it can engage all the muscles of the hand with a selection of simple exercises like pinching, twisting, and squeezing. The finger exerciser is another versatile option, as it allows you to isolate individual fingers and strengthen them independently..

Resistance Levels

Each grip strengthener offers a range of resistance levels, letting you increase difficulty as grip strength improves. Be sure to start with a lower resistance level and gradually work your way up over time. See the chart above for more information on the resistance levels and scales of our grip strengtheners..

Purpose

Each of our grip strengtheners offer something a little different, while staying versatile enough for a range of different purposes. Take a look at some of the most common uses in our recommendations sections below..


Our Recommendations for... 

Find recommendations for some of the most common grip training needs.

Finger Strengthening for Dexterity

Finger Strengthening for Dexterity

The best way to improve finger strength and dexterity is to find a grip trainer that can isolate each finger for a fine-tuned workout. Our finger exerciser is the perfect option, as it allows you target individual fingers, gradually training them with three different resistance levels. The hand exercise balls are a little easier to use with a lightly textured surface and a range of four different resistance levels.

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Hand and Forearm Strength

Hand and Forearm Strength

The muscles in the palm and forearm are responsible for controlling your fingers, making them the target for grip training. Our ring grip exercisers are designed to target the hands and forearms, with a non-slip silicone material that resist cracking and tearing over extended use. They are perfectly sized for men and women with a 3.45” outer diameter, and can fit into an included carry bag for easy portability.

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Grip Strengthener for Stretching

Stretching

Stretching your hands for just 10 to 15 minutes a day can go a long way toward building strength and flexibility. Our hand extension exercisers make regular stretching easy with an ergonomic design that fits any hand size. The eight finger holes allow for multiple stretching variations, letting you switch up your stretching routine. Therapy putty is another versatile option that can be used with a wide variety of hand stretches.

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Grip Strengthener for Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

Recovering from hand and wrist injuries takes time and regular effort, as well as a training routine tailored to your needs. Our therapy putty is the perfect option for rehabilitation, as it offers 6 different resistance levels, letting you scale-up your workout as you recover. You can pinch, squeeze, roll, and more, to target specific hand muscles. The finger exerciser is another good choice, which allows you to isolate individual fingers and build strength gradually.

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Grip Strengthener for stress or Sensory Relief

Stress or Sensory Relief

Grip strengtheners can also be used to relieve stress or offer sensory engagement, making them good for ADHD and concentration. Our hand exercise balls are the perfect size to carry wherever needed, and retain their shape for long-term use. Therapy putty can also be a good stress and sensory reliever, and is non-toxic and odorless making it a good choice for children as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles do grip strengtheners work?

Not everyone knows that the fingers don’t contain their own muscles, but are controlled by several different muscles in the hand and forearm. Specifically, wrist and forearm flexors, brachioradialis, extensor muscles, as well as about a dozen muscles in the butt of the palm. Grip trainers target these muscles to improve overall hand strength.

Do grip trainers burn calories?

All physical exercise burns some calories, as your body is using energy to perform an action. However, grip trainers only activate some of the smallest muscles in your body, which means the calorie burn isn’t as great as it would be with cardio exercises, or when working out larger muscle groups.

Are hand grips good for carpal tunnel?

Grip strengtheners can build muscles in the wrist and forearms offering extra protection against carpal tunnel. Grip training is best used as a carpal tunnel treatment alongside other treatment options like wrist braces.

Need More Help?

Get more information on all Vive Health products by talking to our customer service and product specialists. Call between 8:30am and 9pm EST daily at 1-800-487-3808 or email us at service@vivehealth.com

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Juan Lopez
Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez is part of the product development and improvement team at ViveHealth.com. His understanding of products and vast knowledge of consumer needs makes it easy for him to provide helpful information on choosing the best products.



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