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SummitSnowStorm


Jan 31, 2009, 11:04 AM
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What do you think of this one?

Do you think its a waste of time or will it really improve my grip strenght?
Of course,Im thinking about using playing with such a thing just when im not training,or when im studying,etc.
Have you ever had one?


milesenoell


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Gyro hand exercisers are addictive to use, and will get you to pick it up more and use it longer in my experience. I started using one because a doc said it was good for keeping carpal tunnel at bay (which I was starting to have problems with).


SummitSnowStorm


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milesenoell wrote:
Gyro hand exercisers are addictive to use, and will get you to pick it up more and use it longer in my experience. I started using one because a doc said it was good for keeping carpal tunnel at bay (which I was starting to have problems with).
So they ain`t supposed to be dangerous for tendons?


milesenoell


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Depends on who you ask. The gyro only responds to pressure exerted on it, but doesn't push by itself, making the workout user-created. There are a lot of different ways of using it, too. My brother ended up using it with hand and wrist locked to rehab a shoulder, and I have never seen anybody that used it the way the directions showed ("like a salt shaker").

I got one after a doctor recommended it to me, a friend who had a similar problem started using mine until he discussed it with his doc who said to be careful because it could lead to overuse of already chronically inflamed tissue. We both had the same problem (a decade plus of blowing glass is hard on the hands) but the best treatment can be a judgement call.

As I understand it, using a hand exerciser to keep carpal tunnel at bay is pretty safe, but using a hand exerciser to rehab carpal tunnel problems is associated with risk of over-use and insufficient rest periods (especially when the problem is caused by what you do at work all day, adding workouts on those areas during your off hours may not give your body time to do any recovery).


Hotpies


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I got one of those. It's garbage.


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Ditto,

Gyro ball is best suited to someone just out of an arm cast or someone who's recovering from a stroke trying to regain muscle coordination. I think to gain strength for climbing nothing is better than the good ole exercises like finger/wrist curls or deadhangs etc.

-E


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Oh, yeah. Grip strength, not carpal tunnel. I doubt it compares well with more targeted exercises. There are lots of good ways to build grip strength, but this is mostly a rehab toy. But it is a good toy.


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i had a gyro ball for a month or so, used it half a dozen times and got pissed off with the noise. definitely got a burn but not sure if it would be all that helpful given the amount specificity seems to come into the actual usefulness of muscle strength.

i use a sqeezy rubber ring thing to warm up my forearms, but figure that climbing is the best training for climbing - if you want stronger arms, why not just climb routes which will make your arms stronger?

steev


svetopolk


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Here is a big survey about grip Exercisers
http://svetopolk.livejournal.com/88565.html
Unfortunately it is in Russian only, but you can see pictures :)

The strenghtener you are asked about is waste of time.
The best exercisers are
1. Bison-1 for wrists
2. Ivanko Super Gripper for hands
3. Terinator-Pushmipullyu for fingers


(This post was edited by svetopolk on Apr 16, 2011, 7:35 AM)


DouglasHunter


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SummitSnowStorm wrote:
Do you think its a waste of time or will it really improve my grip strenght?

It depends upon what kind of "grip strength" you want to develop. If you are seeking to improve the isometric strength of your flexor digitorum profundus and superficialis muscles there is no hand held style device on the market that can do that. (unless there have been innovations that I am unaware of.)

If you just want to have a firm hand shake, use what ever device appeals to you.


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