How To Make Homemade Fat Gripz
Although this is not a product review, this post will address a great training product called Fat Gripz. This is a product that can convert just about any dumbbell handle or barbell into a fat or thick handled training device. The benefits of thick handled training are many but is it right for you?
Well if you are on the fence as to whether or not to get a pair, I would recommend you try thick handled training using a simple summer water toy called a fun noodle.
Fun noodles are floatation devices that kids play with in pools or can be used as a training aid in aquatic exercise classes. They make great play swords and water cannons if you are creative, not that I would know, and they only cost around $4.00.
Take a fun noodle and measure out 4-5 inches and with a utility knife, carefully cut it off. The fun noodle is hollow in the middle (about 1 inch in diameter). Next, carefully cut a straight line down the side of the 4-5 inch piece though to the hollow area. This will allow you to pry open the fun noodle which will go around a dumbbell handle or barbell. In the video I explain about having the cut side of the fun noodle handle towards the palm of your hand as you wrap your fingers around the fun noodle handle. Here is an example of how to do this using a fat gripz handle.
The homemade fat handles made from the fun noodle will work in the short-term and will allow you the opportunity to try out thick handle training. Unfortunately, they will wear and tear and fall apart in time.
If you find thick handle training is something you would like to really pursue; I would highly recommend you invest in a pair of Fat Gripz. They work great and have a really good feel. They also hold up under heavy training.
As you can see in this picture there are many uses and ways to make almost any weight training device into a thick handled exercise. Obviously, you can see how this can have great benefits and add difficulty to all your exercises.
Although there are many benefits to thick handled training, I am not telling you that you should change all your training to thick grip exercises. It will add in some great variety and I also think it does help push through some plateaus. I feel I have seen good results by using the fat gripz about every third week, but you will need to experiment with them to see what works best for your current training program. I will provide a link here on the website if you are interested in getting more information regarding the Fat Gripz product. I personally would recommend them as a good tool to add to your training tool box.
I hope that helps!
To your health,