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Purchased these for next to nothing from my local sports direct. I was looking to make my hands and forearms slightly stronger. I knew that the grips wouldn't make me really strong as there would be progressive overload on the trainer however I had hope a simple increase in strength would help my achieve my targets.
I decided on a routine for using this trainer as I wanted to really test myself and see if there would be any benefit. I used it every morning and evening with 5 sets of 15 reps. I increased this after a couple of weeks to 7 sets. I could really feel the burn on the last few reps, the pain is generally at the top of the forearm and the webbing area between thumb and finger. I carried this out for about 3 months in conjunction with other exercises and fitness bits and bobs.
The benefits were disappointing, in fact I would describe them as non existent. I could noticeably do a couple more reps each time after a couple of months however it didn't really seem to improve my strength by any noticeable amount when doing any thing else but the hand trainer. In all it felt like a bit of a waste of time. I wasn't expecting miracles as it is only a simple resistance exercise however the actual improvements were so minimal I felt my time could have been better used elsewhere.
As detailed in the benefits the effects were minimal. A real shame considering the time and effort I put into using it daily. Choosing an exercise with some form of overload would be my recommendation instead of the simple resistance training this Lonsdale product provides.
I honestly wouldn't bother wasting your cash or time of this trainer. Simply choose some weights and do a few forearm exercises for strength gains in the hand and forearm. The ONLY time I would recommend this trainer is in for a rehabilitation purpose when recovering strength back to a normal level as the resistance effects would be ideal. Unfortunately this only gets a 2 stars from me.
I went Sports Direct a while ago with my friend (her hubby works there so even with their low prices I am able to use his discount haha!) to get some swim wear and bits and pieces as every now and again I decide I am going to start "exercising", "keeping fit" and other such ideas when I feel like a bit of a pig. I have booked to go Barbados this upcoming August so have been a bit on/off with my exercising but have been going gym-ish when one of my friends recommended getting some hand grips as they are good for toning the forearms and increasing hand strength. As they are pretty cheap and look simple I figured any little tool I can use in and around the home at my leisure would be a good buy so into the basket this went!
The grips are made of metal with black, soft foam covered on the handles. They are used by being hand held and using one hand to squeeze the two levers together to strengthen hand, and forearm muscles. They aren't anything special or fantastic they are really simple and basic therefore straightforward to use. I have found the grips easy to use and the handles are anti-grip so my hands don't slip or slide and they are sturdy. The foam is a bit cheap as my daughter has managed to pick it a bit and so it has disintegrated in some parts but for the price I paid I can't quibble too much as they are still useable.
Personally I find the grips no problem to use, and of I continued the repetitive motion I would see some difference but since I am a sporadic user, unfortunately I have seen no improvement of my overall hand/forearm strength! I do feel though that if I was more consistent I would notice it so it is a good item to use!
Overall, these are a good fitness item so I would recommend them. They aren't going to give me a 6 pack or anything but for £1.99 (in my case a further 15% discount or something cheap like that!) they are a good item to use and so I can't really fault them. The foam does come apart, but not in a dramatic way to make a huge difference, but at the cheap price you can always buy a replacement!
~*~ The Purchase ~*~
I actually bought these around a year ago now, if not a little longer. At the time I'd only just started taking an interest in fitness, and I certainly wasn't at the fitness level that I am now. In fact, if I'm honest, I was a bit of a couch potato and pregnancy gave me an excuse not to move very much! I bought these because I thought that they'd be ideal to use while lazing around watching television and they seemed like an easy way to keep my arms toned.
~*~ Price ~*~
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for my wrist grips, but I remember them being really cheap, which was one of the reasons I decided to buy them - I seriously can't resist a bargain! The current retail price is very inexpensive - around £3.99 which I think is a reasonable price for a branded item and the product can be used everyday so you will get your money's worth. Sports Direct are actually selling this for just £1.99 which is even better value!
~*~ Design ~*~
The wrist grips are incredibly basic in design and the small size of them means that they're easy to store when I'm not using them. The grips are basically like long handles and they're joined together with a lightweight piece of metal. The grips are a good length so I can easily grip them without them being fiddly or too small for my hands and they padded with a soft foam like material which is nice and dense so it's not so soft that it feels squidgy or anything!
~*~ How It Works & My Opinion ~*~
Well, using the wrist grips couldn't be easier. I simply hold it in my hand and squeeze the foam grips together for as long as I can, then rest for a few seconds and repeat. It really is as simple as that! I only have one (they come in packs of two but my other one mysteriously disappeared!) so I do ten reps with one hand then change to the next hand and carry on until I get bored.
It's not a strenuous way of working my arms out so I can carry on for a while, so it's really handy when I'm sat down relaxing after my proper work out and feel like I need to at least do a tiny bit of extra exercise so that I don't feel like a complete slob! The grips are not weighted at all and are very lightweight so in my opinion it is pointless to do any lifts while using them or using them when I am using my stepper or my trampette, these are just my lazy way of getting a teeny tiny bit more exercise into my day. The wrist grips aren't loud when I'm using them which is an advantage and they feel nice and sturdy so I'm never worried that they might snap mid squeeze!
~*~ Do They Work?! ~*~
Well, I'm not sure to be honest because I already use dumbells and a shake weight everyday as well as these grips so it is hard to tell. I still like using them though because its a bit of extra exercise, albeit very mild, easy exercise!! If you struggle with weak hands and wrists or are very unfit and want to start building up your endurance levels to prepare for dumbbells and weights then these will be ideal, they will help you strengthen your arms but I doubt that using these alone will help visibly tone your arms up.
~*~ Overall ~*~
A cheap, quick way to help strengthen your muscles. It will take a while to see results if these are your sole way of working out your arms though.
About The Product
The Lonsdale wrist grips are a pack of two wrist grip gym/exercise equipment. They have a foam black handle without grooves.
They are inexpensive and I have seen them available for around £1.50.
My Opinions & Experiences
I have owned these for four years and were bought with the intention to help improve forearm, hand and wrist strength for my tennis playing and just for general health/fitness (always good to have a good grip).
Before using these during playing tennis in particular I would often feel my wrist and forearm ache after playing for any prolonged period of time. I have always lifted weights so while my biceps and forearms were strong to a degree I knew my forearm and wrist would be much stronger if I started using the wrist grips I had previously seen around. I bought a pair and started using them immediately, the great thing about them is you can use them while watching tv etc, you don't have to set aside part of your gym time to using them. After about a month I felt the benefit and over the years they have improved my tennis playing allowing me to hit a harder shot and to play for longer without pain.
They take some getting used to but after a while you will be gripping them without even noticing you are doing so. They are comfortable to use, the foam handle ensures you don't end up with blisters.
I can't compare them to other brands as I have only used these ones but after four years of use they haven't broken up at all, the foam handle is still intact and they have done a world of good to my forearm, wrist and hand strength.
To summarise they are a great value pair of wrist grips, comfortable to use with foam handles, they have lasted a long time and will no doubt do wonders to your wrist, hands and forearms. I highly recommend them to all, especially if you play a sport using your hands.
These are very useful if you want to watch a movie or tv while doin so you can squeeze these as doing so and before you know it your forget your using this so while enjoying what your watching it your also strengthening your wrist and hand muscles. They are cheap but very effective on your body, they give your wrists exactly what it needs. Lifting heavy weights does arms, chest etc and alot of people seem to forget to do the wrist.
So a hour or more a day use these daily and before you know it your have a increase in muscle and strength as well as when you start lifting weights you will have the strong support from you hands/wrists to help get grip and support the arm.
They might squeak a little while using them but not very loud, Not expensive at all so worth every penny and at the end of the day your body is benefiting from something so cheap but effective.
Lonsdale are very known for there equipment, for a good reason. Its like number one in the industry and professional weight lifters, boxers all use these.
Lonsdale Hand grips are one of my pieces of keep fit / exercise equipment that I keep in my garage, and use from time to time in attempt to tone my body a little and keep the weight off, especially as Christmas time approaches, and all the food and drink that gets consumed throughout the festive period.
Lonsdale Hand grips are basically a bit of kit that is designed to exercise and strengthen the forearms, hand muscles and the tendons. This is ideal for anyone wanting to build up their thin or weak forearms and at the same time will give a generally improved hand grip, which will come in handy for day to day issues, such as opening a jar of jam!
These hand grips are also used by a lot of people to help with certain health problems such as tennis elbow, and also my late grandad used to use these to help keep his arms strong whilst he battled with multiple sclerosis.
These grips from Lonsdale are basically a strong spring, covered with a plastic casing in a shape that fits into the hand. This plastic cover is then covered in a nice soft black coloured foam, and it is this foam covered plastic shape that you hold onto and squeeze in order to close the two handles together, and then let them spring open again, to complete 1 repetition.
This exercise is not as easy as it sounds, and depending on your initial strength, you will feel a burning / aching sensation creeping into your forearms after perhaps just 10-15 reps when first using these.
I have had my set for about six months now, but I don't really count how many reps I do. Instead, I just keep squeezing the grips in and out until my forearms feel like they are about to explode, at which time I stop for a rest, then I repeat the process again. I can always see that I am working my forearms straight after I have done a workout with the hand grips, mainly by just looking at my forearms, and I can see that my arms look like they are bigger, as the muscles have been working so hard, that they kind of swell up slightly, but only for a short while. The next day the arms will ache a little if you have been putting a lot of effort in, but after using them a few times, the aches become less obvious.
These grips are ideal for working out with pretty much anywhere, such as when watching TV, or out walking, or maybe even during a lunch break at work. I did keep mine in my car for a while, and used to get them out of my glove box, and use them if I was stuck in a bad traffic jam, or if I was waiting to pick someone up etc.
In terms of price these Lonsdale hand grips are very cheap compared to the other brands available which generally cost around £5 - £8. My Lonsdale set however cost me just £1:50 from my local Sports Direct store which is a real bargain. This low cost however does not give way to a low quality product in my opinion, as the grip is comfy and smooth, and the resistance that they offer is pitched just about right.
A few months ago I had noticed that my set were starting to squeak a lot when in use, so I sprayed a tiny amount of WD40 into the spring which instantly stopped the squeaky noises.
Overall they are a great little piece of kit. They really work the forearms, and I can definitely tell that my arms are a little more bulkier - not like the famous Popeye arms, but there is a little more substance to them compared to the twig like forearms I used to have!
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I purchased these Lonsdale Wrist Grips for £3.99 however since I have seen them on offer in quite a few places for up to half this price. They come in a pack of two so you can work both arms at the same time. They come with padded grips to make them more comfortable to use.
The main purpose of these hand grips is to improve your hand strength and to provide a simple workout to tone your forearms and work your hand and finger muscles. These hand grips will never significantly increase the size of your forearms if this is your aim. They also won't really help you if your aim is to lift heavy, low rep weights. However they are very useful for people who play sports that involve lots of repetitive wrist actions such as racket sports or rock climbing. As with any exercise they need to be used in a proper training regime to get the full benefits. They are also good for people who may be struggling with arthritis in their hands or forearms.
These hand grips are very easy to use and very comfortable. As long as you use them for the right training reasons they can help you with what you want to achieve.
These grips are just one brand of many, all of which aim to do the same thing: contribute to or complement a forearm or arm workout. They work by having a solid metal coil at the top of two handle grips, and the idea is that you use one hand to squeeze them together. This will strengthen your general grip as well as improve your forearm strength, as long as you do it right.
I've used various different brands of these before, and I've never really had an issue with any of them. You hear tales of the metal coil snapping or the grips coming off or the grips themselves squeaking as you use them. I'm pleased to say that these Lonsdale grips do neither of the first two of these issues (touch wood) and the third has only recently started after a long time of them being used. It can be rectified though, as can most metal things that squeak, either by oiling them or greasing them slightly. You may need to do this more than once, but it really depends on how often they are used and how much a little squeak actually bothers you.
The tension of the grips is actually very good. I thought that the strength needed to squeeze them was manageable but to then hold it for a long time was a lot harder, and this is where the value of these grips comes in. They're powerful, and you shouldn't expect overnight results, but if you keep at it and do regular workouts, extending your hold time with these grips, then you should start to see results pretty soon.
In this sense, the grips of the grips are actually very important. I find that they're comfy enough to hold for the most part, but when my hands start getting sweaty, then the rubber grips start to flak a little. I don't think this is enough to start deteriorating the grip very much, but it's almost like the fabric is flaking off in my hand. The same thing happens with tennis rackets though - I think I just sweat too easily! Despite this apparent flaking of the grips' grips, they never feel as if I'm going to lose my own grip on them. The handles mold ever so slightly to your hand, and this helps keep it in place. I find this is something especially handy if you use this on a regular basis, as the molding stays and you have your own custome made grip handle after a while. Some people may not like this, but I thought it was a very good thing.
I'm very happy with these grips. Like I said, there are plenty of brands offering the same sort of thing, and I can't really say I've had much of a negative experience with any of them. This is as good a brand as any others I've tried, and amazon currently have a pair of them for £5.99, nearly half price, which is a decent bargain. You can get them cheaper, but it's always worth going for a known brand from a respected and recommended seller. Recommended.
Joining a sports team at university did not only improve my fitness but also my social live tremendously. But let us concentrate on the fitness aspect here and not how I learnt downing pints. Stunting at cheerleading involves me holding up other girls from my team by gripping their feet and either holding or pushing them up. You obviously need a lot of strength in your arms and legs for that but most people forget to strengthen their wrist and hand muscles. At first my hands were absolutely painful after training seasons and there really are not many exercises you can do that concentrate of these particular muscle groups.
Wrist grips are ideal to exercise hand strength and improve stability in your wrist. They are usually very cheap and one of those sports equipment that are just useful to have. I did not really want to spend much money on them so I just picked up the cheapest pair I could find at SportsDirect. With 1.50pounds the Lonsdale Wrist Grips are a real bargain. Although they are very no-frills they do their job perfectly and I really have nothing to complain.
The two wrist grips have foam handles without grooves which I much prefer to the ones with grooves. The foamy material is quite comfortable but gets a bit slippery if you sweat, however, they are easy to clean. The one thing I really dislike is the nasty plastic smell they had at first that lingered on my hands for ages. Give it a good soak in soapy water and they will lose their smell quickly though.
The grips themselves are surprisingly sturdy and still go strong after nearly six months of use. I haven't really tried any other wrist grips so I'm not sure how soft or hard their tension is but I would say that they are absolutely sufficient for a beginner. I consider myself to be a quite sporty person but my arms did hurt for the first couple of weeks of using them. After say a month of using them every few days I did feel my hand/wrist/arm strength improve and my wrist is more stable as well if that makes sense. I am definitely less worried about twisting or bending my wrist while doing stunting thanks to my Lonsdale Wrist Grips.
One word of advice though, try not to over-do it. At first my wrists were quite painful after practicing for too long so ease yourself into it and don't go crazy with them. I have heard a few times that wrist grips can cause carpal tunnel syndrome if used extensively. Personally I never had any problems in that respect though. The achy muscles I had at first were well worth it considering how much they improved my strength and how much easier cheer stunts are now.
The Lonsdale handgrips are an exercise tool for your hands. I got mine for a mere 1.99 from sportsdirect, and i have to say they were well worth it! I got them a long time ago when they were on special offer, but i had a look on the site and they still seem to be on half price, and i got mine nearly a year ago! So i am guessing its one of those its always half price things.
Anyway, the handgrips come as a pair, and are plastic and metal, but the handgrips are then covered in foam. This is the first big plus with these handgrips, as it means you don't give up because of your hands killing you, but because you are tired/bored. Most other handgrips i have used are only difficult because of the discomfort of squeezing repeatedly on hard plastic, that often doesn't fit your hand properly.
I am glad to say they have not put any of those annoying grooves in these handgrips. seriously those grooves don't work, they just make the grips uncomfortable.
I would say the grips are a medium tension? I am not very well built, but i can do quite a few squeezes now, at first they were a bit tricky. This would suit both men and women, its not a level where you need arms like a guy on steriods to use them.
One problem with these is that the one that is in the left hand (they are both identical) seems to stick every now and again, because of the way the coild is shaped. Its a bit annoying, and they could have easily avoided it if they didnt try to have the coil at an angle to the handles to make it look more aesthetic. But there you are, seems its only a little naggle if i am honest, considering the next handgrips i was considering was more than twice the price!
I should probably mention i got these handgrips because i study dentistry at uni, and i wanted to train my forearms for tooth extractions, where you have to tightly grip forceps. I must say i don't use them often anymore because i no longer leave after doing extractions with my arms in agony. They seem to have done the trick nicely!
Overall, if you are thinking of getting handgrips, and you are at more of a beginner level, these are the handgrips for you, seriously look no further. If anyone can think or has a pair of handgrips with build quality as good as this (they are very very study, and are quiet enough to be used when watching tv and so on), for as little as 1.99, that are also comfortable to hold, please post a comment. if not, i am guessing these trump all opposition!