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Old 09-21-2004, 01:05 AM   #1
John de la Garza
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I was thinkin of buying some gymnast grips to do some swinging exercises. I'm not a gymnast and have never used anything like grips. Is there anything I should know? I've seen different kinds. I saw an article about dowel grips.

Any recommendations for just doing some basic exercises swinging on a bar?
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:52 AM   #2
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Reisport size 2. Velcro. Next alternative would be English Bulldogs. You will want to sand out the finger holes to fit, do NOT cut. They take a little while to get used to, they will feel strange at first. Your grip will consist of the dowel being just below the midpoint of the bar on the opposite side as your palm. You will want to learn how to relax your grip and allow the grip to do the work.

I'm guessing you are near average size male? Size 1 grips are too small for virtually everyone, size 3 grips are a good way to get your wrists broken.
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Old 09-21-2004, 10:57 AM   #3
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You may want to check out this post regarding grips from Coach Sommer.
http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/25/5187.html
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:44 AM   #4
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After reading that, I think I am just going to avoid grips and maybe use gloves if my hands get too chewed up.
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Old 09-21-2004, 03:11 PM   #5
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John,

I'm not sure that gloves will help much. The primary purpose for grips is to help hold on to the bar, not to protect your hand. How they work is the dowel and strap essentiall act as a hook on the bar, then the strap forms a smooth surface around the bar. The load shifts to your wrists. The strap pulling tight also helps prevent your skin from folding under load and friction, which helps prevent rips. Gloves will not provide any of this. It creates a different surface for friction, but there will be friction between your hand and the glove, and still the potential for pinching. It also will reduce your grip. If you are swinging big at all this could cause a peel. (involuntary release from the bar)
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Old 09-21-2004, 03:48 PM   #6
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I saw a article witha gymnast's upper body circuit. It envolves a exercise called an icecream maker. I wouldn't call it doing swinging big.

you can see it at: http://www.american-gymnast.com/tt/s.../upperbody.htm

maybe a smoth bar with bare hands would be best
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Old 09-21-2004, 04:13 PM   #7
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Yeah, I call "ice cream makers" pull up to lever. This can be done on rings as well. Definitely not swinging big :-)
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