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Old 02-26-2007, 10:50 AM   #1
Michael Lynn
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I'm looking to buy a CoC gripper, but I'm not sure which to get.

A buddy of mine showed me the #1 and I can almost close it. I'm worried I'll grow out of the trainer too quickly.

Which one should I start with?

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Old 02-26-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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If you can almost close it, I would get the #1. I bought both, which I think was a good idea, but if I were to pick only one it would be the #1. I liked them so much, I picked up the number 2 as well.

And since you're buying a gripper, here's a good grip training website (yes, worksafe):
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:29 PM   #3
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Check out the PDA site, look at the grip section.

They give Iron Mind a serious run for the money, plus they'll make anything you want. I have the Invako super gripper, I'll never out grow the thing.

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:53 PM   #4
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I've got the #1 and #2 grippers, can do multiple sets with the #1 and started out only being able to do 2-3 max. If you have the money to spare buy the trainer and the #1 at the same time, even after you are able to close the #1 the trainer can be used on those days when you can't complete the required number of sets on the #1, or simply want to do grip work but don't want to be forced to work too much. I can close the #2 3 times now but still use the #1 to train on, and have actually considered purchasing the new #1.5 and the trainer.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:39 PM   #5
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Warning...grippers are very addictive!

I started out with a small Heavy Grips set and now have about everyone from IronMind, Heavy Grips and Beef Builders (only a few of those):

Work Safe Link:

I found that I was able to jump up to the #1 rather quickly but the jump to the #2 was tougher. About the only way I improved was to work on the next stronger gripper. A trainer is a great warm up one, so if cash allows, a great starter set would be a Trainer, #1, and #1.5.

I still warm up with the smaller ones and I grab them all of the time between workout sets.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:08 PM   #6
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I started out like you...the #1 was tough. Now I can close it for a few sets of 8 to 10.
I would recommend the trainer (which I don't have) because the #1 will be easier after a good warm up.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:17 AM   #7
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Put me down as recommending the trainer. The CoC requires precise technique; you'll want to learn with tension you can handle.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:29 AM   #8
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you guys are beasts, i cant even get close to closing the #1.

i blame it on my small hands. hehe
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:22 AM   #9
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Gerry's comment about technique is correct - master the techniques on something you can handle, then build strength from there.

I agree with Clay: they are addictive. Be careful; injury and overtraining are easy as a novice. Even the lighter tools can overwork your hands in a high-volume setting. Expect to spend a long time conditioning and training your hands to accomodate the heavier grippers (3+ years in my case). I began with the trainer for singles (RH only) and have worked up to #2 for reps, both hands and 2.5 for singles. This training has helped my deadlift and pullup numbers greatly.

K. Bowler at Rainier has pretty strong hands I hear; you might open a dialog with him if you're curious.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:36 AM   #10
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I would rec the Trainer. You need one with less resistance for warmups and light days.
I would also use something like the rubber bands they sell to work the finger extensors.

My $0.02
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