Is Grip4orce Better Than Fat Gripz?
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In this article I will be answering the question “is grip4orce better than fat gripz?”. Both grip4orce and fat gripz are great tools that can be used to help to strengthen your grip, as well as beefing up your biceps and forearms.
They are used to make bars and dumbbells thicker, you simply apply the grips to whatever implement you want. It will make the exercise a lot harder and ensure that your grip is taxed a lot more.
I have personally used both in my training and so am in a good place to share my views regarding this topic. By the end of this article you will have all the information you need to know when evaluating both products.
Is Grip4orce Better Than Fat Gripz?
This is a personal preference a lot of the time. Overall, grip4orce is more challenging than fat gripz as you have to exert more force in order to keep it on the bar or dumbbell you are using.
You have to essentially squeeze a lot harder when using grip4orce. This can be a huge benefit when it comes to improving your grip strength and forearm size. The grip4orce can be slightly more effective than fat gripz in this regard.
Having said this there are also negatives as well. Fat gripz can allow you to use more weight than you could with the grip4orce, therefore you will benefit from the additional stimulus of the increased weight.
In addition, there is an increased risk when using grip4orce. Because it is more challenging to maintain your grip, you could lose your grip more easily. On certain exercises such as kettlebell swings, this could be injurious.
The Grip4orce Is A Greater Challenge For Your Grip
As touched upon already, the grip4orce will present a bigger challenge for your grip than the fat gripz. The difference may not be huge, but it is noticeable.
You have to really squeeze hard throughout the exercise to ensure that the grip4orce grips don’t come off. The fat gripz are easier to keep in place once they are on a bar or dumbbell.
There is a good video from the late John Meadows reiterating this. In the video John performs hammer curls using the grip4orce and explains how challenging they are.
This is a great exercise by the way for beefing up your forearms. I personally perform hammer curls with fat gripz or grip4orce every week. I find that it is a great exercise for improving your grip and forearm size.
Below you can watch the video from John Meadows.
Grip Will Fatigue Faster With Grip4orce
As a consequence of grip4orce being more challenging than fat gripz to maintain your grip; your grip will fatigue faster with grip4orce.
This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I will explore both viewpoints. Firstly, it is positive in the sense that your grip is working a lot harder. As you progress and make improvements with the grip4orce, you will find that your grip will become stronger than it would with the fat gripz for a similar progression.
The bad side about using grip4orce is that they are not ideal for heavy compound pulling movements. You would be better off using fat gripz on heavy pulling exercises.
Fat gripz would allow you to utilise more weight, this would also provide a greater stimulus for your body to build more muscle. Using the grip4orce on these exercises would mean that your target muscles are not worked sufficiently before your grip gives out.
In general, I find that grip4orce are better suited to smaller isolation exercises. On exercises such as zottman curls and hammer curls, they are perfect. You can build a brutally strong grip and very beefy forearms from using them in this way.
In addition, some people also like to use grip4orce for pressing movements. This is a personal choice, but I do also concur that grip4orce are better suited to pressing movements than they are to heavy pulling exercises.
This is a view also shared by DC Strength. He made a good video discussing this topic and I did agree with a few of the points that he brought up. You can check out his video below.
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Safety Risk With Using Grip4orce
Because grip4orce is more challenging, if you try to perform certain exercises with this tool, you could find that losing your grip could increase the risk of injury.
This could be like dropping a dumbbell onto your foot for example after losing your grip. It could be a lot worse depending on which exercise you are doing. Kettlebell swings for instance using grip4orce could be very risky indeed.
Therefore, you need to pay attention to exercise selection and assess the risks involved. I find that fat gripz are safer in this regard. It is a lot easier to tell when you are losing your grip with fat gripz. You can then rack the weight or stop the set in advance.
With the grip4orce, you could lose your grip earlier than you imagine! The safety risk is just something to consider. But it is perfectly possible to use the grip4orce without too much risk if you pay attention to this.
Is grip4orce better than fat gripz? As with everything there are advantages and disadvantages. I would personally say that grip4orce is more effective than fat gripz for isolation exercises such as curls.
For heavy compound pulling movements, grip4orce wouldn’t be as feasible as you would lose your grip too easily. Fat gripz would allow you to use heavier weight on those exercises and provide a better stimulus for muscle growth.
With the grip4orce your target muscle wouldn’t get enough stimulation as your grip would fatigue a lot faster.
Therefore, whether grip4orce is better depends on your personal goals. If you just want to improve your forearm size and grip, then I would say that grip4orce is slightly more effective.
If you have any comments on this topic, please leave them below. As always, stay safe and enjoy your training.