Our top pick? The Hand Grip Strengthener Set by Pnrskter
A strong grip is a skill that is such an important asset for every climber, and yet unfortunately it is an asset that many choose to ignore working on, even though it's something that can be improved so easily and relatively inexpensively. Without something to specifically train your grip, it is an ability that won’t really improve in everyday life. So, if you can’t climb very regularly to improve it, then investing in some training equipment that can be used when you’re at home, or out and about, is the next best thing.
There are two different types of grip trainers available: the first being a compression strengthener, and the second an expansion trainer. The names really give away their function, but a compression trainer uses a closing hand movement to strengthen the muscle group used for gripping, while an expansion trainer builds up the antagonist muscle group, which - although not specific to a climbing grip - will help to prevent common climbing injuries, and therefore we truly believe it is pertinent to focus on improving both of these muscle groups simultaneously for the best results.
A final note - which applies to all muscle training (particularly for beginners) - when strengthening your grip you must be careful not to try to train it too quickly, but instead work up incrementally through the increasing resistances to allow for you muscles and tendons to develop along with you, to reduce the likelihood of injury through over training.
But enough of the safety stuff, there are a whole load of different types of grip trainers to choose from, so give our top picks a read through, and we will guide you to finding the right trainer that can fit into your routine, and improve your climbing ability massively! Enjoy!
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