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Average Rating = 3.67/5 Average Rating : 3.67 out of 5
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Train the right way with this hand strengthener, designed to strengthen and balance the muscles of the hand, wrist and forearm.
* Effective for rehab or prevention of climbing-related finger, wrist and elbow injuries, Grip Saver Plus is an essential tool for serious climbers
* Allows the hand to move through a full, natural range of motion, using both the flexion (closing) motion and the extension (opening) motion
* Set includes two Grip Saver bands and one sponge ball

After witnessing first-hand dozens of repetitive stress injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow, Dr. Terry Zachary decided to take some action. The result is the GripSaver Plus. ''Climbers are especially prone to imbalance injuries related to the inherent overuse of the flexor (closing) muscles of the hand and wrist. Climbers, in my experience, are among the strongest of all athletes as far as finger flexion is concerned, yet are very average relative to strength in hand and wrist extension. This leaves them wide open to the threat of repetitive flexion injuries. Climbers must be especially aware of addressing reciprocal muscle balance of the hand and wrist in their training. Not only will they reduce the risk of injury, but they will also improve their performance.'' Dr. Zachary compares this approach with training other body areas. ''When a fitness trainer guides a client through biceps muscle exercises, there will be equal attention focused on exercising the triceps muscle group. The same is true for most muscle groups in the body''. Imported.

Weight: 1.5 ounces
Material: Foam/rubber

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Good but Why? 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: Climberguy88, 2007-08-07

- The squeeze action on this one is pretty weak as it is just a foam ball." mgoodro

You're right. But thats not what it is made to do. the sole purpose is to balance the opening and closing strength of the fingers. The opening muscles are at a total disadvantage already. Adding more resistance for the closers would only put the openers farther behind.

Very useful product, does what it supposed to. unfortunately if you're one of those people who likes to see results, you'll be disappointed. The effects of what the grip saver is meant to do is a very hard thing notice. You will just have to use it it frequently and constantly with the mindset that it is helping with injury prevention.
4/5 "...and yes the finger loops are kind of tacky and irritating."

Add'l Con 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: oldkyshark, 2006-12-14

Pros: been said
Cons: Ball falls apart fairly quickly. Mine has huge cracks in it that make it even easier to squeeze.

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: freeledgeledgy, 2006-04-04

great idea...but needs a little more resistance on the squeeze...could be made a little easier to put on a remove as well....has helped more than one finger injury however

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: vinjaws, 2006-02-07

I agree with both mgoodpro and slacklinejoe that the squeeze action isn't great. However, I think it is important to recognize that, as climbers, we get too much squeezing the rest of the time, and it's really really important to get extension, which is where this comes in. Metolius has recognzed a crucial hole in most climbers training, and one that is essential for injury prevention. And no, I don't work for them, have stock in them, or any of that stuff...

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: slacklinejoe, 2006-02-05

For opposing muscles, it's very good. For contracting grip muscles it's nearly worthless. I started using it as a carpal tunnel rehab thing. I think it's helped quite a bit at getting my opposing muscles better balanced. From my research on it though, don't plan on it making you climb harder, but plan on it making injuries less common. Mis-blananced hand muscles are blamed for a lot of the climber's hand injuries.

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