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« on: November 17, 2012, 07:10:04 PM »

...when you can use THESE BABIES!!!!!





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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 07:14:54 PM »

I probably shouldn't knock them without actually trying them. Maybe they're great, and very effective for aesthetic development.

Perhaps they would be useful when trying to teach a novice trainee how to "lead with the elbows" and what muscles they should feel contracting during certain rowing movements.

They look like they could be useful in helping one train around a hand injury.

If anyone decides to buy and try these, let me know if you get beat up when you take them with you on the floor at your gym.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 08:58:09 PM »

i use my hands
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012, 03:34:20 AM »

i use my hands
well you probably have hands like a bear Woo.. Grin..  i use straps for Db rows, it looks like it could be useful for back training as you wrote Montague.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 04:48:15 AM »

well you probably have hands like a bear Woo.. Grin..  i use straps for Db rows, it looks like it could be useful for back training as you wrote Montague.


i didn't use straps for years as a kid (discouraged for powerlifters and football players alike) but started using them a few years ago... since ditching them about 2 years ago i see a significant difference in my grip strength and forearm development...

i still use them occasionally, but only if i feel that my grip will fail on a set of shrugs or deadlifts and even then it would only be on the final set

and my ring finger is a 13.5 at 5'11"... and i'm not a lardass

my fingers have gotten slightly thicker over the years though
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2012, 05:18:54 AM »

I have small hands...ring size 9...lol


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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 09:16:45 AM »

I have small hands...ring size 9...lol
How big is your wrist?

Not sure what size my ring finger is, my wife bought me the biggest size they make and it fits my pinkie finger.  Tongue
I quit using straps years ago, only time now is when we do our gym comps and have a deadlift for reps.
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 10:13:24 AM »

How big is your wrist?

Not sure what size my ring finger is, my wife bought me the biggest size they make and it fits my pinkie finger.  Tongue
I quit using straps years ago, only time now is when we do our gym comps and have a deadlift for reps.
My wrist is just  7"  so not very big. In fact i have had women comment about my hands...positive too. They like my little soft hands gliding over their bodies... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2012, 12:03:07 PM »

My wrist is just  7"  so not very big. In fact i have had women comment about my hands...positive too. They like my little soft hands gliding over their bodies... Cheesy


mine are calloused to hell
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2012, 02:01:56 PM »


mine are calloused to hell
no wonder Wooo swinging that sledge all the time..lol
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2012, 04:53:08 PM »

no wonder Wooo swinging that sledge all the time..lol

i think the primary causes of my callousing are battling ropes and my climbing rope (i don't climb it, no where to hang it at home) that i use to haul a 50lb bag about 50ft up in the hallway stairwell (live in a condo building)

the rope is thick and heavy too, anyway it causes minor rope burns all the time, especially when i lower the weight back down



my thought process though is that this is what our hands evolved to do...
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2012, 04:57:18 PM »

i think the primary causes of my callousing are battling ropes and my climbing rope (i don't climb it, no where to hang it at home) that i use to haul a 50lb bag about 50ft up in the hallway stairwell (live in a condo building)

the rope is thick and heavy too, anyway it causes minor rope burns all the time, especially when i lower the weight back down



my thought process though is that this is what our hands evolved to do...


What kinds of comments does this elicit from your neighbors?
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2012, 06:58:15 PM »


What kinds of comments does this elicit from your neighbors?


they've never seen the stairs dude... they take the elevator...

anyway we just bought a 3 story townhouse with an open stairwell... moving in december

at that point won't need to worry about it

of course the neighbors may still give me funny looks when they catch me pushing my minivan in the parking garage...
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2012, 07:45:29 PM »

of course the neighbors may still give me funny looks when they catch me pushing my minivan in the parking garage...


With the price gasoline will be by then, I'm sure they won't give it a second thought.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2012, 07:45:41 PM »

of course the neighbors may still give me funny looks when they catch me pushing my minivan in the parking garage...
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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2012, 03:36:19 AM »

remember when i was really into doing Iwama Ryu Aikido i used to go into the Garden and swing my Ken ( wooden sword ) around doing Kata... i bet my neighbors thought i was crazy too...LOL
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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2012, 06:28:08 AM »

meh i'm a good neighbour... i smile and say hi when they catch me doing walking dumbbell lunges with a weight vest on in the hallways at midnight...
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2012, 07:13:04 AM »

meh i'm a good neighbour... i smile and say hi when they catch me doing walking dumbbell lunges with a weight vest on in the hallways at midnight...
Yep...your hardcore Wooo... Grin
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2012, 03:01:12 AM »

i found that funny  Grin but make fun of it as you may...women like my hands. I have been told "i have a nice touch". although my right hand has a scar and calluses.. Embarrassed


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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2012, 04:37:27 AM »

anyway back on track here... i think i will include some pinch grips in my Friday workout and see if i can improve my forearm/grip strength. pinch grips i never see being used by anyone in the gym.. "pinch gripping" a smooth plate and holding it for as long as possible.
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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2012, 05:15:16 AM »

anyway back on track here... i think i will include some pinch grips in my Friday workout and see if i can improve my forearm/grip strength. pinch grips i never see being used by anyone in the gym.. "pinch gripping" a smooth plate and holding it for as long as possible.

i do them religiously 1-2 times per week to failure

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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2012, 05:59:53 AM »

i do them religiously 1-2 times per week to failure

great stuff
you know Wooo you would be a great workout partner..
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2012, 07:10:07 AM »

you know Wooo you would be a great workout partner..

maybe... used to train with a buddy years ago... i prefer training solo now, just be and the iron  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2012, 08:39:51 AM »

maybe... used to train with a buddy years ago... i prefer training solo now, just be and the iron  Grin
yeah mate.. you have your thing and do it...good drills W
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2012, 09:53:18 AM »

i do train and have pretty good forearms ,,,i still use straps for shrugs and row movements for back,,,
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