Following on from my shoulder ops I have lost a lot of muscle mass and physical strength with a few months of absolutely no mat time or upper body training. Other than my physiotherapy work. Never was I so happy to see a medicine ball or a theraband. But now after the 15 months these combined two operations have taken, I have to seriously start having to build myself back up.
Besides a standard hypertrophy routine to build up overall muscular and tendon strength. I am also going to work on my grip strength. I have a couple of funky little items to help me with this. My first is a pair of Scramble Grip Trainers and the other is a pair of Fat Gripz modelled by Squeeky. You can see what they look like below.
I have to say having used these guys already inbetween ops, I know they can hit the spot. The Fat Gripz go around a standard olympic bar and it makes you feel like you are lifting a bar as thick as a coke can. You really have to reduce weight when you start with anything like deadlifts using these. Obviously as you would expect Squeeky has trouble getting his hands around these and this is where the Scramble Grip Trainers come in. These are more sport specific and allow you to create the sleeve and collar style grips you use when rolling in a gym specific situation, so you can build up tendon and ligament strength in a controlled way.
In combination/rotation I feel they are great and really work well. I do have to say though that I get some funny looks in my local Globo Gym when I start using this stuff. But I don’t really care about that, I’m more bothered about the transferable benefits to the mat.
Also just because I like the video, I have included this You Tube clip of The Raspberry Ape doing a “destruction test” with the Scramble Grip Trainers. I think this shows these things will be lasting me a while if this is anything to go by. I have to admit I was nervous using them for kettlebell swings to start with, but these things can hold some serious weight and are really well made. So as soon as I get the ok from my physio I’ll be back on these. I can’t wait.