Archive for May, 2009
Versa Grips Are a Terrific Workout Aid for Push/Pull Exercises
I am in love! LOL! Not with a person but a new tool: my versa grips! Awesome! If you aren’t familiar with them they are aids you can use in pushing and pulling exercises to get the most bang for your buck. Basically they take your grip strength out of the equation so the limiting factor when performing an exercise is the strength of the muscle you are working and not your grip strength. When you put them on (vide infra), the versa grips protect your hands and “grip” the Db or Bb.
Above you will see a photo of the ones I bought. Mine are Jenny Lynn versa grips! I bought them from Jenny Lynn Fitness (URL: http://www.jennylynnfitness.com/index2.html) Mine have Jenny Lynn Fitness and her logo on them – feminizes them and it inspires me! Jenny rocks in my book!! LOL! If you don’t know who she is, Jenny is a two time Figure Olympia champ. Jenny’s versa grips are the classic versa grips and cost no more than if you bought them directly from the Versa Grips website (URL: http://www.versagripps.com/ ).
I bought a pair of xs versa grips as my wrist is 5.75” in circumference. The xs fits me just right!
Versa grips are very easy to put on and use. They secure around your wrist with Velcro. The tongue of the versa grip is what you use to grip the Db or Bb. Versa grips do have a “handed-ness.” Laying the odd shaped pad down, match the cut in the odd shaped pad of the versa grip with your thumb and that determines which versa grip you will use for your left or right hand. Once you have done that pull open the Velcro strap – note that you do not need to completely remove the Velcro strap from the stainless steel ring just make the loop large enough that you can slip your hand inside and then secure the Velcro around your wrist. Secure it tightly but not too tightly – you don’t want to cut off the blood supply to your hands. Now you are all set to go! To use them in pulling use your hand to bend the tongue around the bar of the Db or Bb and then close your hand around the tongue. The versa grips website (URL: http://www.versagripps.com/?area=video) has links to several very good YouTube videos showing Jenny Lynn and Monica Brant using them. Jenny uses the versa grips on lat pulldowns, Db rows, close grip seated rows, etc.
Yesterday was the first day I used them in my workouts. I used them on a Back & traps workout and found that they really improved the quality of my workout. I have been struggling to hang onto the bar and this has taken the focus for me off of the muscle which is where my mind should be during the exercise. I had no problem keeping hold of the bar and never lost my grip yesterday. It was great because I was able to use a heavier weight than in the past and really focus on my back. Needless to say I was successfully able to use a heavier weight and in fact had a personal record doing sumo deadlifts – I did a whole set wielding 135 lb which is just a bit more than my bodyweight – pretty sweet! If you feel that your grip is compromising your workouts, I suggest looking into versa grips. Best purchase I have made recently!