Te he, see what I just arrived to my desk 🙂
I’m quite happy with my #1 Captain Of Crunch (CoC) 140lbs gripper, but not so with the IMTUG (which is also a #1). I overstimated the thoughness of the IMTUG #1 – I can do 40-something reps with my ring and little fingers and with the IMTUG placed against the palm of the hand.
Compared that to the fact I cannot even do one rep with my the same fingers using my old everlast gripper.
The IMTUG #1 works well for pinching. That is, I should have bought a IMTUG #3 in addition to a #1 (or a #1 and a #2).
The CoC #1, that’s another thing. I’m fucking happy with it!!!! I cannot close it (I can come close to 1/2″), and I can only do 8 to 10 reps. The big difference is that, with a plain vanilla, pedestrian pussy gripper, one can do reps mindlessly.
With the CoC, you really have to concentrate and put your mind into each rep. I love it.
Heck!!! I’ve brought it to work and the gym, and so far I’ve not found anyone capable of closing it cold turkey. Impressive.
Also, I bought an extra pair of 6″ metal nipples (he, I said nipple) to convert another pair of dumbells I have as previously described in a previous post (How To Build A 2″ Thickbar Dumbbell), in addition to a few hose clamps, the smallest I could find to thighten my plain-vanilla everlast gripper.
These are my my findings on the hose clamps:
— There are no clamps small enough (AFAIK) that can be used to increase the difficulty of an IMTUG, so though luck on that one
— Three hose clamps can increase the difficulty of a ghay everlast gripper – I would say, by 30% to 50% (wild, out-of-my-ass estimate.)
I don’t have a flat-head screw driver with a handle long enough to tighten the hose clamps more than I’ve had already, but I’ll look for one tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve masculinized the ghay everlast gripper enough to be of decent use (as warmup sets before starting with the CoC, or for drop sets AFTER a CoC set.)
I may be wrong, but with $3 worth of hose clamps, one can make a trainer-like gripper for someone who’s just starting (yeah, I know, I’m a cheap bastard.)