SJ’s Fat Gripz Review
Incase you haven’t noticed ‘Fat Gripz’ have become extremely popular over the last 3~ years in the fitness and bodybuilding community.
Fat Gripz claim ‘the new worldwide training phenomenon which helps add muscle and strength to your upper body (especially your arms) in record time’.
If you’ve picked up a fitness magazine such as Mens Health, Mens Fitness, Muscle&Fitness, Flex, Ironman, or Muscular Development chances are you’ve seen Fat Gripz promoted heavily.
So do these glorified rubber grips actually work? Are they worth your hard earned $39.99? Here’s my take on Fat Gripz.
I decided to purchase a pair of Fat Gripz 5 months ago, not because I believed they could double the size of my biceps in record time, but because my forearms and grip strength has never quite been on par with the remainder of my physique, I had heard that Fat Gripz were the closest thing to training with a ‘thick bar’ which very few gyms have, and are quite pricey (coming in at well over $800 for a quality barbell it comes to me as no surprise that your local Planet Fitness or surf club don’t have one!). Thick bars are used religiously by elite athletes such as bodybuilders, powerlifters and even NFL professionals. Here’s my thoughts along with my Fat Gripz review.
The benefit that Fat Gripz have over a genuine thick bar is that they are extremely portable and can be applied to barbells, dumbbells, machines and even pull-up bars… allowing you to literally place greater emphasis on your grip strength and forearms on ANY exercise.
When I started training with my Fat Gripz I had to lower the weight on virtually all exercises I utilized the Fat Gripz for, the pump in my forearms was insane and to this day through consistent use I have been able to increase my grip strength substantially (this has helped with my pull-ups and deadlifts) and my forearm and bicep growth has made quite noticeable improvements in terms of size.
The actual quality of the Fat Gripz themselves are impressive to say the least, the rubber they are made out of is very heavy duty – when placing my Fat Gripz on Olympic bars with deep knurling no damage or marks were left on my Fat Gripz, they simply went back to their normal shape. They can be applied and removed from just about any bar, machine or dumbbell within 3 seconds flat – no fumbling around necessary.
Fat Gripz Facts
- Made out of military-grade high-density compound guaranteed not to compress or wear
- Doubles the thickness of standard Olympic bars
- Eliminates the need for forearm isolation exercise such as reverse grip curls etc.
- From my experience they don’t slip or slide when locked onto any barbell/dumbbell/machine
- Ends of the Fat Gripz are bevelled for easy fitment
- 5” in length, 2.25” in diameter (essentially a universal fit)
Fat Gripz Review – Concluding Remarks
I highly recommend Fat Gripz, they come in at a reasonable price considering how versatile and heavy duty they are, $39.99 is therefore well justified. Be warned, your ego may take a bit of a hit as you will be required to lower the weight on virtually any exercise you choose to utilize your Fat Gripz for.
If you’ve ever trained with a thick bar you’ll know how effective they are for grip strength and overall arm development, these are the key to replicating that experience without forking out obscene amounts of money for a genuine thick bar. If you haven’t trained with a thick bar I suggest either giving one a try if your gym has one, if not I’m certain you won’t be disappointed if you jump straight into picking up a pair of Fat Gripz.
I purchased my Fat Gripz here.
If you’ve trained with Fat Gripz before and are ready to take it to the next level you can check out the latest release in the range, ‘Fat Gripz Extreme’
(note: if you have small hands or have not substantially increased your grip strength already I would steer clear of these for a while).
Have you used Fat Gripz before? If so have that worked well for you? Do you isolate your forearms? Let me know in the comments below!