Fat Gripz are a valuable tool for any trainer or lifter as they challenge the grip and forearm muscles to a major degree. This is awesome and helps the body develop in a balanced fashion. This is great for someone looking to build large forearms and stronger grip, but not the only benefit.

The biggest benefit to using Fat Gripz for most exercises is decreasing joint stress. How many guys do you know with banged up shoulders, tweaky elbows, and sore wrists?  These are common trouble areas, especially for those who do a lot of direct arm work.

“Okay, how do Fat Gripz Help keep me healthy?”

Well, the added width of the Fat Gripz opens up the hand, alleviating tension on the elbows and increases the grip surface area. This increased surface area, especially when considering pushing exercises decreases stress on the joints by distributing the weight of the exercise more evenly throughout the entire arm. This greater distribution will alleviate stress on those beat up joints and help protect the CNS (central nervous system for newbies).


I recommend using Fat Gripz on all curls, presses, and even some pulling  and lower body exercises.  With pulling exercises using straps with Fat Gripz is okay, especially if you are looking to stay healthy and not focus on grip training. Fat Gripz will decrease stress on the joints and CNS while the straps will still allow you to overload the back muscles.

This is a great tip from Jason Ferruggia on maximizing gains while reducing injury risk.

Fat Gripz are a very important tool I use with most of my clients both from a muscular development and keeping healthy joints. I wrote a comprehensive review on Fat Gripz HERE that you must check out and share with friends. Try out these strategies and keep me posted your progress.

About Eric Bach Performance

Eric Bach is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1) with a degree in Kinesiology Concentrated in Human Performance and Emphasizing Sports Performance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. A former collegiate Strength Coach Eric now resides in Denver, Colorado. Eric coaches clients at Forza Fitness and Performance Center and trains everyone from weekend warriors and post rehabilitation patients to professional athletes. Eric developed his passion for fitness through a competitive sports career which included competitive Olympic lifting, Football, Track and Field, and Powerlifting. Eric is a self proclaimed fitness nerd who enjoys reading, eating, deadlifting, and living a healthy and fullfilling life while helping others dominant their lives in and out of the gym. Eric can be contacted at ericbachperformance.com for all consultations and questions

2 responses »

  1. cc says:

    Need to try the grip4orce. Like how my hands are more engaged, definitely more activation with them. Do use the fgz more for my presses and g4s for more direct arm work.

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