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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What is the Modular Grip System?

Variety and Convenience.
These are two things I am always looking for
in my training.
Having Variety allows me to constantly be
challenging myself in the gym with new and
different pieces of equipment.  This keeps the
gains coming and the PR's piling up.
Convenience is very important to me because
I have limited space for training and don't want to
waste time setting stuff up and breaking stuff down. 
I want to get in, get the work done, and be able to
get out of the gym and enjoy my time with my family.
Maybe you are like that too?
Well, I've got a buddy named Ryan Pitts.  Maybe you
have heard of him.  He runs a company called
Stronger Grip Enterprises.
Last week Ryan contacted me and let me know
that has put out a brand new grip training equipment system.
He is calling it the Modular Grip System.
The Modular Grip System is a training equipment
kit with loading pins and interchangeable parts. 
This means that it will allow you to train various
aspects of grip strength with a small collection of tools.
The MGS, as it is called, comes with two loading
pins and various plug-in style handles which attach
to these loading pins.  Let's run down the handles
that come within the system:
1.  Two Hand Pinch (normally $59)
This is a steel implement that attaches to the loading
pin and allows you to train open hand strength and 
thumb strength, two very important aspects of grip
which have carryover to all sorts of athletic activities
and sports.
2.  Plateau Buster Handle (normally $149)
This is another steel implement that is used to train
true support strength.  The handle is about 1 inch in
diameter, meaning just about everybody will be able
to wrap their hand completely around it and strengthen
the grip for deadlifts and other pulling movements.
3.  A 2 3/8-inch Vertical Bar
This device allows you to train in an ulnar deviated
open hand position.  You've probably seen vertical bar
training before, but if not, think gripping a giant office
water bottle by the neck, or trying to pull a 2 and 3/8
inch thick horseshoe stake out of the ground.  This
joint orientation is also very similar to pulling on a
long rope.  Awesome for serious hand strength.
4.  Thick Burger Grip
This is pretty much a new device for me, but it is very
similar to block weight training.  The Burger Grip is
pill-shaped.  Imagine lifting a giant aspirin tablet. 
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
You can see pictures of all the devices included in
the Modular Grip System here.
Check it out.  If you're looking for a good set of
equipment that is going to last you a long time,
then this could very well be perfect for you.
I own all kinds of Ryan Pitt's Stronger Grip
equipment and it is all top notch.
In terms of workmanship, much of Ryan's equipment
BLOWS AWAY his competitors in  terms of quality
and aesthetics, plus they are built to last.
Another thing I like about Ryan's equipment is his
loading pins.  You don't have to mess around with
carabiners, so you save even more time that way.
Looking at the new design, I think this version of the
Plateau Buster will be even better than the first version
for dynamic training such as swings, because the plates
will be loaded vertically instead of horizontally
I still use mine to this day for heavy two-handed swings
because I can actually get both hands on the handle fully,
something most people are unable to do with kettlebells.
I hope Ryan puts up records lists for this equipment
I know it is always fun to see how much you can pull on
new pieces of equipment, but when there are public
listings available on sites like his, it makes it even more
fun and allows you to challenge yourself for years down
the road as well.
So, make sure you check out the Modular Grip System
from Stronger Grip.  Right now it is just $199 for the
whole package.  That is the regular total for the Plateau
Buster and Two Hand Pinch handle. 
If you get the MGS right now, you will essentially
get the  Vertical Bar and Burger Grip handles for fr ee.
Enjoy and all the best in your training,
P.S.  Ryan has indicated that he is working on other
prototypes that will be coming out later as additional
plug-in handles for the Modular Grip System
So that means even more goodies to come!

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