Monday, April 4, 2011

Battle of the Bands

As part of my exploration into ways to improve my grip strength, I recently ordered a pack of IronMind's Expand-Your-Hand Bands from Amazon. They're easy to use: Just pick a band, loop it around your thumb and fingers and try to open your hand.

Unlike hand grippers, wrist rollers, thick bars, Fat Gripz and the like, these elastic bands work your finger extensors and abductors, counterbalancing all your other grip work and thereby reducing the likelihood of repetitive stress and overuse injuries.

But at the end of the day, could you use just plain old rubber bands? TOTALLY. You won't be able to easily replicate the Expand-Your-Hand Bands' conveniently color-coded resistance levels, but you know what? All you have to remember is this: The more bands you use, the greater the resistance. And while regular rubber bands are more prone to snapping, you can always grab some more for free in the produce section of your supermarket.