• Building a Better Climber: Final Part
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 7
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 6
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 5
  • The Training Effect: Methods by Steve House
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 4
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 3
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 2
  • Building a Better Climber: Part 1
  • Catch of the Day
  • The Unnatural Way to Climb
  • Too Hard for a Caveman
  • Never Get Pumped Again
  • Should You Add Weight or Use Smaller Holds on a Hangboard
  • Training for Climbing: Injured? Train Your Core!
  • Cheap Tricks
  • How to Mentally Train
  • How to Power Train for Climbing
  • Boost Power With Eccentric Training
  • Tips for Better Onsighting
  • Should You Lose Weight or Get Stronger?
  • Does Running or Biking Improve Your Climbing?
  • Is Protein Important?
  • Getting Strong After a Layoff
  • Training While Hungry
  • HowTo Use Microcycles
  • Improving Slab Technique
  • How to Unlock a Crux
  • Best Ratio of Resting to Bouldering
  • Training During Pregnancy
  • Using Your Hangboard the Right Way
  • Maximizing a Small Home Wall
  • How to Stay Psyched
  • How to Prevent Bonking
  • Using a Weight Belt For Training
  • Regaining Confidence After a Fall
  • Dynamic vs. Static Stretching
  • Overcome Anxiety and Send!
  • The Importance of Finger Strength
  • Do Forearm Trainers Work?
  • Maximum Training in Minimum Time
  • Dialing in Crampon Technique
  • Ultimate Strength
  • Periodized Training For the Year-round Approach
  • The Secrets of Warming Up
  • Beat the Ice-Climbing Pump
  • Resting the Perfect Amount
  • How To Recover On Route
  • Does Creatine Work?
  • Can Old Guys Get Stronger?
  • Recovery Supplement Truths
  • Euro Training Secrets
  • How to Beat Fear
  • How Often Should You Rest?
  • Training With an Injury
  • Avoiding the Gear-Placement Pump
  • How to Develop Sloper Strength
  • Warming Up Without Warm-Ups
  • Beating the Lactic Acid Pump
  • Video Spotlight
    Stunning Thailand Rock and DWS
    Stunning Thailand Rock and DWS

    Do Forearm Trainers Work?


    I have seen quite a few forearm strengtheners on the market. Is any one better than the other in terms of results?

    Gripmaster | Rock And Ice Forum

    First, any type of grip trainer will be a very poor substitute to training on a climbing wall. I normally only recommend these gadgets for warming up or rehabilitating finger strains. However, they are certainly better than nothing if you can't get to a gym or use a hangboard. I recommend both the donuts and the Grip Masters for doing static contractions. There really isn't much difference between them. Don't pump them in and out too fast. Instead, squeeze them in for four or five seconds, release for two or three, then hold in again for four or five seconds and repeat until you get pumped. Train one arm at a time if you only have one device, although it is better to use two simultaneously. Use your fingertips and experiment with a half crimp and a full crimp. You can also try holding them above your head for a few contractions and then lowering your arm to shake out.

    The gyrating balls are recommended for training the extensor muscles of the forearm. They can be a great way to avoid or rehabilitate elbow injuries, so thumbs up!

    Get some Metolius rock rings. They are portable and better than grip-trainers as they enable you to do hangs and pull-ups.

    Reader's Commentary:

    Don't want to use Facebook, but still want to comment? We have you covered:

    Add Your Comments to this article: