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    bigboy123 is offline Senior Member
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    Rest up and buy the #2

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    I've just recently done the exact same thing from using way too much volume. I'll just echo what everyone else said, take a couple of weeks off from grip work, stick to 2 or 3 sessions a week and don't do too much per session. Your gripping muscles can take a lot of work, unfortunately the soft tissues in your hands can not!

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    Thanks for all the good advice and support. My hands are felling significantly better already. My pain is inside the middle of my hands, and only there if I squeeze my hands as if receiving a strong handshake or attempt a very strong grip as in squeezing the gripper (also certain guitar string bends on my acoustic guitar). I'm probably going to leave the gripper alone for next week as well, but I'll go ahead and start my deadlift/bench program Monday.

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    You're thinking of the "expand you hands bands." I have a set and use them to keep balance in my hands.

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    Like every other thing that KBs seem to help without our knowing it - i.e. deadlifts running etc., I have a CoC story of my own - on my desk sit the #2 and #3 - I rarely ever touch them - I have never closed the #3 and usually could only close it about half way - after reading your post here I gave it a go just for the hell of it and came very close to closing it! The only change in my training is that I started KBing a few weeks ago and have noticed that my hands/forearms have been sore alot.

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    I just bought the trainer, and can't close it all the way with my left hand. What would any of you experienced users recommend for work volume? Right now I just do daily single sets of 5.

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    I would buy a cheap gripper from Sports Academy...or whatever, and do OVERCRUSHES with it...or timed STRAP HOLDS with it. You will progress to the TRAINER eventually...You could also get the No.1 Gripper and do negatives...Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv2de View Post
    I got my new shiny CoC #1 last Monday, and had it on a business trip in the car for the whole week. Needless to say, I picked it up every so often and banged off a few reps, GTG style. By the end of the week I could do 5 reps per hand no problem. But depsite the muscular gains, my hands got pretty sore from doing all that (they only really hurt under strain, though, not while typing or playing guitar). I'm going to switch to just training twice a week 5x5 with the gripper, but I can't afford to have my hands messed up, so I'm taking a week off from all training involving my hands. I wanted to start on a bench and deadlift program this week, but decided to wait and let my hands get over the strain first. Any suggestions on avoiding future pain or helping my current situation other than what I'm already doing?

    Thanks,
    wv
    Even though you have several responses, I have another idea for you. I've been there with the grippers and I've found that I can use this without undue hand fatigue.

    Get an IronMind Green Egg. Squeeze hard for 10 seconds with each hand. Then rest, and squeeze hard for 20 seconds. Work your way up to 60 seconds. Concentrate on each individual finger, including the thumb and pinky (easy to neglect) squeezing hard. Take your time: 30 seconds to a minute between squeezes.

    I am no grip guru, but this has worked well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertSuckowRKC View Post
    Even though you have several responses, I have another idea for you. I've been there with the grippers and I've found that I can use this without undue hand fatigue.

    Get an IronMind Green Egg. Squeeze hard for 10 seconds with each hand. Then rest, and squeeze hard for 20 seconds. Work your way up to 60 seconds. Concentrate on each individual finger, including the thumb and pinky (easy to neglect) squeezing hard. Take your time: 30 seconds to a minute between squeezes.

    I am no grip guru, but this has worked well for me.
    Thanks for the suggestion - I have something similar to an egg I'll try with. I also use a bunch of small rubber bands for expanding - same principle as the expanding bands. I like ironmind quality, but some things don't need to be overcomplicated - like rubber bands for example. My hands are getting better steadily, btw, and as a test I closed the gripper once with each hand and could do it unassisted (without positioning with the other hand or touching anything else from a completely open position). I only did one rep, and the pain wasn't bad at all. I'll leave it alone for another week, though, to be sure I'm healed up.

    Thanks again,
    wv

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    Thanks again for the support here. Just wanted to let everyone know that my hands are back to normal. Last week I had significant pain in my left hand when doing certain movements or under stress, but now it's pretty much completely gone. Playing guitar surely agitated it and slowed the healing process... I'm waiting another week to start training with the gripper, just to be safe, but I'm sure it will be ok. I can close it comfortably with both hands (I just tried one rep yesterday to test) with no pain whatsoever, and it feels pretty easy, too.

    wv

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