How strong are your hands?
The average, athletic male can usually close a gripper rated 80 to 90 lbs.
What is a rating?
This can be difficult to answer! Manufacturers will assign a poundage rating to their grippers, which is meant to represent the difficulty. However, each manufacturer arrives at this number in a different way making it impossible to compare numbers between brands.
Cannon PowerWorks uses a simple rating method that allows for meaningful comparison between any two grippers. We hang weight over the handles until the gripper is closed. The pounds required to make the handles touch is the rating, or the strength required to close the gripper. All ratings reported in our store are our own.
What gripper should I get?
For the easiest possible answer, check out our Beginner or Advanced Sets here.
At minimum, it's nice to have three grippers: one you can rep, one that is difficult yet possible, and a goal gripper.
You can easily find grippers to suit your ability by using the strength levels on the homepage to find all grippers at those levels (Training, Advanced, or Elite). Or you can search for your target rating. For example, searching the site for "167" will return any grippers that may be near this rating.
Here we have compiled a list of average strength ratings based on all of the grippers we have rated: http://cannonpowerworks.com/pages/grip-strength-ratings-data
Feel free to contact us for recommendations on what to order! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I get my grippers rated?
- Oiling and cleaning the spring
- 30+ full closes
- Anodized aluminum color ID tag stamped with the actual rating
Why no decimals on the rating?
We do not feel this level of accuracy is possible in any relevant or repeatable way.
Reporting decimals to 1/10th of a pound would be like setting a single AA battery on the weight stack and trying to notice a difference. We believe the margin of error inherent in the rating process completely negates this level of precision. Some factors which contribute to margin of error are: strap condition, strap placement, spring maintenance, pendulum action on the weight stack, and even our own judgment of when the gripper is closed.
We also believe that ratings should only be reported in increments that can be checked. We are able to confidently check every whole number pound. In other words, it would be inaccurate to report a rating of 90.15 if the nearby decimals 90.14 and 90.16 were not checked.
The good news is that accuracy beyond whole numbers is not necessary. Having a rated gripper about every 5 pounds is a realistic jump in strength that you can feel in the hand. A 5 pound difference will also get you comfortably outside the margin of error to ensure the next gripper is different enough to be useful in your training.
Email email@example.com with any questions about the rating process.