Pros: This is a very easy way to strenghten you hands and fingers.
GRIPMASTER LIGHT TENSION HAND AND FINGER EXERCISER BLUE 5 POUNDS
There are a number of Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exercisers to choose from on the market today, but in today’s review I shall be focusing on the Gripmaster Light Tension Hand and Finger Exerciser, Model A12007 03. It is blue in color, and has a finger resistance of only 5 pounds per finger. There are a lot of gimmicks on the market today designed to make a person a better athlete at things like golf and baseball, via strengthening one’s hands, wrists, and related muscles. Hand strengthening devices are one of the most common things that are also touted to strengthen the hands of musicians. Some come in the form of a putty like substance, and others are mechanical in nature. Over the years I have tried different ones. Although there are five different Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exercisers, today I shall be discussing the Blue Gripmaster, Model Number A12007 03. Read on and see if this hand exerciser seems like something you might want to consider to strengthen your hands, fingers, or wrists for whatever reason.
Since price is always an important consideration in making any purchasing decision, I think that would be a good place to start. The Gripmaster Light Tension Hand and Finger Exerciser Blue has a list price of $12.94, but it can be readily found selling for as little as $8.70 from with a little bit of shopping. If you are going to purchase this device from an Internet retailer be sure that you take into consideration shipping and handling costs, as these can be almost as much as the Gripmaster itself, so please make sure you check this out before placing your purchase order.
O.K. so why did I purchase a Gripmaster Light Tension Hand and Finger Exerciser? Well, I actually purchased the whole set of 5 different levels of grip strength. I wish that I could say that I purchased these to improve my gold game, but the reason was that a number of years ago I tripped over one of my cats in the middle of the night, and it resulted in a nasty accident. My black colored tortoise shell cat was sleeping on the first step from the top of the stares. Unfortunately for me, in an effort to avoid hurting the cat by stepping on it, I tripped and lost my footing, and I fell down the flight of stairs. The result was that I broke a few bones. I had always heard that having a tortoise shell cat was very lucky, and in fact they are sometimes referred to as being “money cats” because owning one is supposed to bring you good luck and sometimes fortune. The ancient Celts believed that a keeping tortoiseshell cat in the home would bring good luck to all who dwelled there. The old English believed that tortoise shell cat could remove warts if you rubbed their tail on the wart during the month of May. Being a devote Christian, I can not subscribe to such beliefs, but nevertheless, I would prefer to have a pet that is associated with good luck, as compared to bad luck.
I won’t go into all the gory details regarding my fall down the stairs, but suffice it to say, of the several of bones I broke, the most serious to me were ones in the middle finger of my right hand. By the way the Callie the cat was completely fine. I guess black colored tortoise shell cats are lucky, at least for themselves, as the only inconvenience she endured was that she moved to an adjacent step. However, the hand specialist I saw as a result of my injury told me that I probably would not be able to ever fully straighten the broken finger out, and that I would certainly have arthritic pain in the damaged hand as well. He also told me that my days of being proficient at playing the keyboard were over. This was troubling news on all fronts. Keyboards were not my first instrument, as my first loves are guitar and bass, but playing the guitar or bass without the use of my right middle finger was not something I was looking forward to.
It was then that the Hand Surgeon suggested that I try something called “Power Putty,” which was a putty like substance that one pushed their fingers into to regain strength and mobility. It was quite a good product, and I think that it was helping. However regaining the full use of my finger was too important for me to just rely on one type of therapeutic strategy. It was then that I decided to try a more aggressive approach of combined therapeutic interventions. As part of this strategy, I also chose to purchase a full line of 5 different strength models of the Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exerciser, to help regain the strength in my hand, or to be more specific, my finger. I also devised a gadget that had rubber bands of different strength, thickness, and length, and it worked great, but that is another story. The bottom line is this, after several painful months of therapy, my hand is now fine, and I attribute this, at least in part, to using the Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exerciser Light, Model A12007 03 several times per day during my recovery.
As I mentioned earlier, I purchased several different Gripmasters of different strength. There are different colors for different degrees of resistance. The Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exerciser Light, Model A12007 03 is blue in color, and it has a finger resistance of just 5 pounds. Believe me, when I first started using the series of Gripmasters, it was about all I could take to use the model that had 1.5 pounds of resistance, as the pain and stiffness in my fingers was surprisingly bad when the cast first came off. As I mentioned earlier, the various different Gripmasters have a list price tag of $12.94 each, but they can easily be found selling at a discount for about $8.70. The blue colored Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exerciser Light, Model A12007 03 fits nicely right in the palm of your hand. There are 4 separate small square keys or buttons, and each has a spring beneath it, and they are spaced so as to fit your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers. As I mentioned earlier, each button has a resistance of just 5 pounds per finger. One can choose to grip the whole thing and compress the hand into a tight fist, or one can individually work each finger separately. The Gripmaster is also very convenient to use, as it can fit very easily into a person’s pocket without any trouble. In this way, one can easily take it with them wherever they are going. I used to carry my Gripmaster with me everywhere, and I tried to use it as often as I could during my recovery.
The various Gripmasters come with instructions on how to use the Gripmaster to strengthen individual fingers, the hands, wrists, and forearms. The various exercises can help to strengthen a person’s muscles in each of these areas, and it is useful for athletes who play sports such as golf, tennis, softball, and baseball, to name just a few. One can even purchase a Gripmaster with an instructional DVD that shows how to use the Gripmaster to improve one’s athletic abilities in various competitive sports. As stated previously, I of course was using it as part of a physical therapy regimen to regain the use and mobility of my middle finger for the purpose of playing keyboards, and various stringed musical instruments. The Gripmasters are also designed to work with either the left or right hand, which makes them quite convenient and practical for anyone to use.
I used the Blue Gripmaster Hand and Finger Exerciser Light, Model A12007 03 several times per day for a workout of a couple of minutes at a time. Of course I started out with the Extra Extra Light Model A12007 01 to start, as it was all I could bear at first. Of course, I eventually graduated to use the other Gripmasters that had more pounds of resistance in time. It was a very gratifying feeling as I moved up the color chain to use the progressively more difficult to compress Gripmasters as I continued to regain the strength and use of my hand. Thankfully, I have regained the complete use of my finger, and I attribute much of my success to the use of the Gripmaster. Of course, I also thank God everyday as well for the blessing of permitting me to heal so well, especially given the very poor prognosis for recovery that the Hand Surgeon I saw originally gave me. The Gripmaster is a great gadget. If used properly and regularly, it can help you to develop more strength, coordination, control, and endurance in just about any sport or activity that requires strong hands, fingers, wrists, and even forearms. I still regularly use the red colored Gripmaster, which has a resistance of 7 pounds per finger, for both of my hands just for exercise. I feel that it has helped my ring finger on the left hand to be stronger and more agile when bending notes on a six string guitar. However I shall save my comments on the red colored Gripmaster for another review.
Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.