It’s A Love/Hate Relationship
At first, I was all about these grips. I hated normal lifting gloves because they ruined my grip, whether we’re talking pull-ups or barbell movements. I was constantly ripping my hands at the time, so I needed a solution. Admittedly, I wasn’t taking care of my hands – filing calluses down, moisturizing, etc. – as well as I should’ve been.
So a few months ago, I spent $19.95 or so (they’re now $21.95) and decided to give them a shot. Since it was a reasonable price for the pair, I didn’t really care if they didn’t work to my liking. For once, my hands didn’t hurt during pull-ups! My first test was a good WOD, too. If I remember correctly, it was an AMRAP of pull-ups and overhead squats. Even during the OHS’s, I was pretty impressed.
Then after a while, I realized that while my hands were more protected, my grip suffered. I had to squeeze the bar harder to maintain the grip, although my hands didn’t hurt. Going for high volume pull-ups was rough because there would be a bit more strain on my forearms.
That’s why for the past few weeks, I honestly stopped using them. If only the grips were a bit thinner, then maybe I’d enjoy pull-ups with them more.
Then Today I Had No Choice
The last 5 minute AMRAP of our WOD consisted of 10 toes-to-bar and 5 ring dips…two of my least favorite movements. After 2 rounds, my hands were in so much pain from the past few days, so I ran to my gym bag and snagged my grips. My toes-to-bar weren’t pretty, but I managed to get through the last 3+ minutes of the AMRAP. No rips thanks to the grips
It’s Different For Everyone
Generally, I prefer not using any gloves or grips whatsoever. However, there are situations where you just need some protection (lol). That’s when you might need something like the Again Faster grips. While I don’t think they’re for everyone, they’re cheap enough to try out.
Again Faster, if you guys are reading this, I just wished the grips were thinner! Even though it may not seem much, its current thickness makes it a lot harder for me to stay on the pull-up bar. I’d be all over a thinner version 2 of these grips
Do you feel these grips might be for you? You can find out more here.