Best Way To Increase Grip Strength?

Obviously, the best way to increase grip strength is by actually using your grip to grab on to things. If you do this without really thinking about it, like you partake in an activity like Judo or Rock Climbing, then your grip will most probably be much stronger than the average person. In my opinion, due to so much grabbing and twisting of the Gi (martial arts uniform) some of the people with the strongest grip, and most usable in a real situation, are Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players. But if you don't do those type of activities there are still many ways to get better grip strength. However, all of them, whether free or paid for (buying hand grips etc), all come down to one thing, and that's usage.

Senshi Japan Gripper

Practise Practise Practise. The more you actually use your grip, especially at its highest physical limit, the more stronger and efficient it will become. There are so many pieces of cheap equipment out there that you can buy which help increase grip strength. But why spend money when there are so many free ways to work on your grip strength. Of course, some of the products are quite cheap and effective, so if you want to buy something low in price to help motivate you, then that's fine.

But lets look at a few exercises you can do for free that help increase grip strength. Some of those are, pull ups, door lip pull ups / hangs (top of the door frame), holding a weight plate with just your fingers, bar hanging for prolonged periods, unscrewing tight lids / tops, manual work (grabbing, shovelling, wood work, lifting, carrying, manual screwing (no drills), certain types of weight lifting, and many many more free methods.

As mentioned, you can buy products like hand grips (many different types), the Wringer, and a whole host of individual finger exercisers, like the Gripmaster range. But really, if you are going to invest in a gripping aid you may as well buy something heavy duty that can last a long time, because with normal hand grips, there are so many complaints about them snapping after a while.

The newer models that have a little spring at the front are notorious for this. And when you consider that products like the industrial spring loaded hand grip by Senshi Japan (pictured above) only cost around £20 - £25, it makes sense to buy that because they truly do last for decades.

You could buy something like the Isokinator, which comes complete fabric cord handles that the user holds onto while training. This will somewhat work the users grip. But why spend that much money, especially if your only goal is hand strength, when there are so many other devices that can do the job much cheaper.

Isokinator Price And Effectiveness

Never heard of the Isokinator before? Well that's not surprising. It is a product that up until now has been operating somewhat under the radar. That's not a bad thing, and is certainly no reflection on how effective it is. Are you someone who frequents the gym and are happy doing so. If that's a yes, you probably don't need an Isokinator in your life. That's not to say you couldn't make use of it, of course you could. But its more of a product for those who don't have much time for the gym and want to fit in a basic but potentially thorough (depending how high you set the device) all-body workout in to their day within the space of 20 - 30 minutes.

The man responsible for this strange looking contraption is Gert F. Koelbel. He is the guy who also brought the Bullworker to the world, so he has a good track record. All the models of Isokinator, yes there is more than one, are capable of performing 7 main exercise routines and 28 others. But it can be used in other ways too, just use some common thinking and figure out how many other exercises can be performed with this device. There are quite a few.

As mentioned above, the routines that come with this product can give the user a heavy, or light session depending on how much resistance you want to train with. A full body workout in well under half an hour is easily achievable. This is why the Isokinator is highly regarded where portable, effective contraptions are concerned. The different models are: The Isokinator Classic (most popular), Green Giant (Best Choice), Spaceman, and the Lady.Read a full review of the Classic here.

Take a closer look at the full Isokinator product range

It gives the user the ability to fit in an extensive but time effective workout into their day, no matter how busy they may be, or where they may be. This device is so small compared to the rest that it is a good choice for those who have minimal space or travel a lot and need something that can be carried around quite easily. I must admit though, when I first saw some of the exercises being performed with the Isokinator I laughed. They just look a bit funny. Maybe its just my strange sense of humour. But jokes aside, they are effective, and that's the objective, right?

How Effective

Well, just like with most products, the results are quite mixed. Some users say they are not sold, while others report a complete transformation in build and definition. So if we put ourselves somewhere in between, and use our common sense, it's clear that resistance training is one of the best ways to build muscle and become stronger. The Isokinator is a resistance / Isometric device that uses tension, measured in Kilograms, to provide the desired level of pressure that the user feels most comfortable with. Over time this can be increased. See some of the exercises in the video below and keep in mind, the objective is to keep the tension at a certain point throughout the exercise. That means constant tensing of the muscles, so its much harder than it looks.

So, if you stick with the training routines and do them regularly, of course you are going to see improvements in muscle strength and definition / toning. The question is how much. As individuals with different body types and genetic makeup, this will be different for every person. But really, as well as using the Isokinator the user should mix up their training with other activities, like running, body weight exercises (pull ups, press ups, etc), and even a martial art like Judo or Thai Boxing for complete all round stamina, strength and fitness.

It Costs How Much!?

Are you sitting down.. This is by no means a cheap piece of training equipment. But when I say that I'm not only talking about cheap in price, but also "cheap" as in the materials the product is made from. They are made from the best quality materials, some of which they use in space. Special Aluminium (AIMg3), Carbon steel, stainless steel, and there's even a pair of 24k gold plated balls. So this is not some cheaply made item which has been thrown together for a couple of quid and then sold for a massive profit. It's seriously robust and has been made to last a very long time. So for the high price tag, you get a versatile piece of training equipment that can be taken anywhere, offer the user a good workout in a small amount of time, and also comes with a 20 year product guarantee included.

Cospor HR Activity Smartwatch Review

The Cospor HR almost has it all, UK reviews that are almost too good to be true, heart rate monitor, IP67 waterproof, quick charging time, and even a built in blood pressure monitor. All offered at a price that sounds too good to be true. Remember at the start of this review I said "Almost" has it all.. That's because there is one thing the Cospor HR definitely does NOT have. And that is VERIFIED PURCHASES. I have done you a little favour today. I've looked through all 22 pages of Amazon reviews for this item, and NOT ONE review / customer feedback is a verified purchase.

Cospor have a few fitness trackers for sale. To be sure you know exactly which one this review is about, search for the following text on Amazon UK. "Fitness Watch,Cospor Fitness Tracker,Wireless Smart Activity Trackers Wristband Blood Pressure Heart Rate Monitor Sport Bracelet". You should find it searching with that text on Amazon UK. It has 212 (paid for) reviews as of 16th October 2017.

That means its very safe to assume that all the reviews for the Cospor HR Smartwatch are fake. And just like with another tracker model that I talked about not so long ago, the Q-YEE, I absolutely cannot believe that Amazon haven't been more quick off the mark and removed this item from being sold on their website. After all, with so many products obviously having fake reviews means that now, customer feedback, which is basically one of the main factors people rely on when deciding whether to purchase the item or not, now can't be trusted.

Out of a total of 212 reviews for the Cospor Smartwatch with blood pressure monitor, all but one rated it the full five stars. The one other feedback mentioned rated it 4 stars. Looks like the seller wanted to try and mix it up a bit but thought to themselves - I can't buy reviews that are negative, that's counter productive. However, in an attempt to not spend money on negative reviews, or even middle of the road reviews (3 stars), which they should have done to make it look less obvious, they have over-glorified the Cospor and swayed the balance far too much in the way of fake, non-verified all star positives. Big mistake.

 Let that be a lesson to future potential scammers (Don't do it, man. Be a good honest seller!). Don't be too stingy, buy some bad reviews as well to mix it up so its harder to detect. But the bad news for these scammers is, unless most are verified purchases, which take more time and money outlay to buy, there will always be suspicion there. Furthermore, if you're product is terrible, once REAL customers purchase the item and then go on to leave honest negative reviews, the truth will come out in the end anyway.

So basically the Cospor HR Activity tracker has been rated 5 stars by every single person on Amazon, but they didn't actually buy it from Amazon as none of them are verified purchases. What are the odds.. How obvious does it have to be for Amazon to remove the product, and even ban the seller for buying fake reviews.

It makes me think. If the seller feels the need to do this, the actual product must be very poor quality. I bet the accuracy of certain features, such as heart rate / pedometer etc, is way off. What about the water resistance.. IP67, hmm, I doubt it. When it comes to waterproof trackers, it's best to buy one that has a proven track record, or has been purposely sealed. With IPX8 being the preferred standard.

Examples that are sealed cost more to buy but do ensure a much higher standard of true water resistance. One model that is a proven performer in this regard is the enhanced Fitbit Charge II which has been sealed by Waterfi, a company that specialises in sealing devices like fitness trackers. But be aware: To ensure a product, like an activity tracker is fully waterproof (IPX8), some features, like altimeter accuracy, will be affected.

And, it should be known that there are a few reviewers who claim the finish of the sealing done by Waterfi was rather shoddy. This could have been a temporary quality control issue because there are a lot of customers who never had this problem. But due to the Waterfi Fitbit being sold at a premium price, specially if you need a size Iarge, I would expect perfection with every item. So buy at your own risk. Still thinking of purchasing the Cospor after reading this post? Don't do it! The seller doesn't deserve your custom.

Q-YEE Waterproof HR Watch Review

The greatest fitness tracker of all time! Q-YEE!! Waterproof, built in heart rate monitor, pedometer, swanky design, Bluetooth 4.0, super long battery life and all at a price that everyone can afford. Just kidding, this isn't a review of the item itself. Thinking of buying this Smartwatch and ended up here looking for reviews. My advice. Don't buy it! Read why below.

This is a review of the reviews for the Q-YEE Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Smartwatch. That sounds quite funny. A review of the reviews. Well, fun over, this is were it gets serious, because the news is not good. The Q-YEE has fake written all over it. The feedback is so one sided that its ridiculous. I don't care how good this fitness tracker might be (word is its totally crap), if a company has to resort to paying Amazon users to write fake reviews, what does that say about the company. Obviously, if they had confidence in their product they wouldn't have to resort to such deceitful tactics.

We see a common trend here with the Q-YEE. All non-verified feedback say its an excellent device, five stars across the board. And all the verified purchases say its a piece of junk. This is very similar to the Botimo Q8, which has also been talked about on this blog. I'm actually really surprised that this product (the Q-YEE - Q-NO) is still up for sale, as surely Amazon must be aware of all the fake reviews. Admittedly, the unreal "customer" feedback does read well, it's quite convincing. But not convincing enough. As well as some of it has been written, the giveaways are too blatant. All five stars given, all use mostly excellent native UK grammar, and none, not one are verified purchases. Even a few potential customers have picked up on it. Some have even wrote "All the reviews are fake" on this listing. That's really nice to see.

I would have thought Amazon would have pulled the tracker from being sold and banned the company from trading on their site. But no, it is still up for sale. Amazon might be late to the party you said? Not aware of the issue yet.. Well, the fake reviews appear to have started in mid August 2017, so it has been on their site for quite a while now. With all this nonsense going on it makes me think of the rest of the fitness trackers which are cheap and do have really good review scores.

Do they have paid-for reviews mixed in with the real ones.. It also makes me think that while a lot of these cheap trackers do have a better review score than many of the Fitbits out there, is it really the Fitbit, with its genuine review score, that is actually the better overall product. And the one more worthy of your money. Hmm, I'm not sure. I don't own an activity tracker.

To be totally honest, I hate them. What is happening to world. Everything needs to be tracked and logged. There seems to be an obsession with it. From the smallest bit of exercise (Tracker wearer: "I walked 343 steps today!" lol), to calorie intake, to how fast a heart beats, to not a minutes peace due to constant updates (notifications) coming in from the Smartphone synchronized to the watch. Can't I even go for a run in peace anymore. FFS. And it can't be healthy to be wearing a constantly activated Bluetooth device that's actually in contact with the wearers wrist.

Fitness Trackers are bad enough. I know, lets automate everything. What next? Something that can turn a light on for me.. How lazy, dependent and comfortable do people want to be. Sadly yes, this already exists. It's called the Amazon Echo (Alexa). There are many others out there too. I can't believe people actually embrace this technology and think its great. I'm old school, and these things do not sit right in my world. If I want a light turned on, I get off my a** and turn it on.

Not to mention the security / privacy concerns that come with such a device. Apparently, these types of devices listen to, and record everything in the location where they are placed in. So, it gives you (not me) a little of what you like (wow, I don't have to turn the music up using my finger anymore, what a relief), in exchange, you have just let a spy / hackable device into your home. What a trade-off.

Botimo Q8 Fitness Tracker Quick Review

On paper, or should I say on the screen, it looks like the Botimo Q8 Fitness Tracker has many glowing reviews. Most people are saying all the right things. Such as, oh, it's just what I need. This device is the best, couldn't have hope for a more accurate tracker, etc. But on closer inspection, especially when looking at the reviews on Amazon, you can see that ALL the positive reviews are NOT verified purchases. Not one is a verified purchase.

As of writing this, the reviews that ARE verified purchases are all negative. So, going on this, it would be safe to assume that someone has paid for people to write these unverified reviews. Perhaps a few dollars per review. For the non-aware potential buyer, seeing some excellent reviews will gain their trust and push them to actually buy the product. What, you didn't know that some sellers pay people to write fake reviews.

Oh yes. Paying for reviews is big business. And it stretches far wider than to just fitness trackers. From Apps to electrical products, right down to website hosting, it is all over the place. However, once you pick up on it and see it a few times, you soon become wise to it. Although, the more reviews a product has, the harder it can be to spot. And not so fast. The unfortunate progression of this tactic is that verified purchases are not even safe anymore.

Some sellers are even resorting to getting the fake reviewer to actually purchase the product, with all money spent by the person being reimbursed after the verified review has been written / submitted. Another way this is achieved is by dropping the price really low and / or sending the "reviewer" the money in advance. And of course, add the fee they were paying to the person to write the fake review in the first place. Usually this costs anything from $5 - $20 per post. There is even the option to just send an empty box to the fake reviewer in order to make it look like a verified purchase.

Pretty sad really isn't it. The good news is outlets like Amazon are really clamping down on this. They absolutely hate the fact that some sellers are doing this and will prosecute people like crazy if they can prove they have done this. There has been one case that springs to mind where a person selling this service has been sued.

So then, how good is the Botimo Q8 Fitness Tracker? Well really we don't know. All we know is that its a pedometer with no heart rate monitor. But if we go on what the verified purchase reviews say, it's a terrible product as they don't really have anything good to say about it. Draw your own conclusions.