let your grip hold back your muscle
and strength development!
1 Ton Hooks totally eliminate
your grip as a limiting factor
in your back training? Don't cheat
yourself out of hard-earned strength
and muscle gains...read this now!
grip is the single biggest limiting
factor when it comes to maximizing
your strength (and muscle-building
potential) on pulling exercises
that work the back muscles, such
as deadlifts, shrugs, bent-over
rows and chin-ups.
often, the larger, stronger back
muscles still have plenty of strength
left in them when your grip gives
out and you have to stop the set.
I'm sure this is not news to you.
The question is...how do we solve
this problem that is most likely
a major factor holding you back
in your training in those pulling
1. Build your
grip strength through specific
your grip strength is NEVER a
mistake. A strong grip is important
not only for pulling exercises
but for pushing exercises as well.
But, as strong as you build your
grip, your back muscles are still
going to be stronger.
is VERY difficult to be able to
develop your grip strong enough
to parallel your back strength
in pulling exercises.
2. Use wrist
have been the traditional grip-assistance
equipment of choice for years.
And they do work reasonably well
for this purpose. Straps will
definitely help you to use more
weight and hold onto it longer.
even the best straps WON'T totally
remove your grip strength as a
limiting factor (not to mention
being time-consuming and generally
inconvenient to use). Your grip
still limits you even using straps.
3. Use 1 Ton
Ton Hooks are simply a beautiful
concept: they COMPLETELY remove
grip as a limiting factor in pulling
exercises by attaching your hands
to the bar with strong solid-steel
hooks. Thick neoprene padding
protects your wrists, allowing
you to lift the weight in relative
the concept is good, but do the
hooks score when you take them
to the gym and start using some
REALLY heavy weight? Let me tell
you what I did to test these hooks...
order to be completely sure these
hooks could perform as they claim
to be able to perform, I put them
through 3 separate torture tests.
These tests were designed to push
the envelope on what the hooks
are meant to do for you in your
Test #1 - With
first test I put the hooks through
was a "With and Without"
test. I started with a set of
Bent-Over Rows with 225 lbs. Without
the hooks, I did a set of 13 strict
reps to failure. After a few minutes
rest, I tried the exact same weight
using the hooks.
the hooks, I squeezed out 21 reps.
That is am almost 40% improvement
in rep number simply by using
the hooks (and let me just clarify
that I've been training for 15
years and DON'T have a weak grip).
1 Ton Hooks passed the first test
with flying colors.
Test #2 - Strength and Endurance
next test (Strength/Endurance)
would determine how well the hooks
perform over the course of an
entire grueling workout. You see,
grip fatigue is not only a factor
in a single set but it can quickly
become a big problem over the
course of a full workout. By the
end of a workout, your grip may
be so fatigued, you're no longer
able to hold onto anything close
to the weights your back muscles
are actually capable of moving.
NOT the most productive way to
Strength/Endurance Test workout
consisted of barbell bent-over
rows performed for 3-rep sets
with near-maximal weights. I took
only 20 seconds rest in between
sets and when my back muscles
fatigued, I dropped the weight
10 pounds to allow myself to keep
going. I followed this pattern
for 40 minutes straight with the
entire workout amounting to approximately
80 sets of bent-over rows (grueling
is the word!).
workout was taken from one of
how did the 1 Ton Hooks perform
during this brutal workout?
5 minutes, I tried 1 set without
the hooks to gauge their effectiveness.
Due to grip fatigue, I would have
been unable to continue with the
same weights I was using after
only 5 minutes. The hooks allowed
me to continue training with heavier
weights for FAR longer than I
would have been able to without
them. With the hooks, I was able
to stay at my starting weight
for 20 minutes...4 times longer!
a doubt, I was able to more fully
work my back when using the hooks.
The hooks passed this test with
Test #3 - Maximum
Maximum Weight Test was next.
It was time to see whether the
hooks would cease to be useful
before I, myself, gave out. The
exercise: partial lockout deadlifts.
partial lockout deadlift is done
by setting the safety rails in
the power rack to just below the
top position of the deadlift.
Since you're only moving the bar
a inch or two, you can use tremendously
heavy weight. This is one exercise
where the grip wil ALWAYS give
out before you reach your true
maximum weight potential.
the assistance of straps or hooks,
the most I had been able to hang
onto with this exercise was 6
plates a side, which works out
to 585 lbs. Respectable, but plenty
of room for improvement. I could
always feel my grip give out well
before my legs or back.
the 1 Ton Hooks, I was able to
work my way up to using 9 PLATES
PER SIDE, plus two 25 lb plates
for the same number of reps. This
works out to 905 lbs on the bar.
This is an increase of 320 lbs,
simply by using the hooks! There
are very few pieces of training
equipment around that will allow
you to increase your top-end weights
THAT much. With the hooks, I knew
it was my maximum because my body
gave out before my grip on the
bar did. First time ever!
1 Ton Hooks were a definite success
on this final test.
Conclusions About 1 Ton Hooks:
you're interested in maximizing
your back development and strength,
1 Ton Hooks are BY FAR the best
investment in equipment you will
ever make towards that goal.
recap my results: an almost 40%
increase in rep number in a single
set, a four-fold increase in grip
endurance over the course of a
workout, and a 320 lb increase
in maximum grip strength in the
a nutshell, you will not only
be able to hold onto FAR more
weight on your back exercises,
you will be able to hold onto
it practically indefinitely! The
1 Ton Hooks are superbly constructed
and very comfortable, easy and
natural to use, unlike traditional
wrist straps. They are also very
convenient to pack and bring with
you to the gym, taking up hardly
any more room than a pair of training
gloves, an important consideration
for those who don't like to carry
too much equipment around the
gym with them.
added bonus that I discovered
with the use of the hooks is a
greater ability to focus on feeling
the back muscles working during
back exercises. This is accomplished
by being able to relax your grip
somewhat while still holding solidly
onto the bar. Remember that old
weight training technique of "imagining
your hands as hooks?" Now
your hands literally ARE hooks!
line: the 1 Ton Hooks rank among
the very best pieces of training
equipment I've ever used and I
would HIGHLY recommend them. They
are well worth the very reasonable
$59.90 (US) asking price.
them a try...you'll be "hooked!"
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