How do I Choose the Best Grip Ball?

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Choose the best grip ball for your hands by personally evaluating a few different hand exercise options to determine the size and resistance level that is right for you. A grip ball is a sphere made of resilient materials that ranges in size between a golf ball and a baseball. Grip balls are designed to work the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the hand and forearm. To use a grip ball, you simply hold it in the center of your palm and close your hand into a tight fist until it becomes difficult and then slowly release and repeat. The best grip training ball is the one that matches the size of the user;s hand and the person's current strength level.

Visit an exercise or sports equipment store and squeeze all the grip balls you are able to find. The amount of effort required to squeeze the ball is determined by the size and resistance level. Human hands have different proportions and varying abilities to apply pressure. Take note of the brand, model, and resistance level of any grip ball that feels comfortable in your hand and is challenging to squeeze without causing you to strain. There are no universal standards for how much resistance a soft, medium, or hard grip ball will offer. It is important to test them for yourself to find the best one.


Grip balls are often used as stress relief devices. Executives often have a grip ball out on their desk or tucked away in a desk drawer. Some companies print their logo on inexpensive foam grip balls and give them away as promotional items. These promotional giveaways grip balls are often poorly made and have seams that may cause them to work the hand unevenly. Avoid any hand exercise equipment that has structural damage, as it may cause an injury when complete failure occurs.

Many professional and amateur athletes use hand exercisers to improve the strength of the fingers, hands, and forearms. Some grip balls are sold in sets that include three or more resistance levels. This allows the user to work up to a harder grip ball as his or her hand and forearm strength increases. Overworking the muscles in the hands and arms by using the wrong grip ball or working them for too long can cause pain and limit motion range. Finding grip balls that are right for you requires challenging yourself just enough to work without overreaching your ability.


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