In addition to my twice-a-week strength training regimen I now carry a hand strengthening device in my car. I use it when traveling or running errands. I originally started using a regular “hardware store” scissor clamp (background — yellow clamp), but it failed after about two months of use. I then picked up this clamp from Flawless Fitness on Amazon. I have used it for a few months now and it seems to work great. It is adjustable in the pressure and opening.
Why bother? Read on.
- For doing pull-ups, it aids in keeping my old (60+ yr old) hands stronger for that purpose.
- Having stronger hands certainly helps when changing out tires and/or tubes.
- In 2012, while on a the Colorado High Country 1200K ride, I was able to work with a small group of fellow riders for this 4-day event (translation: they were kind enough to let me draft with them!). For some reason, towards the end of this ride, my hand got very fatigued, to the point that after the ride, I was barely able to open my car door with my keys. I am guessing that this was due to all the gentle braking with my fingers as I was drafting for hours and hours each day. At that time I was not doing hand strengthening exercises. I am not hoping for a repeat, so consequently I have added this easy one to my “regular work outs.”