Fat Gripz Review


Hey I’m back in action and I’ve been meaning to write this Fat Gripz review for a couple of weeks now but I’ve been taking a little time off to relax during the holidays.  But now that the new year has officially started I’m ready to get back to work and start sprinting again.

Lots of people in the gym have been asking me about these blue handle things that I’ve been using during my workouts and since I’m getting so many questions I thought I would just write up a review on the Fat Gripz.

I first heard of the Fat Gripz through a friend who is a know-it-all in the fitness industry and he highly recommend these.  He actually let me borrow them for a few days and honestly I didn’t really want to use them because I thought they’d just be a waste of time and money.

After I reluctantly agreed to use them, I decided to throw the Fat Gripz onto a pair of dumbbells to finish off with some hammer curls.  I had just finished doing an upper body pulling workout and thought this would be the perfect test to see if these things actually worked like they said.

So usually I finish out with 10 reps of hammer curls using 45 lb. dumbbells, but the Fat Gripz nearly knocked me on my butt this time.  See the Fat Gripz increase the circumference of the bar so you have to use more hand and forearm strength to lift the weight.  I severely underestimated how difficult this was going to be.

I finish out with only 7 reps while using the Fat Gripz and the next day my forearms were sore as hell.  Increasing my grip and forearm strength is something that I’ve severely been neglecting the past years even though I knew that it would help me become much more stronger overall.

More Awesome Features In My Fat Gripz Review

  • The Fat Gripz were super high quality and made out of a very thick rubber.  I was expecting some cheap thing that was going to rip apart after a couple of uses but mine still works like new.
  • Buying thick bars can cost lots and lots of money and I’ve rarely seen a gym with even one thick bar.  But these babies can fit on just about any bar and I’m always switching them between sets.
  • I notice an increase in overall strength after using them.  This is from the muscle activation that occurs in the grip and forearms.  Imagine having a strong chest but your grip fails before you can finish your set…the Fat Gripz solves this.
  • You’ll quickly find out your weak links after using these.  My forearms and hands were sore for a couple days after using the Fat Gripz, and the proof is in the pudding that I needed to work on this more to increase strength and lean muscle.

Needless to say I didn’t want to give my Fat Gripz back to my buddy, but in the end I relented.  After I did though I immediately jumped on my iMac and bought a pair of my own.

I considered it an early Christmas present to myself and I haven’t regretted it one bit.

The only downside to using them is that they’re pretty difficult to wrap around the bar.  You have to use some strength to put them on the bar, but I’m thinking that this will go away the more I use them.

I’ve been using the Fat Gripz for every workout that I do and I’ve recently been putting them into my clients workouts and they’re loving them too.

Okay so that’s what you need to know in my Fat Gripz review to make sure you don’t end up wasting your money on some cheap imitation product.

If you’d like to pick one of these up and start killing it in your workouts, you can grab one here —->  Order my Fat Gripz and get your lift on

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About The Author → Hi, I’m Josh. I’m a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with a degree in Nutrition. I’ve spent the last 10 years in the fitness world as a trainer and coach. I wanted to create a site to be able to reach people all over the world with hopes it’ll bring inspiration to live a better life through nutrition and exercise. I believe we all are capable of becoming our best selves with the proper knowledge and action. To your health!
  • Reply Benjamin January 4, 2011, 7:31 am

    Spot on again! The fat grips really make you (or your clients) understand that our bodies are system and they must be trained as such. We will only be as strong as our weakest link, which, in many people, is grip or forearm strength. I used to use towels to simulate fat bars, but the Fat Grips are much more solid.

    My favorite forearm buster exercises are fat grip deadlifts and fat grip barbell bent over rows.

    • Reply Josh Schlottman January 9, 2011, 9:06 pm

      Glad you’re liking the Fat Gripz too Benjamin!

  • Reply Dan February 16, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I’ve been doing german volume training, and figured i’d get a little silly with the fat gripz. for two months, I struggled through my workouts, and eventually started moving up in weights again.

    Then, I lost my fat gripz. For a month I went back to the plain bars. The bars felt like they were made for little kids and were very easy to control. Everything was stronger.

    I’ll say this – its not going to turn you into superman over nite but nothing legal will. For pushing exercises, I’d say it makes it 5lbs harder – you need to really work on controlling the weight better. For pulling exercises, its a whole new ball game. I’d say it makes the exercises 10-15 lbs harder, and my curl is a lot stronger. I got my second pair and love em. lat pull downs are another beastly exercise with these.

  • Reply Jackey May 5, 2011, 3:23 am

    I’d Like to know more secrets behind this tool

    so appreciate and well done

    • Reply Josh Schlottman May 7, 2011, 1:26 pm

      Glad you liked my Fat Gripz review Jackey!

  • Reply Joe September 12, 2011, 10:09 pm

    bought it today will let you know if it works

  • Reply B February 26, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I just received mine today and the slit for the bar was not already there. Is this defective, or a diy….

    • Reply Josh Schlottman March 1, 2014, 2:49 pm

      If it doesn’t have the slit already in it then I would definitely contact Fat Gripz and let them know about it.

  • Reply okoh August 1, 2014, 4:22 am

    Please, where can I buy gripz here in south africa ?.

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