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Powerlifters and climbers need excellent grip strength. This is why they use a tool called a grip strengthener. Anyone who has suffered a minor strain or injury may be familiar with grip strengtheners, too, though. These plier-shaped items work to provide resistance when they are squeezed together. This resistance builds strength in the hands and wrists. If you are in need of the best grip strengthener you can buy, keep an eye out for the following features.

Resistance – You want to find a durable piece of equipment that offers solid resistance. After all, this is where you build up your strength. The top manufacturers in the field make reliable equipment from steel and aluminum. These are two materials to look for in the one you buy.

Ergonomics – The handles and the material that they are covered in also matter. The more comfortable they are to hold, the more you are going to be able to grip them and get the most out of them. Ergonomic materials include cushioned plastics which feel soft to the touch. Plastic coverings are common but for many people are not comfortable. Those who have small hands may find, however, that the lighter plastic coverings work better than the padded, soft coverings do.

Tension – Each grip strengthener comes with coils that provide the tension. You want to select something that offers the right amount of tension. On average you will find that a coil can provide about 22 pounds worth of tension. Some can go upwards of 50 to 100 pounds in terms of tension. Carefully select the one right for you. If you are using this to train for rock climbing or powerlifting you will want the higher tension from a strengthener. Someone who is using the strengthener to heal from a wrist injury will likely want to start with one that has the lighter tension.

The final feature to look for in the best grip strengthener you can buy is the price. Shop for them online. It is easier to compare all the features at once and find a great deal on a strengthener. However, the only drawback to this is that you cannot try out the equipment for yourself. If you can, shop around in person if this is your first time buying this type of equipment. Then look online for the best deal. If you are a seasoned pro, you may already know the tension and other features you need in something and you can easily shop for it online only.