Everyone knows the benefits of weight training — building muscle strength leads to a healthier life and improves performance in active sports. But not everyone has access to a gym on demand, or wants to be tied up inside lifting weights when there’s football to be played. For them, there’s the POWERHANDZ EXTREME GRIP Football Weighted Glove.
The glove is weighted through the placement of iron sand within the confines of those points on the hand known as “flex points.” So instead of feeling like you’re lugging a sand bag, what is occurring is that every normal action of the hand is being forced against by a greater weight than would otherwise be the case. This requires more effort and forces greater control over the person wearing them in order to function. It also builds up the hand and arm muscles.
The value of the glove is obvious: whatever actions being performed while wearing them requires more effort and so, once off, becomes easier to do. This includes hand speed, which in a sport like Football, can be a deal-breaker between just getting along and getting hold of the ball. Of course, in general, having the gloves means better control overall, compared to never having used it.
A good part of the glove’s value comes from its construction — it’s not some cheap glove with sand sewn into it. The palm is coated in a silicone that helps to increase the gripping surface. No, it’s not slippery and instead is the opposite as it’s actually tacky. The fabric is made from nylon and designed to stretch in more than one direction while maintaining its integrity — otherwise it could tear itself apart quite easily. And so the hand doesn’t end up sweating profusely, the gussets are of Lycra and so combine a snug fit with a “breathable” aspect. This means the gloves can be worn longer both for the duration of use as well as over time.
The POWERHANDZ EXTREME GRIP Football Weighted Glove retails for $69.99, as do the other models (Basketball, Golf, Baseball and Soccer also being available). It comes in a number of designs and of course sizes — for example, the Pure Grip Lifestyle which has a more sedate look but continues the motif of providing a gripping surface with a weighted results from being worn. They all come in a zippered plastic case which makes their storage (once cleaned with a non-toxic aerosol spray and left to dry) and portability a simple matter.
POWERHANDZ won’t give you Hulk hands, but they will help to strengthen your wrists and hands and so their value is worthwhile for anyone looking to improve on their abilities.