Sunday, May 19, 2024

GiZilla Monster Grappling Grips Review

GiZilla Monster Grappling Grips Review


So truth be told, I take strength and conditioning very seriously.  I even moonlight as a S&C coach for high school football and basketball teams (who are all competitive on the state level, but are very small schools).  I'm always looking to improve my own conditioning, flexibility, mobility etc. as it pertains to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Grappling Training

GiZilla Monster Grappling Grips Label

Grip training is essential in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Given enough time, you will develop an iron grip, but most of us are casual trainees and only train 2-3 times per week.  This means that you likely have time to do some grip training outside of BJJ class.

I've been training my grip for a long time with deadlifts, heavy dumb bell rows, farmer's walks, etc. but in the past few years, I have started to train with one of my retired gis for chinups, rows, etc.  I found that the grip required for holding onto cloth is similar, but different, than holding onto a bar.  I've also used Captain of Crush Grippers, Fat Gripz, and other grip building tools in the past.

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GiZilla Grips

But not too long ago, I decided to pick up a pair of GiZilla grips and I'm very impressed.  I also considered the Orangahang and the new Scramble grip trainer, but the Scramble trainer wasn't out yet and there are a few features that led me to choose the GiZilla grips, which I'll detail below.

There are really four essential gi grips in BJJ (and the GiZilla can mimic all of them): collar, sleeve, pistol, and flat gi grips.

With the GiZilla grips, I can do (for example) recline rows, barbell rows, cable rows, lat pulldowns, face pulls, deadlifts, chin ups, band snapdowns, and even leg raises.  I wouldn't however, recommend them for explosive movements like high pulls or cleans.  The grips won't break, but you might…

Sure, you can just use an old gi, but the best advantage is if you train at a commercial gym and not at a BJJ / MMA gym.  You will get a lot less grief and less attention using GiZilla grips versus a full gi, and still get the same training effect.

GiZilla Monster Grappling Grips Quick Release

One of the best features is actually the “guick release' tab.  When you pull very hard the material will cinch up making it very hard to transfer from exercise to exercise, but not with GiZilla.  With the excption of detaching them from bands, I have absolutely no problem moving from one movement to the next.

GiZilla Conclusion

GiZilla Monster Grappling Grips Review

For me, a training tool like GiZilla is an asset and has really accelerated my grip training specifically for BJJ.  I highly recommend it alongside a proper program including rows, chinups, and deadlifts.

If you have any questions about the GiZilla, or any other suggestions on how to use it that I missed here, post them below!


Update (as of 3/25/2017): This product is no longer available for purchase.

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  1. I read your review. You said you got the gizilla over Orangahang, but you didn’t really give any reason for that. I’ve been looking at buying one of the three Scramble, Gizilla, or Orangahang. I was leaning toward the Orangahang because of the construction and metal clip, so I was interested to hear why you chose gizilla over the other two.

    • Scramble is good too, but a bit different from the GiZilla. I like the GiZilla over the orangahang because it has the quick release tab making it way easier to switch between exercises

      • Have to agree with Brendan on this one. The quick release tabs make it much more convenient. Especially when you are switching between exercises or when grip training is part of a timed circuit. Not losing a lot of time when changing over makes a big difference.

        I have not seen the Scramble yet though.


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