Mercury and Thor Fitness Products

Attach All Kinds of Handles to your Grappler! New Attachment Collars Introduced!

Check out the "Wrestler's Special" in the Exercise of the Month section to see an example of how to use these collars. Collars are available for both a single handle and two handles. Any of our specialty handles can be attached at any point (any link) along the chain, to greatly expand the number of exercises that you can do on your grappler. Let your imagination go wild!

Written by Michael Calandra —

Super Fat Dumbbell Handles Indroduced! 2.4 Inch Thick D.B. Bars for Olympic Plates

Compare the Super Fat Grip Bar directly below with the standard 1-inch dumbbell bar shown further below. With the standard thickness 1-inch bar, the fingers can wrap entirely around the bar, and overlap with the thumb. The thumb pressure can then help to keep the fingers closed around the bar. This makes holding onto the bar relatively easy.

With a thick handled bar, the fingers cannot wrap around the bar or get support from the thumb. The lifter must hold onto the bar by exerting much more finger pressure against the bar, stressing the muscles of the hand and forearm. This causes huge increases in strength and size of the hand/forearm muscles over time. When the lifter returns to a standard thickness 1-inch bar during a weightlifting contest, pull-up competition, or just weight training for other body parts, it will be relatively easy by comparison. The grip improvement will also transfer to virtually anyother activity that requires hand strength.

 

When using thick bars for alternating movements such as alternating dumbbell curls or alternating cleans & presses, the "resting arm/hand" is still getting a static forearm workout while the active arm is performing the movement. This is because even when the "resting arm" is just hanging at the user's side, pressure still must be exerted to prevent the thick bar from falling out of the hand. That is why we recommend using these fat bars in pairs, working both arms simultaneously.

Written by Michael Calandra —

Another Unique New Product! The Two-Handed Lever Bar

This bar is featured in our December 2015 Exercise of the Month. Click on that for details on how to use this bar for a rear lever lift. Perform lever lifts to both the front and rear with this unique bar. It will add mass and strength to your forearms quickly, and builds great wrist stability. It is incredible for baseball batters, tennis players, and golfers (unless of course, you already hit too many home-runs, have too fast of a serve now, or tend to hit the ball 20 - 30 yards too far on your drives off the tee. In that case, you probably should avoid this bar!).

Written by Michael Calandra —

New Product Announcement: There'll be some "barndoor lats" on the beach this summer! Check out our MASSIVE 5-position, thick-handled rowing handle for your grappler.

This ultra heavy-duty grappler handle can be used for T-bar rowing, grappler deadlifts, and grappler shrugs. It features five different rowing positions/grip orientations, so you can hammer every section of your upper back with devastating efficiency. The gripping sections are approximately 2 inches in diameter, just thick enough to get a good grip workout, but not so thick that it will significantly limit your rowing, shrugging, or deadlifting poundage. The handle is finished with a textured powder coat for enhanced grip. There is also a thumbscrew to prevent sliding on the barbell collar.

Heavy walled steel construction is used throughout, with a durable textured gray/silver powder coated finish. All tubing ends are sealed with decorative plastic caps for a sharp appearance. The Olympic barbell, Olympic collars, and weight plates are not included (they are shown in the photographs for illustrative purposes only).

 

 

Written by Michael Calandra —

Good News for Forearms Everywhere! A Major Expansion of the Hammer Curl Line!

Mercury and Thor Fitness has once again expanded its unique line of Hammer Curl Bars to include two new grip width variations. We have just released a narrow grip version and an ultra-narrow grip version of our original Hammer Curl Bar. Now you can torch your forearms from two more angles, to shock them into renewed growth, endurance, and strength.

You want another 20 - 30 yards on your golf swing off the tee? How about a few more home runs? Maybe you need a little extra strength to hang on to your opponent during the third period of a wrestling match. Train with these new bars, and your forearms will thank you for it. At least once the workout is over. See the attached photos for some tips on the proper form for doing basic curls with this bar (the weights have been left off the bar during the video, so that you can clearly see the important alignment of the bar with the user's forearms). Note that the lever bar (the portion that holds the weights out in front of the user) must be kept in a straight line with the users forearms.

 

 

New Product Release, September 27! Spherical Grip Handles

We have again added to our rapidly expanding line of grip training products. This time, with a line of spherical grip handles that come in a size for every hand. Many of our competitors offer this type of product in a one-size-fits all format, but we offer a 3.0 inch, a 3.5 inch, and a 4.0 inch version. This is because we noticed that not everybody has the same sized hand! We also like to provide as much training variety as possible, especially when it comes to grip work. The hand is such a complex structure, with so many different motions possible, that a wide variety of grip handles is needed to blast your hands from all angles.

Just like all of our other grip handles, you can use these handles with a loading pin, with a cable, for dragging a sled, for strapping to a pull-up bar, or with a grappler/landmine. Use your imagination for stronger hands and more muscular forearms.

New Product Release, Sept. 12, 2015; The Hammer Curl Bar is now available for Olympic plates

We've been asked over and over, "When will your hammer curl bar be available for Olympic plates?"  Well, we can finally give a definitive answer... NOW!

Professional gyms and garage/basement gyms that have only Olympic plates can now enjoy the incredible forearm building benefits of the unique Mercury and Thor hammer curl bar. The bar features fat-grip handles, a neutral grip position (aka: "hammer grip"), and most importantly, a leverage bar to hold the weights. The leverage bar creates tremendous torque on the wrist. Holding the wrist/handle at a 90 degree angle relative to your forearm and the lever bar, is what makes this bar so effective at increasing forearm strength and stability. Get yours now to build serious wrist strength and forearm size!

New Product Line Released! The Mercury and Thor Landmine/Grappler Series is Now Available! Get into Angled Barbell Training Now.

A series of single and double landmine (aka: grappler) products has been released and is now available. The most basic unit, a single pivot which can be dropped into the center hole of a stack of 45-lb plates which serves as a "base," is an extremely economical way to get started. We recommend the increased stability that a single floor base can provide. We also sell a double grappler unit for those who want to get into two-handed movements.

The first two specialized handles that we have added to the series are for close, neutral grip T-bar rowing, and wider, straight grip T-bar rowing. T-bar rowing is an old classic mass-builder for wide lats and a thick, powerful upper back. 

T-bar tip: Here is an advanced and very challenging upper back exercise for experienced, conditioned lifters; always wear a lifting belt when doing this movement. Set-up a double grappler unit with one bar having a close-grip T-bar rowing handle, and the second bar having a wide-grip T-bar rowing handle. Load the close-grip bar with a heavier weight, and the wide-grip bar with a reduced weight. Do a back-blasting superset by first rowing to failure on the heavy close-grip bar, then immediately moving to the lighter, wide grip bar to continue rowing without a rest between the two bars. Check out the photographs of the Double Landmine Complete Unit for a picture of the set-up used for this superset. Try it out for six weeks and watch your lats widen to a pair of barndoors!

 

Written by Michael Calandra —

Grand Opening for Mercury and Thor website

Mercury and Thor Fitness Products has opened its website for business on April 24, 2015.

The initial product line will focus exclusively on small grip training items, but the product line will rapidly and steadily expand into other areas of training for serious speed and strength athletes (or anyone who likes to train like one!). So be sure to periodically check back in - new products will be added on a weekly basis. We will soon be adding training tools for those athletes that require explosive running power (sleds, etc.) - this will be a product theme for the Winter of 2015.

We've been asked, "Why start with grip tools?"  There are two reasons:

First, grip training is an often neglected aspect for many athletes. It is frequently done as an afterthought, if at all. This is a big mistake, and we want to help rectify it by providing a wide VARIETY of grip training options.

Second, many athletes "engage their sport" through their hands and grip. What the heck does that mean? Think of a player in tennis, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, golf, weightlifting, or any one of many other sports that use a racket, stick, bat, club, barbell, or any other hand-held implement in their sport. They play the sport via this implement, which they move and control through their hands, grip, wrist, and forearms. All their physical power must transfer through their hands into the implement. Imagine a tennis player with a weak grip and limp wrists, trying to deliver a mighty, explosive serve. Impossible! A powerlifter that cannot hold onto the barbell during a deadlift is limited by grip strength, regardless of how strong all the other muscles might be. Many athletes often directly interact with their opponent by grabbing and controlling them; wrestlers, martial artists, football players, arm wrestlers, etc. immediately come to mind. The same holds true if your "opponent" is not another athlete, but some inanimate object such as a climbing wall, a mountainside, or an obstacle course.

If you use barbells, dumbbells, ropes, rings, handles, chin-up bars, etc. of any kind during the training or practice sessions for your sport, you will hamper your preparation, and therefore your competitive performance, if you don't have a powerful, high-endurance grip. This is true even if you don't use the barbells, rings, ropes and so on in the actual competition itself. Don't fall into this trap.

Mercury and Thor Fitness Products can help YOU be sure that YOUR performance will never suffer because of poor grip. Become your own God of Speed and Strength, a modern day Mercury and Thor combined in one body. Get started today!  

Written by Michael Calandra —

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Attach All Kinds of Handles to your Grappler! New Attachment Collars Introduced!

Check out the "Wrestler's Special" in the Exercise of the Month section to see an example of how to use these collars. Collars are available for both a single handle...

Super Fat Dumbbell Handles Indroduced! 2.4 Inch Thick D.B. Bars for Olympic Plates

Compare the Super Fat Grip Bar directly below with the standard 1-inch dumbbell bar shown further below. With the standard thickness 1-inch bar, the fingers can wrap entirely around the...

Another Unique New Product! The Two-Handed Lever Bar

This bar is featured in our December 2015 Exercise of the Month. Click on that for details on how to use this bar for a rear lever lift. Perform lever lifts...