I am certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Instructor and was a personal trainer prior to entering the computer industry. If recommendations on the site seem conservative, it is because I have had the benefit of working with a wide range of populations. I understand that goals vary and individual abilities must be accounted for.
I personally do not have exceptional hand strength. My best lifts will be topped by many individuals. However, I do have experience making great strides in developing my grip strength. When I started training the hands, I could barely close the Ironmind Trainer gripper. With 7" hands and 6 and 3/4" wrists, any significant grip accomplishments seemed unreachable. Since then, my personal bests have included:
Not an impressive list, but a dramatic improvement from where I started. I can’t promise to make you a grip master, but I will get you headed down the road towards strong, healthy hands.
On the backend, the site itself consists of only a few pages, just two of which are used for display. Data is loaded via a home grown content management tool, allowing for updates and modifications without touching any code. Site content is managed in a SQL Server 2005 database. Backups are created after each significant content or technology update.
All graphics were built using a combination of MS Paint and GIMP. Pictures are taken with a top of the line Kodak DX 3600 digital camera, then resized using ImageMagik’s mogrify tool. Eventually the manual picture resizing will be eliminated using .NET tools to dynamically scale the pictures.