This board is excellent for building hand, arm, and finger strength but it also works great for pullup-focused workouts in general. You don't have to be a climber to get a lot out of it - it made staying in shape fun again! The only down side is finding a place to drill this thing in, if you're got a nice spot then it's simple to install (even if it is a bit heavy), but it needs some decent support to really stay hung up.
The good:Lots of holds to choose from, great bowed design helps to place less stress on the shoulders/elbows, slopers are great.The bad:The innermost row of holds (not the middle, those are for 1 arm hangs) are too close together to allow proper hanging without injuring the shoulders. The texture destroys skin very quickly. Big and might be hard to find a place to install. Although it has a ton of holds, you don't really need that many, it is mostly a gimmick. Expensive.The verdict:For the same price or less you can get a simpler, easier to use hangboard that won't be as flashy but can still get the job done.
I got this a month or so ago and I love it! What a great way to do strength training for those crazy fingertip holds while bored at home. I hang on mine every time I go downstairs to do laundry or to rummage through my tools. And I'm sure the landlord will love all the holes I put in the wall from mounting it! If you're on the fence about it, just do it! You won't regret itSincerely,Andy
from Columbus, OH - soon to be in Colorado!
"grip goes from limp noodle to bone crusher"
I got my simulator a while a go, and it has waaaaayyyyy helped my grip strength and hang time. I like to hang on it and watch TV, the more pointless the show the better Southpark/Dailyshow/Colbertreport/randomshitondiscovery/penguinsofmadagascar/whateverthehell. I've noticed i can grab onto smaller holds at the gym now easily with no where near as much pain as when I started out. Pickle jars ain't got anything on me now. Also useful for when super villains knock me onto precarious ledges. But really. This training board > that other one you were looking at.
This stimulator is very good for learning easy to expert hand grips, it can also be used to do many workouts on and is extremly tireing. I am very happy about this product very heavy and built to last.
Varied holds, easy installation (I did it without any trouble and felt like a handyman - if I can do it, anyone can do it), makes you seem intrinsically cooler by having one. There's really no downside here. I've had some ... well ... heavier friends jump up on the holds and this thing stuck on the wall like a champ, so it's durable, easy to install and makes you better at climbing.
This board has an amazing selection of holds, from pedestrian jugs to the most impossibly shallow two finger pockets. The texture is rough, which helps on slopers and shallower pockets. You definitely need chalk with this board. If you are new to hang boards, try Metolius' beginner workout and don't feel bad if you can't get through the ten minutes. Keep at it and you'll get there. This thing is just pure fun, so much so that i find myself working on it more often because it's a blast.