6 Best Forearm Workout Tools & Exercisers Review 2020

In this review, you will find some of the best forearm workout tools and exercisers I could find online. You will discover a variety of unique designs that specifically target your forearms for maximum muscle stimulation and growth.

That said, if you’re serious about building huge Popeye forearms then you may want to consider investing in one of the following forearm building devices.



Do Forearm Workout Devices Really Work?

The forearm workout equipment you will find in this review is all specifically designed to exercise and target only your forearms. We all know that dumbbells and barbell weights are a great way to work out your forearms, but they do have limitations.

For example, some forearm exercise equipment is very portable and can be easily stored in a gym bag or carry-on luggage when on a trip. Something you can’t do with a set of dumbbells, and most certainly not a barbell.

Forearm workout equipment is very effective at targeting your forearm muscles. I have personally used many different forearm developers over the years, and know for a fact that yes these forearm developers really do work.

In fact, they will give you a thicker pump much faster than any dumbbell ever will. If you’re looking for mind-blowing pumps that make your forearms feel like they are ready to explode then it may be time to drop those dumbbells and get yourself a forearm exerciser.

So without further ado, here are my 6 best forearm exercisers.

Our 6 Best Forearm Workout Tools & Developers Reviewed

In today’s review, we will take a look at what I believe to be the best forearm developers I could find online. To come up with my top 5 choices I compared a few dozen forearm exercisers and read through many of the reviews for each product. I also based my choices on personal experience, as I have used many of these forearm exercise devices myself.

With that said, I have chosen a variety of different products and designs to give you more variety of options to choose from. Many of these forearm developers are fairly inexpensive. So you may even decide to choose more than just one device.

1.  Pro Wrist Roller by Power Systems

Power Systems wrist roller forearm grower

Best forearm workout tool for the price.

One of my all-time favorites that really gets the job done and leaves you with a deep burn and mind-blowing pump has always been the wrist roller. The Pro Wrist Roller by Power Systems caught my attention not only because of the quality construction but also the great price.

This wrist roller really does have everything – except for the weights. Then again, you won’t find any wrist roller that includes weights (they must be purchased separately).

Nevertheless, this forearm workout tool is made from strong tubular steel with comfortable non-slip padded handles and durable cable. And they did not leave you hanging like some other brands and included the plate attachment loading pin in the price.

The handles are 1.5” thick, which is good for most users. But if you are interested in a larger grip or have bigger hands, you may be better served with the Rogue Wrist Roller (see below).

Features

  • Strong tubular steel
  • 16″ L x 1.5″ thick
  • Padded handles
  • Durable cable
  • Plate attachment
  • Uses standard 1” plates (not included)
  • Maximum weight capacity: 45 lbs.

2. Rogue Wrist Roller & Forearm Workout Tool

Rogue Fitness wrist roller overall best forearm tool

Best overall quality wrist roller.

The Rogue Wrist Roller is similar to the Pro Wrist Roller, but with some minor differences in functionality, design, and quality.

Maintains center of Gravity
What I like the most about this roller is the use of a band as opposed to a cable. The roller band has a huge advantage over the cable in that the band is always positioned dead center on the roller without slipping from one side to the other. This prevents uneven weight distribution to one side and creates a more balanced and enjoyable workout experience.

Extremely Robust 2” Grip
Another great feature this roller has over others is the 2” grips and the extremely robust construction. This roller really is built like a tank.

Of course, with more features and better quality comes a higher price tag. But if you’re serious about these rollers, then making the investment is totally worth it.

Weights such as kettlebells, dumbbells, or plates, can be attached to the strap with the included carabiner. A loading pin is an available option but is not necessary for the wrist roller.

Features

  • Strong tubular steel
  • 15.5″ L x 2″ thick
  • Handle width: 6”
  • Durable (centered) strap
  • Strap length: 58.5”
  • 1x Carabiner
  • Uses kettlebell, dumbbell, or plates
  • Power Rack Mount (optional)
  • Maximum weight capacity:  xxx lbs. (contacted Rogue for an answer)
  • Made in the USA

3. Fat Gripz Performance Grips

Fat Gripz forearm performance enhancing grips

Best forearm enhancing grips.

The Fat Gripz is an extremely versatile forearm workout tool that can be used with dumbbells and barbells as well as with rope pulleys.

Essentially the fatter grip forces you to grip them more forcefully in order to hold on to the bar or rope, thus activating more muscle fibers resulting in muscle growth and added strength over time.

Fat Grips come in 3 different sizes. Personally, I would recommend the blue Pro Series since they fit your average hand size and the slightly smaller black One Series for women.

I also enjoy using these grips for isometric holds by squeezing the grips as hard as I can for about 30 – 60 seconds immediately after fully exhausting my forearms on an exercise.

Check out the following video to see these puppies in action.

Pro-Size: Fat Grip Bicep Curls

Features

  • Product: Fat Gripz
  • 2x grips (comes in pair)
  • 3 different sized to chose from
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Pink
  • Anti-slip tread design
  • Length: 4.75″
  • Width: 1.75″, 2.25″, or 2.75″

4. Sidewinder ProXtreme & Pro Plus Forearm Exerciser

Sidewinder forearm exerciser

A wrist roller without weights or ropes.

Extremely Portable – No Weights Requires

What makes this forearm workout tool so unique is that it functions like your traditional wrist roller but without needing extra weights or ropes to lift and guide them. This not only saves you money on extra weights and a loading pin but also makes this forearm exerciser extremely compact and portable.

Simply by changing the built-in dial, you can adjust the resistance from light resistance to super hardcore resistance.

Infinite Rotation

Without using ropes or weights, the Sidewinder offers you an infinite amount of turns without stopping. The rotation is very smooth and quiet and the resistance remains the same throughout the exercise, or until it is changed.

Handles can be moves both unilaterally or bilaterally and twisted in both clockwise and counterclockwise motions so you can work out both the flexor and extensor muscles individually or simultaneously with continuous motion.

2 versions of the Sidewinder

  • The Sidewinder ProXtreme has 2” wide handles offering the user a wider grip, but also higher resistance for super-strong athletes or those working to get there.
Sidewinder Pro Xtreme

ProXtreme Features

  • Extremely robust metal & tear resistant rubber
  • Resistance adjustable
  • No weights required
  • 14.75″ L x 2″ thick
  • Handle length: 6” on each side
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs
  • Made in the USA

Pro Plus Features

  • Extremely robust metal & tear resistant rubber
  • Resistance adjustable
  • No weights required
  • 14″ L x 1.5″ thick
  • Handle length: 5” on each side
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs
  • Made in the USA

5. Marcy Wrist & Forearm Grower

Marcy wrist & forearm trainer

The Marcy wrist and forearm developer is a very uniquely designed forearm workout tool that does not use weights, but rather uses 5 levels of tension resistance. With one simple motion, you can exercise both your extensor and flexor muscles simultaneously.

This forearm exerciser is very lightweight and compact, making it easy to take on the go.

The foam grip can be adjusted to fit comfortably to most arm sizes. However, due note, I have read that this device can be too long for shorter arms.

This forearm workout device is great for beginners, but not so much if your an experienced weightlifter or just generally strong.

Features

  • 5 Tension Resistance Levels
  • Length: 14.25”
  • Width: 6
  • Height:7.75

6. Wringer Adjustable Forearm Exerciser

Wringer adjustable forearm exerciser

The design and functionality of the Wringer are similar to the Sidewinder but with some notable differences. Though both are adjustable and do not require extra weights, the Wringer does not offer the intensity of the Sidewinder.

Both forearm workout tools offer an almost endless range of adjustments, but the Wringer will max out where the Sidewinder will not.

The Wringer is fully adjustable by simply twisting the grips clockwise to increase the tension and counter-clockwise to decrease tension. With the extra finely threaded steel shaft, the selection of tension levels is virtually endless.

It is important to note that the size of the handgrips is 2.54” thick, which can be a plus for some but maybe not so much for others with smaller grips.

Features

  • Big 2.54” wide rubber grips
  • 2” diameter coil spring
  • 20mm diameter 316 stainless steel shaft
  • Industrial grade Acetal boy
  • Weight; 3.53 lbs

My Top Choices for Best Forearm Workout Tools

Considering I am more of a weight person than a tension/resistance person, I would lean more towards the Rogue wrist roller and the Grip4orce forearm grips. So, let me explain.

I have been using forearm wrist rollers such as the Pro Wrist Roller by Power Systems for many years. This roller has served me well, is pretty inexpensive, and always gets the job done. Even if it is more of an extensor exercise, it is very effective at producing painful yet satisfying forearm pumps that will make them grow.

However, if you don’t mind dropping a few extra bucks, the Rogue Fitness wrist roller has a slight advantage. It can be used with or without a weight pin, but most importantly will always maintain it’s center of gravity.

The strap and handle design (as opposed to a rope or cable) prevent the weight from shifting, providing for a more balanced and enjoyable workout experience.

In addition to these forearm developers, I would also include the Fat Gripz forearm developer and grip device. This 2” wide grip can be used with dumbbells or barbells to fatten your grip and active more forearm muscles while lifting. Or, you can even use them independently for isometric holds.

What makes the Grip4orce different form your traditional fat grips is that you are forced to grip them tightly. This activates more muscles than just using a fatter grip.

I invested in these myself after seeing John’s video. I still use them all the time and am very happy with them. They are definitely built to last and when used as shown in the video will make your forearms feel like they’re ready to explode.

Choosing the best forearm workout tool for your specific needs may not be as easy as you think considering the many choices you have in this review. But rest assured, any choice from this list will get you one step closer to developing stronger and thicker forearms. That I can tell you.