Hi, my name's Matt Leadbetter. I'm the guy behind N-Gage Grips. Thanks for your support and your interest in our story!
THE ORIGIN STORY
I've lifted weights since I was a teenager. Although I was never really naturally strong or athletic, I've always enjoyed the process of getting stronger and more fit. And as I got older, fitness became somewhat of an obsession and a huge part of my lifestyle.
But about three years ago I found myself in the middle of some serious physical and mental plateaus. My workout routines had become too routine. I was just going through the motions and wasn't seeing the results anymore. I also started experiencing shoulder and elbow pain that was affecting how hard I could go in the gym.
After learning more about how traditional barbells can contribute to joint pain and the physiological benefits of using more dumb bells, EZ-curl bars, multi-grip bars, and thick bars, I came up with the idea for a less expensive and more effective solution to help align and stabilize my joints while lifting.
I made the first prototype set of N-Gage Grips in my garage with a polyurethane material I ordered online and some supplies from the local hardware store.
It only took one day in the gym with my prototype to realize I was on to something. Not only did the angle of the grip better align my joints and make barbell lifts feel more natural, but the larger diameter increased muscle tension which led to more stable joints and a bigger pump throughout my upper body.
The more I used them the more I liked them.
At some point, I decided others could benefit from my new invention, so I set out to bring my "big idea" to market.
The journey to develop, design, test and get N-Gage Grips into production has been full of challenges and setbacks, but I'm focused on doing things the right way and selling a product I can stand behind. Everything has now all come together and I couldn't be more excited about the final result.
A BIT MORE ABOUT ME
In the past 3 years, as I've been working to develop a great product, build a business, and hold down a full-time job, I also welcomed my two sons into this world. It's been a bit crazy around here for a while, but I'm incredibly fortunate to have a supportive, loving wife and two kick-ass little boys who are my constant motivation to keep learning, growing, and working hard.
A primary reason for starting this business is to set a great example for my two boys. To show them what's possible with hard work, dedication, creativity, and a little luck. To show them how to fill their lives with challenges and discomfort. And to show them that happiness and fulfillment do not come from money but from being grateful for what you have, and from impacting the lives of those around you in a positive way.
It's with that spirit that I created N-Gage Grips. I sincerely hope each set makes a positive impact in the life of everyone who buys one. I believe they will.
LIFT SMARTER. GET STRONGER.
LIFTING SMARTER is about finding ways to optimize your training to help you get stronger, faster while also staying healthy and pain-free. This is where N-Gage Grips contribute, but I believe there's more to it than just that.
LIFTING SMARTER is also about understanding the fundamentals of strength training and integrating those concepts into your workouts.
LIFTING SMARTER is about understanding your body and it's unique strengths and weaknesses. It's about listening to your body and responding appropriately.
LIFTING SMARTER is about using your head to plan your workouts, and being mindful of the execution of each rep.
"LIFT SMARTER. GET STRONGER." is our tagline, but it's also our fitness philosophy. Whether you buy a set of N-Gage Grips or not, I encourage you to follow this philosophy.
Before using N-Gage Grips read the instructions that can be found on the home page of this website or in each packaged set.
The intellectual property of N-GAGE GRIPS is legally protected by:
- Copyrighted web pages, pictures, and graphics.
- Trademarked name and tagline
- US Design Patent Pending
- US Utility (Use and Functionality) Patent Pending
- You must only exercise using N-Gage Grips in accordance with the instructions provided.
- Results may vary.
- You must be at least 16 years old to use N-Gage Grips.
- Stop exercising immediately if you experience discomfort or pain while using N-Gage Grips.
- Use extra caution when using N-Gage Grips during lifts that place weight over any part of your body.
- Persons with allergies to rubber and/or similar materials must not use N-Gage Grips.
- There is a risk of injury when lifting weights with or without the use of N-Gage Grips.
- Everyone using N-Gage Grips does so at their own risk.
- Immediately stop using N-Gage Grips if any wear, tear, or defects appear. Please reference the N-Gage Grips lifetime warranty for steps to receive a free replacement.