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Posted by mudhutmasher on 03 January 2013 - 03:54 PM
Posted by climber511 on 21 December 2012 - 10:20 AM
I now believe the earth really will end today. Not because of the Mayans but because of what I accomplished in my workout today. Now I know - and everyone who knows me (the anti gripper guy) knows my feeling on grippers and the whole "setting" train wreck discussion etc etc. I have been a long time (and nearly lone voice) for choker closes as a measure of your plain ole strength of "closing" grippers. And please don't use this post to argue sets as I don't care. Today I accomplished a long time goal of closing a COC #4 - in a choker with the handles set to exactly parallel - so please don't think I'm saying I am a #4 closer - which of course I am NOT. But I am pretty happy about it!
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Posted by Cannon on 10 July 2012 - 08:46 AM
My wife and I are opening an online store for grippers and eventually other equipment. You'll see much more about this in the coming weeks! Warren's order delivery will likely determine timing on the grand opening.
We're very excited about this and I think you guys will be as well.
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Posted by EricMilfeld on 03 June 2013 - 03:37 PM
To say that I exceeded my expectations is an understatement. Losing 29 pounds in less than two months (I weighed in at 161), starting from an already low fat percentage, and trying to maintain some semblance of grip strength proved to be the greatest physical challenge of my life. I was even running, spitting, and blasting the heater of my car to make weight the morning of the contest. Of all the athletic goals I've been fortunate enough to achieve, what I accomplished Saturday is by far the one I'm proudest of. I often questioned my own sanity in continuing with my quest. I was literally hungry and light-headed for over seven weeks. Often, even standing up was a chore. I'm sure it was not the healthiest thing I ever chose to do. But despite my workouts often being occasions for major disappointment as my energy levels tanked, it somehow all came together in the end. Perhaps replenishing my body for the two hours between weigh-ins and the start of grippers was enough to finally tap into my strength reserves. I don't know. But I can't help but feel I shouldn't have been able to do what I did. I'm overwhelmed and humbled. Thanks to all those who supported me with words of encouragement along the way. You guys believed in my abilities way more than I did.
Okay, the contest: First off, it was great meeting all the guys from the Gripboard in person. Kody is the nicest, most unassuming and humble world class athlete you could ever meet. I really enjoyed talking with you, man. Your'e accomplishments and the way you carry yourself are an inspiration to me and a great endorsement for the sport of grip. Talk about pound for pound strength! Eric Roussin, I was delighted to discover that the approachability, intelligence, and just all around friendly disposition I saw in your videos is simply a reflection of the real you. Loved talking with you about arm wrestling and everything else! Darrin Shallman, I don't think he's a board member here, but the guy's enthusiasm is contagious. Super friendly and positive guy! He's got tons of strength in those hands, and if his fingers were even close to as long as mine I could have been in serious trouble. Andrew, great job!!! I know what's involved in hosting a local meet AND competing in it, so to do that with Nationals like you did is a stellar feat. Thanks so much for all your hard work and being a great grip ambassador. Chris and Doc, you guys were tireless. Much appreciated! Mary Ann (spelling?), thanks for putting up with all my questions and doing a fantastic job of keeping up with the most important job of the day: scorekeeping!
By the way, anyone who's interested in seeing the specifics of how I trained and dieted for the past couple months are welcome to check out my log here on the board. This experiment was a learning experience for me and hopefully might contain something that could prove beneficial for someone else.
Grippers: Both right and left hand closes were personal bests for me with a 20mm block set (156 and change and 141 and change), regardless of body weight. Missed by 1/32" a 161 righty Elite close. My one miss of the day.
Pinch: I was holding out hope for a high 180s pinch after my pinch workouts fell apart as my bodyweight fell into the mid 170s. My Euro has a better texture than the freshly cleaned ones (great idea, btw) at Nationals. So, how I pulled 200 I'll never know.
Axle: Pulls in the low 320s range were feeling very heavy recently in training. I nailed 343 at the contest... makes no sense. This was probably the lift I was proudest of. I think it ties my best in the 183 class.
Medley: I had the strength to lift several more items that I overlooked or simply didn't have the time to try, but this was a medley of speed, strategy, and endurance. Freakin' awesome medley! Loved it. Very happy with my performance.
Wrist Roller: Great event. I trained it hard, and feel it paid off. I saw a lot of mind-boggling times on the event.
I have no right to regret anything about my performance, but I will say that had I an inkling of my capabilities Saturday, I would have been less "timid" in my weight choices and probably could have gone a bit heavier on axle and pinch. But right now I don't care, and think I may have just completed my one perfect contest performance.
Oh, wait till you see what Andrew gave me to hold for a year as the winner of the Diesel Award! Epic.
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Posted by gm1swm on 24 October 2012 - 05:49 PM
From the first gripper up until now, Matt has been a stand up guy. He has even assisted and bent over backwards to help me find a particular rated gripper...hence the buyout of 3.5s.
He has earned my business and my respect not only as a businessman but also as someone I seek advice from.
I am hopefully going to break ground with grip strength amongst the military by submitting an article about grip training to the Navy Times, a well-read newspaper published for Navy and Marine Corps service members. In it, I've plugged the grip board, Matt's store, iron mind, and fat Gripz.
Lets hope it gets published, Matt gets swamped with business, and hundreds of new grip board members join the quest to have ignorant hand strength!
Also...just chest crushed the lvl 9. For those of you that are close to closing it or have closed it, I salute you!
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Posted by earl on 09 November 2012 - 01:22 PM
You allowed your over-sized ego, overt narcissism, and young age to filter everything friendly and complimentary out of the previous replies to what was once a very impressive lift. And please note my use of the word once, which indicated the lift became less and less impressive following each of your replies.
And by the way, the lift you're planning to post next as some sort of implied revenge may not get as many views as you wish. Therefore, be a man and make it right with your words first.
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Posted by 1stCoC on 05 November 2013 - 03:04 PM
I still remember our first conversation over 20 years ago and treasure and keep close by the Whalebone gripper you made and sent to me. Your efforts to support and promote grip have been tremendous. My most sincere and deep respect to you for these many years of excellence in character and strength. Richard
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Posted by 1stCoC on 24 May 2013 - 08:10 AM
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Posted by mudhutmasher on 21 February 2013 - 07:55 PM
thought id take this time to praise Jason Sadamski (the link through Wades gripper super store for an inch db) on my dealings with him in purchasing an inch db replica. as we all know, an inch db is a fairly big investment as far as training tools go.. my main concern with purchasing one was the fact that you cant just walk in your local sports store and buy one.. you have to deal with and trust someone you dont know with your money, online, through a personal email, and in a whole nother state.. not a very ideal situation when making a somewhat large purchase in my opinion. but, from the first email i sent Jason in regards to the bell, he was more than kind in answering all questions and concerns i had as far as pricing, payment method, shipping, expected delivery, etc. we traded emails 6 or 7 times and he responded rather quickly to every email i sent. i was worried after i sent payment i wouldnt hear from him.. (for no real reason other than my own skepticism) but i was wrong.. he immediately got shipping arranged, and emailed me with a tracking number and an ETA of the bell.
also, on the shipping, since it was shipped freight, and to a bussiness address, it was MUCH cheaper than a residence delivery, and arrived to me 2 days from the time of payment. ALSO very cool!
not trying to solicit, but based off my dealings with Jason, id highly recommend going through him for your inch db if your looking to buy one. id like to also mention, that during or trade of emails, he mentioned having a barn fire and losing some livestock.. so even with him having crazy stuff go down, it didnt slow him up in getting the bell to me the least bit. i am VERY impressed.
Much thanks Jason!
below is video of unboxing (or unbanding, rather) my new inch.
i know.. i know.. im gonna need to work on this one.
..so here goes some negs.
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Posted by Wade Gillingham on 09 November 2012 - 08:28 PM
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Posted by Juha Harju on 24 September 2012 - 01:15 PM
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Posted by Juha Harju on 06 December 2013 - 04:38 AM
I put some my best 2013 shots in video. Hope you enjoy:
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Posted by Jedd Johnson on 27 November 2013 - 08:48 AM
If you remember, I challenged Daniel Reinard to this feat last year some time. I was able to get them to lockout for the first time yesterday.
Thanks to Richard Sorin for the inspiration. As far as I know, only he and Chad Woodall have accomplished this feat.
Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Posted by matrixsleeper on 12 August 2013 - 07:03 AM
Just wanted to post a high level summary of what I did to go from the White Nail to the Red Nail cert, what worked for me, what didn't etc.
- Purchased the Ironmind bag of nails over a year ago and was able to bend the white and green nail from the start. I couldn't budge a yellow though no matter now much I tried.
- Purchased Jedd's nail benidng ebook and read up on a few posts and was now able to bend the Yellow, Blue and a 60D nail.
First Lesson Learned: Switched my hands to a pistol grip made a big difference to be able to bend 1/4" steel and the kink.
- Took a good number of Yellows and Blues before I was even able to get a Grade 5.
Second Lesson Learned: After more video research I started to wrap the nails 1.5" into the wraps. This in combination with the pistol grip made for some good kinks and went from a Grade 5 to my first Grade 8 bend.
- Took some time off to focus on other aspects of grip but eventually returned and was still able to bend a Grade 5. It was a struggle but not too bad for taking time off.
- Worked on Grade 5's and 60D's for a while before I was able to get a G8 again just under 2 inches.
- After I got the G8 I figured it's time to try for the Red. Having never bent anything 5/16 in thickness I was initially very intimidated. Tried for a Red but it lauged in my face. I would make several of these type of attempts before having a long convo with Nate about Double Wraps.
Third Lessons Learned: Stopped bending in between workouts. This was throwing me off my routine and causing me to get frustrated if I couldn't bend something and would ruin the workout. Started to leave bending at the end of workouts so I was warmed up.
Fourth Lesson learned: Double wraps really helped to show that the Red was just steel and nothing more.
Fifth Lesson Learned: The importance of big movements and the upper body. Initially I wasn't doing any type of upper body exercises at all because I felt I didn't need them for grip. I was struggling with my crushing power big time. Once I started back with a strong upper body routine I saw much more improvemenet.
- I was able to kink and partially sweep a Red Nail in doubles but could never finish them. Started going from Doubles to singles to finish but was still only able to get a few here and there.
- Ended up having to take another break from bending due to my health and being in the hopsital for my crohns.
Sixth lesson learned: Buying more IM Pads and more steel! Another talk with Nate and some of the benders here I cut up a few IM Pads to go from Doubles, 1 +2/3 and 1 +1/3 for progression. I also took a trip to Home Depot and Lowes and found 5/16 HRS steel in either a Dull or Shiny variety. These were weaker than a Red but it allowed me to train towards the Red easier than by cutting it to the same exact length.
- From this point on I would only bend 7" steel but was still doing it after my workouts. I started bending more frequent and for a bit had really good success but then it started to all fall apart and my hands were never consistant with being able to tolerate the pain in my palms and over my middle fingers.
Seventh Lesson Learned: Rest and putting Bending first in the workout. After another talk with Nate I would stop bending whenever I felt I could and only bend 2 days a week with 3-4 days of rest in between. I would also start doing a general warm up first and get right into bending so I was fresh each and every time. This made all the difference and what helped me to progress even faster and eventually certify on the Red.
The whole Red Nail Journey was one big roller coaster of ups, downs and lessons learned. Hopefully anybody else who is going after the Red can see some of the mistakes I made and the changes to help them in their journey.
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Posted by ChrisJames on 26 July 2013 - 01:34 PM
Posted by wvhills on 02 May 2013 - 01:16 AM
Got pretty pumped watching Tommy's No Set vid so I decided to give mine a try. I was shooting for 8 clean closes but 7 will have to do for tonight. Hope you guys enjoy.
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Posted by Paul Savage on 02 February 2013 - 06:11 AM
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