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#599786 The Truth About Grip Sport

Posted by EricMilfeld on 28 April 2014 - 01:09 AM

As a non-confrontational, peace-loving individual I've bit my tongue a lot over the years with respect to my involvement in this sport/hobby of ours.  And even now I don't intend to shoot flaming arrows at anyone, but I feel the need to get some things off my chest.  And beyond that, I'm hopeful that some will gain some insight, and perhaps even act on the insight to help make some positive changes.


 Grip is what it is through the tireless efforts of enthusiastic, self-motivated volunteers.  Most of us have full time jobs, families, and all the other usual obligations that people have.  We didn't sit around waiting for others to make changes, promote contests, develop implements, invent ways of rating grippers and steel, open websites, start and maintain lists and certs, etc.  We saw a need and simply acted on it.  The guys "in charge" and "making the rules" are actually the guys who have worked their asses off the most for the development of the sport.  They are what your politicians should be, that is servants.  So, I'd like to humbly submit some advice for your consideration.


Before you start with your list of suggestions for the promoter of an upcoming meet, try hosting your own first.  Buy the necessary equipment.  Weigh all the plates and implements.  Point-calibrate your bathroom scale.  Select and/or make the trophies.  Post the rules in details in advance.  Good luck getting the entry fees in a timely manner.  Decide what you want to do with the two guys who showed up the morning of the contest wanting to compete.  Who are they?  What about the scoresheet you already compiled with all the names neatly alphabetized?  Do I tell them to get lost or do I stop everything else I'm in the middle of doing and delay the start of the contest to accommodate them?  Oh, so and so and his brother forgot to bring their entry fee, by the way.  Someone else just texted to let me know he's running late.  Now what?  And another competitor who was late getting in his entry and talked me into contesting his pet lift isn't answering his phone and it's already fifteen minutes past start time (he never shows or calls).  Now my wife tells me someone has pissed all over the kid's bathroom toilet seat.  Okay, so let's do a quick rules briefing.  Okay, not so quick rules briefing.  Most didn't bother reading the rules I posted for the event two and a half months ago.  By the way, unless you know some guys interested in grip who are NOT competing, often times grip promoter is synonymous with loader, judge, scorekeeper, and when it's all over... maid, because most don't volunteer to help pick up.  Oh, and keep your cool when someone screams an obscenity because you didn't pass his gripper attempt that was shaking so violently you thought he was suffering a seizure.   And now you're $300 in the hole, after entry fees are accounted for.  So, when you're done cleaning up the garage the following morning and you realize the $300 you're in the hole is actually double that figure for the lost day of work, go inside, log on the Gripboard and tell the promoter of the next contest how to best run things.


Rule of thumb, it's probably been discussed before on the GripBoard... to death.  Don't assume all your suggestions and ideas are original because they just came to you a minute ago.  There has been a slow, often painful evolution of things which have led to much of how things are being run today.  Hours and hours of discussion via e-mail and phone, arguments, hostilities, polls, more bickering, members quitting, and finally some compromising.  Do a little research.  Ask some of the veterans, before you play the ten million questions, or ten million suggestions game.  Grip and all of it's history didn't start the minute you joined the board, or when I joined.


There is no political or personal grip conspiracy involving NAGS guys, moderators, promoters, IGC guys, or the Gripboard to show favoritism to certain athletes and their strengths, or to be unduly strict when judging feats of any particular athletes who are not part of some fictitious "in" group.  If you think someone in a place of "authority" or "influence" in the sport is intentionally unfair or out to get a certain individual or group, collect your facts and present them.  I'm hyper sensitive to that kind of crap, and I am thrilled and proud to report I don't see any of that nonsense in any of the prominent guys: Jedd Johnson, Chris Rice, Brent Barbe, Andrew Durniat, Matt Cannon, Aaron Corcorran, etc.  This is a small fish bowl we live in.  Be good people.  It takes not only one "bad person", but one good person acting badly once to breed a lot of resentment and negativity.  I'm proud of the vast majority of people involved with this sport.  You want to improve things?  Simply do it.  This isn't a government or some organization bogged down in red tape.  No one is stopping you.  Compete.  Throw a contest (my depressing example above, while not fictitious, is a compilation of annoying events over many years, by the way).  Create something cool.  Load the bar at a contest.  Don't pee on the toilet seat. 


I could go on, but I'm tired and have to go to bed.  Maybe someone else who can relate to some of this can pick up the torch, or even correct me.

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#593881 Gripsters Its Time To Be Real

Posted by Josh O'Dell on 24 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

You no me on this board as a bender and gripster, but there are alot of things
I those to keep to myself.. I have recently been diagnosed with ptsd and bad
depression/Anxiety. I finally maned up and started taking meds for it. I hope it helps
the reason i am telling you this is becuase you the gripboard and my 15 years
of lifting has really been my therapy, It helps me relax and have a sense of self
Worth, for anyone who deals or has dealt with this i salute you for being strong
Its the hardest thing i have come up against and im ready to fight back! Im not
Looking for your attention i am not asking for help i simply want to thank you all
for being the best dam group of people ever! And if any of you suffer like me pm
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#629472 The First Blob , The Man Responsible Returns!

Posted by 1stCoC on 26 March 2015 - 01:09 PM

Today a tall, athletic ,older gentleman showed up at our facility and although working with the power company was drawn to our new door. He asked for me and walked in my office. After a smile in a slow smooth southern drawl said" you remember me" I said " you do look familiar"" but the voice instantly reminded me of bygone days. Mr. Bill was in his young years a tenacious committee head of The Columbia YMCA and fought tooth and claw to improve the many small rooms and halls dedicated to the weight room. He knew I was a "black Iron "lifter in the first Y room and he trusted my work. In his first major buy after I entered the business in 1980 was to renovate the bench and dumbbell section. The bells were all round head sphere ,and first generation York aspirin head "Fatman "Dumbbells. Everyone liked the bells but each was cursed in one way or another. Broken, loose heads, stolen single( in gym bags) and most every thin 1 1/10" handle bent into a rainbow shape. I came up with a method of welding plate loading bells into a solid unit by including an integral compression ring that made the bells resilient to breakage and handles a bit thicker to resist bending. The deal was struck and I schlepped the new bells up stairs ,down corridors and literally over benches to get to their new resting place. As I was happily ready to retreat with my check I was stopped by a Bill and the Y Director " Jeep" and they said "aren't you going to take the other trashed bells away"? I thought they were cool but mostly junked and destroyed but, I agreed. Hand carrying those twisted bells and clumsy broken ends just wore me out. I brought them home and instead of scrapping or throwing them away they just sat collecting dust. One day in a "massive "cleanup effort in my shop garage I removed all the broken pieces and as I went to snatch up the last ones the broken pair of 100s I was stopped cold by lifting the 50 pound chunk one handed. Mad , I tried harder with no luck. Being interested and having some talent in grip I rethought the situation that if tried hard enough perhaps some man or I could lift it. I saved the 4 broken 50lb.ends . Sent one to Dr.Strossen, one to Dr.Ken Leistner, lost one in the river as a boat anchor, and kept one and finally lifted it. A lot of history followed. The first "brother " other end of the bell resided at Leistners gym for many years and a great friend Sreve Weiner returned it to me, and Dr. Strossen's was lost in transit to an expo for Wade Gillingham.
Mr. Bill Yarbourough responsible for my first Blob smiled deeply when he asked 30 years later" remember that first job we did with you".? I deeply thanked him and said his gift of sorts has become a world wide standard of grip interest.
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#558814 Coc 3.5 Close

Posted by mudhutmasher on 03 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

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#627143 We Just Passed 14 Years Here!

Posted by Wannagrip on 25 February 2015 - 04:42 AM

This week (two days ago) we passed the 14 year mark here!  


I would like to thank all the Sponsors and of course you the members for all your support to make it possible.  


And, a special thanks goes to the great moderating team here who do much more than just moderate (MashMonster, Feats, ideas for growth, and more).







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#557868 Today Is The Last Day :)

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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#630508 Child Size Grippers

Posted by acorn on 13 April 2015 - 11:34 AM

I've been working on these for a bit and wanted to share. One I did for Jedd's daughter for her 5th Birthday, working 2/3rds scale with custom wound spring, knurled aluminum handles, etc. Shown with IM #1.5 for scale.


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Also did an 80% scale one for Martin's older kids. Here it is in the middle with a #3 on left and 2/3rd scale prototype I did for my almost 5yr old daughter on the right.


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#628171 Kody - 2 Hand Pinch Pr's

Posted by kodyburns on 07 March 2015 - 01:32 AM

Only missed 280 lbs by a couple inches. Next time hopefully.



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#627288 New Job At Rogue Fitness!

Posted by Josh O'Dell on 26 February 2015 - 12:50 PM

Hey guy's thing's are lookin up for me. I got a job at rogue and it is making me wanna get back into lifting and grip$!I made alot of mistakes when my fiance left, but now i am coming back! I stopped smoking which is very tough. I moved from my hometown and got a fresh start here!!good to see the GB
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#624557 Inch Dumbbell Lift: Body Weight Less Than The Dumbbell!

Posted by odin on 24 January 2015 - 06:20 PM

Inch Dumbbell made by Jason Adamski. Could have done a little better lockout and hold as well as better video work, although it was a good training lift. Inch is still hit and miss, but slowly improving.





Right after the lift, skip to about  the 2:15 mark if you don't want to waste two minutes of your life with me fumbling around with the scale out of view, I messed up but didn't edit it out.

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#621465 Imp's 101

Posted by mudhutmasher on 23 December 2014 - 08:53 AM

in this vid i go over prepping, chalking, and how to properly wrap imps.

i also go into slight detail as to why chalking the hands the way i do for a bend is helpful.

the vid ended up being slightly longer than i had expected, but please watch it in its entirety if you are new to bending and plan to bend in imps.


(audio is weak, but you can hear everything i say with the volume turned up)



imps are simple/reserved wraps in regards to bending, but can also be a bear to master. i hope this helps.

if i left anything out, or did not comment clearly, comment below and i can try to explain in further detail or put another video along side this one.






EJ can you please pin this where its easy to find?..

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#617975 Lightup Gripper Prototype

Posted by acorn on 25 November 2014 - 02:33 PM

So I've been working on this project off and on for 5+ years. So long I cannot even remember the exact start date. I decided last month to do a push to at least get the prototype to a usable test condition for some personal closure at the very least whether or not I continued on with the project. Anyway got I got the first real working complete prototype to a usable state over the weekend. I shot a quick video here at work to show what it looks like and it working. A bit challenging to do holding the phone in one hand filming while trying to close #3ish level gripper in the other so please don't be too hard on the video production quality. The indicator light comes on when the handles touch and stays on for a bit as the handles are opening. This is on purpose to ensure a judge in competition catches a close that may have been very brief. I likely will continue the project as I like how it came out. Still some new tooling to make to speed up creation as well as want to add and test some minor changes to the firmware for the next revision. Let me know what you think.


- Aaron



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#613667 Inch Dumbbell Full Lift!

Posted by mudhutmasher on 04 October 2014 - 11:57 PM






oh and dismiss the hand measurement if you dont think it matters. not trying to troll with that.. i remember reading somewhere that an inch db lift is not possible for sub 8" hands. (dont ask me to cite where because i cant remember) ...but i just proved that it is.



now on to the left hand... :shutup:

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#601133 Im Gold Nail, Doubles.......dead

Posted by EJ Livesey on 09 May 2014 - 06:59 AM

I was feeling strong today and decided to get some revenge.  I tried a gold a few days ago and it shut me down around 40degrees.  So after this I may be changing all my bending goals.  




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#598914 Full Thomas Inch Dumbbell Lift In The Rain 4/19/14

Posted by odin on 20 April 2014 - 07:16 PM


Finally lifted the ~172 lb. Thomas Inch Dumbbell in a steady rain. My Moby Dick finally is dead; had to lift both the dumbbell and the mental block created by literally over 1000 failed attempts. Weighed in at less than 174 lbs. that morning. Many people I need to thank, but for now will start w/ Roger Steffens, who very kindly gave me the Inch. my friends and training partners James Retarides, Jason Otto and Robert Miller who were integral to my improvement and my wife (Maricel) for putting up with and even encouraging my obsession. Counting from my very first attempt it was 2387 days from the start date to the end date, end date included or 6 years, 6 months, 13 days including the end date. Much more later.

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#632439 Silver Bullet World Record

Posted by John McCarter on 03 May 2015 - 02:35 PM

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#632363 600Lb Deadlift

Posted by Tom Scibelli on 02 May 2015 - 06:51 PM

First time hitting this, big physiological barrier removed.


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#630767 Tell Me About Your Creative Side

Posted by Jared Goguen on 15 April 2015 - 09:40 PM

I'm a collector of hobbies. Some of which are basket making, woodworking, knife making, blacksmithing, building AR15's, lots of kydex work, and collecting and restoring old machines, and tools.


Here's a few photos of some of the stuff that I have made.


I like making cutting boards. I also dry, store and mill a lot of my own wood with the chainsaw mill or my bandsaw.


This one is cherry, black walnut, maple, hard maple, wedge and purple heart.



Before the oil



and after.



Here is a 1084 knife I made and the handle is G10, dovetailed.



Current project is a downhill drift trike that is mid build.



I also like making little things.



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#616437 Vano #4 Close

Posted by Cannon on 08 November 2014 - 07:07 PM

Doesn't seem like there is a thread about this yet!?

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#611192 Failed Ironmind Coc#3 Certification

Posted by Geralt on 06 September 2014 - 05:25 AM

Hey guys. 


I just wanted to share my experience with you regarding my certification attempt on the #3 today on my birthday. 

Unfortunately I have failed. This write up will also help me get rid a little bit of the nagging feeling I am experiencing right now and try to put things in perspective. I have been chasing this goal for a while now. 


First of all, I want to thank Nathaniel Brous for giving me the mental push to step up. I have the tendency to make things too much mental. Nathan is not doing well physically at this point. I won't go into detail about it but he is going through difficult times now. Positive thoughts from his gripfriends will be good. Nate is you read this, you're GOLD. 


After Nathaniel's first cert. attempt he and I made the deal that we should prepare for certification within 8 weeks timespan. At that time I was closing my BBE from parallel and doing reps with #3's and I had the Ghp7 cert in my pocket. Some dedicated training without any other stuff around it should do it. It needed a kick in the butt. By the end of those 8 weeks I just wasn't stable/consistent enough in my strength. Nathan stepped up and certed and I just couldn't honestly step up. So I gave myself another timespan to make it happen and finally made the appointment for certification with Ironmind for today, as it happens my 37th birthday. I have been on and off since 2009 with grippers and started working more with a plan for this goal in 2010. From there I went off and on and gradually got consistent in closing the #3.  


My strength however didn't skyrocket that much so with the same capabilities I mentioned above I went into the certification. The foundation was good, it just needed to come out today. 


Ironmind hooked me up with Bas Hein, co-owner of Body & Beats, a sportscentre in the Venlo area in Limburg, here in Holland. Bas and I spoke back and forth and he was very glad to facilitate the certification. Bas and his girlfriend/wife were very friendly and supportive throughout our meeting. I want to thank them very much for acting as my referee. The last grippertraining I did was in my vacation in the end of August and after that I did some open hand strenght work (very short) one and a half week ago. From there on I rested up.  


At 11.00 AM the appointment was made. My wife drove me to the location so that I could do some mental focus and start warming up with grippers. Yesterday I had contact with Bob van Genugten, also from the GB here. He was also so kind to come over and give me a cheer and also made some photos. Thank you Bob! Bob is also a strong guy on grippers, let it be said. 


I warmed up while driving up to Venlo (one hour and a half driving from my place). I used my Vulcan with gold spring. 

Setting 1-1 x 8, 2-2 x 5, 3-3 x 3. All CCS. We arrived at the location and were welcomed by Bas's girlfriend who still was giving a training at that moment. We waited upstairs and I started warming up for the last bit. Vulcan level 12 (4-4) x 1 CCS. I did 4 x 25 bodyweight squats in between and got the CNS a bit going. I took my IM#2.5 (filed) as last warm up gripper. I destroyed it CCS. The handles clicked loudly and that was the last thing I did. 


At that point everyone was at the scene and after a short and friendly introduction and handshaking, Bas took us to a garage like area behind the sportscentre with lots of space to walk around. His girlfriend filmed the introduction and the taking of the gripper out of the package. 


I amped up and went for the first attempt. The set was good but I just missed it by a fair bit in my opinion, although Bas said I was very close. I honestly can't tell since I was too concentrated. This was a mental hurdle coming up but also a bit of a rage in my head. I had to make the next one count. Bas gave me all the time I wanted. After a few minutes I did the second attempt. Needless to say, I gave it everything I had and almost blacked out. Everyone was shouting and according to Bas I missed it by a millimeter! Bob said he got goosebumps by that time. It shows how the intensity was.This is so frustrating. The third attempt was also a miss. I gave so much in the second close that my hands quickly started depleting in strength. I called it quits....I had failed my certification. 


I tried to feel how the gripper felt and did a parallel set, just for feel but my hands were so tired that I couldn't close it. A few minutes later I closed it however. But strength was gone. I handed the gripper over to Bob and he closed it MMS. 

He then tried to CCS is and also came close. This shows we're both quite up in the same league. 


We talked a bit back and forth and Bas called it a very good certification attempt. I was glad he said that but I didn't feel that way of course. Needless to say, I am very disappointed in myself. My wife was also very supportive and I am very glad she accompanied me. She also made a video but when I looked back I got to emotional with the effort I put in that I don't want to see it for some time. I know I need to put things in perspective but I just need to give this a place as a learning moment. 


How I see the future? I will start training next week again. I am letting the certification go but, I will do it somewhere in the future. I just need to get stronger. Simple as that. I have some small nags that I need to train around and I want to train more smart, focused etc. I have made new plans. Even letting grippers go for while. I will keep pushing, pushing and pushing till I can do the cert as a formality. 


I want to keep on training and really enjoy this beautiful sport. There are so much guys I want to thank for getting me up to this point with information, advice and cheering. Nathaniel, Cesare (thank you for lending me your grippers buddy), Ivan, John, and many more. I respect the board members very much and hope I can enjoy the comradery for many years to come. 


Thank you. 



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