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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
Me anytime. GRIP ON BROTHERS!
And SISTERS;)
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#558814 Coc 3.5 Close

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


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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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#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.  

 

 

Enjoy!


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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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#602645 Coc #4 Mms Closes (older Models)

Posted by Chez on 24 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

This past week I was in Phoenix, AZ on business and I reached out to Aaron Corcorran to meet up for a short training session. I got a chance to try his COC #4 (194lb RGC) and John Eaton's COC #4 (199lb RGC). I closed Aaron's twice and John's once. My first time ever closing a COC #4. Here are the videos:

 

My second close of Aaron's #4 = 

 

John Eaton's #4 = 

 

 

I never stopped believing that I could accomplish this: http://www.gripboard...ose coc&page=3  = Post #44

 

I trained really hard to get to this level but the job isn't done yet. I still have a long way to go  

"And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep"

 

MM6 is going down soon!

 

Big Thanks to Aaron for having me over. 


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#595916 Why I'm Not Fond Of Grippers Anymore

Posted by Cannon on 18 March 2014 - 05:02 PM

I love grippers so much. Closing them is very satisfying to me. Therapeutic practically. I like to hold them and not even close them. Here is a haiku about grippers:

A worthy challenge
Rock the awesome crush power
This spring finally falls

(Haikus traditionally reference the seasons, see what I did there ;) )
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#594501 Mike Burke 2014 Mighty Mitts

Posted by ADurniat on 03 March 2014 - 07:03 AM

It was again a great show and the field of competitors was tremendous.  Mike Burke was clearly dominate from start to finish.

 

The Max frame started at 380 and went in 20#  jumps.  I chose to come in at 420#(which was my top lift last year) and made an easy lift, was successful again at 440#, but failed to lockout 460# (right hand was/is my weakpoint).  460 would have been nice and a tie for 2nd with Mark Felix but not this time.  Alexey, Dave and Tony all passed on 440 and then failed on 460 as well, we can only speculate as to what might have been had they tried 440.

 

The Medley was intimidating to say the least (this is the order we had to go through, after going through everything, we could then go back to missed items):

Blobs to 36" - 48#, 50#, 52.#, 54.7#

Saxon Bar 225#

173# Anvil + 20# chain

York 46# hub to 30"

202# Circus DB

Broken Deadlift 50#

Inch DB to 24"

100# anvil pinch from top

155# mandel cone from 3.5" diameter level

Saturn Globe Farmers walk 50#

Pop's Gripper @ 90# + purple and double red bands (you could not brace the machine with your feet preventing any deadlifting of handles)

 

I missed the 54.7# Blob and 100# anvil pinch.  This put me behind Burke who lifted everything and ahead of Felix (I believe he missed the hub, Circus DB and 100# anvil pinch), Chad was 4th with 10 items.

 

The overall standings that I know are:

1) Mike Burke

2) Andrew Durniat

3) Mark Felix

4) Chad Woodall

 

As for the Mark Henry Bell - it stayed safely in the box.

 

Myself, Burke, Shaw, Felix, Alexevy, Tony and David all gave it a serious go Saturday afternoon.  I was the only one to hop the back end of it, but never was in danger of lifting it clean out of the box.  This will take some serious specific training to combat the torque this thing generates.

 

A great showing for grip and the Sorinex booth was flooded with onlookers and attempties at the implements.  Grip knowledge was again spread wide.  Thank you to Richard Sorin, Terry and Jan Todd and the Sorinex crew for giving us this opportunity.


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#587997 533 Lbs Axle Deadlift

Posted by ChrisJames on 11 December 2013 - 04:59 PM

Managed this today http://m.youtube.com...h?v=pllZ68Ri91U
Thanks for watching x
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#544805 Mm Grippers Being Sold Again

Posted by Cannon on 10 July 2012 - 08:46 AM

That was me. I'd also be surprised if there was a 2nd order.

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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#607292 Inch Db Lift

Posted by mudhutmasher on 17 July 2014 - 10:27 PM

 

to date, this is my best lift. im stoked! i will be posting this here, and also submitting this as a full lift (if it makes it, it will be by a hair. i know.) so since it will prolly be two threads, please, by all means, both positive and negative feedback are welcome right here on this thread. you guys know me.. my pussy wont be hurt if you say what you really think. really. so let it rip.

if it doesnt pass, oh well im only getting stronger. so more dominant lifts will come.

 

and did i mention that i was stoked? psh. word!


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#574025 North American Grip Sport Championship 2013

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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#554538 89.6lb Lift On The New Ironmind Hub

Posted by earl on 09 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

Zach,

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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#553241 A Few Words Of Praise

Posted by gm1swm on 24 October 2012 - 05:49 PM

Just received like the 16th gripper rated from Matt...a GHP lvl 9.

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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#607578 Iron Grip Calibrated Steel Bars Bending Certs

Posted by Ivan Beritashvili on 21 July 2014 - 01:18 PM

Greetings to all steel benders!!

With support of International Grip Collective, with huge help of our friend EJ Livesey and with approval of GripBoard governing administration 

Russian "Iron Grip" community is honored and proud to introduce you
 CALIBRATED STEEL BARS BENDING CERTS !! 

The link to our site (we have translated it into English for our Western friends): 
http://irongripworld.ru/index.php/en/
The link to our YouTube channel: Iron Grip Certs

Months of steel searching and selection, tons of calibrated bars allowed us to build a very smooth ladder of almost 
30 (THIRTY !!!) steps from novice to elite.

All bars are calibrated at 7", take a look please:

 

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For comparison with IronMind bars:
Yellow nail - 75 kg
Red nail - 150 kg
Gold nail at 7" - 265 kg
 
You may choose of four different ratings, where you can test your might:

1) Freestyle rating - the test of the PRESSURE. Any wraps, any unbraced style.
5 minutes from straight to 2 inches between ends.

2) Pads touching rating - the test of WRIST STRENGTH. IronMind Pads or DHWOG suedes, touching in the middle, any unbraced stye is allowed as long as pads touch each other in the middle. Only 7'' stock is allowed for this rating.
3 minutes from straight to 2 inches between ends.

3) Barehand rating - the test of BALLS. Only chalk pads are allowed. 5 minutes from straight to 2 inches between ends.

4) Thriathlon rating - the test of BENDING VERSATILITY. Three main styles (DO, DU and Reverse) in IronMind pads without bands. Your place in this rating depends on the SUM OF CALIBRATION NUMBERS of bars bent in three different styles.

For more details please go to rules page and click on the rating which has interested you.

To have look on our calibrated bars please go to catalogue. Please keep in mind that we are still searching the steel to close gaps more than 10 kilos, so the list of bars will be updating each 3-4 weeks.

GOOD LUCK GENTLEMEN!! ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!!

 

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#600507 Let's See How This Bending Thing Plays Out.

Posted by EJ Livesey on 04 May 2014 - 11:44 AM

I was informed I should start a bending log. So here it is. I've never been one to really keep track of my bending. I have specific routines and training formulas I stick to, but how many pieces or how many hours dedicated was never important to me. I bent until I hurt.

I will try to be as specific as possible, post pics and different things I find while bending. I will take things slower this time around. I figure I have a decent base after taking about a year off. I will also post the big lifts for me in here. I'm lifting specifically for bending. So it will be a lot of bench, neck, back and shoulders.

Thanks for reading.
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#600009 First-ever 2.5 Close!

Posted by Buccos1 on 29 April 2014 - 04:48 PM

I've been messing around with grippers for years ... never really being that good at them.  But, I've been spending some more time with it lately, trying some different things, and have noticed progress.  For the last year, I've been a few mm off from a 2.5 (MMS), until last week, where I just missed it.  Today, I did an unplanned attempt and FINALLY got it.  Heard the "click" and was even able to keep it closed for a few seconds.  I have almost no experience filming gripper closes, so the camera work wasn't that great.  But it feels great to finally cross this one off the list!

 


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#599405 A Few Tips And Tricks I'd Like To Share.

Posted by EJ Livesey on 25 April 2014 - 12:04 AM

I've had to learn a lot of stuff the hard way. Finding my niche with bending was one of them. From these items and the loosely followed train routine I made decent gains.

So let's start with the items:
1: tuf foot- used to toughen k-9 foot pads. However it works the same on humans and will not cause a rash or allergic reaction. It will allow you to form callouses faster and thicker.

2: skin glue or nue-skin: it's a weaker version of super glue and has the same antibiotic properties. We will all get skin tears and splits eventually.

3: vitamin K: it will help get clean blood in and dirty blood out, heal bruises faster. It is not a heavy metal and is soluble in water. So taking a little too much won't make you sick.

4: some kind of oil: flaxseed, olive oil etc. this will help your skin keep it's elasticity and may lessen skin/ knuckle splits. I take a teaspoon of olive oil a day.

5: steel, wraps and chalk: goes without saying.

6: yellow tiger balm: stuff is amazing. Really helps beat and worn muscles

Routines.....
Some benders can just do it. Plain and simple. Others have to focus, like me.

1: have separate bending days: bending is like lifting. Most guys train separate muscle groups while lifting. So one day do kinks and sweeps, put steel down. Next day do crush work. You give your CNS, muscle groups and mind a break. For me I lift 3 days a week. The other 3 I practice bending or do isos with steel bend to different degrees. I have 35lbs of steel that needs to be crushed and over 50lbs of steel that needs to be kinked and swept.

2: volume: this isn't for everyone. When I was able to bend shinies, that's all I bent. Maybe 5-10 every other day. When I was able to bend edgins that's what I bent. The key to this is muscle memory, endurance, hand toughness and mental toughness. These things will help you push yourself to a new PR and let you fight until you're there.

3: expectations: keep them realistic and set little goals. This way you are constantly progressing and keeping the mental edge. The mental edge is the most important aspect of bending. Remember every bender had been where you are; The frustration, the pain, the need and desire for that next bend.

4: listen: listen to your body. It tells you to stop, stop. There is a huge difference between nagging constant pain and pain from bending and the pressure it causes. Do not do what I did. Don't push through the pain and don't bend in a cast or with fractures.

I'm sure I'll have more later. But it's late and I'm at work. If this helps one person it was worth me writing this.
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#598977 Project Mm6

Posted by acorn on 21 April 2014 - 10:57 AM

It's been 5 years since I closed the MM5 and over a year since I closed a 194# #4 in last years AZ comp. It has been long enough. My strength levels are way down from where they need to be to get this done but I will log my workouts as I work back up to that level and test new training tools and my current training ideologies. 

 

Most recent level test to see where I am at was yesterday and was a 169# #3.5 close that was about at the limit. 

 

- Aaron


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