Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting?
I was thin when I graduated from high school, but met 2 guys who were into weight lifting when I went away to college. They took me to the gym and I fell in love with the training. I started reading everything I could about weight training. Weight lifting is now a huge part of my life.
How did you get into grip training?
I was watching the “World’s Strongest Man” competition one year and they mentioned that Magnus Samuelsson is one of only 5 people who have certified on the captains of crush #4 gripper. I researched the grippers on the internet and ordered the #1 and #2 grippers. I closed both of these grippers on my first try and was amazed when other strong guys I knew couldn’t. I ordered the #2.5 and #3 right away. I was able to close the #2.5 on first try but the #3 stopped me in my tracks. I was hooked at this point and made it my goal to certify on the #3 gripper.
You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Experiment and learn what training routine works best for you. Make sure not to make the common mistake of overtraining. Always set small goals along the way to keep yourself motivated.
What does your current grip routine look like?
It changes constantly. I keep a regular workout log on the gripboard if anyone is interested in following my progress.
How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
When I first started training, I didn’t even have a routine. I was overtraining and not making much progress. I was obsessed and trying to crank out countless gripper reps every day.
There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it’s affect on your training?
I experiment all the time. It keeps my training fresh and helps me bust through plateaus.
What are your favorite grip exercises?
My absolute favorite grip exercise is grippers of course! I also enjoy training the axle double overhand deadlift and the Euro two hand pinch because I want to become a stronger all around grip competitor.
Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Paul Knight, Tim Struse, Andrew Durniat, Jedd Johnson, Daniel Reinard, Brent Barbe and Aaron Corcorran are some of the guys that I admire most but there are many more.
If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
I would have followed a grip routine earlier.
What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Euro two hand pinch because training it high volume tears up the thumb webbing.
What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
Grippers: Right Hand – MM4 Certification, 185.7 lb RGC Rated MM3 Replica MMS Close. Left Hand – MM2 Certification, 149.2 lb RGC Rated COC #3 CCS Close, 171.5 lb RGC Rated Beef Builder Elite 20mm Block Contest Close.
Ironmind Axle Double Overhand: 336.54 lb Contest Lift
Euro 2 Hand Pinch: 194.25 lb Contest Lift, 200 lb Training Lift
What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Grippers: Certifying on the Captains of Crush #4. It will be amazing when someone does it with the new credit card set rule. Paul Knight and Tim Struse Certifying on the MM7.
Pinch: The Euro two hand pinch record of 270.52 lb set by Kody Burns.
Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Attack your goals and never give up.