From The Ashes......resurrecting My Grip
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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:50 AM
You guys are great ! Many thanks for the support and understanding. We are all a bit beat up from non stop work, travel, Arnolds, and fitting in a birth and a few workouts in. The time and weather change here in these parts has everyone a bit dazed but, moving foreword. My weight is back about 30 lbs from 11 months ago, I need to start stepping up cardio again and stretching as strength slowly returns to "bind me up". Although my best recent max singles( and body weight) are almost to the pound one rep max to what I did 20 years ago for 20reps, I am content and if I looked perhaps there is someone near age 64 that is doing worse than me. My recent test singles are raw 405 squat, 300 bench and 420 deadlift. Grip never seems to leave me but arthritis in hands and both wrists make every day mobility tasks tough. At the Arnold's show the highest non pro dyno reading was 83kilo out of over 1000 that tried, I gave a good number of squeezes at 74. Big Rich and another pro had around 100-104. just wanted to keep up and let you know that we are ok and staying at it!
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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:15 AM
I have been thinking since the Mighty Mitts a way to help grip along further with perhaps joining forces for the show and a grip demo to highlight national grip scene with perhaps people like Nick, Jed, Andrew,Chris,JT sponsored by Sorinex. I don't know ......just an idea to perhaps spread good things. A grip get together in a setting at the Arnolds might add to the ranks of gripperdom! I would welcome any input.
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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:31 AM
Richard - I have a lot of my plate the next few days - I'll write up some thoughts later - and a Thank You for including me into the likes of Nick, JT, Jedd, etc.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:57 AM
I do feel that the "in the trenches "grip stalwarts can combine with some help and exposure to get the unwashed masses to understand and appreciate grip more. If my plan was to get wealthy selling grip equipment or promoting giants of grip to sustain me and my business I should have rethought that in an economic way long ago. I do feel it is worthwhile endeavor to support and give the best chance to help others enjoy something in my life that has brought me some great friends ,memories and has a definite , legit place in the world of strength. We are "too small a club "to bash anyone's efforts, belittle them with trendy negative abbreviations while at the same time exploiting their patronage for profit . Grip can grow if we put it in the proper perspective. I think the similar fractioning of Powerlifting over the years has lined some pockets , built more trophies ,but has pushed the" man against man "battle aside with at the end of the year 17 different state champions in multiple federations in the 242 class instead of one. Discord and infighting gives each small group "their way" but seems to have slowed progress in our and other sport development.
I always think a single big wolf will often be hungry and fail with the large critters being relegated to chasing and eating ground squirrels while an organized pack with a defined territory can pull anything down and thrive. Our choice.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:30 AM
I like what you're doing Richard, putting this stuff on the main stage... But it's up to us, the community, to reach outside the gripboard and find more interest - it's out there. Guys want stronger hands, most just think its something you either have or you don't. If more people knew the possibilities that gripsport opens, the contests would be PACKED.
Thanks for what you do Richard
Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:56 AM
Great thoughts! In unity there is strength . The value and significance of hand strength is such an important but frequently overlooked part of sports and our culture. Grip is as with life........what you make it.
Training was as I expected all out even though the "Day of Green" was battered by gloom and cold. Our new member slipped in with a smile and was trained like one of the usual suspects of the Pack by Ms. D. We did grip work, my TNS work with both hands has come back strongly, with the 2.5 yielding and being held iso after the squeeze. My guts are feeling better after more walking ,and stretching doing deadlifts. Hit some nice, raw squats last night ending up with 430 which is the most I have tried in a while. Bench has moved up in across board, repeat high intensity sets, instead of the more normal Bell curve most trainees follow.
Posted 19 March 2014 - 07:23 AM
I walk over to first exercise area with triplex pulls ,and since they were all moving along I took some double sets to catch up. ( wrong). The weight steadily went up through the 3 grip width phases of the triplex and all felt good. I complained( but did nothing about the uneven loading of the bar) about the mis matched weights on the bar. Same weight but different sizes and brands. Five times I mentioned but no reaction from me or the pack.....just pushing on. On the last set the weight still felt off in balance but light so I thought to "gas "the group and whip out 3 pulls without pause on pull block( as I have shown them) and on rep three "BOING" my right hamstring partially tears with the sound of breaking uncooked spaghetti. Pain like being shot with buckshot or .22( have been hit by both) searing in my leg. Another week or so of pain and limping ( but not a missed workout) for not listening to my body, ensuring safety, not focusing, or sticking to the program. Some day I WILL learn. All my big injuries were not by fate and for the most part could have been eliminated by more careful thought and adhering to my past words of 40 years " take your time and do it right!"
Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:12 AM
My hamstring has a tear in it but not excessive bruising or bleeding on the skin so with the leg bound in an ace bandage I went through the squatting motions last night starting with the empty bar and finishing at 115. It is important to gently stretch that injured area and start rehab to lower scar tissue buildup. The foam roller while uncomfortable was used as well.
We have a new addition to the pack a student of mine over 35 years ago wanting to "start again". Everyone has pitched in to help and the goal of 10 singles in the squat with an empty bar took over an hour ..... But they were done. It is easy to coach the strong and gifted, but if you want to really give back help those who are ( for now) weak.
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Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:40 AM
... It is easy to coach the strong and gifted, but if you want to really give back help those who are ( for now) weak.
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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:35 AM
I was so pleased to be a small part of the success of our two stalwarts in the World championship titles in the Highland Games. Dan Mc Kim a truly wonderful athlete , father , and person is now working with us and our ever present powerhouse of grip, Highland events, Powerlifting ,and Strongwomen has capped her efforts off in winning the Worlds Championships held in Phoenix Az. She is or is right at the best in four different strength sports in the World! Our most sincere ,best wishes for a continued successful career! What's next?
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