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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:21 AM

Another shot on Friday and the thumb seemed to turn the corner. Most of the redness is gone and pain minimal. I flushed with extra water ,rest, and higher nutrition protein intake all this weekend while keeping my mind tranquil as well speeds healing. Skin has turned from red to grey,to a white aged leather look.
It is Monday and have to get back on it with at least two arm workouts this week to keep that pesky Jedd the Pinchman in his place for the run and gun..... first to 20 " arm.
I will try grippers again along with Pops gripper choke pinches to try to have Thumb kick back in. I did wonder for years why many that were "good at grippers "were poor at other grip tasks. I think being forced not to use my thumb and still be able to close grippers proved to me our grip is the sum of the four fingers opposing the thumb,with the weakest side being the kink in the armor.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:55 AM

Training went vert well last night. Johnny ruthless has some gastric attack staggered outside the plant and was found face down in grass. They fixed him up at ER and as tough as he is should be fine and lifting today or Thursday.
I took my workout at a slower pace higher weight ,less exercises. Bench first for singles felt wonderful up to a strong paused raw 310 backed off for some down sets at about 80% and did fives with 265. On to old time curls on camber bar. 6 sets of 6 with 150 with the Old York deep dish iron. On to concentration machine curls. 5 sets of 20 with 75 . Arms weren't tired or pumped . In ongoing contest with Jedi Pinch they were down to 19.25.
The next task was nutcracker grippers using no thumb. Very easy through 2.5 ,almost refreshing. 2 stout try's on 3 drove the handles down well to 1/8 and 1/2"

My taped thumb after 136 reps in the curl were getting sore ,so I stopped. Later on as I pulled the tape off a leather like cylinder of skin like the tip of an old glove just hung off my thumb. Not sure what to do I soaked it a bit and it finally fell off leaving an almost new looking surface.
Well ,back to lifting and looking forward to the opening of hunting season. ( more looking than shooting).

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:04 AM

Old school ,good day at gym . Everyone was in good mood, mixed crowd, my son ,even grandson Lil' Ezra. Ezra went to the inter active museum grip area like a magnet drew him and went down the rows of Blobs until he found the one 7lb. One proudly pinched it two handed and carried it over to G-pops. He stacked carried and re stacked some English scale block weights of 7 pounds one in each hand. He saw me closing grippers so he went over and picked up a spring collar and started squeezing it. Every dumbbell up to 10 lbs was lifted and plate pinch and toss( ow) with the 10s was fun for him not so much when they hit my toes and ankle on a regular basis. He has the look the energy and that "gathering scowl" that will one day carry him on to great feats of strength.
Going to do an extra day of arm work this week to get farther ahead of poor Jedi in the arms race. Deadlifting and triplex pulls were super last night with 265 in wide grip pulls and a last set of deadlifts raw with no straps at 440x5. Thumb peeled but held.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

Old school ,good day at gym . Everyone was in good mood, mixed crowd, my son ,even grandson Lil' Ezra. Ezra went to the inter active museum grip area like a magnet drew him and went down the rows of Blobs until he found the one 7lb. One proudly pinched it two handed and carried it over to G-pops. He stacked carried and re stacked some English scale block weights of 7 pounds one in each hand. He saw me closing grippers so he went over and picked up a spring collar and started squeezing it. Every dumbbell up to 10 lbs was lifted and plate pinch and toss( ow) with the 10s was fun for him not so much when they hit my toes and ankle on a regular basis. He has the look the energy and that "gathering scowl" that will one day carry him on to great feats of strength.
Going to do an extra day of arm work this week to get farther ahead of poor Jedi in the arms race. Deadlifting and triplex pulls were super last night with 265 in wide grip pulls and a last set of deadlifts raw with no straps at 440x5. Thumb peeled but held.

Nice to have fun with family. 440 deadlift raw for reps is solid!  keep going



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 07:41 AM

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Any of the extended Grip board family is always welcome to vi sit and feel the the steel for yourself. We do have fun here. Contacted by a WSM and circus strongman last night to perhaps live in this area and train. Strength is always welcome here.
I slogged down the road to opening day weekend on deer lease. Snakes abound as well as heat. Deer were cooperative with a group of 7 seeing over 120. I did see a real monster but let him pass to harden his horns and went with club rules to secure a management buck that was too heavy for me to initially load( getting old).
Fun was had by all and Jedd might be disturbed to know that from the nearby town festival the reigning queen placed her crown around my bicep. All in good fun ,was goaded into squeezing an adult beverage can when the tab broke off. Like being young again. Should have used a can opener.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:46 AM

Full house last night added another gal to the crew. Everyone lifted well ,Ms .Sonya is knocking out the rep squat sets at 145 and Adrianne and Baby D mauled the 35 lb. blobs, paired plate pinch and two handed pinched 100 lb anvil. D did dozens of sets of Circus bell push press with 80 and 100. The guys are getting strong in the bench so after their top weight they did an assisted rep. With 300 for Johnny and 400 for Hundo. A little help and both lifts slid up.
My bench was good for sets of triples. No heavy assist tried.
Grippers went well TNS up to a 2.5 and held shut on last set for 10 seconds. All but closed the house 3 with my normal rolling wide set.
Tried a new thing last night trying to crush an empty Saparo Beer can. Tough metal. Good test to be able to one hand no assist to touch sides together.

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Posted Today, 06:12 AM

I have finally found a "calibrated " grip test ! My crew many of which now grip and train decided to have me "try" what they thought was a worthy grip test. "I don't drink beer but when I crush,it is a Sapporo! This premium beer is imported and comes in a can of mechanical perfection. So strong you could, I think stand on it and still not fully crush it sides together. I did my best on a non assisted, one hand grip ,no set try. I will post to Wannagrip. I plan on if any are "game" to make our in house gym / interactive grip display wall with " non cooked" legit cans done by "monsters of grip". All you have to to is empty can., on YOUR honor crush it one handed, no set , first try, rinse it out , sign it in magic marker and send with name and address to Sorinex c/o Richard 4068 Fernandina Rd Suite E. Columbia SC. 29212. The most impressive crushed can recieved and signed will receive a 100.00 prize. The cans are to be judged for the next 30 days. And afterward, displayed in our grip museum.Good luck!