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Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:35 PM

That would be something else......

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 06:40 AM

I guess the big man Rich will stroll by after lunch today to "crunch"You never know what will happen. I won't be close by if he tries to burst a filled Saporro "for fun. "Baby D is on her way back from New York to give it a try as well.
Lifting last night went very well bench press for 8 sets of 5 with last 5 sets at 250-255 for me was the best I had done in probably 2 years. Squats 8 sets of three following . The gals and guys did well with some smooth rep set deadlifts.
Big time Thompson protocol stretching and neck traction as well.
I warmed up and motored through nutcracker type grippers both right and left handed for my original plan of a one set rep warmup and then 7 singles at a hard gripper . Results were very good with most top attempts going below 1/4".

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:18 AM

Rich Williams the winner of several of the Mighty Mitts contest at the Arnold's Sports festival came by to try the Sopporo can crush. He was relaxed, no warmup ,and a day after heavy training ,but willing. One monster crush and eyes fire red afterward ,the can resisted mightily. So far no opposing sides have touched on a can but it was given a great ride by both Chad Woodall and Rich.
We talked" training" the way the hands interact, and how they should be trained. He attributed much of his power from the thick handled accessory bars he has always used in his training.
His recent 405x10 in the incline with 440x7 and 500 x3 certainly show as evidenced by his relaxed shoulder width measured front and back at 28" with a steel tape. Pictures were taken as well. A fun , informative, afternoon.

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:28 PM

Burke or Shaw are your men.

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 07:40 AM

They are powerful men. Truly would be interested to see them step up and give it a try. Brian has huge potential but stays so busy competing I never have seen him personally in his "top grip" form. Mr. Burk is gifted with some real meathooks. It is interesting to speculate though. Great ones both.

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 07:03 AM

Well,back from three days of heat, skeeters, snakes, a ,courting bull gator and spotted 69 deer. I am amazed how important good optics are in being able to see nearly invisible wildlife. Mother Nature has taught and camouflaged them well. I was much more careful after son Bert ran into the big rattler last hunt so even around camp kept the snake boots on. A long rain Monday morn dampened my spirits but not my vision. Driven out by the cool air and rising water table a good sized copperhead was lying right in my path. Masters of blending ,I stepped right on him. He was either hurt from my step,stunned at how ugly I am,or cold enough to be moving slow. My custom designed shooting stick was then employed to bust his brain case. Lucky on that one. Saw a gator roaring and posturing in a swamp below my stand and even with deer standing around drinking and herons sanding as silent sentinels the gator still grabbed and promptly ate two herons. Well, adventure for now in the wilds is so it is over back to work.
In my travels my phone is in dead areas so I had to catch up on the sterling second attempt Big Rich tried 11pm the other night . He was well warmed up after workout and took the second Sapporo can he had and on a beautifully done clear video no set ,one handed arm away from body in one mighty squeeze ! Crushed a Saporro can nearly flat. Amazing to see sides touching! That might be the men's winner unless another stouthearted grip monster gives it a go. Amazing power in the video!

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 06:52 AM

Thirteen years ago on this morning I climbed through the row of bushes bordering the interstate frontage road our building is on an a guy I called Chunk helped me secure an American flag to the chain link fence that faces the interstate where thousands of scared, shocked ,and angered Americans passed that morning. We just went out at 8:46 and did it again this morn. For a few moths after 911 everyone was about America our , loss our gifts our freedom , but as an old sirt just fades and is put aside . We learn from history and should not forget that those who want to destroy our life do lurk close and If we have learned nothing by the loss and sacrifice of those innocent men women and children victimized by a dark force ,we will again become willing lambs to slaughter. Tell the ones too young to fully remember YOUR feelings of that day. Don't hate but, don't allow this to happen again........ever.
See you at the gym tonight!

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:04 AM

Training went well last night. Benches again up 3 sets of 6 paused at 250. One arm dumbbell rows 3 sets of 15 each arm with 100 and a finisher of 30 reps with the Hundo. On the next task 8 sets of three in the squat up to a top work set of 350. Increased volume and resistance in Thompson protocol stretching is really working. No more nagging daily hip and back pain. I went to the recovery rig section of the gym and set up a new way to traction the neck in a progressive manner with the positive results being almost instant. As I said before" the one that wins is the man that recovers first"
Good to see the young bucks still training hard with Johnny benching 235x6 and Hundo slapping up 315 x8 ..... 300 and 400 singles just around the corner for them. Even Ms Sonya with her new "do" came in with her game face and benched 100 x6 so a 135 single is in the nearby stars for her as well. Clark took a quick leave after arm curls and as he tiptoed out I asked what was the problem with " no squats"? He mumbled something about his new girlfriend......what ,is SHE going to do them for him? Man up!lol

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 10:07 AM

Richard, I was wondering where I could find more info on the Thompson stretching protocol and shoulder rehab stuff? Been having a heck of a time with mine.

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 11:15 AM

Donnie Thompson posted the highest super heavyweight power total of all time 3000. What every person saw him do at the meet was just the tip of the iceberg. His diet,rest, warmup , stretching pre and post, rehab, gear use and selection is a mystery to almost all. It does not happen by hard work , burn out sets or not taking care of yourself. It is a long range ,calculated , planned, ascent to the top. Injuries usually take lifters out before age so keeping things in a healthy condition ,ready to train is valuable. His stretching learned from the band use inventor Dick Hartsell and his background of football, lifting ,and being a professional rehab tech has put him in a good position. I asked him the other day "from what you do and the simple things you have shown me how many high level lifters know or do this protocol"? Donnie shook his head and said "almost none". Lift, sleep, eat that is about it. "That is why they don't stay around long". I have made more gains since the Thompson protocol than in the last 4 years sleep better, and lift more.
He does group seminars , has a gym that is self teaching by his methods, he has quite a bit of You Tube info up I would guess, and takes on clients on "a time spent "basis. There are a regular flow of top nfl athletes visiting him.
In a nut shell,... ALL we do compresses and tightens the body, to re align, gain mobility , "open up those weak secret places"and have a passive self aligning de-load is the key. The hips , hamstring neck and shoulders being the top areas for problems. To relax the muscles and have properly placed body stretched by bands while opening and shifting the joints is the key. In this case it would take years to learn it all but at any cost to learn half a dozen moves will erase pain and add years to your active life and pounds to your lifts.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 06:20 AM

Going to take a quick half day and move towards the hunt area. Top moon phase and doe deer season open. My Son's cousin Jordan aka Capt Ahab brought in several monster gators topping it off with a bow only kill of a 12'6 ,798 lb monster . I guess I might should have used my tag. That will be pretty high ranked in Safari Club International record books,. My last gator an 11'1 was harpooned hand thrown style and then I hooked the 3000lb test bull line strap to a rolling thunder. I wanted to see "who would prevail " in the tug of war. Eventually I pulled him in . Perhaps the only gator ever landed in such a way. The part of the equation I neglected that pulling in a very large live gator could be interesting if he decided to fight ,bite ,or not escape by jumping into the low sided boat to join us.
I will change training day to Wednesday and Friday this week. I will take my stretch bands with me and have a mobile Sorinex, rack ,bench ,rig at the hunt camp to keep moving along.
Excited to attend the AOBS strongman dinner on Oct 11, in Newark NJ.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 07:36 AM

End of Saporro can crush is Sept 22, 2014 for sent in signed and dated entries. So far Adrian Wilson leads for Women and Rich "Car Crusher "Williams is ahead for men. In hopes to see something from Burke, Kinney, Wade,or Jedd, Glass or Durniat.

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Posted Today, 07:09 AM

Time in the woods in fresh air working cutting , dragging trees, climbing, carrying feed sacks all tend to test the real strength you think you have. Hydration is so important. Attention to detail and planning is important for success. The local dyed in the wool hunters are taking a second look at a "city guy born in Jersey" seeing 21 deer while not a hair was seen by the rest. Deer hunting planning teaches me how to compete against a crafty or dangerous animal on his OWN terms, combine weather and moon phase information ,with we all are internally " set" by. Same as in grip or whatever your passion is . Your effort might be good but enhance every available training moment with the best simple equipment you can secure. If you don' t have all the funds take your time and save to get the basics covered in a quality ,one at a time plan.
Training today and stretching to keep my edge. Tomorrow as well devoted to back arms and grip.