Thanks for coming up with the "grip well" Nate. I think its a great idea.
Is there anything you do regularly that you believe many people neglect in their training?
One thing I do is position my workouts to allow myself to workout very often without over training. I do this by scheduling my regular weight lifting workouts and grip workouts like a body builder splits up his training. I train body parts and areas of grip strength that go together and sequence the workouts based on how they hit the body. For example Day 1 Chest and triceps (push muscle groups), Day 2 is Back and Biceps (The pull muscle groups), Day 3 is shoulders (another push area), Day 4 is Legs (Haven't been able to train them for months because of my ankle injury but I plan to start again this weekend with machines). I give myself 1-2 days rest in between based on how I feel. Some times I do them back to back if I feel good and it makes sense. You will notice the the push days (chest+tris and shoulders are separated by the pull day and leg day so I can rest those very similar areas). I train thick bar on back and bicep day by using fat gripz on all the exercises. Grippers are paired with one of the push days, but it use to be on leg day before my injury and will be again once I recover. Pinch and wrist work get their own days just because I couldn't fit them anyway else. The grip sequence goes: Day 1 is grippers, Day 2 is wrist, Day 3 is Thick bar and Day 4 is pinch. The major thing is separating grippers and thick bar with pinch and wrist days since grippers and thick bar tax my hand in similar ways and would effect each other. I came up with this system because I started weight lifting as a body builder and I think its a great split that allows me to train around the week while giving each area rest.
I think a lot of guys don't give themselves enough rest time because they haven't figured out a training routine that allows it.
What patterns or epiphanies have you noticed through your training that have helped you refine/become more efficient in your progress? (For example…do you train better in the a.m. or evening? Specifically superset pairs of exercises? Focus on certain exercises after a layoff?) Anything that springs to mind could hold value here, even minutia.
I answered part of this question above in terms of my training split. I'm a night person. I hate waking up early and have like no energy in the morning. I need a couple cups of coffee to get going for the day. All my training is done late at night.
I know Law School, family, GF, etc. all took up much valuable training time during the last 2 years, how did you prioritize your training? I guess I'm asking something akin to…when time was limited, what training/exercises were sacrosanct and must needed to be done no matter what?
Life gets crazy at times. We all have things that get in the way of training. You need to focus on whats important in life. Training is a great hobby but sometimes I need to focus on stuff that is more important. During Law School, I stopped training every semester for weeks at a time while I studied for finals. It was good in a way because it let my body heal and reset. When time is limited during the week I will do my normal routine but cut out some sets and make the sets I do more intense to make up for it. I always focus on the major exercises that have the most carry over for each muscle group or grip area. For example on pinch day I focus on the Euro, hub and block weights. If you try and train everything all the time, you run out of time.
Have you experiences any hand tears etc with grippers? If so, what have you done to heal up and/or train around them?
Honestly, grippers never really tore up my hand so I haven't had to deal with that. It might be because I rarely do high reps. I have gotten some pretty bad palm bruises from bending that took weeks to heal. I had to do lots of contrast baths and rest up to recover from those.
Congrats on the Red Nail. Do you intend to continue to bend (on a more limited basis) or is bending somewhat shelved until you accomplish other grip goals? Speaking of which, besides overall grip strength, do you have any specific grip goals in mind besides grippers (say winning your weight class at NAGCs)?
Thanks. i plan on bending but on a limited and light basis right now just to maintain a certain level. I have some grip goals that I want to accomplish that don't pair well with bending such as some huge gripper certs. I plan on going back to it once I accomplish those goals. My goals usually aren't about placing at a competition since I can't control what other people will do. I'm just trying to bring up my strength in all the major areas like the Euro, hub, block weights, thick bar implements like the rolling thunder, sledge levering and of course grippers. I always try and beat myself. Eventually those small improvements add up and lead to better comp performances.
How much (if any) has your Gluten Allergy affected your training?
The allergy sucks. When my diet isn't strict I get really tired, my stomach feels horrible and its hard to focus on anything like training. I try to be as strict with the diet as I can be and push through the days when I feel like garbage. I actually started to train once I was diagnosed and started the diet. I immediately felt better and more energetic so I was able to train harder on top of handling other responsibilities.
You have been instrumental in my introduction to GripSport training. I think you have a natural talent for teaching and motivating. I've learned much from simply showing up to Gym Le Chez. (Thanks.) Down the road, do you have any plan on opening your own gym?
Opening a gym is my dream. Even if its a small place that I run on the side. Training is my passion and will always be a part of my life. It would be great to save up money and make the dream a reality in the future. I would love to own a place like Andrew Durniat.
No Chez Well would be complete without a mention of wine. I myself have noticed benefits to a glass now and then, particularly with bending. What role does alcohol play and do you feel that it assists or hampers your training and/or recovery? (Photo shamelessly stolen from Wojo.)
haha. I love the wine. Wine helps me block out pain on bending days. It also relaxes me and turns off my brain. I over think at times and wine allows me to stop that so I can focus on the task at hand. It calms my nerves for certs and comps. It also lowers my inhibitions and lets the inner monster come out. I don't notice any effect on recovery. I'm pretty use to drinking wine so it doesn't bother me unless I drink way to much which can and does happen .
Edited by Chez, 16 January 2014 - 10:50 PM.