i would be very interested in knowing who started with what grippers. (this isn't a what gripper should you start out thread) i wonder this because i would like to know what gripper you had trouble with, for me i first bought the number 1 COC and could barely close it (1 out of 3 times i could close it) i wonder what some of the people that can close 3-4 started/had trouble with. has anyone here who closed the #3 or up ever had trouble with a number 1 or were you just ready for the 1.5/2 right off the bat?
Who Started Where?
Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:01 PM
Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:34 PM
Think I read somewhere that paul knight had problems wth 1.5 when he started
I was around coc 1.5-2 when I started.
My best close so far is the 157 lbs MM1 and a hair from closing the BB Elite 161 lbs.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:36 PM
Started off when I was around 15 and could do a #1.5 level for 5 or 6 reps stopped for a year and then started up again after a year of strength training and could do a #2, then a few years of proper grip training I reached higher levels
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:59 PM
Started at 16 at ~150lb bodyweight. Got the #2 first because I thought I was strong, but I couldn't close it. My friend got a #1, and I couldn't close that at first either. I closed the #1 in short order. Closed the #2 when I was 17. Closed an easy #3 at 20. Closed my personal #3 (tough) also at 20 (maybe 21?) and 160lb bodyweight.
Currently 24 and still at roughly the same level on grippers (tough #3 either hand). Plenty of guys get to at least a #3 after having started at a #1 or so.
One thing to remember is that most guys that are "naturals" have been indirectly training their hands for years either by living the hard life or by training areas other than grip. Not many guys can close a #2 starting out when they've been doing nothing but watching TV and working a desk job their whole life. Pretty much all the "naturals" have been eating big and doing something physically taxing. Some people are freaks but many have just put in a lot of hard work in some form or fashion that translated into a decent grip. If you haven't been beating the hell out of yourself for years, don't be discouraged if you start out at a lower level than others. You can catch up. Also, if you're young, your grip will get better like magic as you get into your early 20's.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:04 PM
ive been training on and off grippers for about 4 years. mostly off for the best part of a year. but i couldnt close the trainer right out of the packet. closed it within a few days or a week, cant quite remember. i had to use a hose clamp to close the 1.5, but now im closing the #2 for about 4 reps per hand. still a pup but i plan on sticking with it this time round. next goal is the #2.5, then ill be going for the #3. if i can reach the #3 ill be happy.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:19 PM
I closed the 1, 2, and 2.5 the first day I received them. The #3 seemed to be on a totally different level and only managed a squeeze to parallel on the first day. My best so far has been a 1/8" from the handles touching. My set is terrible and have tried watching videos on how to properly set, but only seems to make it worse I prefer to TNS my grippers so one day, I'll get the #3 TNS comfortably and get certified. Need to dust it off and get to training again Good luck brother.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:24 PM
I bought a #1 in 04' and could do ten reps with it out of the package. I ordered a #2 shortly after and could only do 1 rep out of the package. My best close to date is a GHP level 6. I'm not a #3 or #4 closer, but I thought I would chime in anyways just to round the discussion out a bit(hope you don't mind).
Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:33 PM
I then got the 3 a month or so later and was not really close. It took awhile to close it.
They did not have the .5 grippers then.
I was working hands on jobs before that and also lifted in the gym regularly.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:55 PM
ordered the no.2 and closed it the first try. Not much long
after i got the 2.5 and got it closed a few days after i got it.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:02 PM
if i can reach the #3 ill be happy.
Whenever you come close, not even achieve your goals, it is hard not to set bigger goals.
You will probably never be satisfied. - humor
Edited by JHenze646, 03 March 2014 - 05:05 PM.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:06 PM
Have no manual labour background but had been training in the gym and generally being active for years. Closed the #1 TNS out of the packet, used it for a few weeks, bought the #2 and closed it TNS out of the packet. Trained with it for a while, bought the #3 and could barely get it to parallel. About a year later got my #3 CCS close.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:45 PM
April 2011, received #1. Barely closed it with my Right (dominant) hand.
Two weeks later I managed my first lefty close of the #1 and my first close of the #2 righty.
6 months later I got my first #2.5 close...
11 months AFTER that...I got my first #3 close righty.
Currently can MMS in the low 170s righty with a few 150 closes lefty.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:47 PM
great responses guys good to know some of your grip timelines
Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:43 PM
Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:30 PM
I bought a COC 1, 2, & 3 starting out (1 month ago). I closed the 1 and 2 out of the package without knowing how to set it properly, couldn't even get to parallel with the 3 though. I 'm only a couple a cm away from the #3 now and the smallest fraction away from a Grand Master rated at 146!
Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:58 PM
When i placed the order for the #2, i also ordered a 2.5. I could not close the 2.5 till a few months later.
But, as Michael said above, i agree that those of us that did close similar grippers first try, have had some sort of indirect grip training without meaning to do so over the years. Like many others, my indirect training was working from a young age with my hands.
And i think i read above that someone said not to be discouraged if you dont close 2 or 2.5 right away... And i also agree with that.
In my opinion, ANY healthy (and fairly normal sized) hand can be trained to close a #3. Doesnt matter where you start. ..just may take longer for some folks, but that shouldnt be a deal breaker for anyone determined. Word.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:04 PM
I worked at a body shop for 5 years. I assume that plus weight training is why I could close the #2 my first try.
Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:14 AM
Got a trainer and a #1 in 2011. Could close the #1 with my right hand for 1-3 times out of the box, but couldn't close it with my left hand. Took me about a year before I could close the #2 with my right hand. Last september I came to a whisker from closing the #3 mms style. Right now I'm struggling with a tennis elbow so my gripper strenght is way off. I have been training with weights for about 20 years, but I have a desktop job.
Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:07 AM
I struggled at first to even get a 2 close. I found out later it was a hard 2. Took me a LONG time to close a 3. I would say at least a year maybe 2. I would have to go back to training logs. It took very hard specialization which resulted in KTA being thought of to think "outside the box" of normal training. Normal training DID NOT get it done for me. Normal in the sense of frequency and rest time specifically. I also had to hit every possible angle of the close so to speak as far as exercises.
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