The first thing I'd like to say is that I'm really honoured to be thought of enough to be put in the same group as the others in the well. They're all amazing athletes that I don't feel like even close to being their peer. Where I can comment is that I've had some modicum of success is most of the variations of grip and feats with the most standout probably being my reverse bending and card tearing.
My journey into grip started back in 2008 when I realized my grip sucked for deadlifting. After some snooping around on the internet I found the Gripboard, David Horne's old site, and Adam Glass' blog when he was still posting videos out of his garage. I was amazed at the stuff being done and was really interested in the feats (card tearing, nail bending, sledge levering, etc.) and devoted most of my grip training towards that end.
With my first set of grippers and nails ordered from Ironmind I was able to close the #2 right away and then it eluded me for about a month. Luckily it's never left again lol! I remember my start with the nail bending as well using a cut up chamois and light ardox/timber spikes, CRS, and HRS. Man it was tough and a lot of blisters to get to a 60d nail.
My main bugbear is still that stinking blob but I know it's just a huge lack of consistency holding me back. The last year or year and a half I've been primarily training towards armwrestling goals and grip that doesn't directly assist those goals has fell by the wayside. One of the cool things with this stuff though is that your strength levels in grip take a very long time to dissipate.
A bit about my personal life is that I used to do a lot of labour and chainsaw work in through my 20's but have been fairly sedentary as an office guy since then. I've worked primarily in the oil and gas industry since I was 14 picking rocks and digging hotlines with a pick and shovel to now being a lead estimator for URS.
I hope I can give out some useful information to some of you folks or just chat if you'd like.
Thanks again for the opportunity.