Here’s an off topic: why do they use a set block in competition to make grippers “fair” for all hand sizes, but don’t use that concept for thick bar?
if you have a 7 1/2” hand why are you asked to use the same thickness as the 8” + handed guy?
His no.4 has a dot, or spot which we highlighted. I did the same to mine, which shows the dot looks lower and further away in the palm vs showing straight on. I think that’s why Matt’s line he drew was not lining up.
I was claiming it was the same gripper in his video and pictures...but I can not measure it properly ...or maybe I’m just wrong 😑
Interesting that there is even debate on how their grips compare.. I would think that’s sort of a non point. Khaleds grip will be stronger. As we all know though, Khaleds grip is way stronger than Levans and it meant zero on the arm wrestling table. If we are comparing Khaled to Vitaly, I’m far more interested in if Khaled can even get in a decent match with Vitaly on the table. As it should be the text book example of if a guy should or shouldn’t bother pursuing that level of grip when taking aim at being better on the table.
although, admittedly, I am interested in what all Vitaly can do in grip. More out of curiosity than anything else. We’ve seen it demonstrated many times now though that what makes a great arm wrestler isn’t dependent on his or her level of elite (or not) grip. Is grip strength relative in Armwrestling?.. I think so. But only to a point. I’m fairly certain even I can hang with or beat nearly any top puller on grip in a well rounded grip comp. but those same guys will flatten and possibly even injure me on the table.
I know Khaled is a friend of yours. And I also recognize his world class grip strength as something truly rare. But if I were to pick who’s “stronger” between Khaled and top arm wrestlers, I would say that the top arm wrestlers table ability out performs Khaleds table ability by a farther margin than his grip strength out performs theirs. Which makes me lean more toward the “the elite arm wrestlers are stronger” opinion. I do that generalization so that grip guys don’t end up looking bad in a more tit for tat comparison to strength athletes from other sports.
had a long time friend show up to a grip comp recently that falls into a similar comparison. His overall strength is greater than 99% of grip guys by a larger margin than their grip strengths are greater than his. Making him the stronger guy.
im not saying having a world class grip means nothing. All I’m saying is “is your grip strength greater than someone else’s grip strength by a larger margin than his overall strength is of yours?” Is the most sound and fair way to compare who is “stronger”.
otherwise the conversation will end up looking something like “yeah well that guys squat, bench, deadlift, overhead press, strict curl, row strength are all stronger than mine... but I’m stronger because my grip is stronger.” Which practically no logical person would agree with..
however, the flip side to that coin is if your grip strength far exceeds another guys grip strength by a larger margin than any of his other strengths do yours, then YOU are the stronger guy.
...but unfortunately, rarely is that the case with grip guys.
An example of this would be Tanner vs me. Tanners grip strength out performs mine by a larger margin than any of my other lifts do his at this time. Even though my bench far exceeds his, I think, for example, his RT strength still tops mine by a greater percentage than my bench beats his by. Making him the “stronger” guy. Period.
Does that make sense?.. I feel it is the fairest measuring stick for determining who is “stronger” in a nutshell.