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  2. Mike Rinderle

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    I'm good with that. Haha
  3. Tom Flesher

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    “Grip grandpa”
  4. Mike Rinderle

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    What if you are an AARP member who has been doing this off and on for a decade, but only started seriously training about a year ago? Lol
  5. Today
  6. Tom Flesher

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    However, in more concrete ways, I’ll always be a grip newb.
  7. Lucasraymond

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    Id say once you have about 1-1.5 years and 3-4 comps under your belt you are no longer gripnewb!!
  8. Aleksandar Milosevic

    An update on the grippers

    Spread is exactly the same, to the millimeter.
  9. Squeezus

    Blobzilla Lift With My Left Hand!

    Finally got it offhand! As an aside, can we start a section in the Community Record block weight list for the York Legacy Dumbbells? I would be interested in seeing who all has lifted the different Beelzeblob, Blobzilla, Blobfather, etc.
  10. I have 11 signed up so far with some experienced contestants. The registration fee is held at $35 till the end of the week, then it bumps to $45. The contest is being held at my training studio in Eldersburg, Maryland (40 minutes west of Baltimore and 60 minutes north of Washington DC). Please register using the link already listed above or email me directly for more information renewedstrengthmd@gmail.com.
  11. Mike Rinderle

    An update on the grippers

    That's huge variability on both spread and handle placement. This isn't 1979, it's 2019. Unless they are using slave labor in NorKo to bend the springs by hand (and mule power) and eyeball the handles, that's horrible. Even with bad quality control, even the cheapest, somewhat modern automated processes should have no more variability than a mm on either of those measurements. And that's pretty bad. Just saying. Maybe they put the handles on using manual labor if the volumes aren't there to justify automation, but the springs are turned by machine. Even manual handle placement shouldn't be off by 5/32" if they cared. But kinda glad they don't since it gives us the whole spectrum of differences. But man, a 10% difference on spread is a pretty crazy "tolerance" to accept in this day and age for an automated process.
  12. Mike Rinderle

    The Newest MashMonster Level 1 - Ivan Tikhonov

    Well done!
  13. Vinnie

    Southwest Region GripSport Championships

    I booked a hotel for that weekend (Baymont by Wyndham) for about $85 per night including taxes, free cancellation, and will keep my eye open for low enough airfare and see how the divorce is going. If the stars line up in time to register, I'm in. If not, I tried. Really wanna go!
  14. Eric Roussin

    Arnold Sports Festival 2019 - Competitor list

    I think it’s important to mention that several others were invited, but not all could attend.
  15. Forever

    The Newest MashMonster Level 1 - Ivan Tikhonov

    Congrats, strong close
  16. climber511

    Arnold Sports Festival 2019 - Competitor list

    At this years Gripmas we held an "Armlifting" competition along with the Gripsport comp.- my small attempt at pulling the two organizations together. There is friction between the two organizations. My only gripe with Armlifting is having 2 Fat Bar events and no pinch as their devault events. IronMind does sell a pinch device so availability is not in question. Maybe in the future this might change, one can hope. I've worked the Olympic lifting on the Arnold main stage - if anything the time frame as described by Clay was being generous - times are VERY strictly enforced. As to who was invited - my list or your list might be different but remember - this is Arm Lifting's list - and their contest. Looking at it I can't see anyone who doesn't belong. There are certainly other worthy competitors who did not get an invite - but that can be said of any invite only contest.
  17. Wannagrip

    Ivan Tikhonov

    3 whites! Congrats!
  18. Vinnie

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    And Anthony C. was the second gripster I met, who used to be in my weight class doing less on little big horn than me and now is in a lower weight class than me but doing more on little big horn than me lol. Great comp Mr. C! And Tom Crushonomics who was a parallel newbie to me last year, and whose profile here now says "Grip Board Veteran" lol. Not sure we are that yet, but I think maybe we have graduated from noobhood at least.
  19. 3 whites. Congrats!
  20. acorn

    Log

    Elbow was bugging me on Saturday 2/16/2019. It took a few low weight sets on the Saxon to even tolerate adding weight. Worked up to 231 for a triple I think and called it quits on those. Took a few toys into the gym as well for folks to try. Worked up to 2x1x 162# on the Inch handle RH, Curl and Pressed the Inch Handle with 100# on it, and worked up to 175Kg in plates on the 2" Napalms Nitemare. First time trying that one. Also reverse bent a 60d nail to show technique and hearted a horseshoe. Was a fun session getting lots of gym goers involved other than the left Elbow pain. Deload this week now.
  21. Vinnie

    Arnold Sports Festival 2019 - Competitor list

    I've watched that one a few times!
  22. Vinnie

    Cupid's Nightmare - Feb 16, 2019

    Shout out to my friend Anton, who got me to go to my first comp (Nate's 4 for Feb) a year ago. A year later, this was my sixth. I didn't expect to find a great new hobby and great new friends in my late 40s, but I sure did! I may do a trip report write up and repeat that sentiment there, but I wanted to mention it.
  23. ConsiderPhlebas

    ConsiderPhlebas - Training Log

    2/18/19 - 7 hr sleep 615AM -------------- UPPER A -------------- A1 Handstand Pushup Variation 2x7,6 (4,0,1,0) Rest 2 minutes A2 Mixed Grip Chin Up 2x8,6 total reps (4,0,1,0) B1 Leaned Forward Pushup 2x8 (4,0,1,0) (rest pause, elevated) Rest 90s B2 Fat Grip Ring Row 2x8 (4,0,1,0) C1 Elbow In Front External Rotation 2x12 (3,0,1,0) Rest 60s C2 Unilateral Trap-3 Raise 2x12(3,0,1,0) -- 10 min mobility -- 15 min hot sauna --
  24. mobsterone

    Mobster's Wrist Roller Work

    Monday The leg workout was fine in and of itself. But the damned trail walk after... oof. Less the distance (5-6km) but tiny sheep trail footpaths and a LOT of changes in elevation. The walks stop me stiffening up but damn they deplete my glycogen. Leg Press to the full whack - 700-kilos x 8 reps (time to up the reps) Power Squat Machine I decided to up the angle of the footplate (there are 5 positions and I'm usually on No3) to position 4 (steeper). In this way I can rack it myself. I held back from maxing it out too much so 'only' went to 400-kilos to 400-kilos x 8 reps Seated Leg Curls to stack +5.5p x 15+3+2 reps Leg Extension to stack x 16+4 reps Bwt: 298lbs
  25. Cannon

    An update on the grippers

    I would say “rate” though, not calibrate. CPW is taking a measurement, and always after manufacturing. We’re not adjusting grippers to be in some tolerance. It’s also correct that it would be very time consuming for a company like IM to calibrate each one. Like, let’s say IM wanted all #2s to be 105 (or however they choose to measure the strength). They could start with adjustable temporary handles, put some reps on the spring, find the mounting depth for the target number, then glue on the permanent handles at that depth. Grippers would probably double in cost. And we’d lose all that desireable variability that makes training easier. Even what Alexsander is experiencing does not sound like a quality issue to me. Unless there is a really uneven mount, everything about the gripper is probably within tolerance. Alexsander, can you measure the spread of the grippers? I wouldn’t be surprised if the #2 was close to 76 mm and the #2.5 is close to 70 mm. I was doing a project and took measurements from ~50 IM grippers over about 6 months. The spread was the biggest variable. Mounting depth only varied by 5/32” between the high and low singular figures. For the other 48 there was only a 3/32” variance.
  26. Fist of Fury

    An update on the grippers

    Buying plates gives you the option of deciding how much resistance you want to train with. That's exactly my point, if every gripper would have the same resistance it would suck big time. The worst thing you can do is to train with the same resistance all the time and not being able to change. If I got a #2 that was very hard I would be really happy because that is a very rare find. I would immediately buy another one because I would most likely get an easier one. Which would give me a much better set of grippers to train with.
  27. Fist of Fury

    Another Rolling Thunder Log

    Monday 18/2/19 Grippers (RH) GM 149# 1x1 Elite 177# - one attempt, couldn't set it properly so I wasn't able to move it at all GM 149#: 1, 1, 0. Wasn't able to set it properly on last set, only rested 2-3 min between these. SM 133# 3x3 with 20 mm Block Grippers (LH) GM 149# 1x1 SM 161# - one attempt, no improvment but better than last time I tried. GM 149# 3x1 GM 149# - one attempt with 30 mm block, nope 🐸 Legs, chest and arms at the gym later, then after that I will do some wrist levering at home.
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