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  1. 16 points
    On Friday evening, I drove myself the two hours from the parking lot near my office in Manhattan's Chinatown to the entrance of the Holland Tunnel nearly a mile away and figured, heck, I've come this far, I may as well drive the other 200 miles to the hotel and attend NAGS. Fortunately, and unlike Anton and Anthony, at no point during the remainder of the trip did it take me an hour to go a mile. But to their credit, when they had driven themselves the five hours from NYC to 7 miles out of NYC in North Jersey, they also decided to go the next 190 miles. The traffic simply could not deter us. It's a good thing, too, because if we hadn't shown up, there wouldn't have been that many people for everyone else at the comp to beat! This must be the only comp where someone PR'd on all four events and yet came in last (sorry Anthony!). And his PR's were not shabby - more than body weight on Euro and jug, around 250 on a 2 3/8 Napalm Nightmare, and several seconds on a COC 3.5 Silver Bullet. (Yeah, 3.5). But, at least he was the lightest guy there by quite a bit. Also occupying some of those coveted bottom spots: Anton Torella and me. Like Anthony, Anton and I pretty easily PR'd on our second attempts at the best seasoned jug we ever saw, at 173, and figured we'd take a 20 pound jump to 193 because of the antigravitational properties we had just observed at 173. We all got good air on 193, but failed it, and had to take our second attempts as the final. IN our defense, the three of us looked at Monstrous Dave-No-Last-Name and even more monstrous Abner of the Elite -- a guy who deadlifts FOUR TIMES BODY WEIGHT (180 x 4 = SEVEN FUGGIN HUNDRED TWENTY POUNDS!) -- and figured, ok, we either get to 200 or we lose anyway, so may as well be bold. Anton and I also did 3.5 on the silver bullet, for long enough to get a few bonus points, losing that event to Rindo only because Rindo managed to get the 4 for one second. Anton PR'd on the Euro, and I got body weight at 181 which was not a PR but I PR'd at 295 on the Napalm Nightmare 2 3/8, which made me pretty happy because I can barely do that on a 2-inch axle. On the medley, the three of us continued to pad the room for the big guns, scoring 8, 10, and 11 of the 20 possible points offered on 25 items to try. I can't remember the specific events for my buds, but I got my 11 points with: 2 25s to platform, hub 45 to platform, COC 3 silver bullet, COC 2 close, inch pinch 45 pounds to lockout, hub 45 pounds to lockout, shot loadable inch to above knee, stub to platform, 56-pound block to platform, 25-pound plate curl (that was harder than it should have been) and tearing a deck of cards. Thanks to Tim Butler, who was not there, for teaching me how to do the cards. I think I did it in 5 seconds, and if someone hadn't taken them out of the box already, I think I'd have done them in the box in 6. I ran out of time without trying the 12-lb sledge lever, which I did twice in warm up but just didn't get to, and without a second shot at the anvil to platform, which I also did twice during warm-up but missed and postponed during the medley because I wanted to get what I was sure of first. I was pleased with a total of 11, which tied the other two 83kgs who otherwise whooped me. Well, except on the SB they didn't whoop me, because Jedd's 3.5 remained my bitch ( I got the same 12 seconds I got at Cupid's). We don't know what the big guys got because they started their warmups after we were done with our 4th attempts and had gone out to drink I mean in the other room to warm up for the next events ... but seriously, Justin and Joe had a typical battle for the top spot, and Rindo put in a good word for us old guys in the 50 + club. Luke Raymond and Eric Roussain hit huge numbers as always, and Natasha from Canada chased some of her own PR's in between insisting to me that she was old enough to remember what she was doing "decades ago." Jedd, as always, ran a tight and fair comp, other than not giving me the COC 3 close in the medley, which I thought was close enough for medley lol. There might have been a hair's breadth, OK. But he was fair, because he called it the same way for all. At the end, I was surprised find out that there was a vote for most inspiring lifter at the comp. I voted for Anthony C, who PR'd on everything he touched, and I thought that brand-new Abner-of-the-720 and brand-old Rindo-of-the-AARP were close seconds. Yet somehow, the votes sent the $50 IM gift card to ME. Inspiring? Moi? Why thank you, now I can pay shipping on my next IM order ... I think I left out a couple of guys, sorry. I enjoyed this comp very much, felt like I got a decent workout doing it, and look forward to getting a little more serious for King KOng since my left wrist is healing and I see the light at the middle of the tunnel at work this summer. Be well everyone, see you all here or at comps, Vin
  2. 13 points
    Hello All! Here is a little account of yesterday’s EXCITING grip sport championships event held in Elmira NY As many of you know, I received a pretty debilitating injury at work to my right QL. This was from a quick movement of catching a patients full bodyweight at work, preventing them from falling at the beginning of May. It was such a quick jolt that I couldn’t brace myself fast enough to prevent injury to myself. I actually thought my lifting outside of seated things and grippers, would be over. Did not train for the last month leading to the contest on anything but inch dumbbell rows, seated sledgehammer levers, some gripper sets and some random thick bar neutral grip pull ups and various thick bar preacher curls. Fast forward to nationals, I was totally not going. Even had a dream a few nights before, that I went and took last place. What a nightmare that was, further diminishing my confidence. Should I go? Should I risk further injury? Or would I be crazy NOT to go, with it being 2 hours from home. So, I consulted with a few of my seasoned Grip buddies on what they thought. I made the suggestion of coming, trying, and if it didn’t feel right, I could sit out and help run the events. Thank you guys, for encouraging me to go! You all know who you are! Event one SILVER BULLET Went for the number 4 on this one. I was of the mind set, “no risk, no reward”. Came in for the set, got it set pretty easy for the clamp down, but as I was coming up, I fumbled and lost it. Should have went right down to the 3.5, but nooooooo.... tried again on the 4.... set it down again and just didn’t have the steam. That was all in the first 30 seconds. Went for the 3.5, clamped it and held it out but it was slightly below he line.... so had to SET AGAIN!! Managed to score my 80 points with 4 sets in 60 seconds!! Haha I was not happy, but at least I made points. Event 2 : 2 3/8 inch napalms nightmare This event was going to determine whether I was able to move on with the comp, injury wise. Took a warm up with 310 and it was fine. Knew all would be well after that! Topped out at 376.5 with is a contest PR by 36 pounds from the year prior! Happy about that Event 3: Euro pinch (2 hands) This one I only have experience with touching in a few competitions. Was very happy with my top result for 214.6. Topping my contest PR Yet again by 7 pounds from Gripmas 2018 Event 4: 2.5 inch jug This is one of my best events. Vertical lifts suit me very well due to the wrist component. Was yet again able to top my contest PR from KK 2018 with a little over 254 pounds. Went for 264 on my last attempt and came up a little short. Event 5: Medley HATE THEM... I don’t care for medleys. I get very hyped up and get tunnel vision with these kinds of events. This was my second medley, so I took a very different approach. I said I would approach each thing calmly. It worked out very well. Scored 18 out of the 20 needed. Missed a few things that I should not have, but that comes with contest conditions. Now for the results of the 120 + class..... I was in 1st place and 4th overall at the time of the medley against my friend and competition nemesis, Justin Major! The 6’5 inch 300 pound monster with nearly 9 inch hands!!! I thought that this was it! I finally got him! We have competed against each other about 4 times now and it is ALWAYS by a few points for the win!! We were waiting to get called for placings. And then.... wait for it... by a margin of .53 points... I took 2nd... yet again... to the Canadian monster, Justin!!! Ahhhhh maaannnn.... haha that stung like a bee! If it was by 10 points I would be like, alright, he whooped me!! But that half point was so hard to swallow. But at the end of the day, I wasn’t even going to come in the first place, we want to win, of course, but it was all in fun, spending time competing against friends. Big Mike Rinderle took a STRONG 3rd and I believe won 1st for masters! Way to go, Big Mike! Comes back from Rhabdo and trains to make himself stronger than he’s ever been! You had my vote for most inspirational lifter! All in all a great day, and went to go kill some Texas Roadhouse after with my NYC brethren Vinny, Anthony and Anton (yes that’s where I was born and raised) and from Indiana , Dave 101, who would give you his last name, but then he would have to kill you!
  3. 13 points
    The North American Grip Sport Championships is a fixture on my annual grip sport calendar. I feel it's a contest that is uniquely positioned to attract many of the best grip athletes from both the USA and Canada. Last year, when both countries had several competitors taking part, the result was a very fun atmosphere. Once again, the country vs. country element was cool, although unfortunately both teams were smaller. Four fifths of Team Canada (me, Justin Major, Adam Chappell, and Natasha Batt), left Ottawa at 5am Saturday morning and began driving due south until we reached Elmira a little past 10am. Nick Carignan, our fifth member, had already arrived (he was coming from the west). We knew our chances of successfully defending the team title were small, but we were ready try as hard as possible. I was happy to see the contest start with the Silver Bullet. While I've historically done well in this event, I was a bit worried following my most recent "non"-performance on the SB at the Arnold Armlifting contest in March when I failed to get a hold. But this time, I held the 3.5 for almost 30 seconds (a contest PR). I felt I could have gone about 10 seconds longer, but my pinky started slipping off the end of the handle and I couldn't stop it... A handful of competitors managed holds with the 4, but having the best time with the 3.5, I was happy with my standing. I was also very happy for my friend Adam to manage a hold with the 3.5 -- he's only been training for grip sport for about two months! Next up was the 2 3/8" Napalm's Nightmare. I expected to do well in this event, and I managed to get the heaviest lift. I even went for the overall world record on my fourth attempt, but it wasn't to be on this day. A lot of people lifted more weight than last year in this event, which was awesome to see. At this point in the contest, I decided it would be a good time to attempt to lift Luke's new 207-lb challenge dumbbell. It has the same handle dimensions as the Inch, but is 35 lbs heavier. I lifted it, got both ends of the bell above my knees, but but wasn't able to lock it out. I wasn't successful, but feel I'll get it next time. The Euro went up well. I lifted 217 lbs on my third attempt, and went for 227 for my fourth. A successful lift would have been a PR, but I wasn't able to get it. I was most happy with my Jug performance. I have to say that the Jug is extremely well seasoned -- much more than mine. Consequently, I was able to get a huge 32-lb PR! I lifted 264 lbs, which tied for the second highest weight lifted with the device. Going into the medley, I was in second place overall. I knew that if I could complete at least 20 feats, I would secure my placing. Going in I also knew I was able to do more than 20 of them, but there was no guarantee that I could do them all in 2 minutes at the end of a long day. Luckily, things went my way and I completed 21 feats in the allotted time. The end result is that I finished in second place overall: my best finish at the NAGS Championship. As for the team title, Canada fell a bit short. Congratulations Team USA! Thank you Jedd for hosting yet another great NAGS Championship! And thanks for designing a separate medley just for Natasha. She really enjoyed it!
  4. 13 points
    The last couple weeks my strength has really rocketed, found a better setting for the grippers and crushed all my previous records. 1 month ago I did 5 clickreps with the same gripper and now 9 almost 10 normal reps!
  5. 11 points
    So proud to have done this along with my son establishing his own WR. We both had WR last year on 2 Hand Keypinch. I thank everybody for support and especially Matt Brown who told me to go get it. I love you K.L.T. FOREVER!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtYKFiLc3hA&feature=em-comments
  6. 10 points
    Yt video 27 years old, 90 kg - only 2 years in the sport. Team Texas MVP and the future of grip sport 💪💪💪💪💪💪💪
  7. 10 points
    Long and boring for most (and horribly made) but I've been doing a lot of tearing lately. These have been my best/favorite ones from the past 6 months. At the moment, it's pretty much all I can do since having a hernia repaired a few weeks ago. I started really trying to learn to tear exactly a year ago and have made some pretty good progress. It's extremely fun and dangerously addictive
  8. 10 points
    In 2013 I cut from 230 to 180. I stayed under 190 for 5 years. I accomplished my weight drop primarily with nutrition and a shift to body weights training. The first year my max strength stayed pretty close to my 225 lb levels. By year 3 I had a pretty substantial shift in all my heavy events like double over hand lifts. Going in to year 5 I could still easily lift the inch / hub a 45, close a 3 - but barbell lifts all felt heavy. The biggest area I saw was lifts where greater spine stability mattered under load. A big belly and more fat contributes to spine strength in certain conditions. Definitely found it easier to increase strength when eating more food. Now im between 210-215 and I feel at about the right weight. I literally eat whatever I want and have enough belly to help for dead’s but not over 14% bf the improvements in blood pressure and sleep quality that came with the weight drop well worth the low priority change in gym lifts. Get that belly down and you’ll feel better ps I would add the athletic advantages I got from a season of gymnastics and Calisthenics has been my highest yield detour in my strength journey. The 2012 version could lift more weights but would be broken in half at the warm ups of the 2019 model 👍👍
  9. 10 points
  10. 9 points
    Another Awesome day yesterday at NAGS. Other than I just can't figure out 2HP to save my life. 🤷‍♂️ Silver Bullet: Got about 1.5 seconds with a 205 lb #4, which I think was 2nd overall. Distant second, as Jedd held it over 30 seconds. Short hold with the 4 was the goal going in. Didn't train it so very happy. 2 3/8" NN: Got 360, which was a new Masters WR. I left a little on the table here. Had hit 372 in training so I jumped to 370. Nope. 365 woulda gone. Brand new implement and handles. That fresh paint made the spin quite a bit faster than my rusty NN at home. 31 lb contest PR so happy after event 2 for sure. Eric won the event with around 440. He went for a new world record on his last attempt but couldn't quite get it. 2HP: I just suck at this event in contests. Have been consistently pulling 210-215 at home. Everything felt great. 192 went up so easy, I had visions of 220. Jumped to 202 for my second attempt and missed it 3 times. 🤦‍♂️ lol. I am right around 110 both right and left, but my brain just can't figure how to put it together. Jedd, of course, won. 2.5" Jug: Hit 233 easy. Should have taken a 5 lb jump, but Arto's masters WR was 242.51, so I jumped to 243.9 so I'd have two attempts at it. Nope. Air both times but not to be. Still a 14 lb contest PR, so cant be upset with that. Luke, missing skin on his pinky won this event. Medley: Was a blast. Got 18 out of a possible 20 points. Jedd, Eric, Justin, and Luke got 20 for the win. Final standings: Jedd, Eric, Luke, Justin, Joe, Me. All 5 of those guys are beasts and all beat me on my best day 99% of the time, so I finished right where I should have. I got masters #1. Vinnie won most inspirational lifter. USA topped Canada to take the cup until next year. Awesome seeing everyone and congrats to Jedd!
  11. 9 points
    Ironmind LBH 220.5lbs (100kg) hold for time (~10-11secs) for a 6 second PR. Have been using the FBBC 2.5” Jug and FBBC Anvil for most of my vertical lifts so I was happy to see my LBH has actually improved slightly. LBH 100kg Hold
  12. 8 points
    More KK training today. Actually got 3 singles with 220 today.
  13. 8 points
    A small project that required help; turning the 152lb Death Bell into a larger challenge bell that was between the Inch (172lbs) and Millenium (228lbs). Big thanks to Matthew Woodruff for making 3 hemispheres for me (1 was lost in the mail 😩). With a 2 3/8” thick handle, 4” length to replicate the Inch dumbbell, the final weight came out to 207lbs. Challengers are welcome and will come up with a way to keep track of people who lift it! Now to come up with a name; feel free to throw out ideas!! "207" in police terms is kidnapping so thought about making the name it based on that but may also just go with something simple like the Arm Assassin Challenge Bell IMG_0613.HEIC IMG_0615.HEIC IMG_0618.HEIC IMG_0621.HEIC IMG_0624.HEIC IMG_0625.HEIC
  14. 8 points
    The Europa Games this year was fairly well run. I don’t know how many people attended the expo, it was never too crowded compared to what you see in Ohio or California. Clay and Mike crashed at my house Friday evening after they drive up from Austin. Saturday I was at the contest booth demonstrating the Thomas Inch Dumbbell and speaking with passerby’s. Clay ran a challenge to lift the bell. Only 7 total through the day could lift it- as you would predict all 120+ strongmen competitors. Sunday was the event. The events were last man standing Rolling Thunder, lms Double thumb blaster, lms little big horn, silver bullet hold, lms 3” Saxon bar lift. rolling thunder went even better than I projected. I’ve been consistent with 100 kg on my hardest handle and was thinking I would see 100-102 kg. I ended up with a easy 105 kg but could not lift 107.5. PR for contest for me. Tanner made the best lift with 115 kg. He stopped there to save for other events- in my view he was good for another 5-7.5 kg. Thumb blaster is new to me. I like it, it reminds me of pinching on a euro with a thin set up. I was successful with 105 kg. Tanner took first with 110 kg. Little big horn has always been a good event for me. I have not used the handle much this year but tend to be consistent between 98-102 kg. I had a very easy lift on 105 kg and considered a WR attempt of 109.3 kg. I had lifts both left and right but couldn’t stand all the way up. The 105 kg was the top lift for the event. PR for contest for me. Silver bullet has been my most improved event this year. At the Arnold I had a 2 second hold with a 4 to secure 2nd place- that was the number to surpass. I had a 6.8 #4 hold which I was happy with. Robert in the 60 kg class made a 2.5 hold, Danny Faulkner in 80 kg a 3.5 hold. I need to see the score sheet for their times. Steve in the 125+ class had a 8.9 hold with the #4 I believe it was his first go at it in a contest. Tanner ran away with 1st place making a 32 second hold on the #4. 3” Saxon bar was the last event. This was a brand spanking new Sorinex bar. I had a successful 112.5 kg lift the week before the event so I was feeling good. Tanner and I both lifted 110 kg. I was very close to my predicted numbers in all events. I feel the report card for the meet is how close I’m able to understand where I can be on game day. Clay set up a monitor at the score table so everyone could see results. I think that really helped the crowd get in to the game as they could understand what was going on. Throughout the event spectators watched and spoke with lifters. Well executed from start to finish. PS Clay had his recorder so I would imagine soon the film of all events will be posted
  15. 7 points
    Name Bullet NN2&3/8 2HP Jug Medley Natasha Batt (W) 1x16.11 185.36 100.46 94.27 14 Anthony Clarino (74k) 3.5x10.82 245.05 160.53 173.73 8 Dave 101. (83k) 3x13.48 330.87 185.92 213.38 11 Abner Nazarion (83k) 3.5x4.58 355.42 193.52 220.07 11 Vincent Rivellese(83k) 3.5x12.39 294.38 181.76 173.73 11 Adam Chappell (83k) 3.5x5.43 299.2 0 173.77 11 Luke Raymond (93k) 4x1.49 355.42 217.12 274.12 20 Anton Torella (93k) 3.5x9.92 284.38 166.06 173.73 7 Eric Roussin (105k) 3.5x29.02 441.16 217.12 264.15 20 Jedd Johnson (120 k) 4x30.83 430.69 238.13 264.15 20 Mike Rinderle (120k+) 4x1.16 360.54 192.15 233.97 18 Nick Carignan (120k+) 3.5x5.39 345.53 202.68 220.07 15 Joe Sullivan (120k+) 3.5x.75 376.22 213.31 254.21 18 Justin Major (120k+) 3.5x15.22 406.22 207.86 243.9 20 For Natasha, she ran a lighter medley with similar feats from everyone else.
  16. 7 points
  17. 7 points
    Had a great time yesterday. Despite many people flaking out and several due family sickness it was fun with the group we had. Sadie is a young lady, who has only done grip less than 2 months- impressive! 1. Michael Thomas age 52 BWT 227.6 lb IM Hub- 81.19 lb, Finnish Ball 92.29, BSS flask 202.34, NN 2 3/8" 355.40, 12lb Sledgechoke lift 26" 312lb wrist torque, SB- #3.5(180) 7.5 seconds 2.David Aiman BWT 232.91 IM Hub 70.88 lb Finnish Ball 75.65, BSS flask 172.00, NN 2 3/8" 295.11, 12lb Sledgechoke lift 16" 192lb wrist torque, SB- #2.5(124) 15 seconds 3. Matt Brown BWT 234.9 IM Hub 68.47lb. Finnish Ball 55.35, BSS flask 172.00, NN 2 3/8" 335.42, 12lb Sledgechoke lift 17" 204lb wrist torque, SB- #3.5(180) 1.5 seconds 4.Andrew Thomas age 12 BWT 164 IM HUB N/L Finnish Ball 40.48, BSS flask N/L NN 2 3/8" N/L 12lb Sledgechoke lift N/L SB N/L women 1. Sadie Kromholtz BWT 304 IM Hub 51.06lb. Finnish Ball 40.48, BSS flask 112.08, NN 2 3/8" 215.02 12lb.Sledgechoke lift 12" 144lb wrist torque SB-#1.5(87) 3seconds
  18. 6 points
    From IronMind's News today: http://ironmind.com/news/Teenager-Brandon-Brahler-Certifies-on-the-Captains-of-Crush-No.-3-Gripper/ He turned 20 today, but was 19 when he pulled it off. From Pennsylvania...
  19. 6 points
    Well, hopefully I can take advantage of it! And I initially planned on making an attempt on the 3.5 before I turned 20. Unfortunately some minor wrist tweaks set me back a bit and I had to take it slow from there, but the 3.5 is in my sights!
  20. 6 points
    Made from 34" replacement handles and 1" aluminum bar stock. Happy to share any specific construction details if you want them!
  21. 6 points
  22. 6 points
    174 Sahlaney and 169 sorinex inch dumbbell rows and 15 reps with 127 pound shot loadable inch.
  23. 6 points
    I started doing a birthday challenge last year when I did 40 red nails on my 40th birthday. I like the idea of a tough challenge to push your boundaries. This year I did 41 3/8” spikes and snapped 41 nails unbraced. Also, bend a 10” crescent wrench. Hands are torn up! I am beat.
  24. 6 points
    473 lb Arm Assassin 2 & 3/8” nightmare 0FD4F585-A3C1-4419-922F-ABA74D6225A7.MOV
  25. 6 points
    Its contest week- OSH'19 is this Saturday. Looking forward to seeing some strong men and women. Below 2019 GreshamGripper award, which will be voted on by peers to athlete who best demonstrates qualities of sportsmanship and tenacity-qualities I value!
  26. 6 points
    Been 6 days since I shredded the skin on my right thumb. Tested it out today with no bandaids: 2 3/8" NN: Rows up to 300 X 3. Then 3 traditional singles at 360. 2.5" Slug: Up to an easy single with 243.8. Felt like I had 5 - 10 more in me, but the fresh skin was getting hot and I shut it down there.
  27. 5 points
    The guy with machine hands is back with another ridiculous video. I count 24 reps.
  28. 5 points
    My first attempt to hold a bullet in this year. After january, my little finger and ring finger were practically paralyzed due to tunnel syndrome. I still have poor control over them and do not feel the skin on the edge of the palm and little finger, but strength slowly returns...
  29. 5 points
    Started my training for KING KONG today. PR on the shallow Dubhub. This is a little higher than the #1 on Barrel Strength's website, but I think Tanner @Boulderbrewand 1 or 2 people on InstaMyFace have done 70lbs. Been awhile since I touched it, so pretty darn happy. Might have had another pound or two in me, but I need to toughen up the skin first. Trying to avoid all these nagging skin tears.
  30. 5 points
    I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the top 10 active grip athletes in North America. To come up with the list, I reviewed results from GSI and Armlifting USA contests held over the past year and tried to consider who would be most likely to perform best in an open weight grip contest that tested many different aspects of grip strength. Here's what I've come up with: 1 - Jedd Johnson 2 - Tanner Merkle 3 - Carl Myerscough 4 - Gil Goodman 5 - Adam Glass 6 - Kody Burns 7 - Aaron Corcorran 8 - Andrew Durniat 9 - Luke Raymond 10 - Eric Roussin I developed this list for fun - please don't consider it as gospel! And please don't feel offended if you don't see your name. I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts on this list. Am I way off? Bang on? Did I forget anyone who should definitely be in the top 10? I also think it would be fun to see other people's lists.
  31. 5 points
    One of my favorite guys to compete against, and one of the most valuable to Grip Sport behind the scenes. Thanks for all you do for us as a community, my man, and great job. Your performance across the board just keeps getting better and better. I was happiest of all to see you get your successful hold on the bullet. My heart flattened for you, when what happened took place at the Arnold. To many more bro!
  32. 5 points
    Always a pleasure Eric!!! Great job
  33. 5 points
    9.6.19 lifted at Europa Games Expo in Dallas bw 95.25 kg rolling thunder up to 105 kg (contest PR) arm assassin double thumb blaster up to 105 kg little big horn up to 105 kg. Attempted a WR at 109 kg but couldn’t lock out silver bullet #4 7 seconds Sorinex 3”x 4” Saxon bar up to 110 kg (contest pr for that bar) 1st place 100 kg, 2nd place overall.
  34. 5 points
    "That's a heavy lift there, AY!"
  35. 5 points
    Nice, then I'll plan on being there Saturday and cheering everyone on.
  36. 5 points
    Just general grip trainging last few days. Still haven't touched any grippers to train for silver bullet. My shoulders hurt for days after setting big grippers and I've been battling some tennis elbow on my right side, so I'll probably just grese the groove with a couple #3 holds 3 or 4 days out. Wife talked me into going to get an artery scan the local hospital does for free. Some good news. Some not great. BP was 144 / 100 but, while it is normally on the high side (why I take meds), I always panic a little right before they take it for some crazy reason. So it may have been a little raised from that. It's usually in the 135 /90 range at home. Aorta was clear as a bell. Leg arteries and veins were good as well 30-40% blockage of both carotid arteries with plaque build-up, which is considered mild but concerning. Probably have another 5 - 10 years in me unless A) something breaks off and I stroke out or B) the arteries around my heart are worse. It isn't super uncommon in guys over 50. Especially those that hit the quadfecta like me (overweight, smoke, have high BP, family history of heart attacks and strokes). Hey, at least I don't have high cholesterol. I did learn that the BP meds may not be working as well as they could because of the very high amount of Naproxin I take to get through the day (880mg). Apparently NSAIDs counteract a lot of blood pressure meds, including mine. Maybe I'll switch to heroin or Oxycontin. That should also lower my BP. All in all, I'll take it. I haven't treated the old body very well. Lots of hard mileage. I'm just glad they didn't say, "we're scheduling you for a quadruple bypass. HAHAHA I'll get the full report from my doctor in the next couple weeks and have him tell me to quit smoking, eat better, lose weight, and start doing cardio like he does every time I go to see him. After KK, I may strip 60 lbs off. Probably stop smoking too and just chew more.
  37. 5 points
    Omar Don't take everything in that book too literal. Like the exact thickness of the wire and so on. Just cut a wire. If it was too easy add another wire to it; or do thicker wires. Pinch anything and add weights to it. Look at the concept not the exact wording.
  38. 5 points
    I doubt anyone on the GB can really answer your question as we simply are not aware of what you have available in Morocco. Don't over think all of this - buy some wire - if it's easy - buy some thicker wire or cut 2 at a time etc. Buy (or find) some lumber - buy some different sizes - see what works for you. You do not need the exact block weights etc that you read about - be creative and find common building materials that fit your need. Long before Brookfield wrote his book men were building uncommon grips with materials found laying around.
  39. 5 points
    Saturday May 25, 2019 Kingston Scottish Festival My brother lives in Kingston and I drove up Friday and spent the night. My wife, kids, dad, and step mom came up Saturday morning but unfortunately missed the contest and I have no videos. This was both an open weight contest as well as a CAASA partnered event with the opportunity to score points towards provincials in respective weight classes. I had spent the week cutting weight to get to 90kg and successfully weighed in at 197.2. The girl who was scorekeeping confessed she thought I was there to volunteer when I arrived but "then I saw you weigh in, and now I get it". I think that's the nicest compliment I've ever received haha! Stone press 200lbs: this was a very long, flat and sharp rock that proved to be strangely unbalanced. I tried to push press it several times getting my left arm locked out but not the right. Zero, overhead continues to be my biggest weakness. I watched in awe as several competitors strict pressed it like pistons. Dinnie ring hold: these were a custom replica with a skinny oval ring and big round ring that seemed larger than the Ironmind R ring I trained with. The pick height on these was quite low probably 9" and 12" respectively. I was looking forward to this event feeling it would be a good equalizer with the bigger competitors however I found out that they were going to allow straps (including figure 8). Reasoning that it was equivalent to a car deadlift hold and it was a back endurance event not grip. Okay at least I brought my straps. Seeing as I was in last place I got to go first. After about 30s I began to shake and I wondered if I would pass out and if I had rehydrated enough, etc. I heard 1min and hung on a bit longer feeling a significant pull on my left bicep and set them down. 66sec. To my surprise most competitors didn't make it past 30s andei wound up with the event win! I guess I'm pretty good at suffering. Weights over 14' bar: in order 20lb keg, 25lb plate chained to a handle, 30lb mini keg, 35lb KB. I watched everyone before me start way to close to the bar and throw it directly into it. Also everyone seemed to be in no rush. Unfortunately I rushed too much and fitting a full size keg between your legs is a little more nuanced than a kettlebell. I also threw the keg into the bar though at the top of its arc rather than straight up. I figured it out and the next two objects were launched from their start positions. The KB proved to be too heavy to throw without moving a bit closer to the bar and it too hit. I quickly recovered and managed to finish with the fasted time but it didn't last long as the next group of competitors picked up the pace and made no mistakes. Loading medley: 180lb atlas stone, 200lb keg, 220 field stone to a 5' platform. This was supposed to be a 4' platform but in classic strongman fashion it was a foot higher on comp day. Objects started 10' away. I shouldered the atlas stone before moving (a technique most adopted after my run), loaded the keg quickly the attacked the stone. It was diamond shaped and I had placed it before hand to pick it like a husafel which worked really well but when I went to load it I kept catching the bottom point on the platform. I popped it up and changed my trip to shove it over the edge with the fastest time. A time that would only be beaten in the final run by Gilles who was in first place, the defending contest champion, and the promoter. Caber toss: this was a wild card event as most had never tossed a caber. The caber was only 10' and 8" diameter with no taper, about 90lbs. We only had one throw for distance measured from the tip of the caber perpendicular to the line. A throw must turn and land between 10 and 2 o'clock. I expected the caber to be very heavy because it was so much thicker than the tree I had trained with but I forgot how much water wood can hold and the caber felt so light when I picked it. I secured a nice high grip and had a great throw while the crowd erupting in cheering. I was the first person to turn the caber that day. Unfortunately so did the three athletes after me and they all threw it further. In the end I placed 4th overall and 1st in my weight class though there were no other middle weights. Still I had to make weight (it was close) and it will give me points towards provincials. The whole contest was wrapped up in 90min, just as my family arrived on Kingston so I told them to hear to my brothers. I stayed behind to help take everything down and just as the truck was loaded the skys opened up! We spent the rest of the weekend in Kingston, mostly keeping my pancreas busy, enjoying unrestricted eating before I need to get ready for the Toronto pro show next weekend. I'm glad I'm not too beat up because it's going to be heavy by comparison. Sunday May 26, 2019 Quick hotel workout: DB curl + press×5/5 every 5lbs from 25 to 50 then back down, last set 10/10 60 reps each arm in less than 5min, great pump, I'd do this again
  40. 5 points
    Tim your card tearings f*ckin nuts! Congrats on all those crazy feats man - speedy rest of the recovery and looking forward to see some new inch dominations in the next couple months!
  41. 5 points
    Winning attempts after 24 hours of flight
  42. 5 points
    What do you guys think; should I paint them all this color?
  43. 5 points
    I was very disappointed in my performance, but it was awesome being a part of team USA. There was a real sense of national pride! Meeting my teammates from all over the country, in another country, was unique. There was a lot of camaraderie. Meeting people from other countries was a real treat! It was a wonderful experience that I’ll never forget.
  44. 5 points
    Thanks to all. GHP grippers is a best grippers in my collection. Gratefully to: Ivan Tikhonov (MM1 on this moment), for him GHP 9 Level, Denis Shmarev for GHP 8 Level (gifted in 2013), Stanislav for him support and referees, and Artyom Ushenko for motivation.
  45. 4 points
  46. 4 points
    Conservatively...more than the total number of 3.5 closers, but less than the total number of 2.5 closers....
  47. 4 points
    Cheers, last friday Daniel and I met us at Kalli´s @camz garage to bend some steel. We had a great time together and everybody had some good bends. Kalli smashed two hardcore braced bends, Daniel is back in the game with a fast red nail replica in IMP´s and two horseshoes and I smashed some short steel and a horseshoe. After all we had a nice barbecue with some armwrestling. And we could prove it in field: The bender´s best nutrition is beer and chips Here are the results in Videos.... A snippet of us: And here are my three bends: Maybe Kalli will post his two single bends also here.
  48. 4 points
    If there are any particular pieces of equipment that anyone is interested in trying please let me know....if you are interested in doing a record breakers following the contest it is available. I would like to get some numbers on the thumb blasters (both one hand and two hand); it will work like adjustable thickbar that you choose the size you like best
  49. 4 points
    Thanks man💪💪That is my youngest one🏋️‍♂️👍
  50. 4 points
    Your body is most likely not ready for isometrics. ISOs are great, but should be used more as a last step when you are not making gains with regular bending. You are going to make great gains over the next six months just bending regularly.
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