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  1. 17 points
    First off I would like to thank Eric Roussin for organizing this competition and for opening it up to non-Canadians. I have been at a few competitions, both grip and games where strong Canadian athletes show up and i really wanted to get an opportunity to compete at a Canadian event. Thank you for that. Also I would like to thank Rob McMurren and his wife for making us feel welcome and hosting the Waterloo venue where I attended. The summary Canada is like this whole other country. The contest was awesome and full of quite a few monster lifts. Gripsport in Canada is no joke and will continue to grow. The unabridged version Turning the ship North After posting my interest about attending the comp when it was announced, Rob touched base with me at SJ4 and both Rob and Andrew Dube messaged me again afterwards to encourage me to compete. Rob even joked that he would waive my entry fee if I showed up with Yuengling since it's not available in Waterloo. I couldn't commit right away as life was a little hectic for a few weeks but then things started to calm a bit. I booked the hotel, told my wife we were going to Canada, and bought some Yuengling. As we drove up to the Customs officer our GPS blurted out "Welcome to Canada". Customs Officer, "Is there anything in your car?" Me, "Some clothes and some beer." CO, "Why are you going to Canada?" Me, "I am attending a Gripsport competition." CO, "What? Competition?" Me, "It a sporting competition that tests the strength of your hands." (not wanting to push my luck with the first rule of Gripsport) CO, "Really?!?(I nod)Well, welcome to Canada." Immediately after entering the Canadian highway, I quickly realized i have a very limited grasp of the metric system. "How many kilometers are in a mile? Why are we passing everyone? Why is everyone passing us? Look how cheap their gas is!" Thankfully we had driven to Waterloo on Thursday because we got held up quite a bit in traffic and arrived at our hotel just before 7. At SJ4, I had weighed in one pound over the weight class limit, and i wasn't going to let that happen again. I weighed 229 when I left Pittsburgh, so I ate very small meals Thursday night and Friday morning. I like to eat and I was Hungry. The Competition Friday morning I tried to stretch out all the tightness from the long drive the day before. My wife and i set out to explore a little bit of Waterloo which included some walking to also help undo the car ride. Any drive over four hours usually means arriving the day before to let things get sort of back to normal before trying to put forth any kind of effort. I skipped lunch and got dinner to go to guarantee that I would make weight. I arrived at the McMurren residence, cleverly marked with a flipping tire and log in the front yard, right at 6 pm. Rob greeted us outside and the rest of the family, including Blue, welcomed us as we entered. Rob led us to a platform set up next to a bar in the living room. I weighed in as Andrew Dube was arriving. I don't remember what it was, 102 something(?), but now I could eat! and drink! I downed a half liter of coffee and ate some of my food. I have made the mistake of eating too much too fast after making weight before. I was easily able to avoid that temptation by having a chance to talk with Mr. McMurren and Mr. Dube and meet the rest of the Canadian gripsters as they arrived. I warmed up in Rob's gym downstairs while checking out his set up. When I returned upstairs for a bit more food, Rob was announcing that the contest would be starting soon and that I would be helping judge since I was a grip veteran or something. Wait... What?!? The first event was the World of Grip Goldbar. I had never touched this implement before. I tried to get as many warmup lifts as i could and really feel out the device. Unfortunately it seems to be one of those implements that you have to really put time in on and discover its intricacies. Just like in throwing, I never remember the numbers of my attempts. I try to put forward the best effort I can on that day and let the judge worry about the numbers. Several competitors made excellent lifts despite it being their first competition. The Goldbar is a solid implement with little to no play and no easily discernible way to cheat the lift. I hope to compete on one again but hopefully after a bit of practice. The second event was a FBBC 2.5" crusher. While I am not a thickbar enthusiast, I do like the crusher. Unfortunately, a lot of the other athletes apparently are thickbar enthusiasts and they were starting their attempts after I had made the best of mine. I was able to witness a new Canadian record set by a first time competitor. Expect big things from Rick Heidebrecht. Again there was a lot of solid lifts from "alleged" new competitors. The Crusher is always a solid implement to contest even though its not a superb lift for me. The implement doesn't show any major significance in regards to age or "seasoning" which makes for comparable results and consistent lifting. The third event was the Ironmind hub... There were several good lifts on the hub including Mark L.'s 69 lbr and Gus Bush's extra attempt. I dislike hub implements and rarely train them. The Ironmind hub is however the most widely contested and is alright. The final official event was the Ironmind Silver bullet. I made a good attempt and was able to hold on for thirty seconds. Mike M. waited till the last minute to get the winning hold, an Impressive 36 seconds. Next was the Waterloo Medley and several athletes stormed through attempting the 16 items with several scores of 13. I watched several people make hasty attempts at a 2x35's pinch. When i took my medley run, i patiently set up on the 35's and lifted them. (Maybe there is something to that whole veteran thing.) I was not able to lift the 165(?) Pro Dumbbell or the 15 Dube Cube ball bearing during my medley run and finished with a score of 14. Perhaps the Yuengling was on my side as well. ("If you're not cheating, are you even trying to win?") The competition was run super smooth especially since Mr. McMurren kept stating it was the first contest he was hosting. I was given some sweet GripnBend gear for my efforts and a sick loading pin for my luck in the medley. Thank you very much. Often times training for competitions is terrible and in the weeks leading up to the competition my life is an absolute mess. Injuries and other BS have become the norm in the last few years. If you are waiting till you are "ready" or until you're strong like the top guys before you compete, DON'T. Put your money down, go to the competition, and make your numbers count as best you can that day. The long drive and expense were totally worth it just to hang out with Rob, his wife, Andrew, and Gus again and to meet all the new competitors. I learned so much being on and near the platform this trip, especially the things Rob and Andrew told me. Just based on the Waterloo venue, the rest of North America better step up its grip game. I did not see a weak hand in the house. The only mistakes I saw were errors in judgement on picking weights and rushing attempts. Mike M. is going to be a force to be reckoned with and Tyler B ran out of attempts on every lift, not strength. The Canadians are no joke. Heading South for the winter My wife and I did a little more wandering around on Saturday. Thanks for all the great recommendations. We will definitely have to comeback to see it all. On the long drive home I pondered new ideas, new training plans, and started laying out future competitions. Another Huge thank you to the McMurren's for letting us into their home and making us feel welcome. Customs Officer, "What were you doing in Canada?" Me, "Attending a Gripsport competition." CO, "A what?!?"...
  2. 14 points
    Congrats to Bader Samir Tayeb (Alawadhi)!!
  3. 11 points
    Friday I hosted the Waterloo leg of the Cross Canada grip contest. This was the first time I have hosted a contest. We had 11 competitors at the Waterloo venue. While it was nice to not have to drive to a comp, it is a lot of work. I have a lot of respect for all the guys who run comps regularly. Luckily my wife has embraced my crazy obsession and supported it fully. This definitely won't be a one and done situation.. The first event was the gold bar. Which I pulled 61.2 which was enough to tie Josh Henze for first. I mad a mistake and tried for 70 instead of just going for the win with a 2.5 jump on my last attempt. The second was the crusher which I pulled 178 which is a great lift for me. Too bad Rick Heidebrecht came and pulled 205 Rick is a massive man, extremely good arm wrestler and a really good guy. This as his first contest. The third event was the hub, which I hate but I am pretty good at. Again I made a mistake in my attempts. I pulled 66 to tie for second and went to 70 for my final attempt which I missed. Mark Lancina pulled 68 to win the event I should of went for the tie. After our attempts I got the 70 off the floor, Gus Bush stepped up and pulled it clean. Gus is a beast. The last event was silver bullet. I dislike grippers and had a 15 second run with a #3 Rick and Mike Murray were both over 30 seconds. We also ran a 16 item medley which was won by Josh henze who completed 14 items. Me, Mike Murray and Rick were tied at 13. Josh took home a loading pin built by Andrew Dube for the win. I felt it was a great night. We had 6 first time competitors who all had a good showing and all showed interest in competing again. Every contestant in Waterloo left with a prize from gripnbend.ca, either a shirt or hat. Jeff King also donated a supplement package for a door prize. Thanks to my training partners Gus Bush, Andrew Dube and Colin Dore for supplying equipment and the platform. Thanks also to Josh Henze for coming the longest distance, judging, loading and bringing Yuengling. Also thanks to Eric Roussin for doing the bulk of the work on promoting grip sport in Canada
  4. 11 points
    Back home from another of Odd Haugen’s fun Visegrip Viking armlifting contests. I had already competed in his Chicago events in 2015 and 2016, as well as in the Los Angeles event in 2014. In my experience, the California contests seem to attract the most athletes. I think there were 15 to 17 people competing in this weekend’s contest: three in the lightweight class (200 lbs and under), ten or twelve in the heavyweight class (over 200 lbs), and two women. Most already had some experience in grip contests and/or the implements, but there were a few strongmen competitors who already decided to give grip a try. It was nice to see familiar faces like Riccardo Magni, Martins Licis, Jon Eklund, and John Machnik. It was also cool to finally meet guys like Bryan Hunsaker, Carl Myerscough, Michael Thomas, and John Call (“jujimufu”) in person for the first time. I had a bit of extra stress over the weekend because I was competing in both the grip contest and an armwrestling tournament. They were happening at opposite ends of the fit expo, so I was constantly running back and forth between the events. Luckily, the armwrestling tournament director understood my situation and allowed me to have some of my matches out of turn so that I wouldn’t miss any of the grip events. The grip contest consisted of five events: the Rolling Thunder, Apollon’s Axle, and the Silver Bullet on Saturday, and the Hub and Pinch Block on Sunday (all IronMind equipment). I knew going in that I’d perform better on Day 1, as two of the three events were thick bar and this is my specialty. I performed pretty much as I expected with the RT, lifting 220 lbs (failing at 231). The top RT lifts were made by Odd and 6’10” Carl (242 lbs). Immediately following the Rolling Thunder event I ran over to the armwrestling tournament for a couple of matches. There was only one other competitor in my class that I expected could give me a match. We ended up pulling each other twice – once in the quarter-finals and once in the finals. Unfortunately, both matches were wars. My arm was extremely pumped and I was hoping for as long a break as possible before the axle event got underway. Luckily, I managed to get about 20 minutes of rest – just enough that my lifting would not be (or minimally be) impacted. I successfully lifted 396 lbs and almost locked out 418. Carl won the axle event with a lift of 462 lbs. In the third grip event, I held the Silver Bullet for 28 or 29 seconds. John Machnik won this event with a hold of 33 seconds. None of my results from Day 1 were contest PRs, but I was pleased given my erratic training schedule over the past several weeks. I was actually in the lead in the overall standings at the end of Day 1, but I knew it would be difficult for me to maintain this standing through Day 2. It turns out I was right… Day 2 got underway with the Hub. I’m okay with the Hub – usually lifting around 60 lbs in contests. But I happened to be competing with lots of guys who were great at the Hub. I successfully lifted 54 lbs, and then I lifted 59 lbs, but the lift was disqualified because my pinky was not touching the base at the start of the lift. I was a bit disappointed with my performance in this event, but I was by no means gutted. My contest coach and buddy Riccardo won this event, locking out 69 lbs. In the Pinch Block, once again I discovered that I was competing with guys who were great at one-hand pinch events. I lifted 72 lbs, which I felt was decent, but many competitors went on to lift much more. In the end, it was a battle between, John, Carl, Jon, and Martins, with John Machnik coming out on top. He lifted 97 lbs! He then went for a world record attempt of 105, but it was not to be… In the end, I won the lightweight class, but my standing in the overall dropped quite a few spots. John Machnik was the big winner. After a relatively slow start on the Day 1, he had a fantastic Day 2. But I think I was most impressed by Riccardo Magni. He continues to improve, and does not seem to have any bad events. He’s proof that putting in the time and effort to train intelligently for the events will lead to results. Well done!
  5. 10 points
    The first Cross-Canada Grip Sport Challenge is in the books. With three venues taking part, by entries it was the biggest Canadian grip sport contest to date. 23 people competed: 7 in Ottawa, 11 in Waterloo, and 5 in Edmonton. Both Jason Steeves and I had lower than expected turnouts, but luckily Rob McMurren’s turnout was better than expected. My write-up focusses mostly on my lifts – I hope to read about how others felt about their own performances. The first event was the Gold Bar. I managed a lift of just under 64 lbs. It wasn’t my best result in this event, but I was satisfied. Next up was the 2.5” Crusher. I lifted 190, but could have done more. I’d been doing much more training with the Rolling Thunder over the past few months in preparation for the Anaheim Fit Expo and the APL World Championships, and have become quite good at mastering my ideal amount of chalk to use for that lift. But more chalk is required for the Crusher. I didn’t notice the difference for my lighter attempts, but once I got to 190 on my third attempt, the device slipped out of my hand. I chalked up much more for my fourth attempt and it came up easily. My mistake – I wasn’t thinking. I was most surprised and pleased with my result on the Hub. I lifted just under 64 lbs. This wasn’t quite a PR for me, but it was my best result ever on the Hub I own, which I consider to be of average difficulty. In the Silver Bullet, I was a bit disappointed with my result. I held the bullet for 22 seconds. I typically hold it for a bit longer. Two weeks ago in Anaheim I slightly injured my right middle finger (I think a sprain of some sort) and while it hasn’t affected many of my lifts, it has affected my ability to close grippers. So holding the Silver Bullet was a bit of a painful experience for me. Once we were done with the multi-venue comp, we took a break for lunch and then we went into the 50-item Monster Medley. Five minutes to complete as many of the 50 feats as possible. 59-year-old Rick Blanchard was the first to accomplish the majority of the challenges – 35 of them to be precise. Not long after, Justin Major raised the mark to beat to 37. Next up was Dan, and he managed to complete 39 of the feats. It required considerable effort, but I was able to rack up a score of 43. I enjoy the long medleys, as they require endurance – something that isn’t often tested in grip contests. Five minutes seemed to be good amount of time to attempt 50 challenges. You had to move, but you had enough time to at least able to try everything you wanted to try. Only a few items were not lifted by anyone: the 45-lb plate by the hub, the 45-lb Blob, the 172-lb anvil by the horn, the Stacker with 35-lbs, the CoC #3, and the 100-lb plate using a key pinch. None of these feats are extremely difficult, but when part of a medley, you sometimes aren’t able to do all of the things you might normally be able to do. After handing out the trophies for the medley, several of us hung out to try different challenges and do a bit of armwrestling. Then it was just a matter of waiting for the action at the other venues to wrap up and for the results to come in. Once the scores were tabulated, the class winners were Dan in the 83 kg class, me in the 105 kg class, and Rob McMurren in the 105+ kg class. The 105+ was by far the most competitive – many of the placings were separated by a single point or less. Rick Blanchard won the masters division (50+ years) on tie-break (he was lighter than Gus Bush). I was impressed by several competitors for different reasons: Mike Murray, fresh off his CoC #3 certification, competed in his first grip sport contest and took second in the heavyweight class and fourth overall! Rick Heidebrecht, a 6’7” almost 375+ lb armwrestler competed in his first grip sport contest and broke the Canadian record for the 2.5” Crusher with a lift of over 205 lbs! 69-year old Gus bush lifted 66+ lbs on the IronMind Hub! After the contest, he managed to lift 70 lbs! I want to thank Jason and Rob for putting on this contest with me as well as all the competitors who took part!
  6. 9 points
    One of my long term goals has been to pull 600lbs (video at the bottom) and I recently achieved that (using a texas power bar, bumper plates but no belt). I just thought that I would put down a few thoughts about my path to 600 in case it is helpful to someone else, as I know that I found it helpful to read about the experiences of other people who wanted to move from the region of 500 towards 600. A very brief training history - the first time I ever tried a deadlift was 2010 (aged 18). I had previously done some powercleans with relatively light weights as an athlete but never gone for a deadlift. I managed to get ~160kg. I didn't really train deadlifts or squats much over the next couple of years, partly due to injuries (torn achilles and broken leg) and because I was playing football 5 times a week. Every now and then i would train with friends at a gym where I could deadlift (the free gym I had access to at University didn't have a plate loadable barbell). Because of the leg strength I had from football and the small amount of leg training I did and the fact I was doing a lot of weighted pull ups and have good levers for deadlift, I was able to pull 200kg at some point around 2013. I stayed at 200kg (rarely deadlifting) until early 2015 but improved my squat in the meantime. In 2015 I moved to a new gym with some really strong guys and saw lots of people deadlifting well over 200kg so decided to work on going heavier (deadlifting more often, doing some deficit pulls and getting straps to allow me to train past the limitations of my grip - I dislike mixed grip). By August 2015 I managed to get an ugly grindy rep with 250kg. I was stuck at 250kg for quite a while and at one point whilst I was doing crossfit over the summer of 2016 I even missed a couple of attempts at 240kg, so I'll just talk about the things that I changed that helped me to break the plateau: Getting on board a training programme that I was accountable to. Up until around a year ago my workouts were always designed by me and there wasn't a fixed number of sets and reps that I knew I had to do. That isn't to say I didn't train hard or that there wasn't some logic to my training (for example I would typically alternate heavier and lighter deadlift weeks to manage fatigue and would self regulate based on how I was feeling), but having a programme (5/3/1 in my case) meant that I trained deadlift differently that I had before (more higher rep sets and going heavy more frequently and even when I didn't feel great). Working on my technique. Previously I had just assumed that I was fine with the basic cues - get tight, flat back, hip hinge the weight up. But I read lots of articles and some helpful books (Deadlift Dynamite by Andy Bolton and Pavel Tsatsouline was great) and watched various videos, which really helped me to dial in my technique, use my quads a little more at the start of the movement, brace my core properly with good breathing and maintain position better even as the weights got heavy and/or I got fatigued. I also started warming up differently and doing more activation work to make sure my glutes in particular were 'switched on' before I started lifting. Recovering better. This was a big one for me - one of the reasons I didn't deadlift heavy as often before starting 5/3/1 was because I was worried about not being able to recover adequately, this was partly being too cautious but was also true - I was able to deadlift heavy train more often (3 weeks from 4) because I started caring about recovery - I started to pay more attention to my diet (bodyweight has stayed consistent around 95kg), I drank alcohol less frequently and practiced yoga regularly - partly for the flexibility benefits, but also doing some long static poses before bed to help calm my mind and fall asleep faster. I used ear plugs and got a blackout blind to help my sleep quality and luckily I had a fairly quiet 6 months at work, which meant that my stress levels were very low and I was able to leave work early, spend longer in the gym and sleep longer. Training more specifically to my task. I like doing lots of types of training, but for reasons out of my control (an achilles injury) I have been unable to do any running, jumping or other athletic movements like snatch and clean and jerk. The result I haven't been going for my normal regular 5km runs or interfering with my recovery process my playing sports etc. although I would rather be able to do those things, I do think that only doing gym related training made it much easier to gauge my recovery and put myself in the best position to hit the numbers I needed to hit each week. Using hook grip. This is probably the least significant factor, but I found that I felt much more solid in the bottom position and through the lift with a pronated hand position rather than mixed (where my underhand side would tend to kick the bar away slightly). It was also easier for me to engage my lats and have symmetrical hand positioning - when I go mixed, my underhand needs to be slightly wider because of the way my elbow and forearm is positioned (it hits my knee otherwise). It took a while to get used to the discomfort, but doing the crossfit really helped, lots of reps with light weights. Now I rarely hook grip because I do double overhand for almost all my sets, up until the point where it gets too heavy, where I switch to straps because I value sensation in my thumbs so don't want to do reps with a hook grip, and I don't feel I need to practice it as I've never had any problems feeling locked onto the bar. For anyone that is interested, my progression of my AMRAP sets (heaviest set of each cycle in bold) through the cycles of 5/3/1 from the point I started in December 2016 looked like this (there were a couple of cycles I didn't finish due to injury or holiday) (all weights in kilos, some of the numbers may not be exactly as I did them, I'm just copying from my app - for example I know that the first set I rounded up to 200kg). As a note, none of these sets is touch and go and I never failed a rep during any of these sets, I sometimes left 1 rep in the tank, although fairly often I did reach RPE 9.5/10 on my last rep: 7 Dec 2016 - 199 x 15 15 Dec 2016 - 211 x 10 22 Dec 2016 - 222 x 10 31 Dec 2016 - Deload 5 Jan 2017 - 207 x 12 12 Jan 2017 - 219 x 11 21 Jan 2017 - 231 x 9 28 Jan 2017 - Deload 2 Feb 2017 - 214 x 13 9 Feb 2017 - 227 x 12 16 Feb 2017 - 239 x 7 5 March 2017 - Deload 16 March 2017 - 222 x 8 23 March 2017 - 235 x 5 [Achilles injury and holiday break] 12 May 2017 - 214 x 7 20 May 2017 - 227 x 5 25 May 2017 - 239 x 4 31 May 2017 - Deload 7 June 2017 - 222 x 12 15 June 2017 - 235 x 10 23 June 2017 - 250 x 5 30 June 2017 - Deload 6 July 2017 - 230 x 6* 14 July 2017 - 243 x 6 20 July 2017 - 257 x 3 (first time going over my old PR) 27 July 2017 - Deload 4 August 2017 - 235 x 8* 11 August 2017 - 250 x 4* 17 August 2017 - 263 x 2 (could have probably got 3 here but knew I was maxing soon so didn't want to risk injury/excessive fatigue) 24 August 2017 - Deload 31 August 2017 - 272.5 x 1 (also had a close miss at 280kg) *these weren't AMRAPs in the sense that I hit my minimums and then a little extra but had more left in the tank after these than with most of the other sets, I found that if I pushed really hard week 1 then I was getting very tired by week 3 and my form suffered a little, whereas if I held back a bit in week 1 then week 3 performance was much better. As far as my backdown sets went, i usually did sets of 5, almost always from a 1.5" deficit, with around 70-80% of my top set for the day. I also used a phasic structure that I stole from Cal Deitz (not sure on spelling), whereby for one cycle I would do all by backdowns with a slow(ish) eccentric, the next cycle would all be paused reps, the final cycle would be regular lifts but focussing on moving the bar quickly whilst maintaining form (i.e. not ripping it off the floor).
  7. 9 points
    Having the potential to do something and actually doing it are two different things. It is a smack in the face of all the Mash Monsters and Captains of Crush when people start equating "stories" about this guy and that guy who did x,y, and z in their garage alone at midnight, with actual feats done under controlled conditions with rules and judges. If there is a crusher stronger than Morgan, they have yet to prove it. Talk is cheap.
  8. 8 points
    So finally I met with Jedd. East meets West. And man it was sooo fun and we learned a lot from each other grip wise and none grip wise. From the 6th (7th our time) to 13th of September. I like it and agree with Jedd's saying "Ooooh YEEEAAAAH" and "Misses are just Warm Ups". So I picked him up at the airport and then dropped him in the hotel to put his stuff then we went to eat and have a grip discussion (Jedd has amazing strong/firm handshake, nice first impression). Wonderful first night. Next day/night was was a grip training night. We did hit the grip gym. And dude this guy, Jedd, easily lifted my inch to deadlift and then did it with the left hand after warming up a bit. He then went ahead and tried the 98KG Inch from Heavygriptools. Boy my Inch isn't easy at all and Jedd lifted it and the bigger Inch, the 98KG, no one lifted it yet. Jedd came and attempted it and man one side came up!!! That is so freakin awesome! I am sure if he just kept doing it then he would gotten air under both sides. I would place Jedd top 15 to 20 worldwide in Inch handling. That was so amazing. My friend Razaq and Abdulrahman also liked it a lot. A second thick bar daddy? It is good to mention Jedd warm ups are so fast that I feel if I did it it will never warm me up enough. I then warmed up and then benched a bit to be able to do some grip with Jedd (that's my way to get the blood flowing to have better results and avoid injuries). We then did the blobs. Jedd wated the 30KG so bad and his best attempt was 2 to 3 inches off ground which is HUGE while knowing Jedd lifted the Fatman normally, using last three fingers, and first three fingers. We then did 10's pinch. Before doing I told Jedd those 10's became sooo hard that we can barely do 4 tens with it now (we as in me and Abdulrazaq, Abdulrahman doesn't train). Then we attempted it and we all three failed lol. Then Jedd started chalking it well with Razaq and in the end with some wrist strength thrown in the pinch we all could lift it. It was so hard that I think more than the blob50 from the easy side. But still I feel we were in warmping up process. And misses are just warm ups. Right Jedd ? Then amazingly lifted 5 tens after few misses but with the blob on the other hand too. That was amazing. Once up those SOB's just broke and fell eveyrwhere. Those 5 tens were much harder than the Fatman blob I got from Paul Knight. It was like a stepping stone to the big 30KG blob from heavygriptools. I did lift it few times in the past the five tens but by time they get harder and harder dunno why the heck?! the paint is just horrible. Generally things in my gym are harder due to the paint. Maybe our weather doesn't help much? After that we did the fbbc hub I believe. Jedd was surprised also slick (becoming harder by time too). 17KG wasn't easy but he did lift it. Me and Razaq could do it as we are more used to it too and our hands are smaller it will fit more in that small hub (Jedd got an inch bigger hands than mine and way bigger thumb and a little wider palms so this affects the hub). I think my IM hub is also same lol. Very slick. Jedd then taught me how to lift my old york 45's hub which I did. He said it was the easy way though. This was/is the first time doing it. Don't remember if Jedd did this but fresh surely he'll do it too. And my friend Razaq couldn't. Then we did few dyno's. the 300LB baseline dyno (because the 200LB wouldn't be enough for us, even with our weaker hands. oooh yeeeaaah) and the rare (only around 7 to 9 made ever) 150KG Robert Baraban hand dyno. My friend abdulrahman who doesn't train and for his age (above 40) and a banker he did an average 50kg/49kg. Razaq did best 87Kg. Me and Jedd were the same. I got all 4 attempts between 99 to 101KG. Jedd all 4 attempts between 92KG then maxing at 105 and then 99 and 100KG. For those interested we did do it on the second setting for the baseline dyno. We did first setting and just like I assumed Jedd didn't like it. Dunno why and how many people prefer the first setting. It hurts my wrist even before having my last year wrist injury. Then we did on Baraban first Dyno and Abdulrahman was again at around 50Kg (this dyno is spring so dynamic; unlike the baseline dyno it's static,moves like half mm or so) and Razaq around 75kg and me/Jedd both around 93KG for few attempts. I am sure me and Jedd would've gotten over 100KG if fresh or little better than end of workout. Then we did few of those big spring crushers and oh boy we arm-wrestled later. I never lost a match before but hey I have one training partner and sometimes I do with my Leader Sports staff but that's it. Jedd is different and he is not even an AWer. We didn't do real matches but fun matches/drills. Me and Jedd both beat Razaq. then it was me and Jedd. Lefty I got it but righty we were same. But to my surprise Jedd wrist was better (yeah I know but still was surprised because it was my first time haha) it broke my hook and I couldn't top roll him. Jedd says I have a hard hands upper and bottom part. Razaq used to say it too but getting a confirmation from Jedd that nice knowing. And yes for the whinners I know he has much bigger hands but that strength wasn't size, it was pure power!!! Oh yeeaaah Jedd! Finished the day with dinner outside and cruising around Dubai. Then next day took Jedd to my Majles in my home. We had Gahwa (Arabic Coffee) and Tea. We then with my friends went sightseeing and IMG. For next few days we were enjoying Dubai. @Jedd Johnson there wasn't enough time to even look for half of Dubai. Next time I will take you to different places! And yes the other "farm" too and this time time was tight. In Dubai Mall he showed me thumb wrestling which ended in a draw and I showed him handshake wrestling which also ended in a draw in Dubai Mall. Luckily it was night so few people watched lol. Next day we met with a body builder called Abdulhameed. Jedd was listening to a nice and fun conversation between Abdulhameed and Razaq. Few more days have passed and then before the day he left we gripped again. So we gymed again (man this is long post I'll write the briefs). Jedd did an amazing bench press with two 70KG dumbbells! My almost 3 years old son Mohammad joined us (Jedd when he see's your picture he says gym man haha), Jedd did the Inches again and the fat blob attempts. Same but more air under. Razaq did easy 60d nails barehanded. I did blob50 clean and fatman lift. Jedd too did a fatman lift but with three fingers instead of four. Then we did plate pinch Jedd says it is slick and sharp. Jedd couldn't do the 35's as it was slick and tearing his webs. I did left and right and Razaq did right and left it also tore his webs. I always thought they are suppose like this. Jedd said my 45's are the same as the 35's but much bigger and sharper. Damn! We did thumb wrestling again and a tie. Jedd with Razaq Jedd won. Jedd said my two old york 45's fit well so yeah something to train for. Did some potato crushes. They were from the fridge man that is much harder than the normal ones outside. My attempt I pushed my thumb once and the second one it digged right into it and the other half flew across the room lol I didn't expect it. Razaq then did and I finished his as he couldn't. Jedd then did and I finished his also as it was his first time doing and was cold. I do potato crush maybe once every two year (last time with Juha) but my crush and my previous Iron Hands training helped/helps. Jedd then did rows 10 reps each hand with 70KG dumbbells! That was so strong. I did only two righty then felt pain on my wrist were was the injury so stopped. Jedd did around 83KG the Russian blue rolling handles to lockout and with FBBC a little less. Those are pretty hard. Also the FBBC handle has some small weight to it. Razaq was having a bad wrist day so he didn't attempt. I did up to 50 or 55 KG left but no right to avoid my previous wrist pain. I think I was good for 65KG lefty. Right if fresh and no pain maybe then 70KG on that handle. Oh yeah on the second day of gym we also closed grippers. We did TNS on my very hard very wide CoC #2. Jedd did 3 mms reps on my easy #3 (which he said isn't easy) and I did two wider reps (and of course this was end of the workout we were finished by that time). Did few closes on my little harder than average #3 and Jedd missed it only by a hair. And we both got a GE to quarter of an inch. Jedd attempt was better a bit than mine. Hmmm then on the way out we also did handshake wrestling. This time we tied left hand and I won right hand. With Razaq I beat him left and right and he and Jedd was a tie. Then it was over with grip. We then left, ate, enjoyed the night, Jedd taught me that root beers are not even beers and non alcoholic. I liked them. Then we enjoyed rest of the night and he went back to hotel so next day early morning he left back to the US. All in all I loved meeting with Jedd. My friends loved it too. Jedd loved it too. Our schedual was so busy from morning. I wake up around 6.45 and go to my office. Lots of work. Jedd visited me twice or thrice there. Razaq also has few shops to take care of. Abdulrahman works in a bank so also from morning till around 4PM he was in work. Razaq qas with Jedd from 1.30 to 2. Then we used to hang around till waaay late 2.30AM to twice even 4AM lol. But hey we enjoyed the talks, the food, the training, the grip talks, the cruising, meeting new people and old friends, and so on. I might be missing something so sorry for that guys. What's funny though I think Jedd added anywhere between 6 to 10 pounds. Man this was a long post! Hope to see you again soon Jedd and keep on training buddy!!!
  9. 8 points
  10. 8 points
    Hey Gripboard, i hope it is ok and i'm not going against some Gripboard rules. I want to introduce our new Website www.gripsport-germany.de Here in germany only a few people have heard of gripsport. It is still an underground thing. Since the TV Show Ninja Warrior Germany, more and more people have heard the word: "Griffkraft" because the host of the show used this word multiple times! Now we have a website where it all comes together. Athletes, Competitions, bending, training and more - out of the underground. There is a big gripsport community in Germany, but nobody knows it. Until now! ...the website is a few days old, adhoc coded without preparation and is updated by myself. The well known grip guys from germany are working together on more content and articles to keep this site alive. I'm writing this, because some of you expect a full packed site. A nice thing are the classic grip feats and feats of strength. http://gripsport-germany.de/feats-of-strength/ With challenges and funny or rare grip feats you keep this sport alive. We also have profile-sites of german Grip Sport athletes. But you have to earn your profile - e.g. by attending at 3 contests with 5th place or you have to do a IronMind Cert and classic feat cert... the rules and athlete profiles are on the index page. Profiles of Gabriel Sum and Marco Buhl are online, yet. stay tuned for updates and more. English content perhaps in the near future Thanks Marco
  11. 8 points
    August 26th, 2017 Hands memorize the gripper work. At 5th of August I wasn't able to close it even from parallel set! End goal with this tool is to kill it TNS out of package. But difference between TNS and CCS on Zentih #4 is bigger than between CCS and deep set, I mean it! Handles are thick and smooth, the gripper is very hard to keep in the proper place on the hand.
  12. 8 points
    HUGE NEWS: This year, there will be a King Kong venue in Melbourne, Australia! Andrew Lea will be hosting the event. Note that the Australian contest will be run a week prior on October 21st, due to a scheduling conflict. Also, Andrey Terenyev will be hosting the contest in Moscow, Russia! This brings the total number of locations to 18! Can we break the 200-competitor barrier this year?
  13. 7 points
    Huge thanks to Richard Sorin and Sorinex for once again looking out for the competitive grip world. He sent me an entire CASE of his new Might Mitts Grip Chalk to disperse amongst grippers everywhere. Daring to sound like a commercial...I pretty much assumed "chalk was chalk" until I tested this stuff. After shedding it's corners…the stuff does NOT break apart. It's ridiculously dense, heavy and frankly keeps chalk mess to a minimum. Apparently it's 99.9% silica free…which reduces slippage for lack of that additive. Very cool stuff. I just sent out the first wave of the Might Mitts chalk. The Grip Contingents in Tennessee, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pittsburgh should expect a package in the next week or so. Wyalusing, Charlotte, Portland and NYC will go out next week. Let's get some good comparisons and feedback out here. Once again...thanks to @1stCoC for his continued support of GripSport!
  14. 7 points
    This was my first ever grip contest and my first competition of any kind since tearing my Achilles' tendon in May. In many ways my torn Achilles was a blessing in disguise, without it I never would have focused my training on grip, probably would not have yet certified on the CoC #3 and never would have discovered Grip Board and by extension grip sport. I wasn't sure what to expect coming into my first grip competition but Rob welcomed me into his home and introduced me to several of the competiors who had made it to his house before me. We weighed in and chatted as the other competitors trickled in until every one had arrived and it was time to get down to business. First up was the Gold Bar, I had never touched this implement before Friday evening but quickly got a feel for it. I took my first attempt in the 40lbs range and lifted it easily, my second (and best) attempt came at 50.5lbs and I again lifted it with little difficulty. At this point I decided to stay out for a few jumps, a decision which would come back to haunt me. I missed my next 2 attempts to finish with a lift of 50.5lbs for a tie for 14th place. was told Next up was the 2.5" crusher. I was told by Rob that typically people lift about 30lbs less then they do on Rolling Thunder, being able to lift around 200-205lbs I decided to take my first attempt around 160. My first and 2nd lifts were both successful in the 160-170 range. My next attempt came at 175.9lbs, which ended up being my best lift on the event for a 5th place overall finish. I tried for a lift in the 180s but missed. Highlight of this event was seeing Rick set a new Canadian record at 205.35lbs. Third event was he IronMind Hub. My previous best on this was 45lbs so to hear the numbers being talked about in the room was a little intimidating but in warm ups I easily hit 45lbs. Little did I know when I hit my 45lbs PR, I hadn't used nearly enough chalk. I think I still ended up taking 45lbs as an opener just to be safe. My 2nd attempt was in the 50-55lbs range and was successful. My 3rd attempt came at 60.5lbs and was a near miss. I took 5 mins to shake my hand out and stretch my wrist and hit it for my final attempt for a 5th place overall finish. Another highlight was seeing Mark Lacina (my ref for CoC cert) hit a Canadian record 69.2lbs. Final event was my bread and butter, the silver bullet, although I have never touched a silver bullet anyone who has seen any of my post over the last few months knows I love my grippers. I do 10lbs strap holds almost daily on the #2 so i was exited to see what I could do on the silver bullet. I was the last one up so I knew I needed to beat the :35 mark set by Rick. I set up and held, around the :30 mark the bullet slipped on me a bit and I had to squeeze hard before it fell. I managed to crank out another 6 seconds before I lost the hold for real. I was a little disappointed because I felt like I could have held it for another 10sec+ but it just wasn't in the cards that night. I managed to hold the #3 for 36.21sec for first place overall. I was very happy to learn the next day that I had taken 2nd in my weight class and 4th overall. Big thanks go out to Eric for organizing and Rob for hosting. I had an awesome time, met some great people and will definitely be out for another contest soon. Videos of all my lifts: post event medley:
  15. 7 points
    Hi. Had some setbacks and health issues. Here is a link to the full file stills that were taken at SJ4...https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0crhKOr1-NIcDVPc3E5aDUtNjA?usp=sharing They are big enough files that they can be cropped and maintain definition. There are more than 400 of them...probably only a third of what was originally taken. I resized about 30 below to give the gist of the Comp to those who don't want to go through them all. - Nate Again...the higher quality versions of these photos are at that link.
  16. 7 points
  17. 6 points
    Measurements and material calculate out to 400 lbs. If it's not, it's dang close. Very awkward shape too. Never completely lifted it before today. Even took a few steps before tossing it on the rock pile of pain. Finally got it @David_wigren. I heart stone rash. Haha 400lb natural stone
  18. 6 points
    Cross-Canada Grip Sport Challenge September 8-9, 2017 Ottawa - Edmonton - Waterloo RESULTS Ties broken using the countback method, then by lower bodyweight if still a tie Weight Class Results Men’s 83 kg 1st – Dan Fleming – 4 points 2nd – Philippe Tremblay – 10 points 3rd – Matthew Darling – 10 points Men’s 105 kg 1st – Eric Roussin – 7 points 2nd – Joshua Henze – 15.5 points 3rd – Tyler Bolzan – 17 points 4th – Andrew Dubé – 20 points 5th – Neil Cantwell – 20 points 6th – Mark Lacina – 23 points 7th – Richard Blanchard – 29 points 8th – Nicolas Vujnovic – 31.5 points 9th – Jeff King – 35 points 10th – Colin Dore – 35 points 11th – Keith Steffensen – 39 points 12th – Tony Reid – 40 points Men’s 105+ kg 1st – Rob McMurren – 13.5 points 2nd – Mike Murray – 14.5 points 3rd – Rick Heidebrecht – 15 points 4th – Justin Major – 16 points 5th – Jason Steeves – 20 points 6th – Ben Collins – 20.5 points 7th – Gustav Bush – 21 points 8th – David Laidlaw – 23.5 points Men’s 50+ Years 1st – Richard Blanchard – 6 points 2nd – Gustav Bush – 6 points 3rd – Keith Steffensen – 12 points Overall Standings 1st – Eric Roussin – 16 points 2nd – Dan Fleming – 22 points 3rd – Rob McMurren – 22 points 4th – Mike Murray – 26.5 points 5th – Justin Major – 28.5 points 6th – Rick Heidebrecht – 32 points 7th – Ben Collins – 37 points 8th – Josh Henze – 39 points 9th – Jason Steeves – 42 points 10th – Gustav Bush – 43 points 11th – Tyler Bolzan – 43 points 12th – David Laidlaw – 44.5 points 13th – Mark Lacina – 45 points 14th – Neil Cantwell – 46.5 points 15th – Andrew Dube – 47 points 16th – Matthew Darling – 59.5 points 17th – Richard Blanchard – 60.5 points 18th – Nicolas Vujnovic – 70.5 points 19th – Jeff King – 72 points 20th – Philippe Tremblay – 73 points 21st – Colin Dore – 75 points 22nd – Tony Reid – 79 points 23rd – Keith Steffensen – 80.5 points Individual Event Results Gold Bar Results 1 - Dan Fleming - 72.56 lbs 2 - Jason Steeves - 64.59 lbs T-3 - Eric Roussin - 63.92 lbs T-3 - Justin Major - 63.92 lbs T-5 - Ben Collins - 63.49 lbs T-5 - David Laidlaw - 63.49 lbs T-7 - Josh Henze - 61.2 lbs T-7 - Rob McMurren - 61.2 lbs 9 - Tyler Bolzan - 58.15 lbs 10 - Tony Reid - 55.78 lbs 11 - Neil Cantwell - 54.67 lbs T-12 - Matthew Darling - 51.51 lbs T-12 - Richard Blanchard - 51.51 lbs T-14 - Andrew Dube - 50.5 lbs T-14 - Nicolas Vujnovic - 50.5 lbs T-14 - Gustav Bush - 50.5 lbs T-14 - Mike Murray - 50.5 lbs 18 - Keith Steffensen - 46.37 lbs 19 - Colin Dore - 45 lbs 20 - Mark Lacina - 43.05 lbs 21 - Philippe Tremblay - 41.42 lbs 22 - Rick Heidebrecht - 40.6 lbs 23 - Jeff King - 35.2 lbs 2.5" Crusher Results 1 - Rick Heidebrecht - 205.35 lbs T-2 - Eric Roussin - 190.41 lbs T-2 - Justin Major - 190.41 lbs 4 - Rob McMurren - 178.95 lbs 5 - Mike Murray - 175.9 lbs 6 - Jeff King - 170 lbs 7 - Gustav Bush - 167.95 lbs 8 - Dan Fleming - 163.02 lbs T-9 - Josh Henze - 160.6 lbs T-9 - Tyler Bolzan - 160.6 lbs 11 - Ben Collins - 152.23 lbs 12 - David Laidlaw - 147.82 lbs 13 - Andrew Dube - 147.5 lbs 14 - Neil Cantwell - 136.8 lbs 15 - Mark Lacina - 135.2 lbs 16 - Richard Blanchard - 129.57 lbs 17 - Jason Steeves - 125.77 lbs 18 - Philippe Tremblay - 124.46 lbs T-19 - Matthew Darling - 119.5 lbs T-19 - Keith Steffensen - 119.5 lbs 21 - Nicolas Vujnovic - 112.45 lbs 22 - Colin Dore - 104.66 lbs 23 - Tony Reid - DNF Hub Results 1 - Mark Lacina - 69.2 lbs T-2 - Gustav Bush - 66.05 lbs T-2 - Rob McMurren - 66.05 lbs 4 - Eric Roussin - 63.89 lbs 5 - Mike Murray - 60.5 lbs 6 - Dan Fleming - 60.12 lbs 7 - Rick Heidebrecht - 58.65 lbs T-8 - Neil Cantwell - 56.66 lbs T-8 - Ben Collins - 56.66 lbs 10 - David Laidlaw - 54.45 lbs T-11 - Matthew Darling - 52.83 lbs T-11 - Justin Major - 52.83 lbs T-13 - Andrew Dube - 50.75 lbs T-13 - Colin Dore - 50.75 lbs T-13 - Nicolas Vujnovic - 50.75 lbs T-13 - Tyler Bolzan - 50.75 lbs 17 - Richard Blanchard - 50.31 lbs 18 - Jason Steeves - 48.94 lbs 19 - Josh Henze - 47.9 lbs 20 - Philippe Tremblay - 45.17 lbs 21 - Jeff King - 42.45 lbs 22 - Keith Steffensen - 40.22 lbs 23 - Tony Reid - DNF Silver Bullet Results 1 - Mike Murray CoC#3 - 36.21 seconds 2 - Rick Heidebrecht - CoC#3 - 35.33 seconds 3 - Josh Henze - CoC#3 - 30.65 seconds 4 - Andrew Dube - CoC#3 - 25.28 seconds 5 - Jason Steeves - CoC#3 - 22.59 seconds 6 - Eric Roussin - CoC#3 - 22.25 seconds 7 - Dan Fleming - CoC#3 - 21.22 seconds 8 - Rob McMurren - CoC#3 - 15.19 seconds 9 - Mark Lacina - CoC#3 - 14.41 seconds 10 - Tyler Bolzan - CoC#3 - 11.01 seconds 11 - Justin Major - CoC#3 - 9.97 seconds 12 - Ben Collins - CoC#3 - 8.85 seconds 13 - Neil Cantwell - CoC#3 - 7.14 seconds 14 - Philippe Tremblay - CoC#2.5 - 4.9 seconds 15 - Richard Blanchard - CoC#2 - 22.4 seconds 16 - Matthew Darling - CoC#2 - 19.44 seconds 17 - David Laidlaw - CoC#2 - 4.05 seconds 18 - Gustav Bush - CoC#2 - 3.99 seconds T19 - Nicolas Vujnovic - CoC#1 - 20.78 seconds T19 - Colin Dore - CoC#1 - 20.78 seconds 21 - Keith Steffensen - CoC#1 - 4.52 seconds 22 - Jeff King - CoC Trainer - 7.88 seconds 23 - Tony Reid - DNF
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    A lot of new and exciting developments coming out in the lead up to and at this competition. For those on the fence about coming, try to do anything you can to get there. If you enjoy bending as a hobby, competitive bending or want to learn more about it, this is the place to be. There will be red nail and FBBC Bastard certified benders there (like @NealB and @KRC) to give tips in a no pressure atmosphere for those beginners or people that just want to take their skills to the next level (myself included). I am especially looking forward to learning more from Kevin and hopefully @Andrew Dube about braced bending. Those guys are animals and good at teaching the skills. And lots of new top secret products to try out in the grip and bending world, as @KRC, @Squeezus and @acromegaman can attest to. This will be the place to put your hands on them and test them out. Huge props to Kevin on his attention to detail and massive effort in pre-planning. Any donations can go through him to help make this as epic as possible. There will be plenty of good food as well. Steak, brats, dogs, venison, chicken, etc. Don't miss out on the bending event of a lifetime.
  21. 6 points
    Not to down the feat but those blocks with the long side pointing down give quite a bit of leverage. Look at the tilt he is getting throughout the lift - not at all a strict pinch. Perhaps overloading your strict 1RM in pinch may be beneficial and may carry over to the euro. Again not downing it, just observing.
  22. 6 points
    I had a wonderful experience meeting and competing against some incredible gripmen. I have been battling back/sciatica since July 7th so I was unsure if I would do the axle or not but was looking forward to the contest - had not flown in 19 years due to fear of flying!! Arrived Friday night with my wife and son after a not so scary flight(LOL). Next day was weigh-in(9A.M.) at the convention center and I immediately noticed how expansive the seating was for the spectators-nerves spiked a tad even before the weigh-in. I felt a tad tired from the nervous energy spent on the flight but my back and hamstring(sciatic nerve) were ok as long as I didn't try to touch my toes! Rolling thunder was first event and the opening weight I noticed it felt heavier than usual- I was wondering if it was me or the handle as it was new and Riccardo told me it was harder handle. I ended up 176 and failed to lockout 187 even though I managed to lift it 6-8 inches but lockout is totally different- was not disappointed as it was a cool to see the crowd and the athletes(especially Odd Haugen, Carl Myerscough and Eric Roussin put on a clinic). Next event was the axle- 3 months ago prior to getting hurt I felt the axle was going to be my best event- now I was just hoping to do opening weight with back intact. Opening weight felt easy in the hands but stiffness in low back and pretty good pain in right hamstring- not too mention I had not done axle or legs in 7 weeks so my bar path was way out in front. I decided to do next weight and got thru it physically and mentally so went on to do 330 which was fairly easy- so I went for 352 and was a few pounds shy of locking out- had the hand strength but not the 100% confidence in my back and leg to thrust the hips to get the lift. Carl Myerscough did 462 lb in a surreal moment that I will never forgot with the crowd behind him- Had a competitor tell me next day that I was really good on the axle considering how small my paws were and was nice to hear. Next event was the Silver Bullet and my goal was 8 seconds and only did 4 seconds(not so funny thing is that was a P.R. as my first contest I did 1.33sec :) on the 3# - was most definitely a nerves issue(nice way of saying I choked, LOl) as my right arm extended felt like jello. So day 1 was done and I was having a great time really watching how strong these men were and how freakin large they were- I felt small at 6'1 222!! Day 2 woke up and I was reminded that I had forearm flexor muscles- yikes!! First event of day was the hub and I felt much calmer and did a fairly easy 64(contest P.R.) to finish 4th- I was truly in awe of my buddy Riccardo Magni winning this event with a very easy 69 lift- such a great achievement and such a nice man. Final event was the pinch block- I like the block even though Iam not very good at it in absolute terms- I pulled 72lbs which tied a contest P.R. for me and finished 9th in the block - John Machnik(super cool guy) the overall champion for heavyweight, just crushed it in this event and attempted a WR 0f 105- if He tried 102 He would have done it. So overall it was an incredible experience/ kinda like a bucketlist event for me. I enjoyed meeting my fellow competitors and everybody was so supportive. Riccardo Magni was super strong at ALL events and finished 3rd in an elite field- much respect for him and his talent. Eric Roussin- first day, I witnessed something that I think very few people world could do - 220 on new RT handle, near miss on 418 axle and 29 seconds on Silver bullet- all at a BWT under 200 he weighed 198- such a stud and gentleman! Bryan Hunsaker, super friendly, Humble for all he has achieved in strength!! Bryan lifted 396 on the axle like it was an upright row(very explosive lifter, something I had never seen in person before). Riccardo Magni, I have such admiration for him, He was so nice and to achieve what he did while losing BWT of 30-40lbs over the past 12-18 months is a testament to the willpower of that man. Jon- Clark Eklund - who I feel when healthy is top 3 in the U.S. grip - finished overall 2nd while battling pain in his leg He did 87lbs on pinch block on actually one leg up in air!!- he had pretty extensive surgery in July. He is so cool and his wife Kim is also very impressive young lady - who did great on the Hub and Pinch block!! Iam glad they live in Oregon- very nice and strong couple. Carl Myerscough, Holy freakin cow He is massive- 6'10" 340 and put together. Super friendly, mild- mannered giant who put on a show on the RT 242lbs and axle 462!! Iam glad I saw it live. John Machnik, who was good at everything and won the silver Bullet event and crushed it on the Pinch block 97lbs went up easy. He was so nice to me and was impressed with his demeanor at contest- He truly is a grip monster!! John Call, amazing athlete with around 7-8% bodyfat at 232lbs- he did a backflip on stage after doing 330 on the axle!!!!!!!!!! And Odd Haugen.... He was a gentle giant but when it came to business on the RT it was incredible to behold his performance of 242lb- to witness his strength and his primal growl prior to said lift was too cool and something that I will remember forever. Obviously, Odd is a Historic gripman, who ran a first-class grip event w/o any hitches, Iam truly thankful to have shared the same stage as Odd and the other great lifters. Sorry about the novel but it was a new and exciting time for me!!
  23. 5 points
    Ok so what have I been doing lately. My overall training is more based on upper body lately. My foodintake is my biggest downfall, but I have rest with this, that I just don't have time or will to start stuffing my face everyday to get bigger. When I feel hungry I eat, and when possible, I try to eat before that point, and what I eat I see as 'healthy'. Because of the upper body work, I luckily still see improvement in posture around my shoulderarea. My shoulders are definitely a weak spot. Seen a PT last week and although I am quite flexible, there was some stiff tissue that needs to be addressed to. He is also going to massage my lower arms and my hands next time, he noticed quite the difference in muscle tissue between left and right, right being more dense which is also my strongest griphand. I need to address that also. Legs, been pretty much skipping that. I need to get back with that, although I can honestly say I don't like doing legwork. I have never seen carryover to anything by it and quite frankly I don't think the backsquat is an exercise that does me any good for getting stronger with grip. That said, I am going to bring it in, but with much lower weight and more reps, besides doing pistols again. My legs are the most unthankful parts of my body to train. Grip IM#3 certification is - as always - still on my list. But it will be a maximum effort and will never become easy for me, specially when I get a hard #3, which I will probably get. I made comfort with that thought too. It is how it will be. If it's a less tough one, good for me. But when I cert it, I don't want to get handed out the easy way out, so my biggest goal for now, is to CCS my 153 lbs #3. It is a very stout gripper which feels harder than it's rating throughout the sweep. @Joefrey felt it two years ago and he noticed that too. After SJ4 I kept on working grippers with RT for a few weeks but it is always one of the two that stays stagnant when training several implements, so it is grippers only again for me, with a little side step here and there when I feel good, main focus on the thumbs because that will aid gripperwork. As far as setup, I am figuring out the method @MurrayStrongnan is using, though tempered down in both volume and grippers. Basically twice or three times a week grippers, using strapholds, assisted heavy closes/negatives and repwork on the other days, one volume and one speed. I tried the 3 times week approach and I think that is too much for recovery for me, so I tend to go to 2 times a week. Yesterday after my gripperwork, I took my 153 #3 and attempted a wide set and was amazed with how more 'easy' the wider set felt, though I could not close it anymore. But that's not strange after Elite attempts and straphold work for a few rounds. So I think I am in the right path, but I just need to fine tune this. In a few weeks I have planned a week off from work and I will be redoing my garage, painting the walls and stairs etc and making a much more visual attractive place to spend my time during training. It's things like that, that help me stay motivated.
  24. 5 points
    MM1 is gonna log more frequent flier miles. Headed to Canada this time. Kill it Mike!
  25. 5 points
    Canadian National Grip Sport Championships Saturday, February 24th, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Weigh-Ins: 8 am to 9:30 am Contest Start: 10 am Events: Saxon Bar (Sorinex) Shallow Hub (World of Grip) Bearing Lift (Dube Cube) Wrist Wrench Dynamometer Little Big Horn (IronMind) Two-Hand Tips Tester (Barrel Strength) Classes: Men’s 83 kg Men’s 105 kg Men’s 105+ kg Women’s Open Men’s Masters Open (50+ Years) Awards for top three finishers in each class and overall champion Reverse Strongman Scoring Contest format, entry fee, and venue to be confirmed Open to all Canadian residents Contact Eric Roussin by PM, email (eroussin@rogers.com) or phone (613-986-1724) to register and/or for additional information.
  26. 5 points
    Big thanks to @acorn for his assistance. http://www.gripsport.org/lists.htm Noteables...The Crusher 2.5" top100 list had a 2nd place showing by Duevorn Harris and 11th place by Steve Nichols. The 1HP Flask top 100 list had 6 placings out of the top 8!!! Thanks again to all those who helped and competed!
  27. 5 points
    412.5 lb 2H 2 inch vbar Running outta bar.
  28. 5 points
  29. 5 points
    I am back home after the Cross Canada Grip Challenge. All day yesterday while driving home, I couldn't stop thinking, "Why cant life always be like this?" I will post a write up later when I get time.
  30. 5 points
  31. 5 points
    I'm really pumped to release this cool new piece of equipment I have been working on for a while. Hosting competitions and training under contest conditions can be a pain in the ass. Why let something like a proper crossbar setup get in your way. Focus on the important stuff like getting stronger and doing your best! Let us do the rest. https://www.barrelstrengthsystems.com/products/competition-crossbar
  32. 5 points
  33. 4 points
    Now i have something to proudly show to you. A big milestone for me. https://youtu.be/z8WaD4Sm9rs
  34. 4 points
    apparently there is a new leader for 30mm block grippers...........................ignore the fact it was the first time results for the event were uploaded
  35. 4 points
    Yet another location has been confirmed! Nate Brous will host a venue in South Jersey!
  36. 4 points
    Don't know how many people have seen what he's currently been doing but this needed to be shared.
  37. 4 points
    It's great to see so many Canadians competing (and it looks like some Americans too). Congratulations to all competitors!
  38. 4 points
    We had some really strong guys at our venue last night! I'm excited to see the final results from across the country!
  39. 4 points
    I can't speak for Adam but I get the feeling that he doesn't really care about applicability to the Euro, that he is simply doggedly pursuing what interests him personally. And, I must say, I really admire that.
  40. 4 points
    The Anaheim FIT EXPO. The 9th Odd Haugen FIT EXPO contest that I have done could not have gone much better. The field was VERY strong. Put it this way: 2 WSM competitors, one Olympian, and one DI college lineman. That doesn't even count the most impressive guy in the contest, Eric Roussin, who lifted with us in between winning the Arm wrestling contest. Here’s the rundown on my experience. First event: Rolling Thunder I did the opening weight of 65kg, passed 70kg, and then made 75, 80, and 85kg easily. Somehow 90kg was glued to the floor. The handle was brand new and was of the new design with the end caps. I got 8th place. It was a 2kg PR with the new handle. Still, more work is needed here... Second event: Apollon’s Axle Deadlift I deadlifted quite frequently during this training cycle and it showed. I made 170kg very easily. Unfortunately, 175kg was not a choice and we had to go to 180kg. I gave it two good tries, but I was not quite ready for it. Still, the last time I made this in a contest I was 15# heavier so it was a PR. Even better, I was 3rd place!! Third event: Silver Bullet I tried the #4 gripper but it proved to be too much. Even though I had done it before in training, the grippers vary too much. This one was a brick, probably 220#. The next day after the contest, Matt Cannon posted that he rated 4 #4 grippers that ranged from 213#-221#. I quickly abandoned the idea of setting it and moved on to the #3. I had about a 15-20 second break. I held on for my second best contest time ever, 21.50 seconds. Good finish here. 5th place. It was a calculated gamble. If I had done the #4, I would have won the event. Only one other athlete tried the #4 and he couldn't set it either. END OF DAY 1: 5th place. This was decent as I knew I had prepared well for Day 2. I also knew that I would have to PR in both events in order to make the podium Sunday afternoon. Day 2: First event: The Hub Most people that follow this sport know that I have some level of proficiency with the Hub. I didn't disappoint here, hitting a PR of 69# and actually winning the event!! It was the first time at one of these “pro” shows that I have won an event. Very exciting for me. Super close finish as two other guys also made 69# and bodyweight was the tiebreaker. Good thing that I haven't had dessert in a long time... Second event: Blockbuster Pinch Block Like so many contests, it always comes down to the last event. Before the 7 weeks I had to train for this contest, my BBPB PR was 65#. Luckily I was able to make 72# and 77# in the contest. Amazingly, that was only good for 7th place! Four guys did 87# or better!! After running the finals numbers through what seemed like a computer mainframe, it was discovered that I got third place in the 200#+ class. This is the second time that I have gotten third place in one of these contests, but the field was SO strong. I am well aware that with a different combination of events, I could have been fifth or sixth. And I also realize that withslightly more forgiving #4, I could have won the contest! More importantly than the result was the time spent with Bryan, Eric, and Carl. These guys are ridiculously good and very fun to hang out with. I learned a lot from them and had fun. I got to meet Michael Thomas from Oregon and he did a great job in his first big contest. Of course, I have competed against Martins, John Machnik, and Jon Eklund several times since we all live in California. These guys are all very strong and very talented. And of course, how do I leave out everybody's favorite Viking, Odd Haugen? He literally limped over from the scorer ’s table and won the Rolling Thunder and then limped back over there with a very bad hip. At age 67. I would like to thank all of the people that have taken the time to help me prepare for the contest. Be it a training tip, a quick message of encouragement, or by posting a fantastic lift, many people helped me get ready for this contest. In the end, I am so glad that I followed the training program that I did and that my nutrition and conditioning have improved so much. That made the difference for me this time. Here's a link to the video: https://youtu.be/5_c_PhXiFX4 Here's a link to This Week in Grip where I was a guest on the show for about 30 minutes. I had fun. Thanks Jedd and Allen! https://youtu.be/zIi64M-DI8w
  41. 4 points
    August 29th, 2017 Very happy with this result! August was very intense and luckily rapid regarding progress speed. At 5th of August I couldn't close Zenith #4 (3,3) from deep set, At 17th of August I got it from 30 mm set At 22nd I did it from 42 mm block At 26th I did it from CCS and 3 mm lvl 16 Vulcan (3,35 - 3,40 I would say) missAt 29th lvl 16 CCS close and lvl 17 (3,40-3,45 I would say) 3 mm miss.
  42. 3 points
    @Alawadhi, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me to Dubai for such an amazing experience. From the plane ride over, to the training, eating, riding around, relaxing at the Majles, the meals, the IMG amusement park, the animals, all your friends, the amazing food, hanging out, enjoying scenery and skylines, the club, the mall, thumb wrestling, get a corunda, watching fish in the aquarium, ALL of it was just plain INCREDIBLE. I've never taken so many pictures of a trip. With all of the spectacles on this one though, I had to try and capture as much of it as I could. Bader, You, Abdulrazaq and Abdulrahman are my brothers now. You're all great dudes, and I look forward to seeing you all again. Also thank you for introducing me to your other good friends, they were all a joy to hang out with, and always joking and smiling. What a pleasure to be around all of them. Gripboard Members: Bader and I share many of the same hopes and dreams for Grip Sport, and we've now laid the initial frame work for some very big steps. More on that, when it is necessary. I assure you, it's some very exciting stuff. Thank you once again, Bader, Razaq and Abdulrahman for all of the hospitality.
  43. 3 points
    So pumped for this, great looking contest Eric! I'm honored that the dubecube will be featured. Also, this will be my first recurring contest!
  44. 3 points
  45. 3 points
    Alawadhi is moving up the ladder! Wish him luck.
  46. 3 points
    Nothing to fancy or difficult here. Doing these on request of my daughters art teacher. Just getting back into it.
  47. 3 points
    Gus and his '5th attempt' with 70 pounds at 68 years of age!!
  48. 3 points
  49. 3 points
    1. Must lift to shoulder with pinch grip - no contact elsewhere with the body. From the shoulder, the Blob must be lifted overhead in either Press or Jerk fashion 2. Only chalk allowed. 3. The lift does not need to be followed down under reasonable control, once lifted to the overhead position.
  50. 3 points
    Best progress I made with reverse was 1-2 challenge bends every 7-10 days. DO could handle almost daily volume and DU every 3-5 days.