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  1. 40m 30sm under the rain, on wet sand and with a damp surface of the dumbbell handles:
    17 points
  2. I haven’t updated my list of the current overall Top 10 North American active grip sport athletes since March, but I still believe it to be pretty accurate. A few guys who don’t appear had strong performances in the first stage of the Grip Genie super series, but I don’t yet feel comfortable ranking them due to the limited variety of events in the contest. 1 - Tanner Merkle (TX) 2 - Carl Myerscough (CA) 3 - Jason Dingey (OH) 4 - Jedd Johnson (PA) 5 - Gil Goodman (TN) 6 - Luke Raymond (PA) 7 - Joel Dircks (MN) 8 - Brad Provick (SK) 9 - Adam Glass (TX) 10 - Steve Millard (CO) I expect all ten of these men to compete in King Kong in late October, so it will be interesting to see what changes will result. Is anyone else poised to crack the top ten?
    15 points
  3. I finally found my old Iron Mind catalog- my first one. Wanted to show a gentleman that, indeed, there was an Silver Crush Trainer back then. I believe it was already confirmed by him…but I wanted to help him out with this- even though it’s a lotta late!
    13 points
  4. I say DAMN https://www.instagram.com/reel/CT0qvwTFEZA/?utm_medium=copy_link
    10 points
  5. As I said to the other mods, we are probably watching the best to ever do grippers.
    9 points
  6. Tanner can you save some of whatever you’re smoking for me?
    9 points
  7. The 1992 catalogue post was great and i have from 2004-2009 so Here are some photos from the 2004 catalogue, the cover was ripped off over the years and i cant remember what was on the front. The prices are crazy, a stand out is the Old model Rolling thunder at only $32! Hope you enjoy the pics.
    9 points
  8. Way better than “grip genie” that’s on top of the grip search ....if that tells you anything!
    9 points
  9. Hi guys just want to announce date and events for this years Gripmas competition : In the middle of buying a house packing etc. so most likely going to be at a new location this year. More info to follow. events will be: 2 hand pinch on the Napalms nightmare. (2" pinch blocks). this is a 6"lift to a crossbar Silver Bullet- standard rules apply 2 attempts 1 hand Napalms nightmare ( 2.375" rolling handle) also a 6" lift Infamous gripmas medley more info to come. Saturday Dec 11th. at 10 am sandwiches, prizes etc $40 entry fee sure im forgetting something any questions hit me up with a DM or text me at 203-465-3169
    8 points
  10. This is a necessary formality. Thank you to @Tommy J. for sponsoring the certification. @Boulderbrew
    8 points
  11. This is my first close of this heavy gripper. Earlier I closed a lighter copy, about 80 kg RGC, but this one at near +83 until this day was inaccessible to me. The second video - attempt on 110kg LBH, after hard grippers workout and 10 sets with FBBC GrabBall. I dedicate this to my great Friend and Motivator. For the Man who invated me to this sport - Igor Kupinsky. For his upcoming Birthday! And I want to wish him that the gift that he wants to give himself will succeed, and we all will remember it as a Great Feat of strength and grip! And perhaps the beginning of a new page in the history of this sport!!!
    8 points
  12. I appreciate you placing me so high on your list. Just a quick aside for those who may not know my background. I did competitive rock climbing for 13 years before discovering gripsport. Rock climbing competitions are tremendously taxing mentally and physically. Participating in these competitions as a kid hardwired me to always try harder than the next guy, it also ingrained in me a love of competition. If someone were to come out and train with me on any random day, I probably wouldn’t be able to demonstrate anything super inspiring. I really think a lot of grip guys are better than me, I just do really well when it’s on the line in a competition.
    8 points
  13. Took my left hand 4-5 months of rigorous training to catch up to my right hand. Which at this point can close the #2.5 for 7-10 singles. But the right hand is also doing well as I managed to close the gripper with a CCS first time ever. Check it out!
    7 points
  14. After dedicating the first portion of this year completely to weight loss. Ive decided to pick up were i left off. Im going to start a new log that details my entire routine. I had planned on making a youtube videos or ebook but decided against that. There is already plenty of info out there on how to close grippers. Honestly its not my passion to teach others how to do it. My passion lies in training myself to be better. This first 9 months of this year i have lost 85lbs and will continue that trend. Ive taken up crossfit training and it has served me well. I also plan to continue my standard grip training regimen. Look forward to interacting with yall more. Much love, Stephen Anderson -kinney didnt close the #4
    7 points
  15. Yep. Still training for it Vinnie. Covid derailed my training when I was getting close to MM8 Cause I rely on commercial gyms since I live in an apartment and then I had some injuries. I was excited that I was getting up there again but recently strained my forearm so had to take it easy for several weeks but I’m back at it again. My best attribute has always been my dedication and resiliency. I am not quitting. I have come back from several injuries and I will again this time. CONGRATS DAVID!
    7 points
  16. Long time we saw something from Qianchen but he doesn't disappoint, super strong and I believe he's still only 18-19 years old:
    7 points
  17. I will give $100 to the Finnish Ball winner in both Women’s & Men’s OVERALL. In case of tie - lowest bodyweight wins.
    6 points
  18. I was wondering about Chez, and if he reads this would like to hear his thoughts. I know he has MMS closed COC 4s up to around 200, but he has been injured and come back a couple of times and I am not sure if he is back up to that again, or re-approaching it, or maybe even beyond it. I suspect he will get MM8 sooner or later, and I think that he is pursuing that more than CCS closes right now (but he can correct me if I am wrong of course). I'm not sure he has even done the 3.5 IM cert yet (although if you asked me whether I would bet on him succeeding at that, I would bet yes). Care to chime in Chez? I'm a pretty big Chez fan for the homie reason Tommy mentions, so I am rooting for him but not looking to speak for him. And Chez is young enough to improve, still -- he's still in his 30s. I'm in my 50s and still improving (not on trajectory to join any elite clubs though lol), so there is plenty of time for Chez to reach whatever elite gripper goals he may have. I have also very much enjoyed watching Anderson and Shamey's quick progress up the ladder. I'm staying tuned for more.
    6 points
  19. When it comes to wide sets and cards, I am sure that Carl is stronger than me. Significantly. My strength is deep set, if I want, I can close GHP 10, but this will not give me Coc 4 CCS)
    6 points
  20. @SeNoLD David, when are you going to make history and be the first ever to close the #4 with a credit card set!?
    6 points
  21. $270 for an Inch dumbbell?! I'll take 2 please and thank you.
    6 points
  22. Working gripper set update: As mentioned earlier, I have updated my working gripper collection a bit, taking out and adding a few grippers. Here's what it currently looks like: Here is the full list of the grippers from the picture above with their rating on my setup, and converted into CPW: CoC#1.5: 40kg (90lbs CPW) CoC#2: 47.5kg (107lbs CPW) CoC#2.5: 56.5kg (127lbs CPW) GHP7: 64kg (144lbs CPW) CoC#3: 67kg (151lbs CPW) SG Cobalt: 72kg (162lbs CPW) GHP8: 74.5kg (168lbs CPW) CoC#3.5: 77kg (173lbs CPW) --- Last gap to bridge here --- SG Tungsten: 85.5kg (192lbs CPW) GHP9: 89.5kg (201lbs CPW) As you can notice, there's just one real gap left to bridge, and that would be something in the 180-182 lbs CPW range. As for this gap, I only have one gripper in mind: The Standard Titanium. That's because I enjoy keeping my gripper collection diverse (no repeating grippers of different resistances), and because I really enjoy Standard Grippers, they're awesome. The main changes regarding my setup are: Removed the CoC#1 since it's too light for working sets. Now it rests around my desk and I squeeze it sometimes for fun Modified my GHP8 to 168lbs CPW to fill the gap between the SG Cobalt and the CoC#3.5. Before it was about 13lbs harder. Funnily enough, that's the gap I need to cover now, but the place is reserved for the SG Titanium Modified and added my GHP9 at 201lbs CPW, making it a slightly more achievable target from a pre-set someday. Before it was a crazy 217lbs CPW.
    6 points
  23. Flyer for last night and pic of kids helping me out.
    6 points
  24. VENUE ADDED: Glenn Hunter will be hosting a King Kong venue in Melbourne, Australia! Venues keep being added! Will this be the year we surpass 300 competitors?!
    6 points
  25. Qianchen Yang has closed the GHP Level 9. He's young so it will be interesting how far he can go. Great job Qianchen!
    6 points
  26. VENUE ADDED: Lorna Paton will be hosting a King Kong venue in London, England! Currently up to 21 venues!
    6 points
  27. From Pages 163 and 164 of "The Super Athletes", by David P Willoughby, 1970: For over fifty years, it would seem, no one appeared who could lift Inch's "Challenge Dumbbell"as he called it. Finally, Inch himself, passing into his 60s, became unable to lift it. In 1956, at the annual Aberdeen (Scotland) Sports Revue, the Thomas Inch Challenge Dumbbell was brought onto the stage for all and sundry to have a go at. The bell was then owned by the Reg Park Barbell Company, Ltd. As long as Inch himself had possessed the bell, he had kept all information on its size to himself. (I know, because I once inquired of him concerning it.) But now, the dumbbell was on public view, and upon being measured its dimensions proved as follows: weight, 172 pounds, overall length, 20 inches; diameter of each sphere, 8 1/2 inches; circumference of handle, 7 3/4 inches (which would make the diameter 2.47 inches); length of handle between spheres, 4 inches. On the aforementioned occasion, at Aberdeen (October 26, 1956), not one, but three contestants each lifted Inch's dumbbell! The first was John Gallagher, a 165-pound weightlifter from Glasgow. Gallagher lifted the 172-pound bell with his right hand almost to knee height. The second man to succeed was a powerful heavyweight from Kintore, named Douglas Cameron. He, like Gallagher, raised the bell approximately to knee height, when it slipped from his grasp and crashed to the floor. Next, the well-known Scottish Games athlete, Henry Gray, was called out from the audience and asked to make a try. Gray, a big, rangy fellow standing 6 ft. 4 in. and weighing 252 pounds, was already somewhat of a celebrity from having lifted and carried the famous Dinnie stones. Grasping the handle of the Inch dumbbell, Gray pulled it chest high! If only he had known how to turn the bell over, he could have "cleaned" it. But whether he could then have gotten the bell from the shoulder to arm's length overhead is a question. Gray was known also as one of the two or three men ever to toss the famous Braemar caber, which was 19 ft. in length and weighed close to 120 pounds.
    6 points
  28. 227 Ghp 9, I know there are suspicions of whether its what its rated. However there is a key observation I've made recently, that is the measurements that are required for Ghp certifications. Last year Carl Myerscough certified on the 9 by filming himself clacking 216 for 2. In the video you can see clearly the measurement of the leg showed to be 7.85mm, being naturally inquisitive I decided to do some measurements myself. Here are some results: 195 rgc 4 = 7.84mm, 212 rgc 4 = 7.85, 213 rgc ghp 9 = 7.85. Carl's gripper 216 rgc has same 7.85 leg measurement as my 212 and 213, given that the rgc are very close to each other the spring shouldn't vary as much as per say the spread might. Nathan's Ghp 9 measured at 7.8994mm, as you can see the same result in hundredths spot for 216 212 213, so for a ghp 9 to measure at almost 4 more means the rgc of that gripper must be in high 20's. Therefore this is the highest rated close, one that does not require a tag to find the true strength of it.
    5 points
  29. That gripper close is absolutely mind-boggling! 206 rated gripper is literally a brick for 99.5 %
    5 points
  30. This is interesting to analyze, but I don’t agree with the conclusion. Here are my reasons: 1) In CPW’s experience, you need to rate a gripper to know what it rates. Or, at minimum have the gripper to compare so you can make a generalization. For example consider a #3 rated at 147 and another unrated #3. If the 147 is closed consistently in training, but the other is not, it’s safe to say the other is “harder than 147.” But it would be careless to declare a number. 2) CPW has rated 95 different GHP 9s. The highest is 220 and the lowest was 198. The average is 210. As above, you should rate a gripper to know what it rates, but the data is against a 220+ rating. I concede an outlier is possible but 227 or “high 220s” seems unlikely. On the other hand, Carl’s is certainly on the hard side at 216. 3) Spread is a major indicator of easy/average/hard but it’s not the end of the story. Really wide grippers are are rarely “easy” just like narrow grippers are rarely “hard” examples against peer data. But there is also mount which matters almost as much as spread. Finally, wire diameter which can vary by around 5 thousandths but is less of an indicator. From a manufacturing standpoint, the wire diameter is the tightest tolerance in the whole recipe. 4) The measurements Nathan took confirm his gripper is on spec. The 0.312” spring measured 0.311” and the calipers when shown at zero were picking up and dropping a thousandth. The spread at 2.93” is average for GHP. Based on measurements alone, I don’t think the gripper can be declared anything.
    5 points
  31. That 195 #4 is from CPW’s competition set. I offered to loan it to Ivan because..well… I wanted to see him close it!
    5 points
  32. VENUE ADDED: Mike Wilfong will be hosting a venue in Pullman, Washington. Currently standing at 25 venues! We won’t average 20 competitors per venue, but could you imagine if we did?!
    5 points
  33. It was nice of you to say that about Steve. Being new to gripsport myself Steve is someone I look up and he is a very underrated gripster. Not suprised at all that he could make the top 10. You're an underrated gripster yourself Michael, I appreciate all you have done for the sport and your videos are inspiring as is your enthusiasm for the sport and its athletes.
    5 points
  34. Today's workout highlights: Since I'm currently preoccupied with uni work, I'll narrow workouts down to highlights for now, just showing the best bits of the workouts Today I mainly did some heavy attempts and closes, with the attempt on the GHP8 (168 CPW) being the heaviest: The attempt felt great. Last time I tried closing the GHP8 it felt so much harder. Progress seems steady, going to work towards closing this gripper for now I am also switching to 3 day breaks between sessions just because recovery seems pretty much optimal with this resting period, and it is especially well compatible with my gym training which is every other day (so I can always do grippers exclusively on rest days from the gym and focus on them 100%)
    5 points
  35. DO 6mm rebar snap 7mm nail 210 snap 8mm rebar imps Horrido 8.8 bolt in single leathers PR Horrido 10.9 bolt in triples to sweep as always Gave it a good fight couldn't continue afterwards. Time to do the boring sweepwork focusing on moving my stuck bars at 130mm
    5 points
  36. Today’s training hg300 10 reps right 4 reps left Ghp7 block set 3 reps right ghp7 mms failed left coc 3 ccs missed less than a mm right hg300 2 reps left cobalt missed less than a mm right hg300 1 rep left ghp7 mms 3 reps right hg300 1 rep left hg300 9 reps right coc 2.5 10 reps left Coc 2.5 24 reps right 10 reps left
    5 points
  37. YET ANOTHER VENUE ADDED: Arto Joronen will be hosting a venue in Luumäki, Finland! King Kong is continuing to build momentum!
    5 points
  38. As for more closes, Just hit this big milestone on my quest to big grippers
    5 points
  39. Good idea. Once you've gained 30-50 lbs on your MMS you will see that you CCS will sky rocket once you start to train that again. I don't know what your goals are but if you plan on certing the #3, just build your MMS strength up beyond the #3. Don't even bother with CCS until you can close the #3 and preferably a harder gripper than that.
    5 points
  40. I did 2 workouts at the gym consisting of bb squats, db arnold presses, pullups and hip thrusts which I didn't bother to log. Todays training.... After talking to @Vinnie about MMS style gripper closes I decided to chill on the CCS and see what I could muster on grippers using the MMS style. MMS Warmups.....COC S, T, #1, #1.5 L & R COC #2(not rated)-RH-3x1 LH-2x1 1xfail GHP #5 Dube rated 122-1x1 RH only. This is a massive PR for me as I always believed the GHP 5 to be quite a personal milestone for any gripster, especially for a mere mortal such as myself lol. COC #2.5 Dube Rated 132-1xfail RH attempt only. Clearly have a ways to go on this gripper but it was closer then previous attempts in the past. Can't wait until the day I can CCS this gripper. Back off volume work... COC #2-1x2 RH 1x1 LH COC #1.5-1x5 RH & LH with a long overcrush hold on the 5th rep. More TUT in a mechanically disadvantaged position. COC #1-1x10 RH & LH w/ overcrush hold. 2H 3" AASS Pinch Block Timed Holds-1x115lbs x 20 seconds 1x120lbs x 25 seconds 1H 3" AASS Pinch Block-1x3w/55lbs R&L 1x8 w/45lbs R&L Axle Wrist Curls-3x12w/65lbs....could've gone heavier
    5 points
  41. Gripper workout today, a little different. It appears there will be an arm lifting comp in Orlando in October at which it will be possible to do a cert attempt on the COC 3. I have on two occasions been able to CCS an easier 3, so if there is no bar to trying at this comp, I may as well see if I get lucky with an easier 3. But may as well go with my best shot. So I am gonna think CCS for a few weeks. Warm up: TNS with Trainer, both hands, 10 reps; then TNS with COC 1.5, 3 left 5 right; COC 2, 2 left 5 right Working: right hand: CCS with COC 2.5 rated 132, 3 reps, 3 reps, 4 reps (failed on 5th), 3 reps. 1 TNS rep left hand: 2 MMS reps with the 2.5 rated 132 in between the CCS sets with the right hand Max Attempt: CCS with COC 3 rated 145 (failed by a millimeter or two); COC 3 rated 143 (failed by less than a millimeter) That's my first ever CCS workout; first time I did working sets with a 2.5 rather than just trying a 3. Will focus on that until October, see what happens.
    5 points
  42. Today’s training deadlift 4 sets 6 reps 390lbs ssb squats 3 sets 10 reps 240lbs DB split squats 3 sets 17 reps 45lbs ab wheel 3 sets 30 reps and had to try my new standard gripper again it has been bugging me since Monday I knew with a good set I could get it.
    5 points
  43. The tips tester itself isn't dangerous at all, but going to a competition and trying to set a PR with out enough experience is a recipe for disaster. It's probably a good idea for contest organizers to preface events with a warning, but ultimately we're all adults and responsible for our bodies. Even not counting grip, I don't think there is a such thing as a "dangerous lift", just a mismatch between intensity and tissue ability. You can take any supposedly dangerous lift, start out with baby weights and gradually increase over time just like everything else. All of exercise is just progressing load over time and watching tissue adapt to the stimulus it's all the same.
    4 points
  44. Grip felt pretty good today despite running on negative hours of sleep and no food, I have no doubt that i could have done far better if i had both of those criteria Unfortunately no videos of closes because i was on discord video with the bois but today's training went as follows 2 reps on CoC 2 to warm up 2 attempts at the CoC 3.5 getting P A I N F U L L Y close to it, Within millimeters 2 reps of the GHP 8 2 reps of the CoC 3 2 reps of the GHP 7 And 2 reps of the Grip Genie level 5 (The red one) Could feel that i was really wobbly and shaky on the closes due to being extremely carb deficient (Being 300+lbs and not eating for 5-6 hours is not conducive to good strength)
    4 points
  45. SS9 training 5.5mm x 140mm nail Heslep snap 7.6mm x 5" nail x2 7mm x 4" nail kinked only. Couldnt figure out how to sweep it 7.6mm x 4.5" nail super easy bend 183k 12.9 bolt 5" from an old attempt that was wobbled. No dice! Goes to show how much bolts can differ especially when cut shorter. Compare my last attempt where I smashed it in 18s to this one where I cant even move past the kink. 137k bolt 5" DO Worked up to 30kg wrist curls for 20 reps on my inch DB trainer. Im going to keep this up for a long time and then start thick bar training again. If I make no progress on my thick bar after this I will give up thick bar/axle lifts for good
    4 points
  46. These are the closest thing to having a Tetting gripper available now. The knurling feels similar to what Warren created when he was making hand grippers. They'll definitely fit in to where you need to bridge the gap; they're wonderful! Find where your strength levels fall at with hand grippers and get one.
    4 points
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