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  1. Welcome to the CoC 4 club Tiziano! We are a rare breed indeed! And hey, don’t listen to the haters and doubters! I’m a CoC 4 closer myself and people always doubt my claims even though I have provided unquestionably solid proof of my 4 close. People are just jealous of our strength. Take care brother!
    17 points
  2. 13 points
  3. I think, as a community, there needs to be a little more room for onboarding. What I mean is that Tiziano has completed the MM0 certification, is also a GripBoard contributor and has a whopping 22 posts. He made an investment in the GripBoard without really knowing who we are. Now having seen the welcome wagon, I wonder if he will bother to post much more. I hope he does because not doing so will only serve to validate the skepticism. Meanwhile, he did post a rather shocking claim that would establish him as a generational rarity. For those of us who have been in the grip game for ages, we have seen similar claims come and go usually without further substantiation. But not always. So I feel there is a right to doubt, but not a right to be unwelcoming. There is plenty of room to be encouraging while asking for more. The feat was posted on Wednesday and it's now Saturday morning. What was he supposed to do for us in that time? It also seems like he is amenable to appeasing our requests for more proof which will take more time. But as a community we need to wait and see what accumulates. For example, I guarantee if he did the #3.5 cert on Monday there would be people posting about "I wish you did Mash Monster instead" or "Yeah but was the gripper rated". Consider giving him time to come around to the feat you wanted to see. I hope Tiziano sticks around. I would really like to see what accumulates.
    13 points
  4. Feeling very honored to be the first Greek athlete to get certified in Crushed To Dust https://youtu.be/mJM5JsxGU5U
    13 points
  5. This forum will be over 22 years old in February. This forum is also one where people get along without continuous arguments and other adverse behaviors. Asking for proof by literally world experts in grip and it's history is not brutal. It's why trolls and fake accounts have not taken over this forum for the last 20 years or worse yet, kill it. Like a lot of social media is today frankly.... This is far from the first time a person on this forum has all of a sudden shown up with all time best claims for grip feats. And, made what amounts to super duper inhuman gains to this level as well. Many who commented and doubted it (why is this a bad thing?) have been on this forum a long time as well. To my knowledge, and maybe some of those members have a better memory, but I cannot recollect ANY of them bearing to be true in the end. With that said, it just might be the time given these odds for someone like Tiziano to finally show up and be legit?
    12 points
  6. The feat is incredible. So incredible, in fact, I would call it the single-greatest feat of crushing strength I have ever seen! Somehow I cannot jump into this one head first. Given the claim, I feel some scrutiny is allowed. I watched your other videos and they also display great strength. But let's take your MM0 cert for example. That did not appear to be an "easy" #3 close back in late September. Both the set and the close actually look easier on your #4 video. I understand you have had time to get stronger, but actually less than 60 days. Your progress in that time is staggering. All while losing weight from 143 to 139. This one is tough for me. I want to marvel at what you've done. But I feel like I have seen a magic trick. It's not that I don't think you did it, necessarily, it's more like the sum of everything I can see from you gives me pause. Like I said, it's keeping me from jumping in head first. I will say this: I am extremely excited to see more from you! Keep posting and keep training. You seem to have the most impressive grip I've ever seen.
    11 points
  7. Story of the Shirt hanging in my garage. In 2019, to celebrate another KP WR- I had 15 T-shirts designed and shipped internationally and in U.S. I had shipped Arto his 5XL shirt along with 14 others. 3 weeks went by, and my wife asked where my shirt was- I forgot to order a shirt for myself! I guess I was so involved with address, shipping, design, etc. Ordered mine and went to pick up and lady said she forgot to give me a wrong size shirt on prior order- turned out it was a 3 XL with Arto name on it. With the cost of $500 for all the shirts and shipping I decided to keep the small size Arto shirt and put it on wall in garage. Fast way forward to this A.M.- Feeling nostalgic as I started training on 2HKP last week and Dec 3rd will be final time under pressure. Some might not understand but to been through what I have, to have that relationship with that lift and KP in general - decided to bring the shirt down and reveal.
    10 points
  8. Got a pretty decent Blobzilla lift today
    10 points
  9. Learn from the mistakes of others - you can't live long enough to make them all yourself LOL
    9 points
  10. I joined the GB I think in 2003 – I was in my mid fifties at the time. Back then the “standard” feats of strength were MUCH smaller – closing a #3 was a seriously big deal. I remember posting what I was able to do – and to be kind – the board showed a lot of doubt (a lot). “No one your age can do all that stuff” - (remember the things I was saying were nothing compared to this but still “for the time” not so bad.) It wasn’t exactly a sh.. show like this but I was called out more than once. Fortunately for me Doc and Nick were two GB regulars and I was able to get with them and do things in front of them. I also signed up for and went to one of Jedd’s early contests (won the Diesel Award there). After that I didn’t hear anymore doubters. So I know how Tiziano feels and what he’s going through. But I’ve also lived through quite a few bogus claims over the years that turned out to be fake. If World Class or even pretty darn good claims are not scrutinized very very closely – then nothing any of us do can mean anything. I think asking for positive proof is no more than fair. Sam (I think his coach is Sam?) knows all this - I believe he went thru this on the board way back in the day – and he had to provide “proof” – and now while he came across a little over the top in this thread – he is very strong – and proven. So I will take a wait and see attitude on this – but over the years my level of proof has become competition results in front of respected people who we all know from either the GB or other well recognized strength athletes. I know it’s inconvenient but the level of proof needs to match the level of the claim being made. Just my two cents.
    9 points
  11. Well Gentlemen and Ladies, this all I needed as proof that Phatmuscle Coaching is the Real Deal. Very few people would know this. It was the only time in my life that I visited the UK… And my Wife IS lovely.
    9 points
  12. Currently interested in what I can accomplish with max lifts on my paddle bar this is a good sign, I have never been able to budge this. Like last run I got some lifts on 340 and moved 350 but would get stopped from there primarily from the elbow stress. 400 is now in range
    9 points
  13. As per tradition, I'd like to recognize some of the competitors who had some huge lifts in King Kong relative to their bodyweight. First, the women: Women who lifted 75% or more of their bodyweight with the 2.25” Crusher: Tammy McClure – 92%! Ripchanskaya Ekaterina – 84% Anastasiia Ivchenko – 79% Mokhovataya Svetlana – 78% Women who lifted 75% or more of their bodyweight with the Grab Ball: Tammy McClure – 90%! Anita Sääskö – 82% Anastasiia Ivchenko – 82% Ripchanskaya Ekaterina – 78% Women who lifted 35% or more of their bodyweight with the Finnish Ball: Ripchanskaya Ekaterina – 56%!!! Pirozhenko Miroslava – 40% Tammy McClure – 39% Henna Nokkala – 38% Women who lifted 35% or more of their bodyweight with the Flask: Tammy McClure – 46% Mokhovataya Svetlana – 41% Ripchanskaya Ekaterina – 39% Anita Sääskö – 38% Anastasiia Ivchenko – 37% Irina Toft Sundtjønn – 37% Women who lifted 80% or more of their bodyweight with the Little Big Horn: Tammy McClure – 101%! Ripchanskaya Ekaterina – 99% Mokhovataya Svetlana – 87% Anastasiia Ivchenko – 85% Irina Toft Sundtjønn – 81% Extra special congratulations to Tammy McClure and Ripchanskaya Ekaterina for surpassing all five of these thresholds! And for the men: Men who lifted 115% or more of their bodyweight with the 2.25” Crusher: Ben Cossey – 138%!!! Tom Denmeade – 127%! Jesse Hagedorn – 119% Eric Roussin – 117% Grunskiy Dmitriy – 117% Potapenko Dmytro – 115% Johannes Lampinen – 112% William Reed – 111% Men who lifted 100% or more of their bodyweight with the Grab Ball: Ben Cossey – 134%!!! Tom Denmeade – 123%! Jesse Hagedorn – 117% Jari Taipale – 113% Jerome Bloom – 107% Johannes Lampinen – 106% Taneli Levo – 103% Men who lifted 50% or more of their bodyweight with the Finnish Ball: Jerome Bloom – 58%!!! Ben Cossey – 57%!! Vakula Evgeniy – 55%! Tom Denmeade – 51% Jesse Hagedorn – 50% Johannes Lampinen – 50% Men who lifted 55% or more of their bodyweight with the Flask: Tom Denmeade – 64%!!! Gumenniy Dmitriy – 63%!! Ben Cossey – 61%! Jesse Hagedorn – 59% Dubovich Roman – 56% Clint Ziegler – 55% Men who lifted 120% or more of their bodyweight with the Little Big Horn: Tom Denmeade – 139%!!! Vakula Evgeniy – 137%!! Ben Cossey – 136%! Grunskiy Dmitriy – 131% Tim Butler – 128% William Reed – 124% Extra special congratulations to Australia’s Ben Cossey and Tom Denmeade for surpassing all five of these thresholds!
    9 points
  14. Here is the challenge- 1. MUST have a 12 LB STAMPED sledgehammer (shown on video and weighed) 2. Minimum 32" sledge handle NOT including head (measured on video) 3. Put approx 90% full shot glass of water on sledge head. 4. Grab at very END (no Pete Rose choking up) Video must clearly show this- of sledgehammer and lift entire sledge level for as long as possible and set down without shot glass falling off and spilling everywhere. Current Gripboard members only as of DEC. 1st- no exceptions. Prizes- First 10 who try, regardless of outcome, with proper video get $10 each. First 2 who can go over my 19.2 seconds will get $ 5 bucks for each second that beats my time. Here is my wrist feat that I did in 2020 and feel it was my best wrist feat ever. Tomorrow Iam retiring and wanted to see if anyone can do this wrist feat- I have shown many but nobody has duplicated.
    8 points
  15. My gym at work John's Hardcore gym is moving to a new location. After 20 years the powers to be want me to move my gym. The powers are my employer. I've been pretty lucky they've let me kept my equipment here and work out before and after work. So I really can't complain. But my workouts will be a little different between now and when I find the new spot. I still have my home gym.
    8 points
  16. Happy Monday Hard to get moving today BENCH BAR 3 SETS OF 20 135 2 SETS OF 10 225 3 SETS OF 5 275 2 SETS OF 3 INCLINE DUMBELL BENCH 35 X 10 45 X 10 50 X10 55 X 10 STANDING SHOULDER PRESS 100 X 5 120 X 5 140 X 5 160 X 5 180 X 5 DUMBELL SHOULDER PRESS 25 X 5 30 X 5 35 X 5 45 X 5 50 X 5 PUSH DOWNS 70 X 10 80 X 10 90 X 10 100 X 10 110 X 5 TRICEP EXTENSIONS 20 X 10 30 X 10 40 X 10 50 X 10 60 X 10 SOME GRIP WORK WITH THE HEAVY DUMBELLS HAND GRIPPERS G.H.P. # 2 2 SETS OF 10 #3 2 SETS OF 5 #4 2 SETS OF 4
    8 points
  17. I had no idea until this morning that my wife follows you on Instagram. Wife: “Oh, Phatmuscle Coaching? That’s Sam! I follow him on Instagram.” The things you learn from The Gripboard…
    8 points
  18. Yes, Tiziano and I are in touch and trying to formulate what we feel is an unimpeachable process. Basically this is the idea: The 201 (or another gripper) will be measured and documented again on video. In that same video, I am encouraging Tiziano to make some kind of distinctive and permanent mark on the gripper. It can be small and out of the way, but it should be unique and hard to replicate. Also in that same uncut video he will close the gripper. This will also reveal the stamp orientation which are almost like fingerprints themselves. He will then send the gripper to CPW for rating and inspection. We feel this will solidify the identity of the gripper and CPW will have it for inspection AFTER the close. We could send him a rated gripper and try and make the unboxing secure, but still we feel there is room for people to say it could have been tampered after it left CPW. (If anyone remembers, Gazza was sent some bars by bencrush to be unboxed in a secure manner and the process still received a lot of criticism even though it was documented awfully well.) We feel it's better for us to have the gripper after him. The 201 gripper does not belong to Tiziano so at this time we are figuring out if we can continue with that gripper or if he can do this with another gripper. Ideally the 201 can be used because it's the heaviest gripper available to him that he can close.
    8 points
  19. Hit some feats I'd been chasing for a long time this week. I cleaned the iron grip monster (half 125 iron grip), took a few steps with inch dumbbells (both ~174lb), and did a Fatman blob transfer
    8 points
  20. Look at the Mash Monster ladder then tilt your head back. He's the guy at the top.
    8 points
  21. Which, actually, is a much greater gift than anything he would be buying me, so I encourage his connivances. Even he had a good time when we did Jedd's comp in June.
    8 points
  22. 2022/11/11 Thick bar and Pull Fat Gripz Original (blue, 2.25") double overhand deadlift - 3x1 125kg/276lb - 3x1 120kg/265lb I've been neglecting thick bar lately... Fat Gripz Extreme (orange, 2.75") double overhand deadlift - 1x1 102.5kg/226lb - 4x1 100kg/220lb Fat Gripz Extreme (orange, 2.75") thumbless deadlift - 3x1 100kg/220lb My left middle finger hurt too much from cupping, so only three sets (this heals so slow it's started to get annoying). Wide grip lat pulldown - 5x7 146kg/322lb - 2x8 136kg/300lb - 2x8 127kg/280lb
    8 points
  23. 11/9 BENCH BAR 20X3 135X10 185X5 205X5 225X5 245X5 INCLINE PRESS 140X5 160X5 180X5 200X5 220X5 STANDING SHOULDER PRESS 80X5 90X5 100X5 110X5 120X5 DUMBELL SHOULDER PRESS 15X5 20X5 25X5 30X5 35X5 REVERSE GRIP PUSH DOWN 20X10 30X10 40X10 50X10 PUSH DOWN 40X10 50X10 60X10 70X10 80X10 TRICEP EXTESISON 10X10 20X10 30X10 40X10 50X10 HAND GRIPPERS G.H.P. # 2 3 SETS OF 10 #4 2 SETS OF 5 # 5 2 SETS OF 2 NEGS 10 SEC. HOLD
    8 points
  24. Long overdue training update: In the past months I have been very focused on building grip strength, and it has paid off very well! I have been training consistently, closing grippers whenever I felt recovered enough from my previous workout. Sometimes I did 3-4 days of grippers in a row, sometimes I took 3 day breaks if my forearms felt completely destroyed. Focusing on heavy mini-rep closes on grippers in the 170s allowed me to gain a lot of strength. I have now closed my 174 and 177 rated CoC#3.5s, currently trying to get the very heavy and wide 184 rated #3.5 closed. I think that my deep set and MMS closes have gone up by 8-10 RGC in this past time! I believe it is time to consider going for that MM2 cert, or even the #3 cert very soon. I just want to make sure that both are a safe deal and will work out easily, so I am taking my time!
    8 points
  25. not sure if it was the coffee, lean cuisine for gummies but I got a random burst of energy... did 3500m on the C2 warmed up to 2-2 w/ WD2 didn't count reps or sets finished that 60d i could only kink on Thursday... w/ IMP 2 fold 60ds IMP 2fold x2 60d IMP 2 fold 60d IMP 3 foldi took orange spring of WD and did a few sets of 20 second reps with a bunch of rubber bands... I think this will allow me to hit and hold for longer periods of time big different with an IMP folded in 2 vs 3.... Might do some yard work tonight now.
    8 points
  26. Warming up: HG 100, coc #T, coc #1 Left: 3 reps coc #2 3 reps coc #2.5 ccs 3 reps coc #2.5 ccs 3 reps coc #2.5 ccs 4 reps mms #2.5 Right: 3 reps coc #2 1 rep coc #3 deepset 1 rep coc #3 deepset 1 rep coc #3 rated 152, near miss:( 11 reps #2.5 ccs Bench 100 kg Set 1 12 reps Set 2 10 reps Set 3 10 reps
    8 points
  27. 2022/11/05 Pinch New pinch blocks (60mm and 80mm) from Gods of Grip. It's more challenging to pinch than my cheap Chinese 60mm block because the edges are rounded a lot. But it takes chalk better, which is fantastic. 60mm pinch block RH: 2x1 28.1kg/62lb 4x1 30.7kg/67.7lb 1x 31.9kg/70.3lb LH: 7x1 28.1kg/62lb Went easy on my LH because of my middle finger. 80mm pinch block Both hands: - 3x1 25.6kg/56.4lb - 2x1 24.3kg/53.6lb First time trying a 80mm block. 125mm pinch block RH: - 4x1 17.9kg/39.5lb - 1x8sec hold 15kg/33.1lb LH: - 2x1 17.9kg/39.5lb - 2x1 19.1kg/42.1lb - 1x10sec hold 15kg/33.1lb My middle fingers don't work that much on this monster block, so it was ok with my LH (my left thumb is like a full cm longer than my right, so I'm better on super wide stuff with my left). But pinch was pretty tired at this point. Hopefully, next week I will have more time to go to the gym and do regular workouts.
    8 points
  28. Todays training deadlift 4 sets 6 reps 425lbs SSB squat 3 sets 10 reps 290lbs leg curls 3 sets 12 reps 155lbs cable crunches 3 sets 25 reps 160lbs grippers gg6 failed right ghp7 failed left cobalt 1 rep right ghp7 1 rep left coc 3 4 reps right hg300 4 reps left ghp7 6 reps right hg300 6 reps left hg300 12 reps right 5 reps left coc 2.5 30 reps right 18 reps left
    8 points
  29. Just wanted to say it again. Cannon PowerWorks is hands down the best company I've purchased strength equipment from. I recently sent in a handful of grippers to get rated and spoke with the owner (I think his name is Matt) on the phone. He took his time talking with me, answered all of my questions, and his love for grip motivated me to purchase even more grippers lol.
    7 points
  30. So, I am new to the grip training world, and I am trying to learn and document what I am doing, and I am completely open to training suggestions and help through this training log. I am not new to lifting, I have been lifting for 15 years...but if I seem weak, I'm a girl, so there's that. I have been squatting every day, doing some form of benching 3 times a week and grip training 3 times a week. I would also like to get into bending, so far, I have only bent 16d nails and 3/16" CRS. I have a lot of work to do... 11-21-22 Day 46 of consecutive squatting SSB Squat top sets 260x1 280x1 205x2,2 Bench 145x 5, 5, 5 Bicep curls (with fat grips) 15pdsx12, 12, 12, Flyes 15pdsx12 20 pdsx12 bending 16d nailsx3 3/16" CRSx1 Any suggestions on exercises to compliment bending would be greatly appreciated
    7 points
  31. This contest could not have come at a worse time for me. A little background: For those of you who don't know me, I teach economics at a community college. In mid-October, my wife I traveled to Ireland recreationally, so I burned a bunch of personal days on that. I contracted the Coronavirus while in Ireland and had to take some time off work. I'm in grad school taking Sunday classes and burned my one allowable absence this semester on the trip to Ireland. Plus, we had a dog visiting us this weekend - we have a chiweenie named Carrot, and our friends who watch Carrot when we're out of town have two cattle dogs. We got the younger one, Hank, because Katie didn't ask me when I'd be going to North Carolina.... so poor Katie had to handle 60 pounds of puppy while I was gone. All that to say, I managed to fly into Charlotte - apparently flying over Tropical Storm Nicole - on Friday afternoon, and then I was back in the air Saturday at 8 PM. I nearly fell asleep in class Sunday and today, Tuesday, I'm finally starting to feel like I'm caught up on my rest. [b]Events[/b]: Double overhand bending (double wraps), double underhand bending (double wraps), mid-bar braced bending (singles), long bar braced bending (singles), chain breaking, card tearing. Stock on hand for unbraced was 6-8" long available in 1/2" increments, with round or square stock at 1/4 or 5/16. This created some difficult decisions and some awful big jumps. The hardest mid-bar was listed at 5/8x25 on the entry form, or at least I thought it was, but Gary had 5/8 cut to 22 and 18 (!!!!) on the day of the show. The hardest long bars were 5/8 square at 36. [b]The Field[/b]: @James Retarides, Jason Otto, Shawn Kapusta whose gripboard name I can't remember now, @PITTisKING, Anna Seevers, and myself. Several others made cameos as judges (hey Pork Chop, hey Vinny, hey Jesse). I expected to do fairly well; Jason is a better DO bender than me, as is Gary; Shawn was going to take DU and card tearing. No one in the field is as good a braced bender as I am, and I say this in the most arrogant, irritating, and self-aggrandizing way possible. (I'm told this is called 'working heel.') I expected to finish 2nd or 3rd depending on how the events shook out. Training: I last competed in a strongman contest at the end of September, winning Long Island's Strongest in the masters division. Since then, I'd been focused on deadlift for whole-body strength and overhead to help strengthen my yoke. This, as long as I keep up the shoulder mobility, always makes me feel stronger in DO. Bending specifically? Not a whole lot. I tried to bend once a week to keep the groove greased, but the Ireland trip and the illness caused some trouble. I certed the @Horrido A4 DU and bent some 6" Bastards DO in my last session about a week out. I did almost no braced bending, since the bars available all seemed attainable and I'm both confident on my braced bending and leery about beating myself up too badly. I practiced tearing cards and got up to a 70-card deck, but my elbow hurt for days; I never put together a training platform for chain breaking and just trained deadlift for it. Arrival: Got into Charlotte around 2 PM Friday. Had Mac's Speed Shop burnt ends and ribs with collard greens, fried okra, and two NC beers (I think they were called The Big O and Northern Aggression). I went back to the hotel to finish up some grading, then Ubered to Olde Mecklenberg where I had a couple of beers (Fat Boy porter, Dunkel, and I think a Vienna lager) and a bratwurst, then off to the Vintage Cigar and Whiskey Bar where I had cask-strength expressions from local distilleries Southern Star and Horse Soldier, plus a non-local cigar (a Perez-Carrillo La Historia). Had I realized Olde Mecklenberg Brewery was in a little brewery district I'd probably have skipped the cigar bar and visited the other couple of beer halls, but there's always next time. Competition: Late start, so I had breakfast at the hotel after being stymied by the Charlotte Marathon (don't ask) - mushroom omelet, a small side of home fries, and sausage - and then picked up a dozen donuts and a bucket of coffee on the way to the contest. I also stopped at Target to pick up some essentials - I didn't have my preworkout so I picked that up, as well as a couple of water bottles and two boxes of Uncrustables (a fantastic between-events snack, and I always try to bring enough to share). One box was Nutella-flavored, the other PB&strawberryJ. Shawn made a valiant attempt at a Goliath bar, but it wasn't in the cards for him. DO, 2 attempts: Jason Otto and I both opened at 5/16x6.5 round and both finished it. I considered dropping to 6" but went to 5/16x6.5 square instead, as did Jason. I wobbled it, I think, but didn't check my notes until after the competition and so I didn't realize it calibrated at over 700 pounds compared to the 520 or so for the 6.5" round. BIG jump. James Retarides is terrible at wrapping bars ("You know," I told him, "it's traditional to put the cordura wraps UNDER the leathers.") Gary was injured and put in a good effort but didn't knock me down much - I tied with Jason for first. DU, 2 attempts: 1/4" square for both attempts, I think 6.5" and 6" but possibly 7" and 6.5". I made both attempts. Shawn got something round at 5/16 and Jason had something go wrong on his first so he ended up bending 1/4 round. Second place points here. Mid-Bar, 2 attempts: I was the only one to do 5/8x26 and finished it quickly. I quickly checked around before the second attempts and no one was going to attempt 5/8x26, so with no incentive to go lower I passed my second. I think my current PR is 5/8x23; the 26 felt great and I might have made 5/8x22, but I wasn't sure how much it would affect the rest of my events. Fairly sure Jason finished second. First place. Long bar, 2 attempts: I opened at 5/8x36 square, the hardest bar available, and finished it in about 45 seconds. No one got close on this one, and I passed my second attempt. I think Shawn and Jason were both in the mix for chasing me. First place on this event. Chain Breaking: To simplify scoring, Gary had 4 strengths of chain available and did achievement points instead of strongman scoring - #6 chain was worth 8 points, the next hardest was worth 6, and so on. Athletes stood on a wooden platform with an eye hook screwed in; the chain was carabinered to the eye hook and then to a two-handed cable handle at about knee height. Pull up until the chain breaks. Jason, Shawn, James, Gary and I all did the hardest chain available; tied for first here, obviously. Gary said this was sort of like a 450lb rack pull, which checks out. Card tearing: I was having trouble keeping track of everyone's scores. I expected Shawn to win this one, but I wasn't sure how close Jason and I were. I knew I could tear 70, so when Jason took 70 cards I took 75 (and Shawn took 90). All three of us made our tears, so on our second attempt, I went to 85 and Jason went to 80. Neither of us made the second tear, so I took second on this one behind Shawn. Final Placement: 1. Me 2. Shawn 3. Jason 4. Gary [a healthy Gary would be in the mix for 1st, I think] 5. James 6. Anna Afterward we went out for dinner at Prosciutto's Pizza, where I ordered neither of those things, and swapped stories about Buffalo with fellow UB Bull Jason. Then, I carried my Golden Bender trophy through the airport, stowed it securely underneath the seat in front of me, and nearly had it stolen at Jamaica station before the person was deterred after realizing it wasn't actually gold. But that's a story for another day.
    7 points
  32. Rare Saturday workout 11/19 BARBELL CURL 45X20 95X10 105X5 65X10 85X7 DUMBELL CURL 45X10 35X10 30X10 25X10 20X10 CABLE CURLS 30X10 40X10 50X10 60X10 70X10 GRIP THING 4 SETS OF 20 REPS EACH HANDLE WITH 45LBS GRIP MACHINE 100X5 110X5 120X5 130X5 140X3 150X1 160X1
    7 points
  33. Warm up assistedHSP 2x10 Loadable Dumbbell Level Lifts 3x5 Left 75 x 5 80 x5 75 x 5 Right 75 x 5 80 x 5 75x 5 Level Negatives Left 85 x 2 85 x2 85 x 2 Right 2 85 x 2 85 x 2 85 x 2 RGT Deadlifts 3x3 75x 3 75 x3 75 x3 75x 3 Right 77.5 x3 77.5 x3 75 x3 75x3 RGT Thumbless Rolling Handle Holds 3x8-10 Left 70 x __11ct 72.5 x __8 ct 75 x __8 ct Right 75 x __ 8ct 75 x __ 8ct 75 x __ 7ct NN2&3/8 TRIPLES 5x3 172.5x3 175 x 3 177.5 x3 175x3 175x 3 Swings 26lbs KB 5x10 1h TGU26lbskb 5x1 Chest Krusher 3 springs 2x9 held upside down Horseshoe bender 2 springs 2x5 both sides isos with 10" spike 3x5 seconds Sledge Rotations 2 sets of 10 each way extensor bands sidewinder lots of easy reps 13 minute yoga I'd like to thank everyone for their support. I'm sad, but thats life. Just gotta keep pushing forward. Super achy all week and i know its probably from the stress. I'd like a deload of some sort this week. I got pretty comfortably numb last night in honor of grandma, that might of contribute to my soreness too.
    7 points
  34. Todays workout is dedicated to Blacksmiths513s grandma 11/18 BENCH BAR 20X3 135X10 225X5 295X3 295X1 INCLINE PRESS 240X5 260X5 280X5 300X5 320X5 STANDING SHOULDER PRESS 90X5 110X5 120X5 130X5 140X5 SEATING DUMBELL SHOULDER PRESS 20X15 25X5 30X5 35X5 45X5 BAR DIPS 3X10 PUSH DOWN 60X10 70X10 80X10 90X10 100X10 REVERSE GRIP PUSH DOWN 20X10 30X10 40X10 50X10 60X10 TRICEP EXTENISON 30X10 40X10 50X10 60X10 70X10 HAND GRIPPERS G.H.P. #2 2 SETS OF 5 #3 2 SETS OF 3 #4 2 SETS OF 2 #5 2 SETS OF 2 NEGS. 10 SEC. HOLD C.O.C. # 1 3 SETS OF 10 To round it off a shot of whiskey and a beer chaser for grandma
    7 points
  35. 2022/11/17 Push Seated OHP (in elbow sleeves): After warmup, I worked my way up to a bodyweight press: 1x 80kg/176lb 1x 90kg/198lb 1x 100kg/220lb 1x 106kg/234lb (I have microplates in my gym so I can do 0.5kg increments) I haven't done much press/push lately, so most probably bending keeps me in shape. Normal OHP at bw should be easy if I can do it seated. After this, I did some volume to tire my shoulders and triceps. Dropping the weight and increasing the rep count: 1x2 100kg/220lb 1x3 95kg/209lb 1x4 90kg/198lb 1x6 85kg/187lb 1x8 80kg/176lb 1x9 75kg/165lb 1x10 70kg/154lb 1x10 65kg/143lb 1x12 60kg/132lb
    7 points
  36. Agree with Cannon but I'll go a step further, I don't believe anyone at this weight could or ever will close a 4, and unless someone does this in the presence of highly credible witnesses I don't believe it for a second. If one was this strong, closing a 3 would be a cake walk but his previous video shows otherwise. The set also looks much easier even compared to the 250lb and up guys who wrestle to even get a proper set with a gripper that hard. Hopefully he can get to some competitions and prove this strength under strict conditions.
    7 points
  37. Thanks Big man! I used to be very good at those - 12 reps in 2017. Below video is pretty easy 8 reps less than a week of my hub return. Eventually I will get 15 plus reps but focused on market, healing my tennis elbows and such currently.
    7 points
  38. 2022/11/16 Grippers - 2x1 CPW Standard Cobalt (RGC 165) MMS attempt - as far as I can Not bad attempts to be honest. About 8mm between the handles. - 1x IM CoC #3 (unrated) MMS with 20mm setting block Wrists are very sore from yesterday's bending, so I decided not to do more hard MMS closes. - 1x8 CPW Standard Iron (RGC 134) MMS, parallel reps - 3x1 CPW Standard Adjustable Titanium set to RGC ~163, 20mm choked - 1x18 CPW x GG4 (RGC 115) MMS, parallel reps Only RH.
    7 points
  39. Today was an adventure! This was a great contest, it was a lot of work, but I'm happy with the end result. I'm happy with how everything ran and how everything turned out. I'm very happy with the participants and the efforts they put forth today. I wasn't sure how this would end up, I know steel bending is not a widely recognized sport, but I wanted to put a lot into it and do it right, I didn't want to take it lightly and I could tell the competitors didn't take it lightly either. Congratulations to Tom Flesher for taking home 1st Place and the Golden Bender trophy. Congratulations to Shawn for taking 2nd Place and the Silver Bender trophy. Congratulations to Jason Otto for 3rd Place and the Rusty Bender trophy. There were many impressive feats today. I'm personally happy with what I was able to accomplish without using my left thumb lol. Thank you to Steven Samaniego, Vinny Ferraiuolo, Jesse Jones, Jennifer Jones for helping out. Thank you Jessica Baldwin for providing your photography service. Thanks to James Retarides for your help and use of your center. Of course special Thanks to Anna Seevers for tolerating me in general and helping me to cut all that steel and chain.
    7 points
  40. Todays training low incline bench 4 sets 8 reps 200lbs cable row 4 sets 12 reps 185lbs chin ups 3 sets 7 reps 75lbs face pulls 3 sets 12 reps 165lbs rolling thunder 3 sets 10 reps 160lbs
    7 points
  41. Today's session: Grippers Ivanko Super Gripper: Warming up: (1,3)-(1,5)-(1,7)-(1,8)-(1,9)-(1,10) CoC no.4: 6 attempts I accidentally placed it too far back in my hand on the first four attempts so I got a lot less movement this time that's why I decided to do 6 attempts instead of 4. I did the last two negatives with proper gripper placement. Vulcan V2: I decided to bust out the Vulcan again Orange spring 8-8: 2 negatives I found a way to close it without having to set it so these felt great and didn't pop open. Recovery: 100 LB gripper: 3x failure Extensor "bucket": 3x failure
    7 points
  42. Waking up all the muscles today 11/8 DEADLIFTS 135X5 155X5 175X5 195X5 215X5 BENT OVER ROWS 3 SET OF 10 WITH 135LBS LAT PULL DOWN 3 SETS OF 10 WITH 100LBS DUMBELL CURLS 3 SETS OF 10 WITH 30LBS CABLE CURLS 3 SETS OF 10 WITH 40LBS HAND GRIPPERS C.O.C. # 1 2 SET OF 10 G.H.P. # 3 2 SETS OF 10
    7 points
  43. Today's session: Grippers Ivanko Super Gripper: Warming up: (1,3)-(1,5)-(1,7)-(1,8)-(1,9)-(1,10) CoC no.4: 4 No Set attempts: I AM CLOSER THAN EVER I CAN NOW CLOSE MY NO.4 3/4 OF THE WAY WOOOHOOOOOO!!! CoC no.3: I wanted to try some set closes because the no.3 is pretty easy to set. I managed to set it without it slipping and sliding. This was pretty funny I really am a special little snowflake when it comes to grippers. Turns out my pinky locks up while trying to close the gripper after setting it which means that my hand anatomy doesn't even allow me to use a set. Having to stretch my muscles/skin instantly locks up my pinky. I can push through and I have done it before while using the Vulcan but this results in me developing joint pain in my pinky. Recovery: 100 LB gripper: 3x failure Extensor "bucket": 3x failure
    7 points
  44. Nov 6 2022 thick bar & wrist training IM Stacker Curls-1x5, 1x4, 1x3, 1x2, 1x2, 1x2, 1x2(25.6lbs)*PR FBBC Pro DB(2.5")-4x1(126lbs)*PR, 12x1(98lbs)*intentionally used difficult technique Very happy with todays session. I've been digging through old threads on the board about how to lift the inch. One thread mentioned lifting the inch with the wrist straight above the handle as opposed to using the cupped wrist position. I found out today I'm alot weaker using the straight wrist position so I decided to do the drop sets with this technique. It seems to require insane amounts of thumb strength. I did the 4 heavy singles with the cupped wrist and it felt much stronger and more natural. As usual I used 25lb plates for added rotation/difficulty. To anyone who may be curious I use the stacker as a makeshift loadable plate curl device. I always try to control the eccentric portion lowering it slowly to build more strength instead of guiding it down with my off hand. I've been doing more levering lately also which I didn't log. Below is a pic of the heaviest bell I built & lifted today.
    7 points
  45. November 4-6th Decent recovery throughout the week though sub-optimal due to lifestyle factors. Still had an excellent weekend of bending. Muscular development is apparent. This high volume, high intensity style - almost like Bulgarian weightlifting - has been very effective. Bends below with videos of 3 bends as well. Top row in the photo is from Friday, the 6 on the bottom left from Saturday, and the three on the bottom right from Sunday. Friday (~3 hours): 8.5mm x 7" 'soft' CRS 8.3mm x 7" SS400 CRS from Japan 9mm x 7" SS400 CRS from Japan *PR* - video below 11/32 x 7" CRS FBBC Duke of All Bastards - video below (2x) 3/8 x 7" 'Everbilt' 'soft' CRS Saturday (~3 hours): 9/32 x 7" C45 hex CRS from Japan 8.5mm x 7" 'soft' CRS from Japan Triple 40d nails (5.6mm x 5") - video below 5/16 x 7" hex CRS FBBC Hexabastard ~8.6mm x 8" Konoe concrete nail from Japan 3/8 x 7" 'Everbilt' 'soft' CRS Sunday (~0.5 hrs): (3) 5/16 x 7" stainless CRS FBBC shiny bastards *just the crush from ~8-10cm* The 9mm x 7" on Friday was my primary goal. It was the last piece of that material I had so I gave it everything. Duke definitely felt tough after that and it took 25 mins to complete, 24 of those minutes spent trying to get it past 90 degrees! Usual sticking point at that part of the sweep. With the big bends done, on Saturday had a more experimental approach trying triple 40d nails which was quite exciting that it was actually manageable. Had one official Hexabastard left so did a cert video on that, completing the bend in less than 60 seconds. The giant concrete nail was badass and not very tough. Finished with a slog through a couple of the big CRS bars from the Home Depot. Sunday just crushes on some nearly finished Shiny Bastards. Getting more effective at this. Ton of iso work on Friday and Saturday as well. Meaning... attacking bars and getting little to no movement. A 5/16 x 9" square CRS from Devin, which got a couple degrees of wobble somehow. Put another degree into the KOASB over 5 hits. Took a wobbled Big Hex to about 20 deg. Strained against a 10mm Brass stuck at the sweep. Gave an Ogopogo (3/8 x 8" CRS) a hit. Put 10 degrees into an 8.4mm x 7" stainless from @matek near the end of a session. Lots of good work and my upper body is feeling it. Avoided the big graded bolts. Still have a mental block on those despite how close they should be to falling given recent bending PRs. I have a bunch of them taunting me, particularly the @Horrido 8.8. Some videos below...
    7 points
  46. Disappointed in myself. Still really tired and achy. I'm thinking I have the flu.. I was planning on just doing 1 rep sets but i did everything Jedd planned for me.. But they were not the cleanest reps. Last month has been a bunch of minor setbacks.. low rep calisthenics Loadable Dumbbell Level Lifts 3x5 L 75 x 5 75 x5 75 x5 R 75 x5 75 x5 75 x5 Level Negatives, Left 85 x 2 85 x 2 85 x 2 Right 85 x 2 85 x 2 85 x 2 Chest Krusher 2 springs top, 2 bottom.. 5 sets of 2 RGT Deadlifts Left Deloading left 72.5 x 3 72.5 x3 72.5 x3 72.5x3 Right 77.5 x3 80 x 3 80 x3 77.5x3 RGT Thumbless Rolling Handle Holds Left 65 x 10ct 65 x 10 ct 65 x 10 ct Right 72.5 x10 ct 72.5x9 ct 72.5x 8 ct NN2&3/8 TRIPLES 5x3 170 x 3 175 x 3 172.5 x 3 172.5x 3 172.5x 3 10x2 sledge rotations Sidewinder and Sidetwister bunch of sets Vulcan w/thumbscrews and rubber bands 5 sets of 15 extensor bands
    7 points
  47. Today's session: Grippers Ivanko Super Gripper: Warming up: (1,3)-(1,5)-(1,7)-(1,8)-(1,9)-(1,10) Coc No.3: 4 attempts I am super close but attempting the no.3 while fresh doesn't make me any stronger on it so I am going back to my original plan. I also messed around with setting and I finally found the issue. The gripper is pushing my hand open because it slides back during my set making it physically impossible to close it. I tried placing it closer to my fingers but my pinky keeps locking up while trying to close it and my thumbpad buckles under the pressure of the gripper. Apparently I barely even use my thumb pad it doesn't even hold the gripper in place that's how far back the gripper sits in my hand. I tried a thumbless close for fun and it didn't make a difference. Recovery: 100 LB Gripper: 3x failure Extensor "bucket": 3x failure
    7 points
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