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    @SeNoLD You're up next. Probably the last cert we can fit in before the quiet period. I'll send you a PM about the cert fee. I think the MM1 is dead in the water here
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    The GripBoard Proudly Certifies: Michael Thomas ************* GripBoard Mash Monster Level 2 This certification is granted by The GripBoard as an independent third party with no ethical or commercial conflict of interest. The Mash Monster Gripper is one of a limited number supplied and controlled by The GripBoard. The gripper is closed with one hand under strict and uniformly ethical and authenticated conditions. This momentous feat was demonstrated on video to assure it will be valid for posterity. Official Mash Monster Video Name: Mike Thomas Age: 51 Height: 6'1" Weight: 222lbs Date of Feat: August 15, 2018 Witness: N/A How Long Grip Training: 17 months Current Grip Training Program: Variety of grip lifts, 4-5x weekly Other Training Info: Be open to try various training methods and grip implements Other Info: Acknowledgements: Gripboard for having this Mash Monster certification pyramid and all those involved in making it happen. Chez(Gripboard)- who has always been helpful, polite and has a great gripper training video and My wonderful wife and son for their unconditional love and encouragement. Michael Thomas the 59th man in the world to close the Mash Monster Gripper - Level 2. Interview with Michael Thomas Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting? I have been lifting weights since 13 years old. How did you get into grip training? I stumbled upon a grip youtube video and it looked interesting. You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper? Train with purpose, proper recovery and keep a journal. What does your current grip routine look like? Random/unconventional and much is done by how I feel- I might do thickbar 2-3 days in a row along with grippers and pinch then next week only 1x each on separate days- just depends on how I feel. How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip? When I first started I did not train grippers- that went on for about 4-5 months before I figured I better do it. There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it’s affect on your training? I enjoy working on my grip on a daily basis but I do my best with 4-5 days training a week. What are your favorite grip exercises? IM Axle, Pickaxe, 2 hands key pinch, HEAVY 1 arm DB rows w/o straps and greshamgripper rows(1 arm barbell/axle rows w/o using straps or collars). What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training? Buy some Metolius rock rings and sledgehammer- ASAP, Pinch and thick bar 1-2x week, some form of rowing w/o straps 2x week, wrist work and grippers 1x week. Who do you most admire in gripdom? David Horne, Aaron Corcorran, Thomas Larsen, Riccardo Magni, Eric Roussin, Mike Rinderle, Steve Millard, Gil Goodman, Tim Butler, Cesare Ricchezza, Chris Rice, Odd Haugen, Bob Sundin, Jedd Johnson, Jerome Bloom, Marco Buhl, Big Joe Sullivan - all quality and outstanding men to represent Grip. If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently? Obviously, I would not start 4 months shy of my 50th Birthday:), Focus/train and APPRECIATE grippers more!!! I enjoy grippers now- it took some time:) What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise? Plate pinching and plate curls What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises? 380 lb.IM axle, 200lb 1 arm axle DL, 315lb.Tips Tester, 224 lb.2" FBBC crusher, 112 lb.2 hands shallow hub(Griptopz)Key pinch, 202 lb.Rolling Thunder, 74 lb.IM hub, 19 lb.rear pickaxe What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees? Thinking there is some magical shortcut to get to the elite or even national level of grip- You have to pay your dues(hard work, research, diligent training, recovery) What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time? Morgan(Gripboard) MM8 close and Vilho Grenfors at age 72 pulling 286.7 lb. on adjustable thickbar(Griptopz) Do you have any parting advice for readers? Keep grip strength and subsequent accolades in perspective- nobody outside of grip really cares if you can close a #3, keypinch World class level,RT 200lbs,etc- they care if you are helpful and considerate of others.
  3. 3 points
    This is the Mash Monster certification sign-up thread. Please post your name and desired level. Your name will be added to the queue above and then your post will be deleted. Therefore this thread should generally be empty. Please do not post encouragements here. You can save them for the athlete's certification thread once opened.
  4. 2 points
    I have been thinking about how to tell this story for years, and always end up putting it on the back-burner, due to its complexity and not wanting to face reality, that this journey is near-complete, and with it, the end of a huge chapter of my life. Getting into the final year, the time is now, I guess. Onward ... After my Red Nail certification in August, 2010, I was trying to think of something unique, in that I could do long-term, that no one else had ever done. From the beginning, when I started bending steel, I wanted to become one of the best all-around benders in the world and sustain this over (at the time) at least 5 years (which of course, turned out to be 10+ years). After my Red cert, I decided to undertake a personal challenge: to bend an Ironmind Red Nail, under official cert. conditions, every 7-10 days, for as long as I could sustain it. I do not have my old log from Benders Battlefield in its entirely, but kept notes from the first few years. Years 1-3 were typically done once per-week. I did a bunch of other bends (cut-Reds for certs etc.) that I did not include as part of this challenge in the overall count. Also, there were a lot of days that I bent 2-3 Reds in the same session. These were not included; just the Red bend for that week. The first few years were easy, in retrospect, especially as I compare those years to the past few years' attempts. During those first few years, Reds were usually the easiest of 2-3 "challenge bars" I would do during weekly sessions. It wasn't until I hit 40 years old around 2014 that things started to hurt more and these weekly/bi-weekly sessions became much more challenging. There were several instances where I thought about stopping, but kept going. When I hit 5 years, I told myself that I would keep doing this as long as I was physically able, and set my sights on 10 years. I have told a few people over the years about the 10 year Red challenge, but never officially posted or wrote about it in detail until now. As I type this, I am at 9 years of bending a Ironmind Red Nail every 1-2 weeks, nonstop. This was through a lot of challenges, aside from the obvious. A few of the major things I encountered that almost derailed things were: Birth of my first son, where I stayed in the hospital for multiple days, with little sleep and no one really making it easy to bend in the hospital (had to hide everything). When I made the actual attempt, it was on a few hours of sleep, just a few seconds before the nurse came into the room. She definitely would not have been happy if she walked in when I was bending the Red at this time. PRK eye surgery - I planned my bends around my surgery date, to give myself about 12 days after the surgery to bend the Red. Kidney stone surgery (invasive) - This one was tough. They told me I could resume light training after 4-5 days, and then "normal" activities after 10 days. I just figured bending was not "normal" so didn't bother even trying to explain to the doctor. Multiple injuries - After turning 40, things started to break down a lot more frequently. I haven't really changed too much in training, but aches and pains have been nonstop for the past 5 years; especially the past 1-2 years. KTA/RRBT - I did both of these programs multiple times and had great As gains with grippers. My hands were destroyed for the better part of a year, which really made bending tough, but did not stop it. As I worked through week-after-week, and month-after-month of bends, I began thinking about the gravity of this endeavor; mainly, that if I would stop, it would be over for good. It took me over a year of dedicated training to cert. the Red back when I was in my mid-30s, in much better shape and condition. After 40, I was fully aware of some of my newfound limitations, and the reality, if I would stop bending Reds, it would likely be over for good. And I wasn't willing to give this up just yet. Bending, and by extension the Red Nail, were so intertwined into my personality, identity, and weekly routine, that I have been fighting to keep this going as long as possible. At 9 years, the end is in sight. And that is partly why I am writing this now. This is probably a little too much rambling, and I might go back and fine-tune it a little later on, but I know the last year is going to be a challenge and I am hoping to use the board as a platform for accountability, and more importantly, motivation. As such, I will post updates here in this thread over the next year, and hopefully, wrap it up after 10 years of continuous, bi-weekly Red Nail bends. In the picture below are most of the Reds during this streak. I counted 292 Red Nails. As mentioned above, this does not include all of the nails, including some of the shorter (5.5") Reds and the official cert. nail, which are in the "big bend" box. It kinda makes me sad typing this up, as I know that this cannot go on forever. It;s been such a huge part of my life for so long, that I cannot remember when I wasn't bending. And wasn't waiting for the weekly/bi-weekly Red Nail bend to keep it going.
  5. 2 points
    Having some fun - video is on a whim this A.M. 115. 3 lb easy 2 hands shallow hub(Griptopz) Keypinch - on lightly chalked hub
  6. 2 points
    Cool spread of events!
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    Congrats to David Shamey from Russia for one of the most impressive feats of gripper strength to date. Because of the difficulty judging the block passing through the handles David was only credited for 8 reps. Look for him to join the short list of Level 9 closers soon! https://youtu.be/JjWC1_Yxcx4
  8. 2 points
    I agree with Joe. But look, ChimpGrip, two guys of Medicare Age have addressed the issue and their hands are fine. But neither one of them went the “constant heavy high volume Gripper workouts” path. However, both of them were closing Number 3’s in contests as Senior Citizens. The last time I bested the current World’s Strongest Man in the Silver Bullet in a grip contest? Martins Licis was 24, and I was 61. My record was 3-2 against him over a four year period in that event. Sorry guys, but I had to throw in that idiotic fact now that Martins is WSM. When you get to be my age, it gets more and more difficult to brag about anything. You don’t even have to train smart, you just can’t train stupid, or you won’t make it to Medicare Age.
  9. 1 point
    I recently saw on here that SS did 5 Globes in the past - fair point they do have a flat bottom which is not ideal but you can put them on the non flat part for lifts. The 5 weights are: 31kg 42kg 53kg 64kg 78kg I was lucky enough to get some of these second hand but am missing the lighter two. A message to SS reveals they are getting them back in again within 12 weeks so just a heads up for anyone UK based who might be interested etc.
  10. 1 point
    Yup I agree! That's one important aspect to get rid of golfers
  11. 1 point
    I totally agree on the WW as being the best loading pin thick bar devices for thick bar and wrist strength . As far as your tendinitis, Funny as it may seem, roll out your triceps. Give it a try and see what happens.
  12. 1 point
    Correct, that is exactly what I meant. At that point, it's just a matter of time before a full lift happens.
  13. 1 point
    I think that’s what @IROC-Z meant... it will come off the ground but maybe only a few inches. f you can break air with it, it won’t be long until one makes it!
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    Thanks, Darrin! Just trying to keep up with your exploits!
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    A few years back, I encouraged Bob Sundin to write an article for MILO on how he conquered the Inch. The timing was not right for him, and MILO is now defunct. I would be willing to pay money to read a small book, pamphlet or decent article if he would do it, and quite frankly, most of the people interested in lifting the Inch should be as well. Bob is not a big guy, does not have big hands, and is on the back side of Middle Age. He approached the feat with dedication and patience, and eventually made his goal. As far as I am concerned, I would look to him for advice before any of the monster Inch Lifters, as most of them have none of the strikes against them that Bob in theory has. edit: Adam, you made your post as I was typing mine. Didn’t mean to discount your good advice.
  17. 1 point
    I would almost say don't listen to the guys who lifted it easily, listen to the guys who trained forever making mjjure progress and finally got it. Most people are going to be in the latter category.
  18. 1 point
    One of the best ways is to put a finger on the globe to stop the initial rotation with as little force as possible to lift it. Perfonr many reps that way, or if it is too heavy for one to manage that way, lift with 2 hands and let go with one and hold for as long as you can and slowly lower. Also, adding resistance bands on a rack looped Under the bell can help many, just decrease the resistance as you get stronger. Another way is using a loadable dumbbell handle and do one arm deadlifts and rows with as much weight as you can as close to or beyond the actual inch weight. This will condition your hand to get used to the diameter and the weight and the real inch will eventually be in your reach. The key is to train for specificity. As close to the conditions of th feat you are attempting.
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    You can use it as a nice paper weight. You could use it as a hammer in a pinch. You could throw it at a robber You can use it as a directional arrow on a piece of wood marking your driveway. Those are just a few things you can do with a 10. Closing it is not one of them......
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    11.9.19 lift at the edge thumbless doh axle 305-1, 355-1, 365-1, 375-1, 385-1, 305-1 hold doh A 395-1-2, 415-1 easy 2.5” Saxon 233-1-2, 243-1, 253-1, 263-1-3, 223-8 ssb + hold 135-25 cable extension 4 sets plate curl 35-8 rt 186-1/1, 196-1/1, 206-1/1-4
  23. 1 point
    Incredible pinching & determination Adam! 226 lb x 24 reps after your top end sets - WOW
  24. 1 point
    10.9.19 lift at the edge, bw 221 upon rising FBBC 2” saxon 135-1, 155-1, 175-1, 195-1, 215-1, 225-1, 245-1, 265-1, 275-1, 285-1, 290-1, 225-24 PR plate curl 20 kg x2, x2, 25 lb x11 im pinch Block 55-3/3, 60-3/3, 65-3/3, 70-1/1-4 im hub 30-3/3, 35-3/3, 40-3/3, 45-3/3, 50-3/3-5 cable extension 4 sets cable pull down 4 sets ssb 135x20 +hold sauna 35 minutes
  25. 1 point
    This event was a bit of a logistical nightmare for me from jump. Often, my wife travels with me to grip competitions and we try to roll someone (generally @Anton.Torrella) up into a carpet and throw them into the trunk to keep us company, or my wife stays home with our chiweenie (which I assume is her actual preference (because have you met my dog? She's pretty badass)). Unfortunately, Katie's best friend is getting married to one of my drinking buddies (we bonded over our futile rooting interests in the Bills and the Mets as well as the obvious), and the bachelorette trip was this weekend. Once we got Carrot dropped off with said drinking buddy, we went our separate ways to exchange ill-timed drunken texts about how much booze and/or fun we were having with the weird people. I left Long Island around 4 AM to pick up @temmmeeee and set off for Pennsylvania to load into @richcottrell's SUV. Anton was supposed to come with us but had some very positive reasons not to (way too much work to do) and so missed out on this trip. Traffic was nonexistent and I got everywhere early, but had I left any later I would have gotten tied up in the rush hour traffic around New York City and screw that nonsense. Tim brought his own Legends anvil and Heller blob. We had gotten rooms in the Econolodge that was across the street from the gym - location could not have been better. We made it to Durniat Strength just in time to weigh in and warm up. I came in around 278 in jeans after a day of sitting on my butt in the car and eating trash. Right now I'm generally waking up around 274 and am trying to drop a few pounds the honest way before doing a water cut for King Kong; I'd hoped to be solidly at 120kg for this comp and well on my way to 105kg for KK, but a combination of heavy deadlifts, lots of newbie gains on overhead work, the attendant expanding back and traps, and my fondness for Scotch, beer, and ribeyes has slowed the downward crawl on the scale. I'm a much nicer and healthier 275 than I've been in the past, but I'm going to be a lot more competitive when I'm in a better class. Also, not for nothing, my doctor likes to remind me that my knees don't care whether it's a beer belly or a big set of lats that's weighing me down. Open class, because have you met me? And the people in the Legends class? I'm pretty sure that @Andrew P was thinking specifically of me when he added the Open class, so I'd have some friends to play with this weekend. Grippers: I don't train them. I should, if I'm going to focus on gripsport, but my eye right now is on bending first and strongman second, so I get a much better carryover from thickbar and pinch than from grippers. It showed - although I thought I was sufficiently warm, I bungled the set on my opening attempt (105) and pinched the skin on my hand to prevent the close (@James Retarides: "A pinch of the Flesh for the Flesher"). I forget how I ran the intermediate attempts, but I got 115 (comp PR is 120) and failed 125 on my final attempt. Hammers: I opened with the women. I hadn't trained this except briefly on @Donc101's rig in May, so I was testing during the warmup phase. I believe I made 5, 7.5, and 10, but failed on 12.5. Surprisingly, several of the Legends bombed the 20 pound opener and Andrew held a mulligan round early Saturday. I'm unsure how this affected the final placement; the zeros came as a surprise to just about everyone. Everyone was very helpful with technique pointers - I got into a pretty good groove once I got my cues down. I thought of it as starting in downward dog for abdominal tightness, dropping down to the knees with the ring fingers as fulcrums (Retarides' cue), and driving the elbows down. This was a very difficult and technical event that I think was affected by a lack of good training options for a lot of the competitors. I'm not sure who if anyone trained this specifically. There was also some discussion about the padding on the comp platform versus the warmup platform and several of the competitors said they'd warmed up using weights they missed in competition. Dinner was at Fiore's, AKA the Italian restaurant next to the hotel. Rich, Tim, and I got there late because I couldn't get my hotel room selfie right (I was too tired to grin in a sufficiently coy and flirty manner) so we forced them to retake the group picture. @Joseph Sullivan had ordered pizza, despite being a native Brooklynite visiting small town Ohio; I picked up the "hawg wings," which was a 3 pork shank meal that came with sweet potato casserole. The tap beer selection wasn't great so I went with Glenlivet and then the local bourbon, Minglewood. If you were to ask me about Wooster's local whiskey production, based only on Minglewood, I would tell you that Wooster is home to an excellent gym. Andrew's Axle: The 2 3/8" axle was a big unknown to me. I had tried to get 120kg at Gripmas but couldn't lock it out, so I opened at 95 kg. (I'm not certain this was an allowable amount but didn't realize that until after I'd requested it.) 95 went up easily so I jumped to 110, and then 120. At that point we were doing only 10 kg jumps, so my final attempt was at 130kg. I got it a few inches off the ground three times in the 30 second time frame but it slipped each time. I think if I'd been allowed to take 125kg I could have locked it out; this is a really fun implement! Saxon Bar: The bar we were using to warm up on was bare steel and slick as snot. I warmed up to 70kg. The competition bar was much crustier. I based my attempts on my Euro max of 177ish and aimed to finish slightly higher. I opened at 65, then took 70, 75, and 80 kg and locked each of them out pretty easily. @Darrin S was judging and said I probably had at least one more jump in the tank. It felt really good, but opening at 65 rather than 70 was an overly conservative move. After this my recollection of the numbers gets fuzzier. Legends Anvil: I've had a lot of trouble with this. Standing on blocks was surprisingly helpful and I felt, even though I can't understand the physics behind it, that I got much better power off the ground from the blocks than from a flat stand. I'm not sure why that worked better for this lift but I'll have to experiment with blocks for the Little Big Horn for King Kong. I honestly don't remember my numbers but they were low; I could probably have taken another jump or two but the implement and I don't get along and I didn't want to blow a pretty good competition by getting too cocky. Dumbbell Medley: I stole Hilde's technique of alternating hands on the lightest implements and got the first couple pretty quickly. The 150 dumbbell stopped me - I broke it from the ground once or twice, I think, but couldn't get it onto the platform. Blob Medley: Ditto - I want to say the half 90 stopped me, but it may have been a half 80. This time I wasn't very successful on the final lift - those blobs got heavy very, very quickly. (On edit, I got the half 80 but couldn't get the half 90. In fact, none of the Open class got the half 90, and I hadn't realized I was a few seconds off winning the medley.) It's always fun to see @Jedd Johnson and @Lucasraymond, and I'm greatly enjoying watching the rise of @JasonD. Not sure if he's on the board, but Pork Chop (whose last name I can't easily recall) was really an unknown legend by the end of his first grip competition and plays the ukulele with the finesse of Lilo and/or Stitch. @PITTisKING is an awesome guy, and I hadn't gotten a chance to see much of @acorn's personality before so I hadn't realized what a savagely witty guy he is. @Andrew Dube generously drove Tim, Rich, and me to the brewery to hang out with the Durniats, the Pantkes, and Aaron, and I got to take a few meals with Dube where we shared quite a few laughs. I'm certain I've forgotten to namecheck many people, because I was having so much fun talking to so many of you at Durniat's unbelievable space that it's easy to be overwhelmed by all of it. Thank you, everyone, for a fun and excellent weekend. I can't wait to do it again. But if anyone asks, try not to transport an Inch in the back seat of a Honda Civic coupe.
  26. 1 point
    Awesome! It wouldn't be a bending comp without you in it. You have been to more than anybody! We need you so we can call it a bending comp.
  27. 1 point
    Don Larkin early 1970's: 1/2 100 lb. square DB 3 5/8" wide +30 lb.
  28. 1 point
    A basis of both programs and what was more radical is literally doing grip every day. The oldest example being the jacked Blacksmith. Dave Morton was an electrician and using pliers for hours on end. And, then there was the dude who was an early COC who did the #2 for hundreds of reps as he plowed his fields (sorry, can't remember his name). I wrote an article for IronMind on what the various COC's did.
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    I think that doing this stuff in the right way will actually do the opposite of what chimp grimp is asking as evidenced by some of the older gripsters. It actually staves off arthritis and joint degeneration and gives a great surplus of strength that, even if there are degenerative changes ( and there will be) the affects of them may go unnoticed secondary to the surplus.
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    Haha me too man! I am ahead of him on LBH..... I wasn’t gonna say anything, but you opened the door..... Hahaha
  31. 1 point
    100% truth. Total destruction of his body was done. Very sad.
  32. 1 point
    How I would love if Nathan responded with a 10 cert
  33. 1 point
    So in what has to be THE story in grip this year, a couple Ukrainian giants on a rainy day playing with a GHP Level 9! Artem Ushenko and Igor Kupinsky are absolutely on another level. Plenty of video documentation of these closes was sent including Igor closing the 9 in his left hand, which has to be a first and Artem closing an 8 for 7 reps! Ukraine now holds the top 2 spots on the GHP Gripper Challenge board. http://www.gillinghamhp.com/challenge Artem Ushenko Igor Kupinsky
  34. 1 point
    Yea, I think he was so shocked it broke that he didn't even get excited til later. He's a great kid.
  35. 1 point
    Saxon Bars could be the Standard for pinch grip in Competition im my opinion.
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    Congrats to Qianchen Yang! GHP 9 is to come!
  37. 1 point
    Qianchen Yang, the teen from China, moves solidly into 3rd place in the GHP Gripper Challenge. Qianchen closed the GHP Level 8 for 5 reps back in February of this year.
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    Congratulations to Yakov Burkovnikov for completing the GHP Gripper Challenge. Yakov is a grip athlete and 3x Ukrainian Mass wrestling champion. Yakov becomes the first Ukrainian to successfully complete the GHP Gripper Challenge. https://youtu.be/WMvQfRxQ1es For full information on the GHP Gripper Challenge visit our page at http://www.gillinghamhp.com/challenge
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    So a couple weeks later, Qianchen was at it again. I missed this video initially and actually had it when I posted the 3 reps. Now I'm circling back and posting 4 reps! To make this even more mind boggling is Qianchen is only 18 years old. I doubt there has ever been anyone at his level of gripper strength at the same age. He now moves up to number 5 on the GHP Challenge list.
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    Congrats to Qianchen Yang from China for his amazing close of the GHP Level 8 for 3 reps. Qianchen's effort has only been surpased by 4 men in the history of the GHP Gripper Challenge. Qianchen moves to number 8 on the list because of 3 men previously accomplishing the same result. https://youtu.be/OAR7NR0iXJw
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    Erik V. For sure. That’s a cool find.
  43. 1 point
    Apparently I never created a thread for his first attempt at the MM8. Morgan is going for Round 2 and the gripper ships tomorrow. @Morgan Time to make history!
  44. 1 point
    Got this gripper today and just give it a try on this. Quality is similar to RB grippers. Thought it will be similar to my HG350(CPW193) but much harder than that. Guesstimate RGC is 205. You can get it from eBay and shipping takes about 2 weeks from China. Not too bad for the price.($18.99 including shipping)
  45. 1 point
    They do have 250 and 300. It looks like they even have 275.
  46. 1 point
    me too! anything you wanna see done, gripper close, dumbbell lift, pinch feat, whatever - if theres money involved it adds that bit extra motivation
  47. 1 point
    Don't compare your level or gains with those around you "THIS IS PERSONAL" Show off your abilities every once in a while in front of family or friends but for added gusto do some feats of strength in front of strangers. That fear of embarrassment will turn into adrenalin and you will amaze even yourself. (plus the sound of jaws hitting the floor makes me feel all tingly inside) RECOVERY may be the hardest part of bending or even gripping but it is NOT AN OPTION! "Recover now for a few days or recovery after an injury for months" Every bending session does not require you to get a huge PR to be considered a good workout. Never buy steel from HD, Lowes and any other hardware stores. For the same price you can get 3 or 5 times the steel at the diameters you want both round and square CRS or HRS. Don't do what I have done all this time and not work out, or do any complimentary exercises to your bending or gripping like levering, extensor work, pinch, block weight or even V-bar work. No telling how fast I could have reached my bending goal of bending the Red Nail and even an FBBC or equivalent bar ( 7 months was my time but 1 year was my goal) Praise God! Start using the IM Pads early on or regularly cut down the length of your leather wraps so your hands will toughen as your bending get s getter so when you do go to the IM Pads you will not experience such a shocking and painful experience. Don't get wrapped up in mimicking others style such as DO, DU or even the rarely used Reverse style. Find what works best for your body structure and mechanics. Case in point: I could barely kink a yellow with a DO type style then tried DU and bam! The Yellow and the Blue went down as fast as I could wrap them up. Eventually I learned a more proper for of DO and moved past the Grade 5s. Volume or Intensity? I would say at least alternate these training styles. I used intensity primarily and it worked for me but hindsight adding the volume work could have saved me some injuries. Encourage others as often as you can - Helping each other will help you also - Win -Win situations are always best. Humor and Humility will take you a lot further towards success than Elitism and Negativity. No eagle sores to high that he will not eventually come down. If you were good to others they will catch you if you were bad to others they will let you plummet to your death and eat you like BBQ chicken. DON'T BE AFRAID OF USING COLOR, FONTS AND IN YOUR POSTS! That is my story and I am sticking to it! GATOR
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    One decade, two decade, three decade, four, add 10 more years and you have one more. The next time you haven't made any progress for a whole month or whatever - or you've been injured more than healthy for six months - think about what it means to do it for 50 years or a lifetime. You'll change your focus many times over the years, you'll be injured, you'll train sick, you'll go thru many training partners, you'll actually wear out pieces of steel and the weights will repay you many times over with strength, health, and happiness. Enjoy the journey, not just the PRs but all of it - when it's all over, you'll remember the people more than the weights you lifted.
  49. 1 point
    Stop constantly going for max attempts at everything. Devise a training plan and work that plan, the max attempts can come after you have trained properly for them!
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    Clay, Great lift. No one has cleaned and pressed an Inch- it has always been push-pressed, and yes, it matters. Do you plan to buy an Inch replica?
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