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  1. 15 points
    Steel Bending Roadmap Overview of Major Changes · Athletes will be required to pay a fee of $3 per certification. · Athletes will be required to fill out a new standardized form containing information for the bend. · Judges will be compensated a $3 store credit for each bend judged. · Multiple Judges will be brought on and it will be a work as desired system. · Records list and Credits will be updated on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Plus-Minus 48 hours. Concept and Thoughts I thank everyone for the ideas and suggestions on how to handle the bending certs I’ve decided to go with a pay to cert system. What I want to create here is a true win-win-win scenario where benders are judged not by some arbitrary store owner but peers and friends within the bending community. So first and foremost the Judges will be compensated with a store credit matching the cost of the certification. This for one will pay for the time but more importantly encourage that the Judge is an active bender using this to help fund the habit and watch the video’s he would already have enjoyed studying. The athlete will have the benefit of getting feedback on the bend from a fellow active bender and a more responsive system overall. As the organizer this will increase steel sales which go right back into maintaining the store and covering my time and energy updating the website. Also the paying in store credit gets me around some of the accounting issues. Now the negative point I loathe to bring up is the number 1 way that people cheat a FBBC cert is they don’t use FBBC Steel. If the judges are checking the style and such is good the only thing then that I have to verify is the materials authenticity. I still have a significant amount of background work I need to do so I’ll lay out the task list for everyone here. I’m not going to make any promises when I’ll get it done with the Holidays and Gripmas here but I’m trying. Tasks: · Honor all past certifications. Someone whose initials may have C-A-M is almost done and that was a lot. · Open new Certs email account. Current server works but is not new user friendly and Judges don’t need to add that to things they need to figure out. · Consolidate all the bending rules into a single PDF · Clean up rules on webpage. · Generate form Athletes Submit with bending video. · Generate instructions page for Athletes. Video’s, Form fillout, ect · Set up credit tracking system · Bring Judges on board · MAKE BENDING GREAT AGAIN Long Term Tasks: · Expand bending to include braced bending · Generate new certificates for bends.
  2. 13 points
    I am sharing this because I like new ideas and I hope it inspires someone else to make their ideas. Thanks for checking it out!
  3. 11 points
    Becca's starting point to try get #3 done credit card set. She's aiming to do it with both hands.
  4. 11 points
    Last Saturday, I competed in the second annual Old School Grip Contest hosted by Baltimore Kettlebell Club in Perry Hall, Maryland. I was fortunate enough to win for the second year in a row, which makes my overall grip contest first place record 3 for 3. Mike Rinderle also competed and did well. Every contestant got a shirt, a great lunch was provided and Dan Cenidoza bent custom trophies for the top three finisher in each division. The attached picture is of the first place trophies from the last two years. This event is a well-run contest that was competitive, but relaxed at the same time. Like any competition, each competitor wanted to win and tried their best in each event. However almost everyone was encouraging and was cheering on the other competitors between their attempts. This environment and level of camaraderie is what will keep me coming back every year for this contest. The lifts included a two handed gripper, York blob lift, sledge hammer face lever, overhand straight arm hang for time, and a highland games ring deadlift. I won three out of the five events. Instead of going into the specifics of each event I am going give you a general sense of my training for the events. Most everyone who competes trains to perform their best and be successful. However, too often this focus is narrowly on the end result, and certain components that lead to that success are left out. This can apply to grip training and competitive lifting the same way it applies to athletics in general. If you want to be a better golfer so you practice and play a lot hoping to improve, but you neglect physical conditioning and a healthy diet. What do you think will happen? You get to the back nine and can’t concentrate (diet), your lower back and is achy (physical), and your overall energy levels are down (diet). Using this approach you might make some progress toward improving your game, but it will be inconsistent and capped once you hit a certain baseline level of competency or performance. Imagine what would be possible if that same golfer took a little more time to do some golf specific exercises and tightened up their diet. I work with a variety of golfers at all levels and would guess that for most amateur golfers, around 5-7 strokes are thrown away each round because of issues that arise from the lack of physical preparedness and a poor diet. When I planned out my training cycle for this event I had three areas of focus in this order: injury prevention, proper diet, and then performance. I had another grip contest 8 weeks prior (which I also won). From there I planned out every week leading up to the contest. With some/most grip movements its best that you only train them once a week, so it is important to get started as soon as possible. There were three events that required closed hand crushing strength (gripper, hang, ring deadlift), one pinch grip event (York blob), and one wrist strength event (face lever). I don’t have strong wrists, and with the time I had to train (8 weeks) combined with the knowledge that some of the other competitors excelled at this event, I decided not to train for this event at all. I train closed hand crushing movements with some gripper work, and weighted hangs and wide pinch with my blobs. All of weights that I did in training were and [MF2] submaximal and the lifts themselves were very technically sound. In addition to this method my accessory/recovery work was four times time amount of volume that I did on the actual trained movements. Because of that, I knew I was not going to get hurt during competition, which let me go after some big weights without any hesitation. For example, I pulled 370lbs on the ring deadlift to win the event, but with the way I felt I could have easily gone well into the 400lb range without a problem. (In training the most I did on that lift was 325lbs). Diet was my next area of focus. This was not as much of a total overhaul, but just a more planned meals with enough calories to support my training. Usually I am on my feet all day engaged with clients, so I tend to not eat enough during the day. Also, I eliminated alcohol from my diet for 4 weeks leading up to the competition. This helped keep inflammation in check and helped keep me from getting dehydrated. Performance was the final thing I was concerned about. I already mentioned that I did not “max out” on any of my training lifts, but what is also important is my training environment. Where you train has a lot to do with the amount success you will have toward reaching your goal. I am fortunate enough to own one of the best private training studios in Maryland and have access to any and all of the equipment I need. This combined with my knowledge of strength training and how my body reacts to different stresses allowed me to train to perform at a high level for this contest. However, I do a few things contrary to the typical lifter. My work and family schedule keeps me busy and changes week to week so I train at all different times of the day. This means I train alone and don’t have the energy or support of other lifters. I also don’t listen to music and sometimes kick off a bank of lights in my training studio to soften the environment even more. This is done on purpose to decrease the amount of stimulation during my workouts and it does a few things for me: it makes my submaximal training weights feel a little heavier, decreases my level of intensity which helps eliminate training injuries, and allows me to focus on improving technique. On the day of competition, I had a huge surge of adrenaline and energy because of the atmosphere at Baltimore Kettlebell Club. More than likely if you train in a high stimulus environment all the time with a partner or group you will feel a drop in energy and underperform in formal competition. Because I train by myself in a low stimulus environment I get just the opposite effect and it feels unreal. The last thing I want to mention is that the week before for the competition I got a head and chest cold which impacted my training. I did not touch a grip implement or workout the entire week leading up to the contest. The planning and work that I did for the previous 7 weeks allowed me to do well enough to win. On a side note I did clean a next gen blob for the second year in a row, with the way the rounds were set up there was minimal warm-up and around 10 minutes between rounds. I have done this multiple times in training, but it was nice to do it in competition with out much warm-up. I would recommend this contest to anyone who is serious about grip or is just starting out. John Foelber
  5. 11 points
    Congrats! First attempt got 3 whites. Had to go a different route than YouTube due to resolution issues on upload.
  6. 11 points
    With Gripmas destined to be one of the most epic gatherings of grip sport competitors and enthusiasts in the country what more could one ask for. You get a tshirt, 2 catered meals, a NAGS contest, opportunities to try out and test your grip on a seemingly endless number of implements, possibilities to set prs and get your name on leaderboards, a gargantuan medly and last but certainly not least the opportunity to mingle with a virtual who's who in the grip community. With all this awesomeness you may be thinking to yourself, Wow that's a lot going on, could Gripmas get any more astronomical? The answer to that my friends is, absolutely. In conjunction with @climber511 I present to you fine competitors a 3 event Armlifting USA sanctioned contest. Events included are Silver Bullet hold, Apollon's Axle and Rolling Thunder. These are the same 3 events that Armlifting USA will use to determine the top 3 competitors in each weight class to go to World's in Russia this coming spring. This will be one of the last chances to qualify before Dec 31st. The Armlifting portion will run with the NAGS contest. You can choose to do both contests or one or the other. Since this has been a NAGS event from the beginning those events in the contest will take priority. The Apollon's Axle portion will count for both contests. Also, in the spirit of giving, there is no additional charge. Chris and I love grip sport and are hoping that we can begin to bring the 2 federations a little closer together. Thanks everyone and can't wait to see you all Saturday. Mike Saffell
  7. 10 points
    Just finished radiation therapy "malt lymphoma stage 1 " 4 weeks radiation treatments during that time I started to work on my grip training Ironmind hub lift right hand 32.5 x 1, 35 x 1, 37.5 x 1, 40 x 1, 42.5 x 1 , 45 x 1 1 hand pinch 3- 10s + 3/4" plywood disc plus plastic tubing 32.5 x 1 , 37.5 x 1 , 42.5 x 1 , 47.5 x 1 Done both RH & LH 2 -25s x 1 , 2-25s + 2-1 1/4s , 2-25s + 4 - 1 1/4s , 2-25s + 6 - 1 1/4s , 2-25s + 8 - 1 1/4s
  8. 10 points
    I will be bringing this for post comp feat attempts. I will try to get everyone on the same video to send in for certification. Without any real seasoning...it is approximately a little bit harder than my fatman. Be sure to let me or any cameraman know you will be attempting the lift....BEFORE you pick it up. You will note it will rust and patina. This is likely the hardest it will be ever be, so good luck gentlemen.
  9. 10 points
    Why can’t “grip” get along? Everything I will say here is my opinion and will no doubt be seen differently by the next person. Back in the beginning there was Iron Mind run by Randall Strossen. He made and then sold the first commercially available grip equipment. IM had “certs” but did not hold actual competitions. He became a “name” in the world of strength with friends and influence all through the world of lifting and remains so to this day. At one point Iron Mind started a forum which went exactly as one would expect any forum to go. Arguments back and forth about the various aspects of Grip (the forum had many more sections but we are only concerned with one). Iron Mind had many loyal followers who as well as defending IM – attacked any other organizations criticizing and/or competing with IM. On the other side were those people who eventually became NAGS. Wanting to “calibrate” grippers and have events other than those offered by IM. The “calibration or measuring” of grippers became a huge bone of contention between IM and those of us in what was to become “Grip Sport”. Giving Randall major credit he never let any of this affect his support of all our contests – donating prizes and equipment to many of us over the years. Major props to him. A rift was created – maybe not deliberate but created none the less. David Horne in England was the driving force in creating a more diverse competition atmosphere – also selling equipment he had designed and had built for retail sales – several of which became mainstays of modern NAGS contests. His contests were mostly small local affairs. The other big thing is the way the different factions grew. Odd took a few of the IM implements and the more mainstream approach because he had all the contacts to do so – both at the big shows and the people he asked were his more famous friends to compete starting out – this allowed more money – fame – and crowd size. What was to become NAGS went the other way and started having comps with more diverse implements found in peoples garages and gyms and started having contests in small venues and individuals garages – based more on the David Horne model. We didn’t have the money – contacts – or big names to use to draw large crowds – money – or famous lifters. So it’s not so much that that the rift was deliberate but the two courses were charted which considered themselves as representing Grip as a Sport were quite different and difficult to align and merge. Would it be nice if all factions could merge and agree on the way forward – yes it would but the differences are pretty large and the personalities and egos on both sides also would have to be considered? Contests like the Arnold also have to be looked at but they fall well outside either Arm Lifting or NAGS style contests in my mind. I have no idea how much they cost or where the money comes from. They draw out the big guns of the strength world by big cash prizes – travel money – lost work money & other expense monies etc. Something not available at least to NAGS – not sure about Arm Lifting.
  10. 9 points
    Last workout: only seven more sleeps till Gripmas! Grippers: working on set technique. RGC 79, 95, 106, 111, 112, 116. Had to try a couple of them twice because I mucked the set (damn if the pinky isn’t always in the wrong spot), but confident I can crush at least 110 without trouble. Working on using squats between attempts to stay warm. Still not a gripper guy. Euro (2HP): Started with the bare device at 50x5, jumped to 100x5, 130x5, 150x3, 160x2, and a solid lift of 173.1 to finish. Probably opening at around 150. Axle deadlift: Started at 123x5, jumped to 213x5, 263x3, 283x3 and 303x1. Way more in the tank. Plan is to open around 263 and jump 20 to 283, 20 to 303 and make my last attempt around 313. Thanks to @Anton.Torrella again for the use of equipment and the consumption of his beer over the past 9 months, particularly since he thought there was no workout today and I just showed up at his place more or less unannounced. The Astoria grip crew is supportive and welcoming beyond belief. I’d be bending paperclips and doing double digits two handed on the Euro without their help. @Vinnie @Anthony C. @Jose Cabrera @Chez @Anyonecanhappen @anwnate @Juliet @FrankD @temmmeeee and anyone else I’ve forgotten, I am grateful for all your coaching and encouragement. New log to start after Gripmas.
  11. 8 points
    Did this before 10 minutes of reps with 302. Felt like I had some left in the tank.
  12. 8 points
    Shawn, I started bending in 2016, after the BB days. It looked like an awesome time back then with lots of people bending. It is a great time to be bending now too. There is tons of stuff going on. We had the Bay State Bending Bash last year. It was the first big, in-person bending only contest since 2012. We have another one this year I am putting on in Michigan. I think we are going to have a big showing for this contest. We have the Steel Shredder contests and are on #4 for those in the past 2 years. The current event has 34 competitors from 9 countries and we still have almost 2 months of time left in the contest. Those contests definitely are not “fight club.” David posts all the time about the contests on Facebook and we even have a thread on the Gripboard for the current contest. David also has tons of different challenges, records and certs for every different type of bending imaginable if you look through his page. That includes rated braced steel, which I don’t think there has ever been a list for that before this year when it was announced. That is so important because steel varies wildly sometimes. We have Iron Mind certs, FBBC certs, Iron Grip Certs and GBI certs. There is the horseshoe benders list to try to get on. There are a lot of people performing olde time strongman shows and teaching others how to do it. There are some really good scrollers out there. What I am trying to say, is that I think this is a great time for bending. The problem for me is not that our options are limited but that there are almost too many options. So order steel today and get in on the Steel Shredder #4, there is plenty of time left. Join my contest and start training for it. Pick something and work hard for it and you will have a ton of support, have a great time and get strong doing it. Also, you will have tons of fun!! Good luck!
  13. 8 points
    “Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” - Dorothy You may want to turn the sound off before viewing. I covered the static and interference from the gym radio with some horrible “holiday favorites”.
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  15. 8 points
    I am thankful for Gripsport and our community here on the board. Eat up! A Turkey Day PR to each of yah.
  16. 8 points
    Thanks for all your kind words and support definitely excited about this goal and will be working really hard to get it done! Super motivated and happy with my starting point
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  18. 8 points
    "Building" actual strength doesn't take a lot of equipment really. Expressing strength for Grip Sport often requires certain skills or techniques that pretty much require you to have those items. Grippers are a skill - the Euro is a skill - lots of the odd shaped items have a skill to them. The one common thing it seems I see in newer gripsters are weak wrists - I would put sledge hammers or any kind of lever bars in my list of must have equipment.
  19. 7 points
    Hey guys, I'm hosting a last chance qualifier for Team USA on Sunday, 12/9 in Saginaw, TX just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. Free entry, no Armlifting USA membership required, but we're asking that you pay the drop in to The Edge Fitness Center where the contest is being held out of courtesy for the venue. No pre-registration required; just show up! The Armlifting USA rankings get closed on 12/31 so this is one of the last chances to get your name on the list and try to earn your spot for the team going to Russia in May. Events are silver bullet, axle, RT, and LBH. I'll be judging and will try to live stream everything if we can get a good connection and it's okay with the gym (some venues are funny about that). Come on out!
  20. 7 points
    Swing a heavy hammer 30 - 60 minutes a day and pick up anything that looks hard to pick up as many times as you can. Or, get a job as a carpenter, brick layer, roofer, farmer, etc. There are thousands of guys out there walking around with incedibly strong hands that have never seen a grip implement in their lives. They have just done heavy, manual labor all their lives. They would need to spend a little time learning technique on specific implements for competitions, but you certainly don't need any "grip toys" to develop a world class grip. Not many generations ago, when manual labor was more prevalent, a weak grip was abnormal. Because everyone spends so much time in front of a computer today and manual labor jobs are not as common, a strong grip is jut as, or more rare than a weak grip used to be. I was raised by my grandparents. My grandpa never lifted a weight or touched a gripper in his life. Dude could crush, walnuts, apples, potatoes, beer cans, etc, well into his 60s. Usually had to catch him drunk (not hard) to get him to do it. Progress and technology is great, but it has certainly changed what the standard is for overall (and grip) strength. If you don't feel like changing careers . The basics: axle / thick bar implement ($20 pipe axle from Home Depot would do it) A pinch block of some kind that you can do 1HP and 2HP (or you could use plates) Some block weights for wide pinch a sledge for wrists Either grippers or something that mimicks the crushing movement (can use a barbell for this if you can't afford grippers). DO dealifts are great for training the crushing grip as well. Those 5 would go a long way to a well rounded grip. All you would need would be access to the implements in an individual contest to get your technique down. Caveat: If you want to be one of the greats and win a lot of contests, you need a lot of toys. All the toys.
  21. 7 points
    I am going to get there late and I would like to ask everybody’s forgiveness in advance because I will be taking lots of photos and videos since it will be the Last Gripmas.
  22. 7 points
    GSI (formerly NAGS) aims to be an umbrella organization of the sport of grip. We are hoping to unite as many promoters and organizations as possible to work together to bring more standardization to the sport, and establish a clear path leading to an annual World Championship that would move each year. GSI has been reaching out to various promoters/organizations to see if they are interested in working together. Some are, some aren’t (yet). GSI has reached out to Armlifting USA, and for now, Armlifting USA has indicated that it prefers to continue doing its own thing. They are experiencing success, and are concerned about some of the differences between grip sport and armlifting. One thing that I think is promising is that we are starting to recognize similar contest formats. (Four 60-second trips to the platform with unlimited attempts on each trip.) So I’m hopeful that some of the other differences may eventually by ironed out. To be honest, GSI has been slow to get going. We still don’t have a website, making it difficult to find sanctioning requirements, contact information, etc. The problem has historically been a lack of individuals who have sufficient interest, time, and skill to do the work that needs to be done. A lot of people like to share their opinions, but it’s more about “what should be done” rather than “what I will do”. One minor victory is that we’ve recently had a GSI logo professionally designed, which we will soon unveil. And while I, like others, have a lot on my plate, I’m going to take steps over the next month to get a website up and running. Perhaps once GSI can demonstrate a bit of progress, it will be in a better position to convince others to join.
  23. 7 points
    Maybe "having fun" is good enough for most of us. I have competed in so many things over the years - never for money (usually paying to do them) and my legacy will fall only to my kids - grandkids, and a few friends. Which is enough for me. Being on a list like NAGS Top 50 etc may be the only fame I aspire to and that's also enough for me. I would enjoy seeing what the super humans among us can do but honestly don't give a damn enough to pay for them to come to my contest. Life for me falls to enjoying each and every day as best I can - and i do enjoy Grip Sport - just like I enjoy my climbing and my family. Breaking some obscure record is fun to me - training to do so is also fun - even in the confines of my garage gym lifting by myself. One thing I can say with assurance is that if having fun and enjoying life is the competition we are in - I'm hanging right in there!
  24. 7 points
    Just sayin'. Thanks! Your trip is booked and confirmed Important Next Steps: Review your flight's restrictions Make sure your travel dates are correct Make sure each traveler's name matches their photo ID
  25. 7 points
    Is it still legal to revive this log? Anyway, I will. 😄 Last time I trained grip was preparing for the 2016 World’s Strongest Hands. I thought I was freed of the obsession, but no. I think I am going to hit it hard to see what I can do in 2020, when I turn 40. This gripper is a 2005 IM #3 of harder side. This is weakest my grip has been since 2006. Happy to see #3 is still the baseline. So it begins, again. 😂 9F664954-D75C-450B-BE4E-5AEAD4ECC830.MOV
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