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  1. 25 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.
  2. 23 points
    This may be better off in the Strength & Power section since I used an alternate grip. Wasn't sure since there's a pretty big grip element to it as well. If so, please feel free to move it. Either way, I'm pretty happy with it. Every year I try this, just to see if I can still do it. Hadn't attempted it since my 50th birthday, so it's been 20 months. Didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't too hard. Not going to be pushing Nick Best for strongest man over 50 anytime soon, but looks like I've held Father Time at bay for at least one more spin around the sun. Lol
  3. 17 points
    I bent 102 red nails today! My hands and body are destroyed! I will do a detailed write up when I am feeling better. Here are some photos. Don Cummings
  4. 12 points
    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
  5. 11 points
    That 3 close is like a trainer. The 3.5 didn't look that hard either. Impressive!
  6. 10 points
  7. 10 points
    I really appreciate that Gripmas is continuing. I hope it is well attended forever.
  8. 9 points
    Hello! My name is Thom and I am 27 years old from Sweden. Weighing in at 115kg on my 192cm. I've been into grip for 1 year and 4 months almost on the day. Outside of grip I have been doing powerlifting for about 3 years on an amature level. I thought it's about time i made a workout report here since I'm going more and more towards gripsport and not so much powerlifting (for now). I will write down everything I do at the gym not only grip. My focus have been on grippers until a week ago when i signed up for my first gripcontest which is 5 October - The Swedish Grip open. My personal bests: Powerlifting: Squat - 237.5kg Bench - 140kg Deadlift - 280kg Grip feats: CoC#2 20 CCS CoC#3 CCS MM0 CoC#4 Silverbullet 3 seconds DOH olympic bar - 227.5kg 1 Handed Deadlift - 120kg 1 Handed Deadlift with hook - 170kg Axle - 180kg Fatgripz Extreme - 125kg 80mm Pinchblock - 31.4kg Vbar - 127.9kg Kettlebell pinch 18kg Framehold 285kg 13 seconds Well that's all i could think of for now! Feel free to give me feedback on my lifts, thoughts about my training and advice you feel would do good. Discussion about these things is almost as fun as the workouts.
  9. 9 points
    Hi guys just wanted to announce date and events for this years Gripmas competition. Sat Dec. 7th. 10:00am start 18 Brewster ln. Shelton, CT 06484 "A Bensonhurst Gripmas" events will be : TNS grippers ! lets mix things up a bit 2HP on a Euro pinch device only using two widths. (52mm/58mm). Just pick Narrow or wide. 1hand Napalms Nightmare 2-3/8" rolling handle The infamous Gripmas medley. thinking a heavy/light setup. All Standard Nags rules will apply i will update soon with more details and Medley items Etc. Breakfast sandwiches will be served. prizes etc, all the good stuff. $40 fee (first time competitors always free) any questions just shoot me an email @ bbc.ct@aol.com
  10. 9 points
    Yes! The only way I’m missing this is if I have to attend a funeral. My own funeral
  11. 9 points
    http://ironmind.com/news/David-Shamey-Certifies-on-the-Captains-of-Crush-No.-3-and-No.-3.5-Grippers/ Instagram close
  12. 9 points
    I was just thinking about when I started Grip in 2003. A #3 close - a Blob lift - OR a Red Nail bend pretty much made you a star. All 3 of those put you at the top of the heap - now days that's just where strong "starts". We're going to need a whole new set of challenges going forward.
  13. 8 points
    Been working on this for a few weeks.
  14. 8 points
    I’m planning on competing in this competition. I’m looking forward to getting back in the competition mode after a very long lay off.
  15. 8 points
    My thing is if you go for a "Gold Nail Cert" the nail you bend should measure 3/8 and should have that CRS angle to the bend. I understand that batches vary and there's always going to be slight differences. However, If it measures 23/64 and bends like HRS then it shouldn't count as a Gold Nail Cert. I'm working on bending a real Gold Nail, and I'm getting close, my goal is to cert on a real Gold Nail, I'd love to be the first, but I'm not going to cert on one of these bars. I want my cert to be 3/8 CRS, hard as hell and mean something. If someone wants to cert on this and IM allows it then that's on them. I'm here for the challenge and to push myself, I'm not taking the easy way out. If I want to deadlift 700 then I want to deadlift 700, I don't want the judge to misload the bar at 500 and give me credit for 700.
  16. 7 points
    Today I tried to hang from a bar for two minutes to win a huge prize at the fair. I estimate the diameter of the bar was about 1.5”. At my current weight of 210 lbs, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I was right: I only managed to hang for a minute and fifteen seconds. I didn’t have chalk and I trained thick bar last night, but even in ideal conditions I think I would struggle to hold on for more than a minute and a half. The first minute felt fine, but then my left hand grip started to slip just slightly. Once that happened, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold on much longer. Though I was disappointed with my performance, I enjoyed the challenge and will likely try it again next year.
  17. 7 points
    My first workout with BeefBuilder World Class at 285 pounds. Attempt to set in parallel and hold in this position:
  18. 7 points
    What I gather about this thread is: 1. People who have difficulty with the set or refuse to learn how to set, complain that it's not fair for a variety of reasons and discount its legitimacy. 2. People who cant TNS or refuse to practice TNS, complain it's not fair for a variety of reasons and discount its legitimacy. But either way, the Gripmas TNS event will remain. This has been a fascinating study. Tank, I applaud you for trying something new, that is admirable. You will run a great event.
  19. 7 points
    The most important factor in TNS is the kind of table used. Has to be a regulation TNS table.
  20. 7 points
    I will have a huge variety of gripper ratings and brands. And varying spreads. Its all part of the game gentlemen. I have 7.5" hands and my crush is pathetic. Lets have some fun guys. Gripmas will always have a "strange crush event " ala Mr. Rice. 😀.
  21. 7 points
    The side to side comparison discussion must include options other than a deadlift. Saxon bars are excellent to train a variety of motions with. The nn does exactly what it is stated to do - light weight affordable pinch lift. Apples to apples long term a Saxon bar can be used for a more complete program (pressing, snatches, cleans, rows, high pulls, curls, etc) the exact hand pressure is not the same but interestingly I see with our crew here that 3x4 nn Pinch and 3x4 Saxon pinch numbers extremely close. Tanner and I are about +20-25 comparing the nn to the Saxon. Being so high above the weight in a straddle is definitely better leverage. a question I would ask is why do you want the stronger hand? A sport other then grip? For grip? Just because? if it’s for another sport and you need more thumb strength either choice certainly a solid stand in. If it’s for grip which league? Some leagues use the same equipment and some invent new lifts every contest. If you’re training for cross bar events use that equipment. If lockout with judge , use that equipment.It would matter where you are going to test yourself. The 3x4 Saxon is rising in the last year as the accepted size on both sides of pond. Comparing the nn to the flask as a pin loaded handle - I think nn rises as winner. if it’s just because than any pinch you add now is useful and look to the goals you have set for yourself to guide you. Purchase cost is the last consideration- either way you go the equipment will be around longer than you will be. I’ve never heard of a person breaking a NN or a Saxon. Your max 2 hand pinch will be key to your program if you ever want a strong hand. There’s no such thing as a strong hand with a weak pinch 🦞🦞🦞
  22. 7 points
    I’ve been drilling this variation for a few weeks and I am digging the gainz. Great wrist and open hand focus with large loading potential
  23. 7 points
    Mms Ghp 8 #166 2x1 mms 1x1 miss 2x1 attempt ghp8 #172, slight misses. Video of my second ghp 8 set below, from what I could see from stills it is closed from a brief moment before I grab my wrist. It is hard to judge though. My first set was a definite close. Anyway, I'm very happy with that regardless. Things will be different from now on as I noticed a crucial technique mistake that I have done for over a year. With that cleared up now I expect to see pr closes the coming weeks.
  24. 7 points
    My son Sawyer wanted to submit his pullup. He turned 4 last Saturday.
  25. 7 points
    I recieved an email from Iron Mind saying some of the steel in the recent batch was the wrong steel and they would replace the incorrect Golds.
  26. 7 points
    Programming the double overhand axle lift 27-7-19 To set the tone - my best ever axle lift is 463-1 @225 lb witnesses by Matt Brouse, Mike T Nelson, and Jacob Eggleton lifted in Minneapolis at studio in 2012. My best in competition that year 433 lb at Decathlon III. My best this year 2019 is 455 lb @210 lb and 428lb in Competition. Score boards & records show I haven’t missed a 405+ lift in competition since Feb 2011. Let’s get this straight too - I don’t have big hands (7”&7/8”) and I’m 6’2” so it’s not like I’m the most natural build for this. I absolutely love this lift. I believe it’s the most important single lift you can do build a truly strong hand & body. The only lift that is a contender over the DohA is the Saxon lift to lock out. While many of my peers are stalled or even regress in their axle mine moves up month after month. For those who read this log I will tell you now how to see continous progress week in and week out. My programming is centered on 3 primary variations of the lift. Conventional or sumo stance? double overhand or thumbless double overhand? Loaded on 45s or 25s? Continously changing these three simple factors keeps your numbers climbing. Period. I am tracking a number of “max lifts” - what is best Doh sumo on 45s? What about sumo thumbless? What about conventional on 25s? Do you understand? I pull 3-5 days a week. Every training day features this bar in my hands with very few exceptions. I most typically use singles walking ups in small jumps. My sport uses the last man standing format with allows multiple attempts as the weight increases. It’s critical to build deep strength that can be called upon for many lifts at the meet. It’s not uncommon for me to do 7-12 attempts in an event walking up to my max. I lift most volume in the 80-92% range for singles. There’s many good reasons to use the axle for other than deadlift motions. I row, curl, press, clean, & snatch with my fatbar. If you want a bigger pull you must pull. Grip strength is a connective tissue sport. It is a slower transformation but once you get it- very permanent change to the body. Make no mistake- there’s no such thing as a strong man with a weak grip. There’s no such thing as a strong grip but a weak axle lift. Don’t kid yourself- pick up that bar if you want to see how strong you can get. And to the “I can’t deadlift because of my back” crowd, and your back will never be better if you don’t reclaim your triple flexion/triple extension. Your weak back could be fixed if you will get humble and be smart. Some of you are simply too proud or too stupid- I hope this helps you get over your dumbness. I will be the first 100 kg lifter to pull 500 doh. You see it written now you will see it happen soon. This is how I will accomplish it. ATG
  27. 7 points
    Pinched my deep dish yorks today
  28. 6 points
    Axle DoH 75x5 115x3 155x2 185x1 190x0 170x1 155x5 115x5 thumbless Bench 20x10 40x10 60x10 80x10 100x9 100x8 100x6 100x7 100x7 Rolling thunder 30x10 45x5 65x2 75x1 Loadingbag 125kg to chest Natural Stone 120kg to chest (rip forearmskin) Atlas Stone 90kg to chest Biceps/triceps rehab
  29. 6 points
    I'll still recovering but its my birthday so I feel like trash talking about grippers since this debate started......................If I was healthy, it wouldn't matter what set we used for grippers or how we tested crush (hand dyno etc.,)..............................as larry bird said in the locker room prior to the 1987 NBA 3 point shootout 'I hope all you guys in here are thinking about second place, because I’m winning this.' 😝
  30. 6 points
    Everyone has their favorite and least favorite way of closing grippers. Gripmas has a long tradition of "different" methods - and no matter which I held, people fussed and feuded about it - most of it was done by people not even planning on attending the contest. They fussed about this and then that but instead they might decide to just do the best they can. In the end the promoter has to decide "something" and go with it. The contest is having TNS Grippers - attend or not - I haven't heard one peep from the guys most likely to win the whole thing. You know you actually could quit worrying about it and train TNS grippers - who knew?
  31. 6 points
    I agree with everybody lol. But let me add: I kind of like TNS, not as much as Joe an it is not my only love like it is for Joe. But obviously it gives you challenge across a larger range. I think the "argument" here is apples and oranges. Of COURSE you will do a better close if you get stronger, and if you can TNS a 1, you can TNS a harder gripper if you sufficiently increase your strength. Of COURSE. But it is also true that for people with smaller hands, the position you must take to start the gripper is less similar to the ideal position for the final crush, and you are not able to readjust. Being able to set a gripper puts your hand in a better position for the final crush. If you have a bigger hand, then your position from the start of the close is closer to what it needs to be for the final crush, so the set matters less. And even then, you will probably do a little more with a good set. None of this tells you whether setting or TNS is better - it is different. You can train either, or both, or neither. Like different kinds of deadlift yield different maxes. Just train what you determine is right for you! I am going to enjoy this comp. See y'all there!
  32. 6 points
    I apologize for the fact that the numbers on the scales are poorly visible ... screenshot:
  33. 6 points
    Fat boi pull-ups, looking to break 200kg total weight barrier in competition soon and to be first person to break it under WADA testing/drug free in Finland.
  34. 6 points
    So I ordered some more Gold Nails last weekend, they arrived today and I bent one after 2-3 hours of grip training, driving home, and trying it in double suede wraps with no warm-up. I take a closer look in the video. I cannot bend a Gold Nail that was ordered 4 months ago
  35. 6 points
    I have a goal of weighing in at over 300, "accidentally" falling on as many competitors as possible, and finishing in the top half due to 7 or 8 of them withdrawing due to crush injuries.
  36. 6 points
    Fun day. Jedd and I met halfway at Paul Linn's gym in Harrisburg PA. Since I hadn't touched a 2 3/8 axle in over 10 years and had never touched a saxon bar or an fbbc anvil, it was nice to play with them and get some experience. I think I got 310 on the axle (300 thumbless), 245 on 2.5" saxon (stopped there because my thumb skin started to tear slightly)(Jedd got 285), and 231 on fbbc anvil. Then we had a lift off with the shallow dubhub and tied with 70.7.
  37. 6 points
    Just for poops and giggles adding to the fun. 140lb anvil rows x7:
  38. 6 points
    There’s a video on Facebook from six years ago of Rich Williams lifting 380 lbs on a 3” axle, double overhand. Crazy!
  39. 6 points
    I shall henceforth refer to the new batch as the "Fool's Gold Nail" lol. Or they can rebrand these as "The Black Nail", I know they were rumored to talk about it before, a nail between the Red and Gold.
  40. 6 points
    Monday: Thumbless Axle: 330, 340, 350 Then I got an idea at end of workout and belted up for a 200kg axle DL, just to see if I could still do it. Surprised myself. Came up way easier than I thought and I almost fell on my arse. You can see my toes spin out. Then today I hit a new shallow dubhub PR of 73.8 lbs.
  41. 6 points
    Power Rows with the NN this morning. Nothing blows up my whole back or helps my deadlift as much as these sloppy ass rows. Killer grip workout too. 150kg x 15. 1.23 X BW
  42. 5 points
    PR for me on the Thumbless axle. I have trained very smart after my latest back injury in January- I thought I was done ever using this great piece of equipment. I know its not WC like Adam Glass and other beasts but still very proud of this.
  43. 5 points
    8/13/19 GG a tad bit creative:) this A.M. here is 12lb stamped (13.4) sledgehammer rows with coin x 3
  44. 5 points
    Chris, thanks for listing so early. I like the events and will plan to be there.
  45. 5 points
    I'm still rehabbing from my injury so I won't be able to compete by then, but I'll be there Chris to hang out and help anyway I can like loading and score keep etc.
  46. 5 points
    Trophies are on order. Hope everyone's training is going well.
  47. 5 points
    Paul was nice enough to let Jedd and I meet halfway at his gym in Harrisburg PA. What a nice guy and strong. He didn't play with many of the grip toys because he's rehabbing an elbow, but he was doing a recovery workout most of the time that would have put me in the hospital. Jedd & I jumped in front of him on the double biceps pose so we wouldn't be embarrassed. Haha
  48. 5 points
    Hi! I was wondering if someone know the measurement for ironminds silverbullet, more specifically the area before the line (the furthest down you can hold) since I'm using a replica I would like to mark it up so I'm not totally out of the blue when training. Anyone know? I opened my coc4 today and here's my first try! (As pointed out by Jedd its supposed to be vertical but I'm happy with what I got today) I knew the #4 was hard but man, it's a brick. Out of 7 attempts I only managed 2 holds..
  49. 5 points
    Mid-Summer Grip Classic – RESULTS July 20th, 2019 - Ottawa, ON Men’s 83 kg 1st – Dan Fleming – 5 points 2nd – Keith Steffensen – 10 points Men’s 105 kg 1st – Eric Roussin – 5 points Men’s 105+ kg 1st – Justin Major – 5 points 2nd – Joe Sullivan – 11 points 3rd – Robyn Getson – 14 points Women’s Open 1st – Joliane Vinette – 6 points 2nd – Petra Kovacs – 6 points Men’s 50+ Years 1st – Keith Steffensen – 5 points OVERALL 1st – Justin Major – 7 points 2nd – Eric Roussin – 8 points 3rd – Joe Sullivan – 17 points 4th – Dan Fleming – 20 points 5th – Robyn Getson – 23.5 points 6th – Keith Steffensen – 29.5 points Ties broken by body weight BEST LIFTS 20 mm Blockset Grippers T-1st – Eric Roussin – 162 lbs T-1st – Justin Major – 162 lbs 3rd – Joe Sullivan – 155 lbs 4th – Dan Fleming – 151 lbs 5th – Robyn Getson – 110 lbs 6th – Keith Steffensen – 87 lbs 7th – Joliane Vinette – 73 lbs 8th – Petra Kovacs – 42 lbs Two-Hand Flask 1st – Eric Roussin – 216.89 lbs 2nd – Justin Major – 205.87 lbs T-3rd – Dan Fleming – 194.84 lbs T-3rd – Joe Sullivan – 194.84 lbs 5th – Robyn Getson – 150.75 lbs 6th – Keith Steffensen – 128.7 lbs 7th – Joliane Vinette – 106.66 lbs 8th – Petra Kovacs – 84.61 lbs Wrist Wrench T-1st – Eric Roussin – 111.73 lbs T-1st – Justin Major – 111.73 lbs 3rd – Robyn Getson – 106.22 lbs T-4th – Dan Fleming – 100.71 lbs T-4th – Joe Sullivan – 100.71 lbs 6th – Keith Steffensen – 73.15 lbs 7th – Petra Kovacs – 67.64 lbs 8th – Joliane Vinette – 62.13 lbs Mini Inch Pinch 1st – Justin Major – 61.68 lbs 2nd – Eric Roussin – 55.07 lbs 3rd – Joe Sullivan – 45.15 lbs 4th – Dan Fleming – 41.84 lbs T-5th – Keith Steffensen – 35.23 lbs T-5th – Robyn Getson – 35.23 lbs 7th – Petra Kovacs – 31.92 lbs 8th – Joliane Vinette – 25.31 lbs 30-Item Medley 1st – Justin Major – 28 items 2nd – Eric Roussin – 27 items 3rd – Joe Sullivan – 22 items 4th – Dan Fleming – 15 items 5th – Robyn Getson – 14 items 6th – Keith Steffensen – 5 items
  50. 5 points
    205x3. I hit my thigh with the back of the db each rep which pissed me off a little. I'll correct the technique next session, my first time pulling this kind of weight.
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