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  1. 13 points
    Haven't attempt Gold Nail in a while so very happy with the progress.
  2. 11 points
    Tried this fresh out of the car with no warm up at Jedds.
  3. 11 points
    Knocked out another one. I guess Brian Shaw owes me a steak dinner now:
  4. 11 points
    this was my last Crusher attempt at King Kong. I planned on trying to pull much more as this lift felt very easy, but I broke the Crusher handle during this attempt. If you look closely in between the two crossbars as I begin to pull, you can see a piece of the Crusher handle come flying off. After this lift, the handle was bent and I could not try anymore haha.
  5. 11 points
    Lost a lot of weight recently and on top of that I was sick for the past 2 weeks. Not fully recovered yet but wanted to try couple sets of grippers.
  6. 11 points
    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas. I think what you meant to say was, "great job Tanner!"
  7. 10 points
    I did the 45s pinch with each hand tonight, not easy, but definitely doable:
  8. 9 points
    First one I saw was the 45s. My submission was - sorry for the lack of "guns"
  9. 9 points
    Technically I don't turn 50 for a few hours, but I got a new axle and thought I'd hit some birthday deads on it this evening. 500 lb axle DL on 50th
  10. 9 points
    I was at the Arnold when Odd Haugen went for this and got 63. I decided to try it Tuesday night, after thinking about it a lot for about 2 weeks. I figured I'd be in the neighborhood of 50, but ended up getting a lot more. If you don't feel like counting, I got 63.
  11. 8 points
    Brian Shaw has been issuing some grip challenges lately. I think it's really great that someone so high profile is giving grip strength some spotlight. I figured it would be cool to have a thread of the challenges and our submissions/responses on the Gripboard. Here are the challenges from Brian thus far: York Shallow and Wide Hub +15lbs York 60lbs Roundhead Toss York Milled Plate 45 pinch with each hand I know a lot of you guys can do these things, so let's get in there and show him what we got!
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    213lbs / 96.6kg on the Little Big Horn!•Bodyweight: 179.2lbs / 81.2kg••Not the highest pull ever, but ill take it! I PRd twice. First I lifted 210.5 really high then I lifted this a bit later! This is still one of those events that I seem to have trouble with at when competing.
  14. 8 points
    King Kong 2017, Iisalmi, Finland (I did not use calculator to convert from kilos to pounds, so they may be a bit off) This has been my first year competing in grip sport and even though I didn´t expect too much from King Kong 2017 some people placed me quite high in overall positions. I have done well in the past in pinch and rolling handle events against best guys in the world, but for me the strength did not transfer that well to Crusher or to the Flask. Anyway, I wanted to get all the experience I could so I traveled 8 hours in a bus to Iisalmi King Kong 2017 Iisalmi venue. There were 11 competitors with age ranging from 10yo to 53yo and weight classes from -59 to +120kg. Event 1 – Flask I had a game plan set for the Flask with starting around 42kg/93lbs and hopefully finishing around 47-49kg/ 104-109lbs. I´m a 100% believer in specific training at least three months away from competition and this is something I did not take in to account for King Kong (arrogance I guess). Anyway, I got my ass kicked by Jouni Mähönen with a 49.15kg/109lbs lift and Henri Sonninen 47.10kg/104lbs while I only lifted my first attempt 41.9kg/93lbs. Fenne Muhonen and Niko Junnilainen also managed to lift 40.9kg/90lbs with much lower bodyweight and hand size compared to me. Event 2 – 2.5 Crusher This is the event that people expected me to do very well, but I must say Jouni Mähönen really nailed this one pulling 86.3kg/190lbs which means he improved 5kg from last years King Kong. I finished at 86.3kg/190lbs and missed 89kg/196lbs. In my opinion 2.5 Crusher is a lot more about thumb strength compared to Rolling Thunder/Axle lifts, and this is something I will be working on. Pekka Lähderinne, Niko Junnilainen , Miika Lappalainen all pulled over 150lbs at -83kg/182lbs BW. Event 3 – The Stub The Stub... While most guys have been focusing on how much it sucks these guys at Iisalmi have been working on it since the dawn of time…. Everyone absolutely crushed me, out of 11 competitors I was 9:th with 17.5kg/ 38.5lbs and ripping the skin of with a 20kg/44lbs attempt. Lauri Mähönen pulled 8.5kg at the age of ten. Eight guys pulled over 20kg/44lbs in Stub, six over 22.5kg/49lbs with Jouni Mähönen, Henri Sonninen and Tuomo Kärkkäinen pulling 24.5kg/54lbs. It´s ridiculous how good these guys are at any key pinch device, but it just shows how much they have been working on them. I´m still absolutely amazed by their performance in the Stub Event 4 – V-Bar Finally, something that I’m quite confident at and after finishing under my own expectations in the first three events I had to crush it. My last warm up was 130kg/286lbs, but I decided to take 130kg as my first attempt as well, because I was warming up with a 2 V-Bar replica. My second attempt 140kg/308lbs flew up easily as well. I took the risk to attempt 150.55kg / 331lbs as my third attempt which was worth it and it was a good lift. My last attempt was 151.75/ 333lbs, but it was a no lift. Overall the competition was well organized and the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone wanted to win, but at the same time we had tons of humor and support in the air. King Kong 2017 was best learning experience I could have at this point of grip “career”, and I can´t wait for King Kong 2018 where my goal is to be #1 overall. Thanks to organizer Jouni Mähönen and his wife, and referee Juha Remes Jesse Pynnönen
  15. 8 points
    It’s fun to debate what’s best for grip sport (e.g., hand size vs weight classes, elite status, etc.), but to me something that would obviously help grow the sport is increased opportunities to compete. I took a look at the grip sport contests organized in North America in 2017 and I counted 21: January 7-8 – LA FitExpo Visegrip Viking (CA) January 14 – Southern Squeeze (TN) February 11 – USAWA Grip Championships (KS) February 18 – Winter Grip Fest (PA) February 25 – Canadian Nationals (ON) March 25 – Portland Grip Contest (OR) April 1 – AZ Cactus Grip (AZ) April 7 – Syracuse Iron Hands (NY) April 15 – Spring Clench (AB) May 6-7 – Chicago FitExpo Visegrip Viking (IL) June 3 – NAGS Championships (TN) July 1 – Oregon’s Strongest Hands (OR) July 15 – SJ4 (NJ) August 5 – Northwest Strong Grip Championships (OR) August 26-27 – Anaheim FitExpo Visegrip Viking (CA) September 9 – Cross-Canada (AB, ON) October 14 – AZ Fall Grip Comp (AZ) October 21-22 – Ft. Lauderdale FitExpo Visegrip Viking (FL) October 28 – King Kong (AB, MD, MI, NJ, ON, OR, PA, TN, UT, WI) November 11 – Old School Grip (MD) December 9 – Gripmas Carol (OH) There may have been a few others, but my point is that it’s not a lot, considering the size of the continent and our population. I’ve also put together the following state and province maps, to illustrate where these contests are held: My question is, who wants to help bring more green to these maps?
  16. 7 points
    The thing I find most exciting about the International King Kong Grip Challenge is the amount of unknowns. Who’s competing today? In which weight class? How much he/she’s lifting? Each of us is only really aware of what’s going on in the venue where we’re competing. But with 18 venues around the world, and minimal communication during the contest, a lot of mystery remains. In terms of my performances, I was satisfied overall, but not ecstatic. I was most satisfied with my Flask lift. I had never really tested my maximum strength on this implement prior to the contest, and I was expecting to lift considerably less. So to lift over 97 lbs, and get air with 102 on my fourth attempt, I certainly couldn’t complain. I was a bit disappointed with my performance on the Crusher. While I managed to lift just under 194 lbs, I failed in my attempt at 200. At last year’s King Kong I almost locked out 208 and after lifting 227 on the Rolling Thunder just a week ago in Florida, I felt like I should be able to get over 200 again on the Crusher. But this time it wasn’t to be. On the Stub, I lifted pretty much exactly what I expected to lift. I’ve traditionally lifted more weight with my right hand on the v-bar, but an injury to my right middle finger, which has not yet fully recovered, makes heavy v-bar lifting painful. So I’ve had to use my left hand for v-bar-type lifts lately. I lifted 266 on my third attempt, and felt I was very close to my limit. I went for 268 on my final attempt, got it off the ground, heard some popping sounds near my elbow, and dropped the weight. I have calcium deposits and/or bone spurs in my elbows from years of armwrestling that prevent my arms from fully straightening, and I think there was just too much load on the joint. Some damage to my arm occurred on that last attempt. I’m not exactly sure how much – I don’t think it’s anything major – but I’ll definitely need to ease back into things over the coming weeks. I was thinking that my four lifts could put me in contention for a medal in the 93 kg class – but I was by no means confident. So I was really surprised to see that I finished first! The reverse strongman scoring can produce some interesting results. Gil Goodman actually finished ahead of me in the overall standings, but when only the 93 kg competitors were considered, I just managed to edge past him. I have no doubt that my placing could have changed had a certain competitor taken part (Kody Burns) and another not moved up in weight (Jouni Mahonen). Last year I placed 7th overall, but 4th in the 93 kg class. This year I placed 11th overall, and 1st in the 93 kg class! Like any sport, I guess there’s always a certain amount of luck involved.
  17. 7 points
    370/305/525 When I grow up, I wanna be like @EricMilfeld. Actually did this bench, dl, squat because my quad has been sore and I wanted to make sure I got everything in. Had more in tank on squats, but felt a pretty good twinge on 370, so I shut it down there. Yes, the bench did not comply with IPF standards (although... it technically came to a complete stop when changing directions - physics for the win! )
  18. 7 points
    The organizers of King Kong do a great job of selecting the 4 lifts to balance out hand size!! Exactly how grip should be contested
  19. 7 points
    @Boulderbrew@Mikael Siversson @riccardomagni @Jedd Johnson @WestSlope @rsmdon Mikael, I'm putting the bodyweight thing to bed. I have big hands - I'm 6'8. Tanner and I are about equal wrist-to-middle-finger. Tanner might be 2.5 inches bigger on hand span! I've never seen a hand-span like that! Tanner is impressive across the board - he won every event at our venue with some really strong guys present, and did so at his ultra-light bodyweight, relative to me. I'm about 300 lbs, and while I can surely out lift Tanner in almost any weightlifting/strongman discipline, Tanner could probably beat me at almost anything in grip. 300+ on the VBAR - not his bodyweight, his grip which is correlated to his hand size and his training (by the way, he can lift more than the 313 or whatever he got). World Record on the Crusher - clearly not his bodyweight, but his grip. Pinching and open-hand are very different and require specific training. His pinch will get there, believe me. I'll concede something weight-related on the axle, but if the hands aren't there, I don't care if you weight 500 lbs, you aren't pulling 400, end of story. All good axle lifters have the hands to back it up, period. Show me one guy that can pull a big axle and has no other grip skills - you can't. The weight argument is a crutch, and it is unfounded. Tanner is walking proof of what is possible if the grip is there. Yes, he's playing with a different deck than most people - I am a massive human and he makes me look like I have a child's hands. But end of the day, bigger and stronger hands are a much better indicator of performance in grip sport than bodyweight. Go up to the discussion of my buddy Uili. Yeah, he overhead pressed 315 (a light weight for him) in between events. He took 4th at America's Strongest Man last week. He outweighed everyone at our venue and is a huge guy! Did he win a single event? No. His grip is good, not great, and I believe he took 4th, at our venue, and on an event basis, was behind Tanner, Steve and me on every discipline. Go figure...weight doesn't matter. By the way, if not for Static Monsters, we'd of had 4 pro strongmen, all massive guys, and everyone would have lost to Uili. Follow the logic? This long-standing myth of bodyweight is a joke. Earlier this year, I did seated Rolling Thunder for reps at 200+, and closed a GHP 7 laying on the ground to illustrate it. My 300lbs can't help me in either scenario - I can do it because of my grip. Tanner's performance proves that the correlation of weight to grip performance is tenuous at best, perhaps rearing it's head on a rare occasion. And if you go back to last year, I conclusively correlated the same thing on the basis of 2016 King Kong results. Go look it up. Aside, Tanner is an incredibly nice guy, humble and fun to lift with. I hope we can cross paths, again, soon. He can be a great diplomat for the sport and has massive potential going forward. Tanner, congrats on an epic performance and all the best to you, brother!!
  20. 7 points
    Good morning fellow grip fanatics! This is the morning after my first ever contest experience and I would like to share it with you all. I must admit I did not know what to expect and had no expectations for performing well as we all know gym lifts might not equate into contest lifts...it appeared to be a chess game with choosing the right weight so that was definitely new to me. I competed in one powerlifting competition back in 05 and pulled 630 in the deadlift.... but that was the extent of my contest experience. I was pleasantly surprised with the camaraderie and motivation we all gave each other! That is what I am looking to give others in this interesting sport. I was very conservative in my attempts on the flask as this is a new lift.... well they all are pretty new lifts to me no longer than this year. I topped out at 80 on the flask and that's about what I was expecting.i bought a flask from Gil Goodman at the beginning of this month. The 2.5 inch crusher was next and I was happy with my pull of 170.01. I felt like I had more in the tank but ran out of attempts. Now for my sad news.... at least for me....was the 2 inch VBAR. I was aiming for over 300 as I have easily done this in training. I got to 282 and pulled that with ease very high. My final attempt was 302.... I am not into chalk very much on Vbar.... I like it on the dry side. I went for my attempt and made my best effort to dust it all off... I set myself up for the pull and it started going up.... and then.... it slipped out! I was very unhappy but did not show it so much. On the bright side it was the top Vbar pull at my venue in my weight class and the same weight as veteran grip monster Lucas Raymond.... so I will gladly take that for my first time! And then there was everyone's favorite .... the stub! Not much experience with this and I topped out with a measly 30 pounds! Ha oh well! All in all I had an AWESOME time and can't wait for more! After the event some of us went back to Jedds for a little feats of strength ala Seinfeld! Ha! I attempted the inch dumbbell and just missed lockout for 3 attempts! I'll take that considering it was post a 5 hour competition! We then had some pizza provided by Jedds lovely wife Delraine and just reflected on the days event! My thanks to my good friend Jedd Johnson for encouraging me to get involved competitively in this great sport! He has become a welcome part of my life! I give all my thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for everything I have and without Him I can do nothing! I hope you all had a great experience and look forward to hearing about yours! It was also awesome to meet guys I've followed on the net such as big Mike Rinderle, Chris Tank Andrade, and many others that I have now come in contact with including a few great guys local to me! Thank you to all for welcoming his newbie in to the family of grip! Joe Sullivan
  21. 7 points
    Drinking too much beer and trying to bend nails without any wraps...
  22. 6 points
    Hello All, Some A/A training - not great, but it's a start...I've got a long way to go!
  23. 6 points
    Done. Damn...there goes my IM Hub win. BTW...I spoke to the NAGS committee and they determined that eating while lifting will no longer be permitted due to the unfair advantage it offers.
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    I haven't been practicing this style of bending but I decided to give it a go today after a trip to the metal store for some other projects. Definitely the hardest bend I've ever done and deserving of the name! No awards for speed or style but I think there are not many who have bent this bar. I'm very pleased it went my way today!
  26. 6 points
    After considerable discussion, both the International Grip Collective (IGC) and the North American Grip Sport (NAGS) board have voted to recognize Last Man Standing as an alternative format for running single venue grip sport contests (and consequently for lifts to be recognized for NAGS records purposes). How does Last Man Standing (LMS) work? The contest promoter selects an opening weight for an event – typically a weight that is low enough for everyone to get in a successful lift. In each subsequent round, the weight is increased (usually in preset increments). From the second round on, competitors have the option to make an attempt or to pass (one would typically pass if they are confident that they can lift the subsequent weight and want to conserve energy). Once you fail to lift a given weight, you receive credit for your last successful lift. More than four attempts are allowed, but only a single attempt is permitted (within one minute) at any given weight. Some of the main advantages of Last Man Standing including the following: It is much easier for new competitors. Competitors who are unfamiliar with the equipment are at a disadvantage in the standard “4-attempts – weight determined by competitor” format. There is a very good chance that newbies will be either too aggressive, or not aggressive enough, in their weight selections. In LMS, competitors can just keep making attempts until they can’t lift the weight, allowing them to better maximize their points. It is easier to run. Contest directors don’t have to wait on competitors to announce the weight they want to attempt. Weight just keeps getting added in regular increments. It is easier for the crowd to follow, and can be more exciting to watch. Once the weight starts climbing, competitors start dropping out. The emcee can keep the crowd aware of what’s going on (e.g. “only four competitors are left…. Only three are left now… If ____ makes this lift, he will win the event”). In rising bar format, with four attempts, it can be harder to tell who’s still in the contest and who isn’t. I’ve run several contests using LMS (non-NAGS sanctioned) and they were well received by the athletes. If you have any questions about the format, please ask away.
  27. 6 points
  28. 6 points
    Get one today at https://www.barrelstrengthsystems.com/products/delmar-carter-anvil-stub
  29. 6 points
    Going to start this topic right now so I am forced to write a trip report before them memory fades... I forget when Nate Brous decided to host his leg of the King Kong, but that personally saved me a few hours drive from the original venue I would have gone to. That also allowed me to see my children the night of the competition, and go to a Halloween party with my wife as well. [Thank you Mr. Ambassador] For those who did not make it to the SJ4 after party; Nate Brous' basement gym is a grip valhalla! His space is a full gym with ample seating for rest and spectators. The walls are covered with photos of Grip Athletes from across the world, so when your killing time, you have stuff to look at. Sure it is a basement, but it has become more of a grip community training center as Nate has hosed weekly group training cessions. In the weeks leading up to King Kong, people had a chance to use the actual Flask, Crusher, V-Bar and Stub that Nate would contest the competition with. He has all the challenge items one could dream of like the Inch Replica, the 36K circus bell, and infamous Mann-a-nuff; as well as a full flight of blobs from sub 20lbs to the Blob and Blobzilla sized block weights. We had a small group for the King Kong, but it was a fun group.... Before I can say anything about the actual competition, I need to fast forward to the end of the day for me. A few weeks before the competition at one of Nate's group training sessions, inspired by Gill's York Hub transfer with a clap, I decided to do Stub Transfers. After pulling it off with 7 or 8lbs I bragged jokingly that I now had a world record. [Notteriety through Obscurity]. Anyway, after the King Kong and after pizza and beer we returned to the basement. I decided I should try the Stub transfer again. After a few catches and a few misses, I tried to take it to over 10lbs. After a few more drops I sadly broke the base off Nate's WOG loading pin. In dropping it even with the low weight, the height was enough to break the welds. Sorry big fella. I now owe Nate not only for hosting another great competition, but he gets my World of Grip loading pin next time I see him.
  30. 6 points
    Dang man.. i keep thinking about this. Such an inspiration Eric! Lemme break this down for anyone that might not be hitting on all cylinders as they look this post over.. Eric has been, and still is a legend in strength sports. Eric was first to cert the red nail in Imps Eric made one of the most legendary gripper and bending guys ever by taking him under his wing and showing him the way- PK Eric has held multiple world records in gripsport, and a few that i honestly dont ever see getting bested. Eric set and held a Texas state deadlift record in his weight class like a boss in previous years. Eric during his time of heavy horse shoe bending was so far ahead of everyone else, that he literally got bored doing it.. seriously. Before there were Wiggy, Mike R., and Jason B., there was Eric. Imo, and as de-facto, Eric invented the bending of impossible horse shoes. Because before him, i think the best (heaviest) shoes getting bent were low level stuff like polos, DCs, lite rims, and ultralites. I remember being in somewhat disbelief seeing Erics determination as he cut all that weight for Nats simply because thats the challenge he chose to take on. For me that kind of thing seemed so impossible, but for his level if fortitude, it was no biggie. lets not forget were talking about a guy who STILL shows up to PL comps and finishes 2nd only to the #1 guy in the world in his class.. and he trains old school in his garage with no fancy equipment, no fancy diet, no fancy traning regime, and no need for attention while he does it via constant vids of his training. Nor does he try to get online and be an ego maniac in an attempt to berate or coach anyone not doing things his way. But at the same time will gladly help anyone out who shows a true interest. i could literally go on with fact here for some time. Such a no excuses making, humble, determined, giant in multiple sports! for anyone new around here that has all these stubborn ideas of "change" to this sport that likes to cite bullshit lines of "spirit of grip" as you bash any of the big 3 grip lifts, id like to point out that you also are in direct insult of guys like Eric. Eric damn near single handedly INVENTED spirit of grip in this sport. But being as Eric is such a humble guy and doesnt get in here saying these things, you would either have to actually take time and do your homework, or read a rude awaking post from Tommy J. to know these things. So keep the change. Consider it a tip. Because as long as guys like Eric are around, this thing stays real. so, Eric, thank you for being a bad mf'er! heres a short list of just Texas guys that Eric at some point in time has led us all to some form of very eliteness in some aspect of strength or another. Paul Knight- grip- world class Yori Skutt- grip- world class Michael Hann- (already an elite puller) but grip- world class Tommy Jennings Jr. Okay in grip, but mostly overhand bending- world class And this is just the Texas guys that i know of.. not to mention others from other states that he may have nonchalantly led or helped into doing awesome things and yes, i said led us. In some way or another Eric helped or coached each and every one of us into some form of world classness. No homo with this post Eric.. i just sort of found myself disgusted that this thread is sitting off to the side with seemingly no traffic jam. I guess these punks these days really have no interest in true strength. But thats okay.. because regardless of how many of these self alleged "purists" come along and do some decent grip stunts, they will never go in the same category as Eric Milfeld. Not if i have anything to do with it.
  31. 5 points
    tried the 20 pounder. How did I do? Post your best sledge lever video for motivation!
  32. 5 points
    The first annual Old School Grip Contest was a huge success! We had 14 competitors in two divisions, many of whom were competing in their first strength competition. This was exactly one of my goals in promoting this contest, was that we introduce our community to fun and exciting world of Grip Sport. Grip is fun because its a non-intimidating style of training that anyone, young or old, can get involved in; and it's exciting because it can get really intense and when you have strong hands you can do some pretty awesome things. I competed in grip throughout the mid-2000's and one of my favorite things about it was the camaraderie it fostered. It's such a small, tight nit community and we all just had fun as we trained hard, competed and fed off of each others energy. And proof that that camaraderie is still alive, the first person to sponsor the contest was my old friend Clay Edgin of Santa Cruz Strength, who I competed with at the Global Grip Challenge in 2004. I didn't even have to ask for sponsorship, he offered. Our other sponsors included Renewed Strength, LLC - Personal Training Studio, Grapple Academy, Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rule 7 Meal Prep company and Maizels Training Hall. Thank you again to all of you! Back to the contest... we had 6 events: 2-hand gripper Sledge levering Rope hang York Blob lift Anvil lift 1-hand deadlift The events were uniquely selected to test crush, wrist, relative, pinch, all-around and supporting strength, respectively. The idea was also to use a mix of implements that were classic training tools that everyone had access to, or vintage pieces that no one had access to, thus requiring you to be creative in your training and/or just plain strong all around. The highlight of the contest was our special guest judge, none other than Slim "The Hammerman" Farman. It was an honor to have him at the gym and there's nobody in the world more familiar with sledge levering or better equipped to judge the event. I think it made him proud to see several generations of people following in his footsteps. I know most people from Baltimore Kettlebell Club are only vaguely familiar with Grip Sport or Slim The Hammerman by what you've seen lying around the gym or hanging in my office, well I'm glad people got to witness some more of it up close and personal this weekend. Besides the fun and excitement, there are very practical reasons to train your grip. First of all, you're only as strong as your weakest link. Strengthen your hands and you will in turn strengthen your entire body. Plus many of the things that you encounter in real life outside of the gym require strong hands. From opening pickle jars to breaking loose rusted bolts, you need grip strength. And grip strength lasts too. We all know that old man that's got a vise-like grip because he turned wrenches, swung a hammer or laid brick all his life. When you shake that mans hand you know he's got vitality left in him. Just like Slim... I hope this contest encourages and inspires people to train their grip as more than just an after-thought. To help with that, I'm going to change this month's Community Kettlebell to a Community Kettlebell - Grip Training event, where we'll introduce a couple of the foundational grip exercises and cover how to train them (sets, reps, frequency, load, etc.) Join us on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6pm for a $10 drop in (included in membership). Stronger than yesterday, -Dan Cenidoza
  33. 5 points
    @Booyah!!! I thought this would be an appropriate place (instead of Goerners) to put topics on bending-related Where Are They Now queries. I hope Mike is doing very well these days. He was always super helpful, courteous, and the Chuck Norris of multiple bending styles. Anyone know what Mike is up to? @EricMilfeld
  34. 5 points
    Cool...time to start the 2018 right. I'd like to be first in line. Nathaniel Brous...MM3
  35. 5 points
    Gripmas 2017 Signed Up Paid 1. Chris Rice 2. Jedd Johnson 3. Chris Andrede 4. Nate Brous 5. Rich Cottrell 6. Donald Cummings 7. Jason Gonzalez 8. Anthony Clarino 9. Cesare Ricchezza 10. Nick Rosendaul 11. Andrew Pantke 12. Anton Torrella 13. Josh Henze BBarrett Henze 2. Jason Henze If you signed up but don't see your name - let me know ASAP. If you put a check in the mail already - let me know that too please. If you were a lazy dog and didn't sign up but want to come now - let me know that too please LOL
  36. 5 points
    Well, since you weigh so much, your grip should be THAT MUCH stronger than everyone else's @Chez. Just ask Mikael.
  37. 5 points
    Name of Contest: SJ's Four-For-February Date: Saturday, February 24th Promoter's Names: Nathaniel and Maureen Brous Location: South Jersey's Brous House Gym. (contact for needed details) Fee: None Entry Form and disclaimer will be signed on site. Events: 1. Grippers 20mm, 2. IM Hub, 3. IM Blockbuster Pinch, 4. IM Little Big Horn. The object if this competition is A. to allow gripsters to seriously compete on implements seldom competed… and B. Have an excellent no stress time while doing so. Currently NAGS doesn’t seem to track the Blockbuster Pinch, but perhaps that is for lack of comps holding it. With some luck, it may get added to the list. At the moment we are looking at a solid 14. Maybes will be listed below. Duevorn Harris Matt Kraenbring Matt Hunt Nathaniel Brous Jesse Avila Anton Torrella "Chez" Anthony Clarino Jose Cabrera Ken (Jose Brother) Juliet Avila Tim Butler Tank Andrade Ace Andrade Maybe's Wojo Steve Nichols John McCarter Amber Andrade Tom Scibelli Andrew Scibelli Jacob Scibelli
  38. 5 points
    When – why – how – and who got me into Grip? I started lifting in 1959 and the routines of the day always included Wrist Curls and Reverse Wrist Curls. Probably around 1962? I found a picture in S&H that my grandfather and I built - it was a hand gripper out of wood that utilized the barbell as the resistance. First edition “Gripper” thus became a part of my training routine. I worked up to some respectable weight on the wrist curls for a skinny HS kid. I guess I never really quit - it was just like doing bench or curls - it was a part of what I did - started a very long time before I ever heard of the Grip Board.
  39. 5 points
    This is a "shameless" copy from @Eric Roussin thread "Distribution of Grip Sport Contests in North America - 2017" I´m quite certain I missed some events, but here is a list I was able to come up with with help of @jouni mähönen @Marco Buhl @Jürgen Garschall @Thomas Larsen and David Hornes list of competitions held in UK. If you have any competitions to add please leave a message. No wonder Finland is doing quite well in the grip world with 7 grip contests + 1 finger wrestling and 2 King Kong Venues held 2017 within a quite "small" country. FINLAND 7.1.2017 GRIP MEDLEY + 3 Horne events Lempäälä, Finland 3.2.2017 Finnish Grip Nationals Luumäki, Finland 29.4.2017 Rolling Thunder Nationals Jyväskylä, Finland 27.5.2017 Horne Record Breakers Järvenpää, Finland 8.7.2017 Finger wrestling Järvenpää, Finland 12.8.2017 SAWO OPEN Iisalmi, Finland 10.9.2017 WHEA Worlds Hämeenlinna, Finland 28.10.2017 King Kong Venues Iisalmi and Järvenpää 18.11.2017 Savo Grip Championchips Iisalmi, Finland AUSTRIA 6.5.2017 APL European Grip Championchips/ Austria Nationals Purgstall an der Erlauf, Austria NORWAY 7.1.2017 Norwegian Grip Championships Vestfold, Norway 13.5. 2017 European Grip Championship Arandel, Norway 28.10.2017 King Kong Venue Arendal, Norway SWEDEN 17.6.2017 Löddeköpinge Grip Challenge XX Löddeköpinge, Sweden GERMANY 29.7.2017 German Nationals Hamburg, Germany 23.9.2017 Sauerland Gripchallenge Brilon, Germany 11.11.17 Griffkrat Meeting Hannover, Germany UNITED KINDOM 4.2.2017 Grip Tour of Britain Camberley, England 1.4.2017 The 24th British Grip Championships Stafford, England 23.4.2017 Grip Tour of Britain Leeds, England 27.5.2017 Grip Tour of Britain - Criccieth Challenge Day Criccieth, Wales 6.8.2017 Gripathon #4 Stafford, England 2.9.2017 Grip Tour of Britain, Camberley, England 10.9.2017 Record Breakers #3, Stafford, England 28.10.2017 King Kong Venue at London, England ITALY 28.10.2017 King Kong Venue UKRAINE 23.7.2017 Beginners Grip Sport Contest Sumy, Ukraine 28.10.2017 King Kong Venue
  40. 5 points
    2017 Goals Primary goals are all oriented towards climbing and moving better for 2017. · Bodyweight to 180# - currently 191 to 193# - down from 208# a couple years ago · Not even close – still sitting around 191 to 193 · Eat better – especially night time snacks! · Doing pretty well but still eating too much at night · Keep my A Fib and Blood Pressure under control – good right now (fingers crossed). Pretty much outside on my control but maybe the healthier I am the better this will be as well. Seems like the only time I get high BP is right after a spell of A Fib – seems to last a couple months and then return to normal. · No A fib spells all year so happy here · Eliminate as much of my fairly constant pain as possible. · Epic fail as I developed Trigeminal Neuralgia which is pain at it’s worst · Be consistent leading any 5.10 limestone sport routes when I go to Greece climbing in the fall · Had a fantastic climbing trip to Greece – climbed well · Do the least amount of heavy lifting I can get away with and not lose lifting strength beyond set goal numbers (not set yet). · The face pain and the climbing goals meant I lost a ton of strength – but not the way I had wanted things to work out · Meet my aerobic goal numbers. These will be Concept 2 test numbers for different distances. Basically top 10 in 500 – 1000 – and 2000 meters – maybe best 500 period for my age. · Somehow managed to pull times good enough to meet all three distances in the top ten · Meet my local strength – endurance numbers relating to climbing (not set yet). Number of non stop routes at the climbing wall. Thinking about 100??? · Changed up the method on my training and went with time on the wall instead of number of routes but successful · Hang Board numbers - added weight and hold (not set yet). · Simply didn’t work the hang board as much as I should have · Campus Board Numbers – Campus Medium and small rungs. · Didn’t work the Campus Board as it caused lots of face pain · Complete new 70 by 70 list reflecting new goals over the next 12 months. · Successful · Hold Gripmas again –- this will be the next to last one – 2018 will be the last. · Just a few weeks until Gripmas - Coming up Dec 9th · Cut down on my coffee – switch completely to decaf. · Successful · Spend less time on the computer. · Less but still more than I should · You might notice I have no competition goals this year – been there - done that – and have a drawer full of tee shirts. No grip goals outside of climbing - my grip interest has waned over time - the only thing I haven't done that I set out to do a decade or so ago in lift the Inch DB. I need to just feel better and say the hell with all the competitive stuff.
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    Mikael, A couple of things...I have been involved in strength sports for 22 years. I am sure that what other people desire doesn't matter. I have seen so many talented people come and go. It all comes down to what they want to do with their time. Regarding bodyweight, I am a good example of this regarding grips. I am 6'3" with 8" hands. In 2015, I was 271# to get 3rd place at the LA FIT EXPO in the grip contest. This year, I plan to weigh in at 220# (I am 230.0# this morning). Guess what? I'm stronger now! Same events - Axle and Rolling Thunder. This shouldn't happen, if I understand you correctly. I have met lots of the top grip guys in person. Guess what? They all have HUGE hands. Odd Haugen refers to my hands as "baby hands." Alexey is probably the only exception to this ( in my experience) of the elite thick bar lifters. I'm not sure that bodyweight matters a lot.
  43. 5 points
    Here are Tanners lifts (rough estimate or from leaderboards: 1HP (~99lbs), vbar (313lbs), stub (44lbs), Tips Tester (203 1H, 370 2H) , stirrup (221) and grippers (165-170RGC) are all on high levels if not near the top with his thickbar. The fact that you guys say that he is a one trick pony is purely incorrect; his worst event is pinch which he has come a long way in the past year. Give him a year to focus on other events including axle and he would be equally on level with many people that are indeed 50lbs heavier. If you want to compare others numbers to those go ahead because there aren't many people that can match all of the at any weight class therefore putting him at an elite level.
  44. 5 points
    Was fun to compete in this year's KK'17. Congrats to all male and female competitors! Special shout outs to Steven Millard- who finished top 15 overall as a master lifter- does not promote himself but is a baad man. Thomas Larsen, who pulled 330lb on V-bar and has only trained on it less than 3 months!! Tanner, what can you say about this young man... 224 plus on Crusher?!?! Bryan Hunsaker for hosting 21 and still posting huge numbers. Eric Roussin who just competed in Florida less than a week beforehand and wins 93KG class- simply one of the best ever. Jedd Johnson, last but not least- worldwide grip legend for many, many years and producing a WR in the flask!! Top 5 overall finish and winner of 120kg -Congrats and appreciate his consistent greatness. I always say about Jedd, to put your lifts on front street like he has for over 15 years and still manage to kick butt is very impressive.
  45. 5 points
    Congrats my friend Alexey and welcome to KING KONG 's Club. You did very well! Juha Harju
  46. 5 points
    This was my second attempt effort of 617 to secure second place in the 50-59 age group Saturday. We had thirteen guys battling it out in the 105k class. I squatted 529 and benched 319, with a couple of missed efforts for bigger squats and deadlifts, but I’m very happy with my performance. https://www.facebook.com/eric.milfeld/posts/1879483892066472
  47. 5 points
    You can fill an old keg or barrel with them for all kinds of odd object lifting. Hearing protection recommended. They can be mixed into concrete. Use your imagination. And yes you can make all sorts of things out of them.
  48. 5 points
    Dayuum! Way strong brother! i remember not so long ago when stuff like this would have been page after page of kudos. But nowdays things like euro, axle, and grippers arent even considered in "true spirit" of grip. (Yep! Still taking jabs at previous debates) not to get discouraged.. because the majority still believes the big 3 to be very much so "in the spirit of grip"! So instead of joining in on the not so trendy blasphemy of gripper bashing, im proud to be one of the first to jump in here and relay my excitement for you! As far as i can recall, there has only been about 3 folks (or 4 or 5?) to even attempt a noteworthy #4 ccs in the last decade, let alone take it down to within 3/8" or less. You are one of them! Well done, sir! And any time in the near future should you choose to do any more gripper cert badassery and decide to make it an event, i will gladly be there with bells on in an unshameful display of support! Unlike many these days, i do not forget what brought 99% of us here to begin with. And i also encourage the paying of homage to to the reason the Gripboard started in the first place, to people who may have forgotten, or are just to spiteful to recognize what got this forum rolling to begin with.. which is grippers! sorry for the semi rant there.. lol kudos Morgan!
  49. 5 points
    I’d like to try something a little different at Gripmas this year. I will be of course hitting up all my long time sponsors who have been so loyal over the years. But I’d like to ask everyone who is attending Gripmas to be a sponsor as well. This is certainly not mandatory in any way and will be done anonymously. Please bring some small item that you no longer use or are done with like a book – bent steel etc to be given away as a prize – look at it as a kind of an exchange program perhaps. I have a “Power Rack Glute Ham” I’m giving away – it will probably need modified to fit your rack but it’s a pretty nice piece – it’s been taking up space and not used for several years now (you will need some space in your car to get it home). I also have a few books that will go on the table. And if you don’t want to participate – that’s just fine as well. Of course I only have 3 people signed up so far – so who knows how this might work out? It’s just something that ran through my head today.
  50. 4 points
    I don't know who else in the world did it!
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