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    3 whites He killed this. The metal is still hot from the power transfer! The MM8 is going down and he will be sitting at the top of the MashMonster Pyramid ALONE as KING of CRUSH!
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    What an amazing experience this was. I realize now that I haven't been to a grip comp in FIVE years, and I will do what I can prevent a gap between events of that size from opening up again. I knew going in that the red cert was going to be early in the morning Saturday. My main concern with this was rest. I knew I had the strength to do this, but in the past, if I had broken, poor quality, or minimal sleep, my bending would suffer immensely. So, I left Boston at 7am Friday morning to get there as early as possible in order to get a nap in or at least early bedtime. I got there about 1pm, so 6 hours. I thought that was a lot of driving - until I talked to some of the guys on Saturday. I think Allen H. did 19 HOURS... with two kids and a DVD player that broke mid-trip. And then he drove right back Sunday! Incredible. Anyway, I needed food, so went to Moe's Southwest which my GPS said was like 2 miles away. It wasn't. I got all turned around and after looking for a gas station to stock up on bottled water and snacks for comp day, it was 3pm by time I got back to the hotel room. Once I finished eating, nap was out of the question, so I did what I could to get to bed early. I didn't end up falling asleep until about 1am. I woke up at 6am to do my best to really be "awake" for the cert, as I've never really bent before 4 or 5pm, except for a handful of times over two years. I went to Wawa, slammed a 24oz coffee - I only drink decaf usually - and headed back to weigh in and get ready. At first things were fine, but once I saw the group gather and the clocked ticked closer to 9am, I sort of panicked. I'd never bent in front of anyone, let alone 50+ gripsters. All I could think of was that one red I couldn't even kink a few weeks back. Every other bar I destroyed in around 10 seconds and had been for what seems like 6-8 weeks, but that one bar was lingering and I was positive I was going to unload during cert time and nothing would happen. That one bar, big crowd, no sleep... I was getting nervous. Soon after, the coffee kicked in and I was pacing around the space, and eventually found a tiny corner outside the comp room to warm up in. During this time, several people came up to me and offered encouragement, for which I cannot thank them enough. I was still super jittery, but I truly appreciated the sentiment. Anthony C, Josh H, Anton T, and many others that I had and had not "met" (virtually) before all stopped by to offer encouragement. Eventually it was time to go. Just after 9am, Nate handed me the three bars, and we didn't have a table to wrap them on with my pony clamps. Never done that before, either. Without time or the ability to dwell on that, I just squat down and wrapped the bar with my heel on the end of the wrap. I was so pumped I couldn't even see straight, let alone worry about what was happening with my wrap. Once I was wrapped, I took the bands off and there was no turning back. People started cheering and shouting which really helped. Nevertheless, given that I was simultaneously petrified and ready to kill someone, I couldn't look up to make eye contact with anyone. I had the bar in my hands, and was ready. I did my little "hitching" routine where I sort of pop the bar under my chin four times before starting the kink, and then hit it. The bar/pad slipped a little bit on the first hit, but I corrected and gave it absolutely everything I had. The bar melted instantly. That moment was something I'll never forget. I haven't seen video of the bend but I suspect it was under 10s. For all you benders out there, there is nothing like attempting a PR or big cert with a room full of like minded people screaming you on. Infinite thanks to Nate for being the judge, fitting in time for me during a very busy day with a lot of moving parts, and for perpetual encouragement here and elsewhere leading up to my cert. After that, I tried a 7" golden hex which didn't go well. I got it past 90, maybe to 4", but time ran out. Not my worst attempt on this bar, but definitely on the bottom end, and it took a lot out of me. Oh well. Thanks to Andrew P and the others in that area for watching and giving encouragement. Then the day really started. I hadn't trained grip seriously in years (I was here for the cert and bending comp), so had absolutely zero expectations. It was tough getting through everything as I couldn't really see the platforms to watch other competitors, so I just checked the monitor every 20 minutes or so to see where they were, and did my attempts. I think I did 113 gripper (failed 121 by just a bit), 66 on 1HP (was good for more, had chalk/grip issues), and about 109 or so on the crusher, I don't really remember. By time the crusher was up, I was pretty much out of gas. Poor sleep, little food, and the red cert + gold hex attempt had wiped me out pretty good. Thankfully we went to Nate's and filled up on great food and took advantage of their great hospitality. I passed on the medley, my neck, back, and knees were completely shot at this point (~7pm). Eventually it was time for the bending comp, at about 9:30pm. The highlight of the day for me was watching Andrew Dube completely dominate like 6-8 pieces of 9/32 CRS inside 3 minutes REVERSE. Let me tell you, doing anything at that point was an accomplishment. I did one bastard in about 15 or so seconds, and got locked up on a second one, then bent about 4 pieces of 9/32 DO, and my arms were complete Jello. Watching Andrew rip through those bars was unbelievable. I also see that he bent the 3/4" HRS braced in about a minute or less with minimal/no pads. Very impressive. I had a good chat with Andrew too; I expect big things from him. I was so beat and out of it, regrettably I drove back to the hotel at about 10pm or so, and missed a bunch more bending stuff and god knows what else, lol. I wished I'd had more in me, but I was totally and utterly cooked. I don't know how the guys that stayed around, not to mention Nate, did it. The theme of the day for me was great conversation with great people. Bending is a pretty solitary pursuit and being able to talk at the length I did with so many people was truly priceless to me. I spoke a lot to the people above as well as Bill and Neal from near Worcester (who I will be contacting shortly about holding a bending comp), Chez, Delmar, all of those who I'd never met before but despite that walked up to me and gave congrats on the cert, and many, many others who I'm unintentionally leaving out. Nate you are the man, that rocked, thank you a million. As I type this I'm still brutally sore in my glutes, upper back, and triceps. Hope everyone is recovering and that we get to hook up again soon.
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    Congrats to Morgan! 3 whites!
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    News flash... Richard Sorin is coming to SJ4! ...YUP!
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    Hand size has been discussed "to death" in the past - every few years it comes back - a shit storm ensues and we move on again. We had hand size classes for several years - many different ideas were floated - remember "fair bar"? Even hand size is more complex than it seems on the surface - palm versus finger length for example gives advantage to different aspects of grip sport. Body weight may not be perfect either but it's only one variable at least. Every sport has body types that give an advantage to those people. In the more popular or well attended sports it sorts itself - very tall people play basketball or volleyball - short people become gymnasts - divers and on and on. The problem is when we want to excel in a sport where we do not enjoy a natural advantage for that activity - such as grip in this case. The IGC and NAGS groups have to look at it to "what is fairest to everyone - not just one subgroup" and it's an impossible thing to do - life isn't fair - and never will be all around. It's easy to think you got beat cause "he's bigger than I am - or his hands are bigger - or whatever the case may be. But in the end he beat you because he lifted more weight than you did - bigger body - bigger hands - longer thumbs or whatever the case may be. Or course outliers exist and fudge up things but there will always be outliers - and what can one do about them. Formula stuff can be fun and I'd personally like to see an age factor one LOL- but if we give everyone their own category we might as well hand out participation awards. Written by an almost 70 year old guy with small hands, a bad back, and only medium body weight who gets beat because other people simply are stronger than I am.
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    Was totally pumped for this contest after reading about past ones. Was glad I was able to go. Once I found out, I immediatly set out to see if anyone I knew wanted to try it out. What better way to try it out than when you have some of the most battle harden peeps going? Only one had the fortitude to make the trip to battle in the arena. My buddy Clint answered that call. As of this writing he has no regrets, and niether do I. He has had very little grip training, but his base strength is pretty good. It didnt take me much to convinence him. He has throughly enjoyed the gear I've brought down to his place. Which is about an hour away from mine. I'm not a very articulate speaker so teaching is hard. Its easier to show. His lack of gear especially grippers would make it difficult to get proper training in. But we made due. We departed my hood around 8 am and we were humming along until friggin Richmond...We got slowed down to 35 mph for about 45 minutes then it sped up a little until we got out of the city and the. It was bumper to bumper until the Delaware Memorial bridge. With stops for food and gas, it took 10 or so hours to get to our hotel in Mt Laurel at 7:45pm. Our hotel blew ass. But it was cheap, like me and thats all we needed. However... I got to sleep on a Sealy "stone slab" the bed was a queen sized granite counter top and the pillows were filled with air and cotton. My dome piece sunk into it like rock in water. The AC had one temp, which was slightly cool and a fan speed that could be compared to how fast it takes diamonds to develop. Clint and I slept like utter garbage. The next morning we figured we grab some contenintal breakfast. How about a cup of waffle batter, apple juice and crap cereal. If you wanted decent grub it would cost 3-5 bucks to get it! Clint is a growing boy so he had some waffle and I had some warm disappointment with a side of (bad word filter) my life. Around 7:45 we left. Took about 22 minutes to get to the venue, however i stop to grab a bite and some caffeine. The temp outside was warming up and the humidity was wet blanket%, perfect for gripping. The venue was a medium sized conference /baquent room. Large crowd was already in there with folk in and out. As soon you walked in a warm up area was set up and already had weights on it. To the left was Nate and the scale. Greeted some guys signed the do night sue nate form, weighed in at a very slim 305 pounds and clint had to be weighed in on a truck scale. Chairs were set up and in the center was the score table and grippers with 2 tvs on each side of the room. Beyond that were 3 platforms, pins, crusher/flask, and cross bars with kilo plates. Red Nail cert was first and then 2 CTD challenges. All 3 were murdered. Soon after Grippers started. The rules werent clarified at the start, so i noticed of the noobs were confused. But aside from that it was going quick. There were 3 judges and that help facilitate swift rounds. The problems occured when it was time to flask and crusher. The shere size of the group really killed the speed here. Coupled with the score keeper getting over whelmed and judges that also had to compete it took awhile. Plus working kilos was (bad word filter)ing up alot of folk. The room was also stupidily hot as well. Poor chez looked like he took a shower in his cloths. I do not think the room was best suited for this size of a crowd. It was a tight fit. After wards the break down was quick and the room was cleaned up like a boss. We moved to the next phase which was the grub, medley, bending and (bad word filter)ery. lemme tell you Nates wife element did a fantastic job with the food. At this time thought i was crawling into extreme pain. I fought hard to hold back tears. So i was hot, sweaty, and miserable. But the food was on point. It was a nice break. We moved to the dungeon for the rest of festivities. This place is was amazing. The man has a passion for grip. I couldnt help but smile. So much grip stuff from a wide assortment of grippers and blobs to bending steel and implements. Little bit of everything was here. The Venice beach of grip. He had all sorts of cool stuff on the walls, photos of those featured in the grip profiles, to a Horne Shrine. Sitting down there was Chris Haircules Rider a super nice guy and incredibly strong. His protege Chris Wonder Schoeck was competing for the first time. For those of you who signed up and didnt make it you missed out on a treat. 2 world class performing strongman man at SJ4 i was like a 90s girl at a backstreet boys concert. Shit was unreal, kinda like how hard the hard side of the medley was. Wtf nate. This was like the Salem Witch trials but for your hands. I lifted maybe 1 thing and that was my sweat rag after dropping it by the blobs. I didnt do the medley. The hard side was too hard and the light side was too easy and I would of felt like a idiot for doing it. Instead I got to chat with Chris Rider and watch him teach Maria how to shred phonebooks. Which im terrible at, like for some reason I just cant. But i blasted two decks of bikes in seconds. Chris also helped several of the guys to include Allen make a mess shredding them. Watching Maria attack the phonebook reminded me of a kitten attacking a plush toy. It was adorable. After maybe 25 minutes and personal coaching from chris she finally got it. Chris has a way of explaining things that makes sense. One of his talking points was demostrated when he put a license plate in a thick phonebook and tore it. At the same time the light and heavy medleys were going on. after that awards and prizes were handed out. The hand made awards by josh were amazing. Bending contest was held. That was fun as hell. There needs to be more bending contests. Anton and delmar melted steel and the other guys whooped my ass too. we got a special performance from chris rider in which he bent a penny. A. Friggin. Penny. All in all it was a great day. I hit all my goals in the contest. Got some cool gear. Hope this happens again. Thank you nate, Mo and all the red shirts and donators. *disclaimer* my writing sucks and so does my memory. Im sure i missed things.
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    My wifey (Maureen) asked me to post this here (like FB), to reach more people. She likes the community (god knows why ) and wanted to say a few words. "The other half, would like to welcome you all to the contest and to our home. Nate has worked tirelessly, dare I say obsessively, toward making this a great contest. While he continues to physically heal, he has definitely put all of his mental "gripper energy" into this, I am entirely happy to assist him, in anyway, to make you feel welcomed and to get this contest up and running. The Grip Community has been absolutely amazing toward him, and us, over the last three very difficult years and so, for me, this is my way of saying Thank you! Soooo, Thank you all for the kind words, encouragement, friendship, support, guidance, relentless emailing and checking in on him while he was very ill, helping me unpack our moving van, answering my electrical, locksmith, and plumbing questions at all hours, repeatedly asking if you could assist us, and visiting him. (Cesare, Jose, Anthony, John, Ger Alt, Anton, Jedd, Michael, you guys checked in with ME repeatedly -thank you, it helped he and I more than I could ever express) So to the Grip Community - Thank you and get ready to bend, rip, grip, crush, lift, and have FUN! (please recall these kind words as you eat my burnt meal. Just think to yourself...."made with love, made with love....".)"
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    I had a horrible gripper session last week so I wanted to bounce back. Been focusing on block work for an upcoming comp but I prefer MMS and When I don't constantly train MMS my set strength goes down. Here is a 198 lb RGC Grand Elite MMS Close from today. This was right after a 194 Super Elite Close. I also stink at filming myself so my hand goes out of frame during the set. After the SJ4 comp I'm will be focusing on my 203 COC #4. Here is a still of the close:
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    I have started and abandoned many training logs in my time at the GripBoard. It's hard to say why they fizzle out. For this training log, I want to put a good 6 months' push together for the first grip contest I hope to attend in quite a few years. The 2018 Southern Squeeze in Mashville! Contest is in January. Right now it looks like the events are 20mm block set grippers, one-hand Flask and 2.5" Crusher (or similar revolving handle to be determined). I will be solidly in the 74kg class with no real hope of getting down to 66kg. (It's REALLY hard for me to weigh 145lbs.) I will be under 163lbs for sure and typically weigh about 158lbs. Here are my goals for the contest: Grippers 150# (with a stretch goal to break Milfeld's class record of 156 if possible) One-hand Flask, 85# 2.5" revolving handle, 140# The really tough one for me is going to be revolving handle. I SUUUUUCK at revolving handle lifts. I think my all-time PR on Rolling Thunder is 140 and a 2.5" solid handle should be harder. Might need some advice training for that. I'm only going to post grip workouts and hopefully progress vids on the events, but will be doing other supporting strength training as well. Here we go!
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    Daniel Reinard graciously donated a Cannon Powerworks rated gripper of your choice...to the winner of the Diesel Award. It goes to the person who displayed Intensity and Sportsmanship throughout the contest. I'd like it to be known that 11 candidates were submitted as contenders. This should speak volumes about how awesome the competitors were at SJ4. One contestant managed to edge out a tight race for first... Shawn Kapusta. Please contact Daniel at the email address I just provided...and he will help you claim your award. Congratulations Shawn!
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    So as you all know i failed my 3 cert for ironmind a few weeks back. I decided to start rating grippers again and rated that cert gripper at 157#, that was without seasoning the spring or oil. I figured id give it a go for the hell of it and i must be having a good day caused i slammed that mother f'er!!
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    It seems like there's been a real interest in finding the overall winner, which is cool. However, I don't think taking any formulas from other sports is the way to do it. Here's why I feel that way... In Powerlifting, Grip strength isn't challenged like it is in Grip Sport. In fact, there's only one event where it's even a real factor, and that's the deadlift. And on the deadlift, you can use the alternated grip, so much of that is taken out as well. In Olympic weightlifting, Grip Strength is not a substantial factor at all, due to the use of the hook grip, so any comparison formula from that sport shouldn't be used either, in my opinion. Allometric and Wilkes might make sense for Powerlifting & Oly, but they don't make sense for Grip Sport, because you're not comparing apples to apples. The first time I can think of where an Overall winner was crowned in addition to the weight class divisions was Nationals, 2013, when it was stated that the overall winner would get an automatic invite to Mighty Mitts. Considering most Mighty Mitts competitors were 280lbs or more, it only made sense to just use Absolute Numbers. A bodyweight formula winner going up against guys like Tex, Chad, and Rich would get smeared in the Mighty Mitts events, because they all involved large implements and very heavy weights. At SJ4, the events seemed be chosen in a way to make things fair for the lighter guys, which I applaud. However, it doesn't seem like hand size was taken into consideration though, with the 30-mm set, and the 2.5" crusher favoring larger handed individuals, so a lot of the efforts to even the playing field were negated with those two events, especially the Crusher. In the end, the guys like Gil, Tanner and Kody will pretty much ALWAYS come out on top when a bodyweight formula is used for the results, because they all have 8+ inch hands, and they are in the 93 kg class or lighter. Hands that size will be able to handle just about any Grip Sport lifting events. The only events that I can even think of where Hand Size doesn't play a huge role is things like Pickaxe and Sledge Choke. In summary, based on my observations, I feel if a formula is to be used to decide a winner, it can't be something borrowed from elsewhere. It should be produced by Grip Sport athletes and promoters, using pertinent factors, and tested using example comp results in the past. That way it's actually based on apples to apples comparisons. Luke and I discussed ideas for a formula in the hotel room the morning after the comp, for about 10 minutes. I'd like to share what we came up with, but before doing so, I'd like to actually get with him first, so we can refine it more and then present it later as a starting point.
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    SJ4 Trip Report I went to SJ4 with no expectations. This was at the end of my 2 week vacation, which I spent a great deal of time drinking beers, riding the three wheeler, swimming and training my new pup. My only expectation was to have a good time and meet some more people in the grip world. The Venue The venue was perfect for me. Having the comp at the hotel was convenient. I’m used to getting up early or driving through the night to compete. Getting a good night’s sleep before was great. Being able to run up to the room between events was an added bonus. Grippers I took my grippers on vacation. THey never left the car. I really don’t like training them. I hadn’t closed a gripper in a month and it showed. I opened at 138, which I should get in my sleep and missed badly. At this point I contemplated going back to the room and start drinking all day. I dropped down to 126 and got it. Went up to 144 for a narrow miss and then missed badly on my fourth at 144. At least I got one in. In hindsight, I didn’t warm up enough, and really wasn’t prepared to close grippers. Flask I really didn’t know where I stood with the flask. I had not pulled over 80 lbs in practice. Our flask always feels slick to me. During the warmups, I talked to Richard Sorin about it. His advice was no chalk. I hit 81 in warm ups without chalk . Maybe Richard knows what he’s talking about. Still fearing bombing out, I opened at 34 kg. I had intended on opening at 32, but went to 34 so I could be on the same platform as Lucas Raymond, we were on the same page with regards to the chalk. I hit 34, 40 and 43 without an issue. 45 seemed to be the sticking point for everybody on the platform three. I got 45 to the bar but slipped out on the way down. It was nice to be in the same ballpark with some of the top pinch guys in the room. Crusher Warming up, the crusher felt heavy. I had pulled 170 or so in training, but 160 felt off in warmups. I opened light (can’t even remember what the weight was). I got all my attempts and finished with a 78 kg lift. I should of opened heavier, and had one more chance to get 80 kg , but I still had a solid lift. Other than grippers I was extremely happy with my flask and crusher. I made 7 of 8 lifts in those two events and I was third in the 120 class. (i think) Dinner After we went to Nate’s house for some BBQ and Medley. Nate’s wife prepared a great meal. I don’t think anybody left hungry. It was great to sit around and talk with everybody there. All of the grip contests I have attended in the past I had to leave immediately after. Medley and Carnage Nate’s gym is amazing. Every grip implement is there. I got to try several items I do not have access to, like the Inch and fatman blob, which I had several misses on. I did the heavy side of the medley. I started off real well, until I hit the blob50s which stoned me. I don’t know where I placed but it was fun. My favourite part was the carnage afterwards. I like beer and I like to pick up heavy things and rip phone books and bend steel, so Nate’s basement was like an amusement park for me. I tore some books, bent some steel and tried countless strength implements. Andrew Dube brought a loadable blob and a ball bearing lift, which Jedd won on the blob and Gil won on the ball bearing. My index finger hates me for the ball bearing lifts. I really enjoyed the post contest atmosphere. It was great hanging out with everybody and just continually trying stupid shit even though my hands were fried. If I didn’t have a 9 hour drive in the morning, I would of stayed longer. Thanks to Nate and his wonderful family for opening their home to us and treating us so well. I have met so many great people since entering this sport, SJ4 just raised the number a lot higher. Thanks again Nate. If you want to adopt a Canadian, I'm in. Rob McMurren
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    We will miss the hell out of you. I know at least 2 lucky people who will be walking away with a memory of your SJ4 presence.
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    Let me just start out by saying that I almost didn't go to SJ4 in the beginning because of unknown variables due to selling my house and at the very last minute a family reunion of sorts, but I knew that I wanted to do my little part of this competition to help out and also that if I didn't I would be sitting here right now sick to my stomach looking at all of the social media posts and kicking myself in the ass for not going because it was awesome!! Friday July 14th I started out leaving the house at 4:15am which was a full 2 hours earlier than I should have if everything was to run smoothly, but 2 hours almost was not good enough! The 3 hour drive to the Nashville airport ended up being almost 4 due to a wreck which slowed traffic down on the interstate to a halt. It took over 30 minutes to drive 2 miles, but I still felt as if I was doing fine on time. I finally arrived at the airport to find that it was completely congested. Full of people and cars. It took over 30 minutes to find a parking spot because I finally decided to move a small metal barrier that was blocking two parking spots. I snuggled my truck right in the small spot and I initially thought that it may get towed or I could get a ticket, but I said screw it! I've got to get to Jersey! After Parking I took a shuttle to the airport and after getting my ticket I got in a long line for the dude to scan my ticket and driver license. When I got to him I noticed another long ass line behind him that zig zagged all the way to the security check. Well, after waiting forever for that I started walking to my gate and upon my arrival I noticed only one guy with a suitcase and he was talking with two receptionist. It turned out that they were waiting on me and if I had been just a few minutes later this dude would have gotten my seat. Upon my arrival I was informed that a "Matt Hunt" will be picking me up from the airport so I went outside and waited for him. When he came rolling in, my initial thought was that this is really happening, SJ4 and Nate are right down the road! So I got in the car and met another strong dude named Matt K. and we were on our way! We literally flew from Philly to Jersey and that didn’t bother me at all, but at one point I did think to look at the speedometer to see how fast we were going and then I noticed that it didn’t work. Lol. I’ve been there before and even got pulled over for going too slow, but that wasn’t the case this time because we showed up at Nate’s in no time. When we pulled up to Nate and Maureen’s house, it and the rest of the houses were just beautiful. It was their own little piece of paradise even though it wasn’t little. We were greeted at the door by Maureen’s father, Maureen and then Ger Alt’s wife Krista. They were all great and Maureen was already wrist deep into preparing food. They let us know that the guys were prepping the conference room at the hotel already, so we turn around and took off for the hotel (2 min drive). As we walked into the conference room after our arrival at the hotel I finally got to meet Nate who I have been conversing with for years and that moment was a long time coming. Then I got to meet the rest of the guys that were already there (Ger Alt, Josh H. and Allen H) and they were all extremely nice and down to earth guys. After the meet and greet it was time to work. So while Nate was drawing precise straight lines on the paper that was taped to the gripper table, me and a couple others were applying squiggly tape lines on the floor which turned out to be a chore especially in the mental area, but we got it down and it stayed down for the contest which was really impressive considering that we pulled up some areas a couple times. After finishing setup we all jetted back to Nate’s for some delicious pulled pork sandwiches which me and a few others could not stop eating ( I think I had 4). The rest of the night was a blur because the last minute details were all coming into place or being accounted for and that included a late night run to Home Depot and Advance Auto parts J. After the New York group arrived (coolest guys ever) we chatted and eventually went to sleep.. eventually. Saturday SJ4 Day I woke up at 6:00am and headed straight up and got a shower. I don’t think anyone else was awake, but I may be wrong. I went downstairs and already had a text from Nate asking if I was ready to go. He was a man on a mission. We took off and I got officially Wawa’d for the first time on the way to the hotel and if any of you don’t know what that is Wawa is a convenience store with a hellacious coffee bar and I firmly believe that Nate is a part owner because he frequents them so often. After Wawa we went to the conference room and Rich Cottrell was another man on a mission because he was already there wiring up the room. All of the final touches were made and I got to help with handing out the shirts and eventually the weigh-ins which was awesome because I got to literally meet everyone as they came in. It was great finally meeting everyone and that is another time I thought “Damn! I’m glad I came to SJ4”. Comp I did as expected, I put up some small numbers on grippers and moderate numbers on the Flask and Crusher. I did get to witness @KRC execute his Red Nail certification and that was just awesome to me. Also, the two Crushed to Dust certs were amazing because the guys doing them made them look so damn easy that it makes you wonder where in the hell did these strong as dudes come from? The special guest (Chris Rider) was an awesome guy to talk to and he had no problem sharing any advice that he had on the subject to which you were speaking. He demonstrated several different things to me which made a helluva lot of sense. He broke it down to the point to where you would think why did I not think of that? Nate’s house After cleanup at the hotel we all went back to Nate’s for MEAT EXTRAVAGANZA 2017!! It was amazing! Everything that I ate was absolutely delicious and I just don’t understand how Nate can maintain his trim physique with a woman who can cook like that around. After eating it was farting around time, then awards which were made by Josh Henze and let me tell you that when you see these you would want nothing but to win one because they were magnificent! Few people have as much talent as Josh and I am not sure if he is aware of that because is an honest, kind, and humble guy(great guy! No homo). After trophies it was time for the medley which looking back I should have participated in for fun but like Mr. Retarides I think I would have just taken a nap. I do have to say that his medley run was the best I’ve seen. He may not have scored a single point but it was the best! After both medleys it was more farting around time and then more prizes for the medley and then Nate received a special prize from Chris Rider himself. It was awesome autographed framed flyer from the Strongman Spectacular cast of 2013. Bending The bending contest was a brainchild of Nate and it worked out very well. It put everyone on the same playing field. You had 3 minutes to bend as much steel as you could and this made it to where it was a strategy game. You should have seen these guys, they were putting these bars away in reverse and double overhand! I think I was the most excited of the bunch because all of my bending has pretty been around people that either don’t care that it’s happening or they just want to see a quick show and then move on. These guys were genuinely interested in bending and that I have not been around at this magnitude before. Anton Torrella ended up being the 2017 SJ4 Bending champ and let me tell you that this guy had a flawless performance and his bending is crazy! He was like a damn machine and it was awesome. I am smiling typing this. Lol Everyone had a blast doing it and I’m sure that we’ll be seeing more of this in the future. Late Night After everyone started to file out it all started to calm down a bit. We started nipping a bit making some toasts and I saw my first Gripboard fight in real life . LMAO. Then I went on to bend my first horseshoe with Jose Cabrera’s help. I found out the next morning that next time I need to use a pad on my leg because as I was taking a shower I quickly noticed my leg was tender and when I looked down it looked like I was kicked by a horse. It’s all part of the game though. All in all I had a fantastic time and I am eternally grateful to Nate and Maureen for taking me in and showing me hospitality all while the biggest grip event in North America was underway. Thanks again my friends!
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    There's nothing I can say that has not already been said, but I will add a couple tidbits. The Pick up Artists of NC made the trek bright and early Friday morning and we were pumped that we would be able to arrive in NJ by 3 or 4 pm! Virginia and DC, however, had other plans for us. We sat in bumper to bumper traffic for about 5 hours and an 8 hour trip turned into 13 hours! No biggie as were traveling home in a Sunday...nobody is on the road then, we will make great time... The good thing is that Bob Sundin, Scott Johnson, James Retarides and myself can always fill time with stories and such to help cope with out situations. We laughed so hard my face still hurts...We arrived at 9 something and ate pizza. The next day was great. It was awesome putting faces to some names of folks I have been wanting to meet (Gerault it was good to go finally meet u!) and rub elbows with guys I haven't seen in a while. It's always like a family reunion at these things. First off, I have to give a huge shoutout to Nate and Maureen for hosting the competition and welcoming so many of us into their home. They were such gracious hosts, as selfless as could be for the sake of providing the best experience possible to all guests. The volunteers were phenomenal as well. They set up and broke down so efficiently. It was wonderful seeing some new gripsters compete and some very strong folks who are going to be amazing forces in the sport. Chez was ridiculous on grippers as was Gil and John. Shawn Kapusta you had an amazing day, great job with the 162 30 mm close!!! Awesome performances. After the event the food was Amazing! Thank you for such a wonderful spread. The medley was amazing too (But I was too burned out to do much of anything). With that being said, Jedd, Luke, and Gil were on point. Great job fellas. It was a great night chatting with everyone, tearing phonebooks and watching cool strength feats. Delmar turned a steel bar of A mangled mess of metal. It was awesome. A trip I won't soon forget. Back on the road Sunday morning after chatting it up with Mccarter and Pantke. Again, an 8 hour drive turned into 13 due to unbievable traffic on the VA and NC border (standstill traffic with a concrete median on one side and guard rail on the othere...we were going nowhere)..at any rate, it was such a great experience and I can't wait to hit the road with the Charlotte PUAs again real soon...
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    It is with true sorrow I have to say I won’t be able to attend SJ4. As I sit here counting my heartbeats in my face as what feels like an electrical shock hits me each beat I know I can’t drive all the way from Ohio to the contest. I was holding on to hope right up until last Friday when I had the second surgery that did not help. On what I think is the 5th (?) course of antibiotics now with some very temporary relief that comes and goes. This has been going on since the first of the year and is starting to really wear on me. My lifting is suffering (hardly doing anything but never miss a day still) and I’m trying to keep climbing but struggling a lot with it. Talking – eating – and random movements with my face (think yawning) almost put me to my knees. I love all you guys – even the ones I fuss and feud with on the internet – many of you I count as some of the best friends I have on this planet. Once in a while glance over in the corner and imagine I’m there in spirit at least cheering all of you on. Good Luck to everyone! Be Strong! Climber511 Chris Rice
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    After getting questions from a few people, I decided it might be time for a video addressing this aspect of gripper setting and closing. I hope this helps some of you out.
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    WOW. Are you kidding me?!?! Look at that set! You could drive a car between the handles. Morgan, you've done something great here. Amazing.
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    There is a lot of frustration surrounding the nuance and rules for the hub and it's something that I think about a lot because I enjoy the hub lift. With this in mind I wanted to issue a sort of a challenge to see how important the convoluted rules for the two most popular hub sizes actually are. The rules for the IronMind Hub are here. The current record (as accepted by IronMind) is 90.16lbs by Harri Tolonen. The rules for the David Horne Shallow Hub can be found here. The current record is 67.3lbs by Pasi Mehtälä. Ignore those rule sets for a moment... I want to offer a reward to anyone that can break either of these records using the following simplified rule set: The lifter must use an unaltered hub and only magnesium carbonate chalk may be applied to the hands and device. This is a one handed lift. The lifters hand may not reach around or below the base plate or make contact with the inside surface of the hub. The hub must be lifted approximately level and neither the hub nor the lifting hand may make any contact with the body during the lift. The lift must be demonstrably greater than 7.5" (either using a crossbar or reference object to confirm lift height). The lift and total weight must be recorded on video. Note: I reserve the right to disqualify lifts for funny business, so no lifting with a magnet in your palm or hoisting the plates up with your foot, etc. I will send a Barrel Strength Systems t-shirt and a 50% off coupon for a DubHub to the first lifter to break each of these records. If the same lifter breaks both records, I will give them a FREE DubHub and shirt. Let's get to hubbing!
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    The flask was feeling so good last night!!! 109.1lbs /49.48kg and 110.3lbs / 50.03kg! (61% bw lifted) Bodyweight: 179.8lbs and here are a couple of lifts with both hands. 100.4lbs / 45.54kg 103lbs / 46.72kg 105.4lbs / 47.8kg (only right hand)
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    I had a pretty heavy training day yesterday and was feeling froggy, so I threw in some extra lifts for fun. The Flask 2HP was the only one of these that I had programmed, but sometimes you gotta goof off a little.
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    It's official...http://www.ironmind.com/news/Kevin-Collen-Certifies-on-the-IronMind-Red-Nail/
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    As someone who doesn't compete in grip sports events, but has taken an interest from a distance, my thoughts are aligned with @climber511 to an extent. I think that having weight classes and then an overall title for the most weight lifted regardless of bodyweight is the most sensible route. My reasons are set out below. There is an indisputable correlation between bodyweight and overall strength, even though we can argue about whether this correlation applies to grip strength specifically, weight will give an advantage in the grip events that also require a significant level of general strength (e.g. thickbar lifts). Even though bodyweight may not be perfect at finding who is the 'best' lifter, it is easy and accurate to measure and makes sense to those not familiar with the sport which a formula may not (which I think is important if the sport is to grow). One key component of weight is that it has a controllable aspect, within reason people are able to control how much they weigh and can choose which weight class they want to compete in. I haven't seen a compelling argument for a metric of dividing up competitors that is preferable to weight, which should be the starting point given that it is pretty much standard across most sports that divide into categories. In terms of having a formula for calculating overall winners, I will not comment on the merits of this (other than my point above about making the sport intuitive to help growth) as I don't think I am in a good position to given my lack of competition experience. On hand size specifically, I think that having large hands definitely gives an advantage in many grip sport events. However, to take athletics as an example (because it is highly measurable, much like how much weight can you lift/crush etc.) you do not see the high jump field adjusted to account for height and you do not see the 100m field adjusted to account for percentage of type 1 fibres. Nobody wants to be told that they can't be world class at a sport they love, but at the same time sport is not 'fair'. If you are 5"5 you will never be a world class high jumper. If you have very small hands, you are unlikely to be a world class grip athlete. With the right genetics and work ethic, you can overcome a certain degree of disadvantage (Stefan Holm won Olympic gold in the high jump at 'only' 5"11) but it is harder. People can recognise the accomplishments of an athlete with poor genetics for their sport and applaud them, but I don't think that admiration for someone who is incredible given their handicap (in this case small hands) should be translated into skewing competition results to equalise for the handicap. Please note that I am not using the word 'handicap' in a pejorative manner and nor am I trying to offend anyone with small hands.
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    Absolute figures = overall champion = strongest person in the room.
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    Thank you Sponsors! @Jedd Johnson, @Squeezus, @Andrew P, @Alawadhi, @Cannon, @1stCoC, @Jared Goguen, @Lucasraymond @Geralt, @climber511, @EJ Livesey, @acromegaman, @richcottrell, @JHenze646
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    I once again came within a hair of my 3cert, 7 tries all close as possible some i almost passed out. Physically i was prepared but mentally not so much. So for now im going after the MM3. Then i will go back to the 3.
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    Take aways Chez is dense - heck I knew that Big guys don't think being big helps and want absolute numbers used Smaller guys like formulas - it gives them a chance Two hand pinch is weight sensitive All fat bar is hand size sensitive The 93 K class is stacked (I know that - I have to compete with these guys) Chad Woodall is one strong SOB (but I beat him in an event once LOL) No one is exactly happy as is Except honey badger - honey badger don't care - honey badger don't give a s... (watched that again last night :))
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    I do put the same finish on the Flasks when I make them using the same grit material and the same sanding tool. I have been doing this since I made the first one, to eliminate the device as a variable when it comes to comparing lifts globally. There are things that affect friction and cannot reasonably be controlled for, like humidity, chalk preference, hand moisture, ambient temperature, etc. Eliminating the bare surface texture from the equation is the best that I as a manufacturer can do to even the playing field between athletes. Using coatings creates an issue similar to what IronMind has experienced with hubs and Blockbusters, and using mild steel creates a situation where oxidation can vary friction. This is why I chose to use aluminum with a factory applied roughness. Adhering sandpaper to the surface instead will not make things any better because athletes will still be able to vary the amount and kind of chalk they use and the atmospheric conditions will also have an effect. I do not think this solve any issues. I have a video at the bottom of the product page (and on my youtube) that demonstrates the way to get a really good coat of chalk on a bare device. At SJ4, all of the Flasks were cleaned and then a very good coat of chalk was uniformly applied before the event started. Any subsequent difference between the platforms was due to athletes removing the chalk themselves. I did see a scotchbrite pad and a wet towel at a few points. I personally did have some trouble with the chalk, but it was on every device. Having any loose chalk on the device or much chalk on my hands made things slippery. This is a factor that cannot be controlled for besides requiring a specific brand of chalk be used, which cannot be reasonably enforced and only serves to create a burden on promoters. Perhaps, for large competitions, there should be a promoter-provided dry towel that stays on the platform that can be used to remove loose chalk from the device and that's it.
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    In each contest i have been to the promoter has put the onus on the competitor to chalk the flask to their liking. This seems reasonable to me, and it's so hard to replicate training in a contest setting anyway - the chalking is just another factor to deal with on that day. Seasoning is so subjective, I just give it a few feels before I decide to add chalk or not.
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    I'm not really great with putting thoughts into written words, so I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet. The beginning: I drove to Jersey from NYC with @Anton.Torrella @Jose Cabrera and Mike Philips. If you're going to have a car full of people, these are the guys you want. What a blast. The contest: The venue was extremely close to Nate's house and the fact that it was in the events room of a hotel added a lot of convenience for the competitors. You could really tell that every detail was planned out meticulously over the course of the year. The people were great. I'm not even going to bother naming names because everyone was awesome and I would just end up leaving someone out here. But I will say that there was never a moment where I wanted to punch someone in the face, and that is extremely rare. The "Pick Up Artists" were in the house and had custom polo shirts and that was awesome. The NY guys and myself were discussing that we should have our own name and I suggested "Tri-State Trash." We'll see how it goes. I also loved the events of the contest. The 30 mm block set was a nice change of pace and surprised the competitors that did not practice on it. I personally think this or 1 inch block set are the ideal widths for closing grippers. Flask and crusher are also crowd pleasers and made for quick turnover with this many people competing. I personally did pretty bad at this contest....I had been training so hard for it that I actually gave myself bad tendonitis and ended up worse than if I had done no training at all. Oh well, live and learn. Got me some dexterity balls. I think some of the other guys really hit the finer details well in their trip reports so I'll just say this - I have to give a huge thank you to everyone involved. Nate, Maureen, Abby and Pop, hell even the family dog who sacrificed a day at home for the contest, thank you. The Hulshofs. Best Western hotel. All the sponsors, big or small. All the volunteers - you know who you are. The judges. Anton for getting beer and whiskey. @richcottrell - People, Rich took himself out of the competition so that he could record for us all day. He is a good man. If you were involved, thank you. I don't think this day will ever be forgotten by any who were in attendance!
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    Morgan is still climbing. The MM6 arrived home today and therefore the MM7 will be shipped tomorrow. Let's see a paaaaaaaaaaaause with this sucker.
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    I like keeping things simple. Weight Class results and overall results with absolute scoring. I understand the attempt to use formulas. I just don't think they work well for grip. They work better for regular weight lifting.
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    Quick and dirty... Allometric Gil Dan Bob Lucas(4th both ways) Jedd won 120kg Medley Jedd Gil Lucas Bending Anton Delmar Apparently the chalk on the heavy platform got compromised and kody blanked (99lb opener) taking him out of contention. Women's Maria Amber Christina Juliet (crusher blank) Jr. Anthony "Ace" Andrade Red Nail cert Kevin collen CTD cert Steve Nichols D. Harris Matt Kraebring
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    This was a great contest put on my good friend Odd Haugen. It was hot outside, but the air conditioning was on at The Training Hall. I was on for that matter as well. I felt like I competed very well; I had PR'S in three of the 5 events. Unfortunately one mistake cost me the victory... Enjoy the video... Riccardo
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    Let's get excited about this. It's a rare level of grip strength to attempt this. Let's get behind Morgan!!!
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    http://ironmind.com/news/APL-Kiev-Armlifting-Championships/ My last attempt on Little Big Horne. Thanks for invite on this great challenge to promoters Roman Zagoruiko and Dmitry Ionov. And grateful for this video to Stanislav and Natalya Matvienko, and Alina Akimova.
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    2" v-bar rows up to 202.5 lbs Didn't have dumbbells, so this turned into a grip workout. Wasn't sure how much @David_wigren weighed now, so I just hit 150 - 202 lbs to make sure.
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    Some updates Good news: hotel has been booked, definitely attending Bad news: AC compressor just broke in my car Good news: driving for 6 hours in July with no AC means I'm no longer nervous about missing weigh in haha
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    Also, my truck (white chevy) was still there with no ticket and someone else got smart and moved another barrier.
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    https://youtu.be/bOZTmy-J9BI Had a double in me, but felt a sharp twinge in my right hip at the start of rep two, so I aborted. Need to stay healthy to set the MD 50-54 Raw State Record in September. It's 501. Also want to see if I can get back to 600 before I turn 51 next year.
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    As information only Gripmas ran a 207# (94K) class division - two classes - one below and one above that weight for years. No one ever won the overall as a lightweight. The old hand size dividing line was 7 3/4" - no one in that class ever won an overall. When we set up the current weight classes we went with PL weight class numbers - with the hope that as time went on the numbers of competitors would fill them adequately - which perhaps will happen in the future. I have been giving out what I call the Yol Bosun award the last few years - patterned after the Diesel Award Jedd had given for a long time at his comps - this is one voted on by the competitors for the person who tries the hardest - has the best day etc. Usually won by a newer competitor - it does have special meaning to those who win it. Everyone wishes they can find an edge - we can't all have that. At some point we all realize we are competing against ourselves first - then against others. We can divide ourselves into as many classes as we choose but if everyone does their own thing we will end up with nothing of meaning as the result.
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    Forgot to mention I'll bring a handful of 3/4", 5/8", and 1/2" steel stock if after the marathon of competing and feats anyone wants to do some braced bending.
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    Had a great time with all newcomers who had never tried any of the implements. I wore many hats throughout the day and it was challenging but well-worth it. Everybody expressed their appreciation for the event and myself. Next year will choose the weekend prior to 4th of July as many told me they could not attend due to travel/plans. Special thanks to Tod Becraft- who worked a late shift and still was on time and was plate loader, judge of many lifts. He is a wonderful man, promoter and representative of Northwest grip. OSH 17 Final Results.xlsx WR_attempt.MOV