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    Been working so hard to return to my peak gripper strength after injury. Took a huge step today. Here is an MM5 Replica close (190 lbs RGC) from today's training. This was the first of 4 dominating singles today. It felt like butter. My crush is taking off right now. I'm still not back to where I was but I get closer every week.
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    I have always used the tips Tester as a one handed device. I tried a two handed attempt today. Felt pretty good. Moving the weight to the scale is much harder than the lift itself haha
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    I want to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted an application for the openings on the NAGS Committee. The new members have been selected and notified. Please join me in welcoming them aboard: Gil Goodman & Jared Goguen I also want to thank Allen Heineck, who was actually the first person to apply, and contacted me right away. Having engaged people like you who are willing to put time and effort forth to help our sport is incredible, and I truly appreciate you, Allen. I think our group is ready to do some great things and move our sport forward. Thanks everyone, and stay tuned for more updates. Jedd
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    Today's profile features Jason Steeves. With over 4000 posts on the GripBoard in the 8+ years he's been here, Jason can be considered a prolific poster. What's really interesting about that…is that nearly half of his count stems from his training log. His GripBoard training log literally has more posts than all of mine combined…and he started it AFTER I got on board. In two words…Jason trains! It's a rare day you don't see an update on his training log. And…he trains nearly everything. Not only an accomplished bender (he's one of the few benders that have an "Elite" reverse style bend to go with his staunch Double Overhand), this guy can basically do any strongman feat he puts his mind too. Roll a frying pan…check. Stone lifting…check. Sledgehammers…check. Tear a deck of cards in half…check. Smash a beer can with just his hands…check. Jason sets a goal, masters it, then moves to the next goal. This Dude-Eh? (He's Canadian ) is relentless. There are literally too many vids to link to…so I'll just point you to his youtube channel. In 2012, as a GripBoard newbie…I noticed Jason's log. Bam...Bam...Bam! I'm pretty sure he's done more squats in a month…than I have in my life. More than once I've been like…"He's squatting again?" Not only a strong gripster, Steeves is a seriously strong man. When he has a setback or injury…he doesn't stop…he just works around it. Honeybadger don't care…and neither does Jason. Over time, I grew to appreciate not only Jason's incredible work ethic, but also his commitment to excellence in anything he trains. The crazy thing about this…is that he lives in impressively non-grip friendly environment. Surrounded by wilderness (or farming)…with less than 5 square miles and less than 7000 people, Rocky Mountain House(AL, Canada), isn't exactly the hub (pun intended) of the Grip World. The "hot" months only average 70(f). Somehow, this did not deter him. With opportunities to compete, few and far between, Jason is motivated by personal improvement. His fortitude can be held up as a standard to work toward. Reaching out to him on Facebook…I learned that he has his own particular brand of humor and interests. Although he is far from the cookie cutter people one might meet in daily life…he is approachable, kind and considerate. Before turning this profile to the man himself, I think it's important to mention his "handle." ON the GripBoard, Steeves is know as "Shoggoth", a nod to the H.P. Lovecrafts monster in the Cthulhu Mythos. Upon researching this, I was unsurprised to find out that these Shoggoths were incredibly versatile creatures that often made use of their size and strength. Jason also maintains his log on facebook…where you can find out that his "gym" is a ongoing process of completely taking over his basement. There are few grip goodies you won't find there…and if I was local, I'd be over there as often as Jason…and Gail (the wifey) would put up with. I recently found out that Shoggoth himself will be attending SJ4, so I will get to meet yet another Gripster I've looked up to and learned from. 7 Questions to get to know Jason. 1. What are your stats? Gripboard Name, Age, Height (inches/meters), Weight (lbs/kgs), R/L dominant hand size (cm/in), Country/City (or region … whatever you are comfortable with), Relationship Status, Kids?, Occupation ("international spy" is acceptable) Gripboard Name: Shoggoth Age: 44 (45 in May) Height: 5’11.5” (yes,,,the half inch matters) Weight: 230lb (104kg) For the majority of the past few years I’ve been 265-280lbs(120-127kg). I plan on leaning down to the 215# or so mark. Hand: 8”(20.3cm) 9” (22.9cm) spread - Right hand dominant Location: Canada/Alberta, Rocky Mountain House Relationship Status: Married to a very patient Gail, two step-children, one grand-goober and another on its way. Occupation: Currently unemployed. For the past 17 years or so I’ve been a oil & gas construction estimator. 2. Why did you start training grip (and how long is it now)? I started grip training back in 2007. I didn’t know anything about it. I was losing my grip on deadlifts so I did some internet searching and came across Adam Glass’ blog. It was really interesting as a lot of his content from back then was feat focused or feat training. I spent a lot of time on learning to tear cards, bend nails, and lever sledge hammers. I eventually came across Ironmind, Jedd, David Horne, Dennis Rogers, Steve McGranahan, and FBBC and began picking up training media and implements. 2008, I joined the Gripboard and I think it was around this time that I also joined David Horne’s old forum. I wasn’t very active and just did a lot of lurking. There used to be a ton of good blogs back then too. I think I may be about the only person using Blogger anymore and Ben Edwards on his Word Press site. The days of mass content being uploaded to the blogs has long gone…which is pretty sad. 2009, I started to get more chatty and ended up being pretty good internet buddies with Mike Rinderle. In May of 2010, I stayed with Mike for a couple of weeks and competed at his Capitol Grip Cup. It was great meeting. I got to meet so many folks that I’d only chatted with on the forums or facebook before . Sadly, out of all of the competitors, I think myself, Tommy Heslep and Bobby Goodfellow were the only ones really actively training. The other competitors probably are too I suppose but have reduced their online presence to almost nothing. 2010 I moved from the Edmonton Area back to my hometown. I didn’t have my gym set-up for quite a while so I focused on bending and kettlebell work. 2011 and 2013 I travelled to Tucson, AZ to compete at Aaron Corcorran’s Spring Shootout and met a whole other group of strength athlete’s. Sadly I’ve seen a lot from this crowd stop competing and training as well but Aaron and Martin Braun always seem to find more to bring out. The people I’ve met through this sport/hobby are fantastic. Gail was always amazed when I’d say I was heading off somewhere to stay with someone I’d never met face to face. I would tell her these are some of the best people you’re likely ever to meet. I think that’s the case the world over (although there are some shady folks out east I think… ). From the end of 2012 to 2015 I pretty much stopped a lot of grip training. I began arm wrestling with the hope of bringing a few into grip sport but that never really panned out. I was getting really hammered from 2-3 sessions of table time a week with some of Canada’s best. My competitive spirit for pulling left though. Doing nothing but negatives day in, day out at the table produces some of the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and I knew I’d never be good enough for any sort of standing. At least with iron…it always weighs the same. In 2015, I started chatting with Jay Smith a lot more about grip. He’d caught the bug bad and gave me the inspiration to get pinching again. I travelled to Edmonton a couple of times for grip-togethers and a competition I put on in the Fall. The primary competitors are from either the strongman, Scottish athletics, or powerlifting background. These folks all have massively strong mitts and typically just need some more technique work. Currently we’re all training for the Spring Clench event in April 2017. Hopefully I can grow the sport out in Western Canada as Eric Roussin has done in the East. 3. Before you die, what is your ULTIMATE grip goal/goals? I don’t really have any “lifetime” grip goals. Things seem to go into rotation lots for me. I’d like to lift a blob (consistently). It’s one of my grip bugbears. I want to improve grippers (a lot). I also want to pull 220lbs on the Euro in comp…and of cours…lift the INCH. I guess one good goal I have is to grow Gripsport in Alberta. I'd like to bring it to a sustainable level…so that others are willing to put on competitions. 4. How do you currently structure your overall training/how do you incorporate your grip training? With my weight loss over the past year, I’ve really had to watch my recovery. Lifting in a consistent caloric deficit is a lot different that stuffing my face constantly. Training goes like: Monday - Shoulder press, row, shoulder assistance, triceps, abs Tuesday - Squat, pull-ups, hammies, abs, grippers Wednesday - Adj thick bar, gold bar, ½ penny, Euro assistance Thursday - Bench press, row, chest and tricep assistance, abs, gripper Friday - Deadlift, pull-ups, quads or hammies, abs Saturday - Gripper, euro picks 5. What hobbies (other than grip/bending/lifting) do you enjoy? Probably schlock movies…70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s horror. I’m a huge music fan as well. Mainly stuff that no one else wants to hear haha! Anything Lovecraftian, fantasy art from Frazetta, Vallejo, etc. I’m also a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. I also enjoy Welding, Philosophy, Religion, History, Cooking, Spirits and Teasing Gail. I have more notions than a dog has fleas. 6. Do you have a personal anecdote, topic or thoughts you'd like to include in your profile? Your ass can’t ride two bikes at once. With there being soooooo many implements, feats, etc. It’s very easy to be doing too much and to not really progress optimally at anything. Find 1-3 “bang for your time” exercises, work them, and only focus on the specifics for competition peaking. I have actually maintained…or even got stronger at some events after not training ANY specific grip for a couple of years. 7. Who's Grip profile would you like to see next? I’d like to hear more about Teemu Ilvesniemi Thanks Jason. Temmu has agreed and will be profiled soon.
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    @Squeezus is a genius, he took something that I had been thinking about for a little bit and created it above and beyond what I had imagined and created what I believe to be the best Inch dumbbell trainer:
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    So this a really simple way that I came up with to connect any rolling handle to any loading which makes its fixed and replaces the carabiner. It's super simple and super easy to make and I wanted to share it so that anyone that feels like making one can.
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    I decided to include my first attempt for your entertainment, but here is my Flask Pullup. To my knowledge, only Dan Fleming, Mike Rogowski, Tanner Merkle, and Adam Glass have also done this.
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    Today's profile features Eric Roussin. Zydrunas Savickas...Lithuania. Mariusz Pudzianowski...Poland. Brian Shaw...USA. Those who train strength, know this build-up greets those viewing World's Strongest Man. This idea could easily be transferred to GripSport...only the names would change. Juha Harju...Finland. Gil Goodman...USA. Eric Roussin...Canada. Indeed...Eric would be the man representing Canada. Roussin is responsible for starting (and growing) Gripsport in an entire country. He created and maintains the website http://www.canadagripsport.com , co-founded the International King Kong Grip Challenge with Andrew Pantke. (the biggest annual multi-venue grip sport contest in the world), and won the overall title of the International GripTopz Championships in 2013. He has held three weight class World Records at the same time...the Ironmind Rolling Thunder , the FBBC 2.5" Crusher and the Double Overhand Axle record . In addition, he won the APL World Armlifting Championships at St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016, followed by a recent three-peat of the Overall title at the Canadian National Grip Sport Championships. Eric's Armwrestling resume is no less impressive...and continuing to evolve. He led the Ontario Armwresting Association for 8 years (2007-2015). He won 14 Ontario Provincial Armwrestling titles and a Canadian National Armwrestling title. Placing Top 8 at the World Armwrestling League Championships two years in a row, he ended up winning his first Major WAL title in February of this year. In 2013, I got to meet Eric and his father at The Diesel T.G.A./Holdfast Gauntlet. 5 time NAGS Champion Jedd Johnson beat Roussin by less than 3 points to take the win in the contest. Eric particularly impressed with the FatGripz Trap Bar Hold, easily beating the field holding 450lbs for an eternity (I believe that Karl Skjelvik was the only other competitor to get that weight up). Physically impressive, he literally appears chiseled from rock. On his body, there is not a spare ounce of weight that isn't useful. Eric is also one of only a few Anvil aficionados, collecting nearly all the variations GripSport has to offer. Just a handful of people in North America (Adam T. Glass, Kody Burns etc.) have recorded pulling more on them. Like Kody Burns, Eric is more the quietly intense type. His propensity to do unreal feats without so much as a peep of celebration, makes people underestimate this quiet Goliath. Very few people can Row 172lbs. Fewer still can lift the INCH Dumbbell (it is a World Class feat). To hold the INCH for 9 seconds is ridiculous...but to ROW 172lb 2.3/8" handled INCH during those 9 seconds is logic defying. I can't tell you how pleased I was when Eric agreed to be put "Under the Spotlight." So...just how did this Canadian Colossus make his way to the top of the Grip world? Let's find out... 7 questions to get to know Eric... 1. What are your stats? Gripboard Name, Age, Height (inches/meters), Weight (lbs/kgs), R/L dominant hand size (cm/in), Country/City (or region … whatever you are comfortable with), Relationship Status, Kids?, Occupation ("international spy" is acceptable) GripBoard Name: Eric Roussin Age: 39yo (40 on 3/6/17) Height: 6’2” (188cm) Weight: 200 lbs (90.7kg) Hand size: 8 and 3/16” (21.3cm) Country/City: Canada/ Ottawa, Ontario Relationship Status: Married (Common Law) Kids: Four kids between the ages of 5 and 10 Occupation: Risk Management Expert (cool-sounding way to describe the work I do as a civil servant of a federal agency) 2. Why did you start training grip (and how long is it now)? I got into competitive armwrestling in late 1996. This coincided with the time I first discovered the Internet. One of the first armwrestling websites (armwrestling.com) featured advertisements for Captains of Crush grippers. I ordered the #1 and the #2. I could close the #1 for reps immediately, but I could not close the #2. I didn’t use them very much, because I soon realized that they didn’t have much to offer in terms of carry-over strength to armwrestling. The main focus of my training over the following 15 years was on developing armwrestling strength. Every year or two, I would order a new piece of IronMind equipment that I thought could be useful: the Titan’s Telegraph Key, the Rolling Thunder, the Heavy Hammer II Leverage Bar, etc. I started hosting armwrestling tournaments in 2004, and in 2007 I started to hold small grip contests in conjunction with them. They were last-man-standing types of events. I didn’t compete in these because I felt I had an unfair advantage (I was the only one with access to all of the equipment). I’ve since changed my stance on this issue, because it’s hard to compete in other promoters’ contests when you’re the only active promoter in the country! I don’t recall exactly why, but I didn’t hold grip contests between 2008 and 2010 (I think it may have been because armwrestling tournaments themselves can take several hours to run). The grip bug returned in late 2010 when I purchased a replica Inch dumbbell. I had wanted to purchase one for a while, but the high purchase and shipping costs were a deterrent. Anyway, I finally decided to bite the bullet – I figured bringing the Inch to armwrestling tournaments could be a lot of fun. I suspected I’d be able to lift the Inch when it arrived, because I had been training with the Rolling Thunder for several years, and it had always been a strong lift for me (I managed to lift 185 lbs that first time I tried it). Sure enough, I was able to lift the Inch with relative ease with my right hand. When I realized through comments made on the GripBoard that this lift was considered a major achievement, I decided to see what I could manage in other grip events. In 2011, I had a great opportunity to expose a large group of armwrestlers to grip sport. In September of that year I hosted the Canadian National Armwrestling Championships. Men and women with strong hands and wrists from across the country would be attending, so why not give them a chance to try a grip medley? And so I organized The Canadian National Hand Strength Challenge. I ran it following the armwrestling tournament. The Challenge consisted of a 35-item medley. To boost the event’s credibility, I invited Jedd Johnson to come emcee the Challenge. I considered the event to be a success – I believe there were 18 official entrants. This was the first grip contest in which I competed, and I won the large hands division. I was hooked! In 2012, I decided to attend a grip contest in the US. I attended one of Adam Glass’ Grip Decathlons in the fall of that year. Though I had absolutely no expectations that I would beat Adam in this contest, I was thrilled to take second, and I actually outlifted him that day in the Rolling Thunder and Double Overhand Axle events! Then and there, I decided that I would attend the NAGS Championship in 2013. I’ve been competing in and hosting grip sport contests ever since. 3. Before you die, what is your ULTIMATE grip goal/goals? I don’t have an ultimate grip goal. Continued progression is what I’m chasing. I stay motivated by setting small objectives (e.g. increasing a lift by 3-5 lbs), reaching them, and then increasing them slightly once again. I guess it would be cool to do 10 consecutive bent-over rows with the Inch dumbbell (without setting the bell down between reps). I know Andrew Durniat once stated he had the same goal. 4. How do you currently structure your overall training/how do you incorporate your grip training? Because I train for various purposes – armwrestling, grip sport, health, and to maintain a balanced physique – it’s hard to find the perfect training mix. These days, I’m trying to stick to the following six-day cycle: Day 1: Thick bar and vertical bar-type exercises Day 2: Chest and shoulders + cardio Day 3: Pinch and hub-type exercises + abs Day 4: Back, biceps and forearms (armwrestling-focussed workout) Day 5: Crush-type exercises + cardio Day 6: Legs and abs I basically do bodybuilding type training for non-grip and non-armwrestling exercises. For armwrestling training, static exercises are more the norm (e.g. holds for time). For grip training, I usually do sets of 3-8 mini-reps (short range of motion) and I increase the weight with each set. 5. What hobbies (other than grip/bending/lifting) do you enjoy? I really enjoy researching and writing about the history of organized armwrestling. It’s a sport whose evolution has not traditionally been well-documented. I would hear about various champions who had won dozens of world titles, but I couldn’t find any record of such titles online. So in 2010, I decided to do something about it. I began tracking down key figures from the sport’s early days – people who were involved in the promotion of the sport back to the 1950s and 1960s. I conducted dozens of interviews, obtained hundreds of newsletters and magazines, and looked through thousands of old newspaper articles. From this, I’ve been able to reconstruct how the sport developed and expanded across North America and ultimately around the globe. I originally wanted to write a book, but decided to start a website instead (http://www.thearmwrestlingarchives.com). I continue to add to the site on a sporadic basis. It’s a bit sad, but discovering old tournament results that have previously never been posted online gives me a rush! Other interests include playing pinball (like Bob Sundin) , learning “useless” facts (think Bathroom Readers), browsing the Internet, attempting escape rooms, and watching reality TV. (Don’t judge me. ) All of my kids are enrolled in various sports/activities (skating, swimming, dancing, piano, hockey, soccer) and I’m really enjoying watching them progress in their abilities. The four of them also compete in kids’ armwrestling tournaments, which are a blast. My eldest won two national titles before the age of five – I’ve only won one! 6. Do you have a personal anecdote, topic or thoughts you'd like to include in your profile? Don’t let the fact that you haven’t competed in grip sport nor done much grip training prevent you from attending a grip sport contest, if you think it’s something that would interest you. Grip sport is very much still in its infancy, and there are almost always several first-timers competing. Traveling to attend competitions can be expensive and time-consuming, but if you can manage it, I highly recommend it. I went to Russia last year for the first time to compete in the APL World Armlifting Championships. (Since he didn't mention it...I feel the need to again point out that Eric took the Gold) It was one of the highlights of my 20-year athletic career. 7. Who's Grip profile would you like to see next? Jason Steeves. He’s leading grip sport’s development in Western Canada. Plus, of all my friends on Facebook, he has the most eclectic mix of posts! Thanks Eric. Jason has agreed and will be profiled soon.
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    Got a Mammoth Grip Tools Coin and loading pin from @Jared Goguen yesterday and decided to give it a go. Fun and extremely well made implements. You can hear @Allen Heineck and @Jedd Johnson talking on "This Week in Grip" which I also highly recommend.
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    Hey people. Me and that silly #3 cert. Been on and off for a few years now, although I set up much too early in my training for that goal. I had a log for which I wasn't inspired at all anymore to update and my training got very loose, on and off. Been side tracked and figured out where I stood in training, and really thought about what worked and what not. Been losing some weight, although I wasn't that overweight, but I wanted to loose some flubber since I hope to reach my 40th anniversary this year. I have attended my first comp over here in the Netherlands and I won the gripperevent with a fair gap, while other events were reasonable/good and a few below average. Gripperwork does not work well for training allround gripstrength. This, however, made me think about what I want with training and where my goals exactly lie. I have done a lot of everything as well as grip as overall body and periods of solely gripperwork. In both I asked too much of myself and this did not bring me the progress I wanted and needed. This needed to change. And I had a big bagpack of experience both postive and negative. Last year I also trained with Joefrey Wibrin who I met in Belgium at his place, and last weekend I attended his Red Nail cert in Antwerp. Talking through the internet is one thing, but nothing beats meeting people and see them perform feats and train together. It's fun. And that is what I want to have in the first place. Fun, and a relieve of the stress/daily regimen that life brings. I am much more at ease at what I am doing and train now when I feel good, not because I am supposed to. Call it bio feedback if you want It works. I write stuff down much more. It works. I think why I do stuff. With what reason. I have specialized my grippertraining much more and last two weeks I have seen progress in testing I haven't had for a long time. From January on I see a very nice curve that, with ups and downs, keeps rising. Last Friday I missed my 149lbs #3 by a hair CCS. So what I am doing works. Besides grip I also picked up my old hobbies again, drumming and even picked up a guitar. Live's about more (besides family which is most important) than training. So, I hear you ask, why post all of this. Well, perhaps there are more guys over here working their way up but asking a bit too much from theirselves. Measuring up against the gripmonsters that house this board. Although it is nice to see borders set and moved, it is more important that you keep fun in training and set and move your own goals. This year I am visiting the US with my family and part of the trip will be attending SJ4 and staying with Nathaniel Brous' family a few days before. This will be a lifetime remembrance for me and my family and I am looking so much forward to meeting all these great guys and galz over here. Thankful for that, that this is happening. So it will be FUN in the first place. As far as training goes, I keep doing what I am doing right now and that is keeping main focus on gripperprogress CCS. Will the cert fall this year, who knows. I haven't got a clue, although I am again very determined and motivated to reach this goal. My personal goal. I have got a few mini goals set for this. I will knock them off one at a time.
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    So I have had this HG350 for about six years and never fully closed it. Even at my peak when I was closing a 3.5. Well today during my workout I gave it a go and really surprised myself and shut it. I rated along time ago at 178. Thing feels like a brick threw the hole close. I know people use to dog HG but this one is tough and I'm happy I closed it lol.
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    So psyched! My original intent was to pull this at Aaron's comp, but I got beat down by bronchitis for the month of Feb and into March. Maybe I can make it next year!
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    I was sitting in my "office" trying to think of something that I had never tried before, and I came up with this challenge. I wasn't sure what to call it, but I knew it would be really, really hard. Also, I think it can be applied to just about any grip challenge, especially challenge items like block weights, hubs, etc. Just pick it up to shoulder height, in the inverted position, and try to turn it over without it hitting the ground, and then bring it back to the locout position, to exhibit full control. The Anti-Gravity Grip Anyone ever try anything like this?
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    Plane tickets are bought I'll be there Nate.
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    Thank you guys. I am happy to be able to serve this community in a larger capacity. Let's grow!
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    Whoever got that 171, i hope you step on a lego. I put that joker in my cart and was completing the sale when i get updated cart notice
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    This is my biggest close, it's hard to see the close but I felt it. Here it is!
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    1. Must lift to full deadlift position. 2. Only chalk allowed. 3. The lift must be followed down under reasonable control.
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    Since we are getting a lot of new light-weight members and the feats of power:weight ratio strength are becoming more common, would it be possible to create a list of people who have done a pullup/chinup on various devices? I think that would be fun and open up a whole new dimension of feats for people who are in the lighter weight classes, as well as some solid training challenges for those of us who are on the heavier side. Maybe we could start with the ones I have see the most of recently: Rolling Thunder, Crushers, LBH, Flask, Tips Tester...I'm sure there are more that could be included. Let me know what you think!
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    Congrats man! http://www.ironmind.com/news/Anton-Torella-Makes-the-Red-Nail-Roster/
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    Just booked my room. See you guys in July!
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    I'm very thankful to be on the NAGS committee. I have some big ideas to facilitate the growth of this sport and I promise to do everything I can to make Grip Sport bigger then ever before.
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    Well, looks like I'll see you all there. I'm coming just to hopefully get that "furthest north" spot.
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    Seen Paul knight do this and tried it for fun.
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    Alright, I will give it a shot
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    Sorry for the delay in posting this writeup! First of all, I need to thank Odd Haugen for always putting on a first class contest with lots of great competitors (17 this year). This year, there were 4 WSM veterans there. It was really nice to see Josh Thigpen and David Ostlund again (Odd and Martins were the other two). It was great to compete against Bryan Hunsaker, Roman, and Carl Myerscough. Rolling Thunder - this year it was the Rolling Thunder World Championships. Last year I got 14th place so I was definitely hoping to improve and make it into the top 10 this year. I was 268# for last year's contest. This year a semi-svelte 251#. On to the attempts. It is last man standing, so you can take as many or as few attempts as you would like after making the opening weight. I started with 80kg, made 85kg easily, then made 90kg. It got heavy fast! My PR is 93kg. I went to 95kg next and couldn't quite do it. A little disappointing, but my spirits were raised when I saw Odd miss 115kg (253#). I've never seen him miss that weight. Roman did make it for the win. Last year, he made 271#. It made me feel better to see the top two guys miss weights they normally make. My training has been excellent for this contest and while it was a bit unsettling to miss this weight, I was able to keep my cool and regroup for the Axle. The other good news was that I wasn't the only person that thought that this was difficult and I ended up 10th. Axle Deadlift - The opening weight was 170kg (374#). I had missed this weight the last 12 times that I have tried it. I was not to be denied this time. I had a strong pull and made the lift. This was a PR and obviously I was excited!! I was 11th place here. Now we had a long break until the Viking Hammers. Viking Hammers - these are 33# and way more difficult than they look. The handles are about 2" thick and you have to grip the hammers at the bottom of the handles. Not easy. I also have a 6'7" wingspan that really complicates things on this type of lift. I will also comment that this event is very hard to judge. The athlete that might look straight from 5" away has a clear bend from 20' away. That being said I almost doubled my time from last year. going from 10.13s to 19.63!! Clearly the 3X per week training paid off here. I was very pleased with this PR also; I was 14th place here. Time to eat with new friends and then come back for the Silver Bullet the next day. Silver Bullet - This has traditionally been a good event for me. I still haven't made the breakthrough that I am capable of in this event, but I am patient. I held on for 18.53s. This was good enough for 7th. I'll be honest, my hand was very sore after the hammers. Like, immediately. Still, it was good for 7th place. Overall - I got 12th place, up one spot from last year in a very strong field. I was very happy with this but the news got better when Roman invited me to the World Armlifting Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. This was truly exciting. This will be my next contest on May 12 and 13. Needless to say, I am very excited. There were some very impressive performances. Roman is very strong. Odd lifting weights well above my PR just months after a full hip replacement. If you don't know who Bryan Hunsaker and Carl Myerscough are, you should. And you will feel very short standing next to them...until next time!
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    It was only 25F but that wind made it feel -25F!! It was worth it though!! This tops breaking a 103lb Hub Lift off the gound...
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    This is so up my alley! In a nutshell the answer is no, well for the most part. A normal person without a crazy shop, can't do it. Hot rolling is a mill process which involves rolling the steel at a high temperature, which is above the steel’s recrystallization temperature. When steel is above the recrystallization temperature, it can be shaped and formed easily, and the steel can be made in much larger sizes. Hot rolled steel is typically cheaper than cold rolled steel due to the fact that it is often manufactured without any delays in the process, and therefore the reheating of the steel is not required (as it is with cold rolled). When the steel cools off it will shrink slightly thus giving less control on the size and shape of the finished product when compared to cold rolled. Cold rolled steel is essentially hot rolled steel that has had further processing. The steel is processed further in cold reduction mills, where the material is cooled (at room temperature) followed by annealing and/or tempers rolling. This process will produce steel with closer dimensional tolerances and a wider range of surface finishes. The term Cold Rolled is mistakenly used on all products, when actually the product name refers to the rolling of flat rolled sheet and coil products. I done a lot of playing around with metal, knife making, hardness testing, forging, annealing, and tempering. Pretty much if you can't make steel 1800 degrees you can't really reform it. It's fun to get into cryo treating, pickling and things like that but if you want to try turn CRS in HRS for bend your kinda SOL, just go buy what you need. For all you steel nerds still reading this you should watch these.
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    What a great event for grip exposure! The "unlimited attempts" is a great idea for keeping things super positive. I can really see this sucking people into our cult bringing more into the grip world.
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    I think I was finally able to get one done and uploaded without editing issues and software crashes. Yay. After the run-down, we talked with Dan Fleming about the Canadian National Championship.
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    This is a little last minute compared to the advanced notice normally given for grip events, however when I was approached to co-promote a public comp. like this in my area and expose the world of grip to new people I jumped on it. This is not a NAGS sanctioned event. Where: Ironside gym 1304 SE MLK blvd portland oregon When: March 25th at 9am Weight classes: Lightweight men's (below 210), heavyweight men's (over 210), and women's open. Weight ins: 9am-10am There will be multiple events going on this day, the promoter wants to charge $20 per competitor, once the competitor pays the $20 he or she can enter any or all the events they wish and be up for multiple awards, as each event will will have it's own awards, which is why we will be staggering the events throughout the day in order to allow competitors to enter whatever they want. The grip event is considered one big event so the awards will be based on overall performance of all the grip events combined. Events Mammoth Grip Tools 2.5" Trilobite Rolling Handle: The lift will be to a 7.5" crossbar. Unlimited attempts put up your best numbers. Flask 2HP: The lift will be to a 7.5" crossbar. Unlimited attempts put up your best numbers. Medley: Weight are not exact on the blocks but close. I think this list is good it ranges for the easy to world class, all items will be lifted to a 18" platform, these are all one handed lifts, and the time will be 2 minutes to get a many as you can. People do not have to lift these items in any order. 1. 55lb Anvil Wide Pinch 2. 17lb River Rock 3. 20lb Hex Block 4. 25lb Blob 5. 30lb Blob 6. 40lb Blob 7. 50lb Blob 8. 35lb Plate Hub 9. 45lb Plate Hub 10. Inch Jr. (100lbs) 11. Baby Inch (137lbs) 12. Plate loaded Inch (172lbs) 13. Four 10lb Plate Pinch 14. Two 35lb Plate Pinch 15. Two 45lb Plate Pinch
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    This might have been the show with the most laughing. Definitely the most intense laughing.
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    Was fired up about some smack talk so I had to get mean with this lift ha ha. I feel only DH and Juha can do more. Much more in the tank with tired hands.
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    For those who didn't catch it in Mondays session, here's Becca's huge lift of 30kg plus the setup on the blockbuster pinch. A total of 33.4kg (74lb). She's already raising the bar for female grip athletes but believe me there's plenty more to come.
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    There are no women on the NAGS committee, but I know that I will be seeking advice from @MCrushetta and we will do our best to make this a more inclusive sport.
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    Aaron Corcorran found the videos of my COC #4 closes from back in May 2014. Pretty cool since I thought I lost them forever when my youtube was hacked.
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    1. chalk only. 2. 20mm block set or wider from 12/31/14 forward. 3. certs requiring a different set than 20mm block require that set. 4. GHP, David Horne, and credit card set blocks do not need to be measured. diy or non branded blocks have to be within .5mm of stated width.
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    We're just a bunch of old white guys who stepped up when there was a need and were chosen by the GB members. It's not like a woman - an African American - an Asian - a Muslim - a Jew - etc ever volunteered to serve (I may be wrong I have no idea as to anyone's religion on the board). Reminds me of a line from the old TV Show The West Wing. "The world is run by those that show up". Next time there's an opening "show up" and put your name in the hat. It's not like people are beating down the doors to serve - maybe it's all the money we make or the hell we catch for our decisions?
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