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  1. 15 points
    The 6th man in HISTORY to close Level 7! Congrats to Valery! Per the judges and to document this feat: 2 whites, 1 red on attempt 1. 3 whites on attempt 2. 3 reds on attempt 3
  2. 13 points
    I compete in Arm Lifting and grip sport. Currently lifting in 100 kg and 105 kg. Weight this week is 94.3 kg. 4.28.19 Team practice is every Sunday (Saginaw Texas) double overhand axle (IM) 303 x 1, 353 x 1, 393 x 1, 423 x 1, 440 x 1, 445 miss above the knee, 403 x 6 Saxon 233 x 1, 253 x 1, 263 x 1, 268 x 1, 273 x 1 2 & 3/8” single hand lift 231 x 1/1, 241 x 1/1, 261 x 1/1, 271 x 1/1, 281 x 1/1 Finnish Ball 55 x 1/1, 60 x 1/1, 65 x 1/1, 68.5 x 1 righty, 70 x1 righty, 75 x 1 righty, 80 x 1 righty Inch Dumbbell stunts with Tanner. Held left hand 19 seconds right hand 20 seconds. Several successful hand to hand throw & catch drank too many Revolvers and are too many chicken legs ————————- 4.29.19 Today short session after work blue Fatgripz 315 x 1, 365 x 1, 385 x 1, 400 x 1, 405 x 1, 415 x 0 orange Fatgripz 315 x 1, 325 x 1, 330 x 1, 335 x 1, 340 x missed lockout but above the knee 2.5” Saxon 233 x 1, 253 x 1, 263 x 1, 268 x 1, 273 x 1, 278 x 1, 283 miss but off the floor 3 times Single arm curl 75 x 1 x 8 80 x 1 x 3 85 x 1 x 2 90 x 1 lefty hanging leg raise 1 set x 35 D009E974-18DD-4699-A863-AB9FD844EAEF.mov
  3. 12 points
    Jedd Johnson lent me these hammers to try. Wanted to see if I could meet or exceed the 56 pound double hammers with 31 inch handles world record (in Guinness) by Slim “HAMMER MAN” Farman. The weight attempted is 61.4 pounds with 32 inch handles. Attempted weight 2x and got it both times after 47 pounds x6. Did not use any body movement or tap my head. Have to get bigger bolts to fit the weight on to secure it. Weight was teetering and not secure. Had I treat it carefully so they didn’t fall off. Here is the weight here is 47 pounds x6 39.5 x 10 Finished the workout with double 12 pound farmers walks Another video of the Weight of the hammers
  4. 12 points
    I think quality of sleep and total quantity per week is extremely important. Learn everything you can about how you can maximize whatever time you have to sleep. you have to master regulating your emotions and stress. Stress management in your life is the real master key to fitness gain. You can do everything right in the gym but if you’re always walking the line of having a heart attack from stress you’ll never realize your potential. If you have continuous anxiety it will slow you down. If you’re always angry at everyone with high blood pressure it will kill your progress. anxiety, fear, doubt, impatience, resentment, hate,pride, unforgiveness- these things kill your gains more than any bad diet. +++ ^ note this is my method and my mindset this is not to stir up a pointless argument on my training log so save it if you don’t agree or whatever *** my weekly nutrition is meat, veggies, (I like fruit but in practice I don’t consume much at all) and some limited breads. I do not eat dairy products. Most days I eat a small breakfast, skip lunch, have a small snack in midday and a huge dinner. I use weekly the hand X band, a finger massager (thanks Tanner💪) I stretch daily, work mobility drills daily, and hang in gravity boots 5-6 days a week. I like hot soaks with salts. I often soak my hands & feet before bed. How I train is a huge consideration. It doesn’t look like what most people would assume. I do lift heavy but I do so in low effort. I “don’t try” when I lift. All of you probably train much “harder” that I do. Unfortunately the results of the people I have competed against now for years leads me to believe training hard and trying hard doesn’t matter much. It is more important to work within limits and balance your tissue as you continue to gain. Dont try hard, do right.
  5. 11 points
    Ironmind LBH 220.5lbs (100kg) hold for time (~10-11secs) for a 6 second PR. Have been using the FBBC 2.5” Jug and FBBC Anvil for most of my vertical lifts so I was happy to see my LBH has actually improved slightly. LBH 100kg Hold
  6. 11 points
    My wife, Katie, and I hit the road around 3:30 from Long Island. My dog was staying with our friends; the dog figures into a later dispute. We picked up @Anton.Torrella in Queens around 4:45. He gamely folded himself into the back of my Honda Civic Coupe (a position we would all attempt at some point on this journey) and we began the long ride to Detroit. At 9:30 AM we had driven enough and Katie had noticed a billboard for a distillery so we pulled into Blackbird's somewhere near Clarion, Pennsylvania. I talked Anton out of proposing marriage to the woman behind the counter, who appeared young enough that she had probably not legally sampled her own wares; Anton picked up two bottles of fruited moonshine to last us the weekend. Several more stops along the way included Clubhouse Brewery in Warren, Ohio, where we purchased the sucker bottle for out of towners along with several sandwiches and a growler of Kolsch. We got to Detroit around 5:30 and headed straight to Comerica Park to see the Tigers defeat the Royals and drink a significant amount more local beer to ensure we had an adequate understanding of the town. No, wait, we headed straight to Founders Brewery to drink just about everything on their list in four-ounce samples. Then, the stadium. Saturday we had breakfast at the hotel (kimchi and rice were offered along with more standard midwestern options, which made Anton and I very happy) and headed over to Don's. Katie asked for recommendations for Free Comic Book Day venues (grip folks and benders are, by and large, nerds) and disappeared for a while, returning after lunchtime with nine free comics and several samplers from local breweries. Everyone was, as always, extremely friendly. Double Overhand: Two attempts, a 1/4" square and a 9/32 round. Kinked both, couldn't finish them and zeroed out the event (partial bends didn't score for DO or the spike event). The position didn't feel right, even though I've been melting 19/64" drill rod at 7". I blame the yips. Reverse: Went with a blue nail here. Most people bent grade 5s; I haven't been good with them and needed a confidence booster. Reverse has never been my strongest style. Double Underhand: My best bends in training were 60Ds, so I went with a 9/32 bar planning to move down to 1/4 if necessary on my second attempt. It collapsed surprisingly quickly and I moved up to 1/4" square for my second attempt. I got it to 7 degrees, which was a pleasant surprise. Definitely planning to do more DU in the future. It was around this time that Katie returned with Timbits and Anton broke out the shine. Braced: Long Bar: My strongest event. @Donc101, @Buccos1, Anton and I all did the hardest bar available, a 3/4x40 round bar. I kinked mine fairly easily and got it a few degrees too wide for the leg crush. Don finished his quickly; Carl, as he noted in his report, started slow but finished very strong. I was stuck at the 5 minute mark at about 10 degrees from parallel, and later walked out to the yard to finish the bar so I could take it home. Anton managed a kink in his bar but the length just seemed to vex him. Spike: The spikes were a lot easier than any I'm used to. Only completed bends scored and I've had trouble getting my 10" spikes past the kink, so at the last minute I changed from a 10 to a 12. I should have stayed with the 10; after the event I grabbed a 10 and bent it fairly convincingly in the yard. I wouldn't have challenged @Andrew Dube or Don for the 10" time, and had Anton and Darrin (both of whom finished ahead of me on the 12) been more confident they would likely have melted the 10 as well. Medley: I can't say enough about how cool this event was. Don, Andrew, and Carl were in the first flight; Anton, Darrin Shallman, and I were the second flight; and Chris Stillwell, Amir Bayour, and John Mouser were the third flight. I started with the 3/8x14" snap, much to Don's consternation (I protested that he shouldn't question my life choices); I'd been training it without a pad, so duct-taping my towel to my leg made a world of difference. It started showing cracks earlier than I expected and I stopped to admire it a few times while other competitors shouted at me to keep my head in the game. It was pretty, though. The snap finished around the 5 minute mark. My next bend was a St Croix Ultralite 2; I had tried a DC1 in training but didn't feel confident that I'd be able to murder it in the medley so I went safe. I don't regret that decision. I went to the 6" wrench next, which I always start DO and finish with a leg crush. That seemed to surprise a few people. Then came the oval nails. I snapped one nail, though it took me nearly all of my remaining time. This is a real test of endurance; they were frustrating and even optimal technique felt terrible. Also, multiple conversations with multiple people on each side went as follows: How many nails do you have snapped? Zero. It was de rigeur to complain while snapping, and at one point I told Amir an economics joke to pass the time.* I managed to snap 1 just before I ran out of time. Knowing I couldn't snap another nail with less than a minute left, I went outside to do a HHH water spout and, because I'm like this, spouted water directly onto Don's wife. She was, unfortunately, right in the firing line, and was extraordinarily friendly and forgiving. ("I've been peed on. This is no big deal.") Thank God no one got hurt. Don's pork shoulder, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, and Oliva sticks were excellent and I'm grateful he shared all of them. His daughters were lovely, as was his boxer. At one point I was petting said boxer and his youngest came over to assert ownership over the dog. S: "My puppy." Me: "Yes, she's your puppy! Wanna see my dog?" S: "Uh huh." Me: "This is my dog. She's dressed as a dinosaur in this picture." S: "She looks like a cheetah." Me: "Her name is Carrot, like the vegetable." S: "No. (walks away)" So now I need to change my dog's name. Aside from needing to buy a new tire on Sunday and not getting home until 1 AM, the rest of the trip was uneventful. It was a joy to meet all the guys from the board. I expect Amir to be an all-in bender soon. Some exceptional strength was on display, and Carl's fighting spirit was an inspiration. Don also shared a lot of his equipment and showed some very cool training techniques. I'm so glad we were able to go. Rosé all day. *What's the difference between the long run and the short run in economics? Well, in the short run, prices exhibit some nominal rigidities, whereas in the long run, we're dead.
  7. 10 points
    In 2013 I cut from 230 to 180. I stayed under 190 for 5 years. I accomplished my weight drop primarily with nutrition and a shift to body weights training. The first year my max strength stayed pretty close to my 225 lb levels. By year 3 I had a pretty substantial shift in all my heavy events like double over hand lifts. Going in to year 5 I could still easily lift the inch / hub a 45, close a 3 - but barbell lifts all felt heavy. The biggest area I saw was lifts where greater spine stability mattered under load. A big belly and more fat contributes to spine strength in certain conditions. Definitely found it easier to increase strength when eating more food. Now im between 210-215 and I feel at about the right weight. I literally eat whatever I want and have enough belly to help for dead’s but not over 14% bf the improvements in blood pressure and sleep quality that came with the weight drop well worth the low priority change in gym lifts. Get that belly down and you’ll feel better ps I would add the athletic advantages I got from a season of gymnastics and Calisthenics has been my highest yield detour in my strength journey. The 2012 version could lift more weights but would be broken in half at the warm ups of the 2019 model 👍👍
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  9. 10 points
    Fresh out of the package, from my buddy, @NealB
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  11. 9 points
    So much fun today! Great group of athletes all pushing and helping and encouraging each other. I will do a full write up with results, etc in the next week. Top 3 were, 1) Don Cummings, 2) Carl Donati, 3) Andrew Dube.
  12. 8 points
    Long and boring for most (and horribly made) but I've been doing a lot of tearing lately. These have been my best/favorite ones from the past 6 months. At the moment, it's pretty much all I can do since having a hernia repaired a few weeks ago. I started really trying to learn to tear exactly a year ago and have made some pretty good progress. It's extremely fun and dangerously addictive
  13. 8 points
    Okay what a trip, where to start with this? I was very excited to be able to attend this contest. I have not been bending for over a year, instead focusing on strongman and directing my grip work towards Legends in September. I have a busy summer planned and I knew the only way I could get away for the day is if I could take one of my kids with me. I decided to take my 5 year old son Adrian on our first road trip and come down to spectate. Given that in person bending contents are so rare, and wanting to support @Donc101 and the other benders and it was fairly close to home. We left Waterloo shortly after 6am with the hope Adrian would sleep a few hours in the car. He did not but he was content and our drive was uneventful (though I did witness someone do a U turn on the I 94 and drive back 20ft to take the exit they missed 😮). Growing up we would drive to Florida every year at Christmas to visit my uncle and I loved stopping at the Cracker Barrels all along the interstate. So when we saw a sign for one just before our exit to Don's we pulled over for breakfast. With our bellies full we arrived at Don's around 1030 and followed the sound of music and excited voices to his garage where we were just in time to watch the first event, DO unbraced, get under way. Don indicated that I would be bending too. Ah okay, DO is not a strong technique for me so I asked for a piece of 1/4" and Amir kindly lent me some wraps. After that Adrian got introduced to Don's kids and they proceeded to play like lifelong friends for the rest of the day. I was nervous about how entertained Adrian would be and had come prepared with lots of activities, snacks, and ready to give him 100% of my attention. With Adrian entertained I was able to participate fully in the contest for the rest of the day. I had a great time bending again. I made selections that I felt were within my abilities not wanting to injure myself knowing that I was not conditioned for bending. The medley was incredibly fun with 20 minutes to bend a horseshoe, wrench, snap a bar and 4 oval nails. I bent a 8" adjustable for the first time, and probably my fastest time ever to snap a 3/8 bar! The oval nails were new to me and turned out to be frustrating and painful. I managed two of the four spending at least half my medley time on them. Special thanks to @Tom Flesher for lending me his wraps! When all was said and done I wound up in third place behind Don and @Buccos1! I certainly didn't expect this and I feel my performance was only helped by having no expectations for myself for the day. I believe if I had trained specifically I could have gotten a few points more but the overall placing would have been the same. Don and Carl are both beasts and it was a pleasure to bend in the same medley heat as them! @JHenze646 had generously created three trophies for the top finishers and Don had a great idea for a way to thank him. I won't say anymore here so it remains a surprise! After the contest there was cold beer and Don had prepared a delicious feast for us. Don truly put on an amazing contest, from conception to execution his passion for bending and the community was on display. I had a great time hanging out with everybody, some people meeting for the first time, first time in person or reconnecting. @Anton.Torrella and Tom are a fun pair, and I look forward to drinking moonshine with them at Legends where currently it looks like we are the open class! A special thanks to Don's wife Kelly who was always a second set of eyes on Adrian and even cooked him lunch. I really felt so welcome in their home! We departed at 630 and arrived home at 940. By 830 Adrian had had enough of driving and being overtired cried for the remainder of our drive. "Isn't there a faster way home?" "Oh yes I'm just taking the slow route because I enjoy your tears." "whaaaa!" "Right you don't get sarcasm yet."
  14. 8 points
    The idea for this competition goes back to the Bay State Bending Bash held in Boston last year. The comp was so much fun. We had a great group of benders. After the comp, Kevin planned to do another one this year. I was going to attend for sure. Kevin ended up not being able to do the comp again this year. It was not long after I found out that the Bay State Bash was not going to happen this year, that I said well let’s just throw one here in Michigan. This was the first time I have ever promoted a competition. I wanted the competition to be a true test of overall bending ability, testing all of the main bending styles and testing bending strength, power and endurance. Thus, this comp contested 9 bending styles (Double Overhand, Reverse, Double Underhand, Long Bar, Spike, Horseshoe, Wrench, Unbraced Snapping and Braced Snapping) in 6 events. I was excited to see Carl write: “This was also a very unique competition as it tested most styles of bending and turned out to be an absolute marathon and test of will and pain tolerance.” That makes me very happy and makes me think I accomplished my goal with the competition. We had 10 competitors, including people making the trip from New York (Anton and Tom), Pennsylvania (Carl), West Virginia (John) and Canada (Andrew). John Mouser is a mountain of a man from West Virginia who competes in strongman, stone lifting and sumo wrestling. He drove through the night to make the competition in the morning. I was able to talk Andrew Dube into competing when he arrived to make the competition “international”. It didn’t take much effort to get him to bend. He did a great job. I’m glad he was able to participate. We had a mix of experienced and less experienced benders. Two new guys, Amir and Chris. They both are into martial arts and started bending to help with that. They are strong, determined and mentally tough. I predict bright futures from them both. We had the more experienced benders go first with each event. That way we could show and teach the newer guys how to do everything. It was a great atmosphere of encouraging, rooting for and helping each other. We all pushed each other to do better than we normally would. Lots of PRs happened. Double Overhand: We had a 1-minute time limit in IMP. I did a fast Bastard in 6 seconds. The next step was a Duke. These Dukes are tough, and I probably would not have gotten one in IMP in one minute. Thus, I passed my second attempt. Carl and Anton both did fast bends too that were impressive. Reverse: I did a grade 8 from DHWOG. These are the hardest grade 8s I have ever bent. They rate at 204 kg. It is basically like bending a red nail but you add the springiness of the bolt making it more difficult. Double Underhand: I was very happy with my performance here. I have never done a Bastard DU in IMP. I did one to 15 degrees to finish second to Carl. Carl is one of the best ever DU. He smoked the Bastard to 33 degrees. Elite DU bend. Long Bar: The hardest bar was a 3/4” x 40” bar. This was a tough batch of steel, making this a tough bend. We bent these head to head with Carl, Tom, Anton and I all trying this same bar at once. I was able to bend the bar in 50 seconds. Tom is a real strong Long Bar bender. He was ahead of Carl for most of the time period. When Carl figured out he was behind, he kicked it into overdrive. Carl put 120% into the bar to finish the bar right before time expired and take second in this event. He almost passed out from the effort. Tom needed a bit more in the sweep to be able to crush it. His overall effort on the long bar was outstanding. Anton put max effort into it also. You could see the intensity on his face. He wobbled the bar to take fourth in this event. Dube bent the 44” bar like it was a noodle. He should have went for the 40” one. Darrin had never bent ¾” stock but went for the 48” bar and was able to get movement! It was fun to coach the other guys through the techniques. They all bent hard and many people set PRs in this event. Spike Bend: This batch of spikes ended up being easier than some batches I have bent. It was all about speed bending to place in this event. Medley: This event was thought up after a couple cocktails one night. This was the first time a steel bending medley has ever been contested. It was the highlight of the contest and very brutal. This event left many people winded and sweating. The highlight of many Grip contests is the medley. Fast paced and people cheering each other on. I thought, why not do a steel bending one. I picked 4 classic feats. Wrench bending, horseshoe bending, nail unbraced snapping and braced snapping. 20-minute time limit. Besides testing classic feats of strength and endurance, I thought this would simulate the attributes a performing strongman needs to do feat after feat with no rest. To add to the excitement, I decided to have this head to head with 3 heats. The first 3 in the standings, then the next 3 and then the next 3. It was Andrew, Carl and I in the first heat. Then, Anton, Tom and Darrin in the second. Last heat was John, Amir and Chris. I think this was my best performance of the day. I finished with the most points and was the only person to finish faster than 20 minutes. I was also the only one to bend the 10” wrench. I finished all bends and snaps in 9 minutes and 43 seconds. It was fun to watch everyone else and help coach people. The final standings were: 1: Don Cummings, 2: Carl Donati and 3: Andrew Dube. We had the trophies my father-in-law made, using the 10” wrenches I bent. We also had great prizes from some sponsors. Camp Verde Rope and Gear provided a great package of training tools, Diesel Crew provided a bending DVD (I gave to Chris because I thought he could benefit the most from it) and Josh Henze made the great bending figures and Finnish ball type training tool for prizes. Some cool feats were done. I missed seeing it, but I saw in a picture where Darrin is doing middle finger pullups. Crazy! Afterwards we had beers and the food I cooked up. I smoked multiple pork shoulders for 13 hours over hickory and made cheesy potatoes and coleslaw. We also smoked cigars. Tom and Anton had this delicious Blackberry moonshine. My daughters had a great time playing with Andrew Dube’s son. They were like best friends by the end of the day. I am very grateful that Amir’s girlfriend, Kelly, took over 1,000 photos. I was blown away by the quality of her images. She has talent. Very thankful for having these photos. It was truly a great day for me and everything I wanted the comp to be. Thanks to all of the guys who traveled to be here. It was fun pushing each other and making each other better. We will do one for sure next year. Too damn much fun not to!
  15. 8 points
    Hi everyone So, at the end of the day, I want to give all the thanks and respect in the world to Slim the Hammer Man Farman for his world record and for lighting the fire under me to want to chase his record. Whether I break the record officially or not, remains to be seen, and if I don’t, I will still be satisfied, as this is all a hobby for me and for fun. Being strong is in my DNA. If I didn’t enjoy it, I would not do it. I am not in the business of downplaying anyone’s records or by any means saying I am the best at anything or to try to make anyone else look bad. The record still belongs to the Hammer man, and if I do get to the point of trying it officially, it would be an honor to attempt it with Slim present himself as a dedication to thank him for sparking my interest in this game. Joe
  16. 8 points
    Bending medley. 3 competing head to head at a time.
  17. 8 points
    I am super pumped with how the trophies turned out. My father-in-law made them, using wrenches I bent. 1st, 2nd and 3rd will get one.
  18. 8 points
    Went to occupational therapy this morning and I have officially graduated to the baby blue foam rectangle: Guess you you can say things are getting pretty serious......
  19. 7 points
    Hahahaha https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxh6ZtGh93C/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  20. 7 points
    So in what has to be THE story in grip this year, a couple Ukrainian giants on a rainy day playing with a GHP Level 9! Artem Ushenko and Igor Kupinsky are absolutely on another level. Plenty of video documentation of these closes was sent including Igor closing the 9 in his left hand, which has to be a first and Artem closing an 8 for 7 reps! Ukraine now holds the top 2 spots on the GHP Gripper Challenge board. http://www.gillinghamhp.com/challenge Artem Ushenko Igor Kupinsky
  21. 7 points
    new challenge! Give it a try and jump on the list. 1. Gabriel Sum - 09.10.2010 2. Marco Buhl - 20.03.2018 3. ? continous reps. No big rest between the reps.
  22. 7 points
    York Fatman (51.5 lbs) in left hand Dumbzilla: Half of a 130 lb dumbbell (64.5 lbs) in right hand. It's half of an old metal IronGrip dumbell that is 4.5" wide. Not the most graceful footwork, but I got em.
  23. 7 points
    I'm still active! I'm currently working on the Red DO (bending M drill rod as my working bends), aiming for a grade 5 bolt reverse (my weakest style), and working on the 1/4 Square double underhand (knocked out some 9/32 this weekend and bent the square to 7 degrees at Don's competition).
  24. 7 points
    Theres quite a few of us floating around. But most are not on the gripboard. You will most likely find them on instagram or facebook. I follow you on instagram. Peter W is still at it, you got Tom F, David Horne, Danny Young (on here) Tony Reid dabbles in unbraced once in awhile. Don cummings is active in just about every facet of bending. Honestly the gripboard isnt the place for benders anymore. No one but a few give a damn and non benders are more interested in inch lifts then what we do anyways. I tried to start a hashtag (thisweekinbending) that way we could all keep track of each other on social media. But no one adopted it.
  25. 7 points
    I thought it´s time to take the dust from this thread. In a time where only a few unbraced benders are active and all the big certs like FBBC and Iron Grip didn´t work anymore. Very sadly! Who is active at the moment and which goals are set? Actually I´m working on the 10.9 or Grade 8 Bolt. Here are some bends from me in the last months:
  26. 7 points
    Medley List Announced. There will be 25 possible Items to lift. Max Points is 20. So, look for the list, find your best 20 items, and make sure you knock them out at the event. 2 Minute Time Limit Platform Lifts  1. Inch Dumbbell - 169lbs 2. Shot Loadable Inch - 120lbs 3. Circus Bell 3" Handle - 120lbs 4. 2x25lb Pinch 5. 5x10lb Pinch 6. Half 80lb Blob 7. Chunk Lift - 56lb Block Weight 8. 45# Plate Hub Lift 9. 100lb Anvil by Horn 10. 8lb Sledge Choke Non-Platform 11. 2" Vertical Bar 2" Lift - 225lbs 12. Close #2 13. Close #3 14. #3 SB w/ 10lbs to Lockout 15. 60D Nail Bend to 2" 16. 12lb Sledge Face Lever 17. 16lb Sledge Face Lever 18. 25lb Plate Curl 19. Deck of Cards 20. 12lb Slim Lever   Lockout lifts 21. Wrist Wrench - 75lbs 22. IM Hub - 45lbs 23. 2x45s Pinch 24. Inch Pinch 45lbs 25. Stub 20lbs
  27. 7 points
    Nice. With all those pics getting more and more friendly I was expecting them to keep going.....feeding each other at the buffet with each others forks......drinking a malt together from straws, face to face.......watching say, over the top on a loveseat together.......then finally commence with spoons before bed. Good stuff guys.
  28. 6 points
    Its contest week- OSH'19 is this Saturday. Looking forward to seeing some strong men and women. Below 2019 GreshamGripper award, which will be voted on by peers to athlete who best demonstrates qualities of sportsmanship and tenacity-qualities I value!
  29. 6 points
    So I saw on community feats and records that there was something called kettlebell deadlift and I saw that my mainstream gym actually had something I could play with gripwise! I managed to lift the 14kgs and could press it over my head. So I continued and tried the 16kg (movie) and it went up smooth aswell. Tried the 18kg and it was more of a hassle but got that aswell forgot to push record -.-! So, did I do the lift correctly? Are the kettlebells I'm using ok?
  30. 6 points
    LEVIATHAN 12mm x 60mm x 120cm (0.5" x 2 3/8" x 47.2") 6,8kg / 15lbs BY FAR my hardest bend up to now. I managed to bend a "Goliath" (12x40mm x 120cm - originated by Eric Vining - left one in the pic) after just a few sessions of longbar bending on March 2nd 2018. My next goal was a 12x50mm x 120cm flatbar (the one in the middle), which I was able to bend in August 2018. As I was the first man to bend such a bar I named it "Carl's Colossus", because it is so much bigger than a Goliath. Now, more than 8 months later, I am here: LEVIATHAN 12x60mm x 120cm I named it Leviathan, because it's exactly this: A MONSTER! Pretty proud of this one! Go bend some steel!
  31. 6 points
    Really big bends you are doing! Your unbraced and Carl’s Braced are really high level right now. I have a bunch of goals I want to do, some of them DO. I need to figure out what I want to go for first, so I can dedicate my efforts correctly. I will let you know what I come up with. We had 2 newer benders at the contest, Chris and Amir. They both started bending to help their martial arts. They both have a bright future with bending. It’s good to get new people exposed to this madness. Have a good one!
  32. 6 points
    Wow, Bob! Coming from you that is quite APPRECIATED! Thanks! You are a legend yourself brother! You know, I try to find something positive to say about Everyone who has the courage to post something here. In this internet environment, people seem to always point out negative, which is ok, since I am my own biggest critic, but don’t say anything positive about someone’s feat or lift. I think that may be why more people don’t post videos, which I find very motivating and enjoy seeing. This is what we like to do, and I love to see all levels of accomplishment . More people need to post, as it makes the grip board more enjoyable. As for The ones that have negative to say all the time... you hit the nail right on the head, my friend! Joe
  33. 6 points
    Lineup looks like this: 1. DON CUMMINGS 2. CARL DONATI 3. TOM FLESHER 4. ANTON TORRELLA 5. JOHN MOUSER 6. ANDREW PANTKE 7. DARRIN SHALLMAN 8. DAVID O’KEEFE 9. CHRIS STILWELL 10. AMIR BAYOUR Also, Andrew Dube may be driving over to watch with his son.
  34. 6 points
    Qianchen Yang, the teen from China, moves solidly into 3rd place in the GHP Gripper Challenge. Qianchen closed the GHP Level 8 for 5 reps back in February of this year.
  35. 5 points
    Tim your card tearings f*ckin nuts! Congrats on all those crazy feats man - speedy rest of the recovery and looking forward to see some new inch dominations in the next couple months!
  36. 5 points
    I was very disappointed in my performance, but it was awesome being a part of team USA. There was a real sense of national pride! Meeting my teammates from all over the country, in another country, was unique. There was a lot of camaraderie. Meeting people from other countries was a real treat! It was a wonderful experience that I’ll never forget.
  37. 5 points
    Thanks to all. GHP grippers is a best grippers in my collection. Gratefully to: Ivan Tikhonov (MM1 on this moment), for him GHP 9 Level, Denis Shmarev for GHP 8 Level (gifted in 2013), Stanislav for him support and referees, and Artyom Ushenko for motivation.
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    This thread is being created on request of @japete01 He asked me “what is my favorite grip equipment and why” well, here it goes Thick bar 1) any kind of axle or thick barbell or dumbbell of 2 inches or more I prefer 2 handed lifts to 1 hands lifts for maximum weight lifted and time saved. Minimum handle diameter of 2 inches with a preference for 2.5 inch on an axle. 2) vertical handle of 2 inch or more. Has a very good stimulation for wrist and forearm strength and size IMO. Pinch 1) Saxon bar of 2 inch and 2.5 inch. I enjoy Saxon for its 2 hands component. I do not like 3 inch, as it tears my hand up. 2) arm assassin strength shop thumb blaster My number one go to pinch device. No torn hands and it acts as a hybrid thick bar/pinch style device. Also, flip it around and it works as a finger tester. wrist 1) sledgehammer used for levering in all direction for maximum wrist and forearm strength and development 2) arm assassin strength shop double and single wrist wrench replica absolutely TRASHES the wrist in a way you won’t find with any other implements. Conclusion.... I keep it very simple. You do NOT need a lot of oddball pieces of equipment to develop a world class grip. If you cover and destroy the basics, you will come into your own and be well rounded on everything. If you are going to compete, get the oddball stuff if you wish. But you don’t need most of it. What I listed is basically all I use most of the time. Hope this helps some of you. Joe
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    9/5/19 body weight 208 lb double overhand axle 305-1, 355-1, 395-1, 430-1, 440-1-2, 375-2 2.5” Saxon 233-1, 253-1, 263-1, 268-1, 272-1-3, 233-6 Finball 55-5/5-5 table curl 75-3/3, 90-3/3, 100-1/1, 105-1/1, 85-3/3-3 BEA8F1F6-7F29-49FB-9912-22F48A37F0EA.MOV
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    Chris and Amir were both very impressive. Amir's medley showing was extremely fun to watch, and Chris was throwing everything he had at his wrench, right down to jamming the head into his thigh after the wrap fell off with short time left. They're both going to be excellent if they stick with it.
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    Joe, that was a legendary lever, especially with the weights so precariously attached! Easily one of the top feats of strength I've seen here. Most all "critics" are going to have zero notable feats or even training videos of their own and none will be able to approach your lever if you call them on it. Funny how that works.
  44. 5 points
    Amir’s girlfriend took over a 1,000 photos. Here a few. She took great shots.
  45. 5 points
    Mike - I cannot remember where we were - darn old man memory. Just as information I am 6' 2" tall (or was where I was younger) - I'm guessing in that picture I'm around 190# or so?
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    Prizes and trophies. Bending training gear from Camp Verde Rope in the red bag. Steel Bending DVD from Diesel Crew. Steel Art and training tool from Josh Henze.
  48. 5 points
    The hammers are pinned in two locations...one right below the head and the other just above the leather wraps in the handles. Can be seen clear as day in the photo below.
  49. 5 points
    Had a 4 hour gripathon at Jedds, lost my wallet at a gas station, found it HOURS later, then slayed some all you can eat Chinese BUFFET. Here’s some highlights. FBBC anvil handle. First time really giving this one a good try. Touched it once before at gripmas, but only to feel it. Here’s 230 pounds Logan’s lift from crab hold and arm assassin. I am first on left hand, now I added right hand to the mix with 47.5 kilos Andrews axle 2 3/8 inch replica 300x5.5 arm assassin rotating horizontal bar ladder and much much more, but these are the highlights of the day for me. Yes
  50. 5 points
    I've been modifying Tetting grippers into adjustable mount setups for myself and others for over 10 years now. Probably 200+ grippers at this point though very few reach out to me to do the mod anymore with other options out there like the Silvis and easily obtainable grippers of specific ratings from Cannon powerworks as well as new Tettings are either scarce or a thing of the past. They work well as an adjustable when done right but if not done right the handles are prone to spin when closing. Just a heads up. I probably have 8-10 setup as adjustables in my personal set, that are set to hit hard to hit numbers. - Aaron
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