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  1. 10 points
    Today I tried to hang from a bar for two minutes to win a huge prize at the fair. I estimate the diameter of the bar was about 1.5”. At my current weight of 210 lbs, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I was right: I only managed to hang for a minute and fifteen seconds. I didn’t have chalk and I trained thick bar last night, but even in ideal conditions I think I would struggle to hold on for more than a minute and a half. The first minute felt fine, but then my left hand grip started to slip just slightly. Once that happened, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold on much longer. Though I was disappointed with my performance, I enjoyed the challenge and will likely try it again next year.
  2. 9 points
    This is the most cards I've been able to tear at once. I eyed out the half deck and it ended up being 29. Someday I'd like to be able to tear 3 full decks unbraced but that's pretty far away since once the width gets up there, every additional card makes a difference. I've torn 2 decks of this brand in about 6 seconds but that extra 29 cards made this one a heck of a fight! Tear starts at around 0:33
  3. 8 points
    My first workout with BeefBuilder World Class at 285 pounds. Attempt to set in parallel and hold in this position:
  4. 6 points
    PR for me on the Thumbless axle. I have trained very smart after my latest back injury in January- I thought I was done ever using this great piece of equipment. I know its not WC like Adam Glass and other beasts but still very proud of this.
  5. 6 points
    Axle DoH 75x5 115x3 155x2 185x1 190x0 170x1 155x5 115x5 thumbless Bench 20x10 40x10 60x10 80x10 100x9 100x8 100x6 100x7 100x7 Rolling thunder 30x10 45x5 65x2 75x1 Loadingbag 125kg to chest Natural Stone 120kg to chest (rip forearmskin) Atlas Stone 90kg to chest Biceps/triceps rehab
  6. 5 points
    next time I’ll do inch rows first and see how many I can get
  7. 5 points
    Bench 50x12 70x10 90x7 115x15 PR!
  8. 5 points
    Just started doing Middle Finger Pullups. I started out with a mixed grip then went to palms up. Was able to get a pause at the top on a couple.
  9. 5 points
    I’m planning on competing in this competition. I’m looking forward to getting back in the competition mode after a very long lay off.
  10. 4 points
    https://www.trainingbeta.com/the-simplest-finger-training-program/?fbclid=IwAR2A-u6SlZ4AhZ_4bGvY519w50ka36odS0hoBg5a0ueRaQI5ZUBua6BcGdQ Nothing groundbreaking but might be new to some and at least interesting to others. The long duration work might be new to many.
  11. 4 points
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqoMG3RAsTk Back when I played with grippers
  12. 4 points
    Pic of the Thumbless pull:)
  13. 4 points
    08/18/2019 Grippers Training https://youtu.be/W59oLzyJw7w
  14. 4 points
    I'd say one hand go for the BSS trilobite. Modular handles and you can swap out for 2", 2.5", or 3". I've heard nothing but good things, and hear that it is the spinniest handle out there. Two handed I'd recommend the AASS Napalm's Nightmare, again for the ability to swap out different handles (including pinch blocks!), making it a extremely functional 2H device. As an aside, I love the 2H NN for pinch work because I get to train both hands at once (but that's just my opinion).
  15. 4 points
    Anyone who's trained for a while will experience something like this from time to time. I used to get really down on myself when it happened to me but it doesn't bother me anymore. I tend to cycle my work to build to a peak and then take a bit of a break and cycle back up to a higher peak in the next cycle. Pushing hard 100% has never worked for me for more than a few months. Arthur Saxon called it the bugbear of training and developed strategies to deal with it when it hits. It might be worth a read. http://usawa.com/the-bugbear-of-training-how-to-avoid/ There's no shame in regressing your training until you get your mojo back, most high level athletes do it regularly as a normal part of their training schedule. Do your next few gripper training sessions with grippers you can mash every time, you'll know when your ready to hit the heavy ones again. Don't get down on yourself mate, it's perfectly normal to go through this from time to time.
  16. 4 points
    Carl, we had a conversation about this once at one of the contests we were in together. This is absolutely remarkable. This level of sustained strength for this many years is more impressive to me than the guys who burst onto the screen with ridiculous strength and are then gone quicker than they came. Congrats to you.
  17. 3 points
    This past Saturday I hosted the Mid-Summer Grip Classic in Ottawa, Ontario. A few months ago it seemed as though the turnout would be pretty big for this contest, but in the end this was not the case. No less than four competitors who were planning on attending are currently recovering from injuries, including Yves Gravelle, Adam Chappell, Philippe Tremblay, and Natasha Batt. The good news is that there were three first time competitors, including two women. And despite the low turnout, I knew big numbers would be lifted, because Justin Major, Joe Sullivan, and Dan Fleming were in the house. The first event of the day was 20 mm block set grippers. This was the first time I’d ever included this event in a contest. Yves graciously lent me about a dozen of his rated grippers. Combined with mine, there were 25 to 30 grippers from which to choose. I opened with a 155 and shut if fairly easily. I then jumped to a 170 that belonged to Yves. It was a very narrow gripper, so I knew it would be much easier to set than a typical 170. I didn’t quite manage to get the handles to touch, but I had to have been very close – I’m guessing there was less than a millimeter to go. I went for the 170 again on my third attempt, but my set wasn’t quite as good. So I dropped to a 162 for my final attempt and shut it. This was good for a contest PR. Justin tied me. Joe almost got it as well, but considering he hardly sets the gripper, I’m sure he’d be able to close a much harder one if he put in some time practising technique. Next up was the two-hand Flask. One of the reasons I included this event was because I wanted to give Yves another chance to see what he could do with this implement. It was included at Canadian Nationals in February, where he misjudged his weight jumps and consequently performed way below his abilities. Alas, Yves could not compete, but several competitors put up very respectable numbers. I lifted a hair under 217 lbs, which is exactly what I lifted at Nationals. On the Wrist Wrench, my numbers were slightly down. I’d like to think it’s because I competed at the Canadian Armwrestling Championships a week earlier, but I’m really not sure. Justin’s numbers were also down – I suspect for the same reason. We both lifted 111 lbs and some change. Robyn Getson, a first-time competitor who also just got into armwrestling this year, did very well in this event, lifting 106 lbs. I’m a fan of key pinch events, and I was looking forward to seeing what people could lift with the Mini Inch Pinch. I was very happy to have set a PR with a lift of 55 lbs. But Justin put on the most impressive performance with a lift of more than 61 lbs, and even getting some air with 65! The contest concluded with a 30-item medley. I include medleys in many of my contests, and I would say this one was probably the most challenging one to date. However, nothing impossible was included. In fact, every single item was lifted by at least one competitor, with the exception of a 35-lb plate hub lift (wide hub). And while I couldn’t lift it during the medley, I lifted it soon after. I wasted a lot of time of this plate, and consequently didn’t have time to try the Blob50, which I possibly could have lifted. I didn’t even try to lift the Stirrup, which was loaded up with 175 lbs. I had never lifted more than 160 lbs on this device. However, Justin, Dan, and Joe all managed to lift it. In the end, I completed 27 of 30, while Justin completed 28. It was a tight contest, but in the end Big Justin edged me out in the overall standings by a single point. I’m very proud of him, and the success he’s having in both grip sport and armwrestling. Next up for both of us is an armwrestling tournament on August 10th, Living Legends in early September, and King Kong in late October!
  18. 3 points
    I have been thinking about how to tell this story for years, and always end up putting it on the back-burner, due to its complexity and not wanting to face reality, that this journey is near-complete, and with it, the end of a huge chapter of my life. Getting into the final year, the time is now, I guess. Onward ... After my Red Nail certification in August, 2010, I was trying to think of something unique, in that I could do long-term, that no one else had ever done. From the beginning, when I started bending steel, I wanted to become one of the best all-around benders in the world and sustain this over (at the time) at least 5 years (which of course, turned out to be 10+ years). After my Red cert, I decided to undertake a personal challenge: to bend an Ironmind Red Nail, under official cert. conditions, every 7-10 days, for as long as I could sustain it. I do not have my old log from Benders Battlefield in its entirely, but kept notes from the first few years. Years 1-3 were typically done once per-week. I did a bunch of other bends (cut-Reds for certs etc.) that I did not include as part of this challenge in the overall count. Also, there were a lot of days that I bent 2-3 Reds in the same session. These were not included; just the Red bend for that week. The first few years were easy, in retrospect, especially as I compare those years to the past few years' attempts. During those first few years, Reds were usually the easiest of 2-3 "challenge bars" I would do during weekly sessions. It wasn't until I hit 40 years old around 2014 that things started to hurt more and these weekly/bi-weekly sessions became much more challenging. There were several instances where I thought about stopping, but kept going. When I hit 5 years, I told myself that I would keep doing this as long as I was physically able, and set my sights on 10 years. I have told a few people over the years about the 10 year Red challenge, but never officially posted or wrote about it in detail until now. As I type this, I am at 9 years of bending a Ironmind Red Nail every 1-2 weeks, nonstop. This was through a lot of challenges, aside from the obvious. A few of the major things I encountered that almost derailed things were: Birth of my first son, where I stayed in the hospital for multiple days, with little sleep and no one really making it easy to bend in the hospital (had to hide everything). When I made the actual attempt, it was on a few hours of sleep, just a few seconds before the nurse came into the room. She definitely would not have been happy if she walked in when I was bending the Red at this time. PRK eye surgery - I planned my bends around my surgery date, to give myself about 12 days after the surgery to bend the Red. Kidney stone surgery (invasive) - This one was tough. They told me I could resume light training after 4-5 days, and then "normal" activities after 10 days. I just figured bending was not "normal" so didn't bother even trying to explain to the doctor. Multiple injuries - After turning 40, things started to break down a lot more frequently. I haven't really changed too much in training, but aches and pains have been nonstop for the past 5 years; especially the past 1-2 years. KTA/RRBT - I did both of these programs multiple times and had great As gains with grippers. My hands were destroyed for the better part of a year, which really made bending tough, but did not stop it. As I worked through week-after-week, and month-after-month of bends, I began thinking about the gravity of this endeavor; mainly, that if I would stop, it would be over for good. It took me over a year of dedicated training to cert. the Red back when I was in my mid-30s, in much better shape and condition. After 40, I was fully aware of some of my newfound limitations, and the reality, if I would stop bending Reds, it would likely be over for good. And I wasn't willing to give this up just yet. Bending, and by extension the Red Nail, were so intertwined into my personality, identity, and weekly routine, that I have been fighting to keep this going as long as possible. At 9 years, the end is in sight. And that is partly why I am writing this now. This is probably a little too much rambling, and I might go back and fine-tune it a little later on, but I know the last year is going to be a challenge and I am hoping to use the board as a platform for accountability, and more importantly, motivation. As such, I will post updates here in this thread over the next year, and hopefully, wrap it up after 10 years of continuous, bi-weekly Red Nail bends. In the picture below are most of the Reds during this streak. I counted 292 Red Nails. As mentioned above, this does not include all of the nails, including some of the shorter (5.5") Reds and the official cert. nail, which are in the "big bend" box. It kinda makes me sad typing this up, as I know that this cannot go on forever. It;s been such a huge part of my life for so long, that I cannot remember when I wasn't bending. And wasn't waiting for the weekly/bi-weekly Red Nail bend to keep it going.
  19. 3 points
    Huge shout out to Josh Henze for the generous donations to our event on September 21st! Lots of prizes/awards will be given out thanks to him. On behalf of the Pick up Artists in Charlotte, we thank you! Wish you could make the event!
  20. 3 points
    "Bubba" is a 225 lb sand bag, did an outdoor strongman workout after a morning of mma sparring
  21. 3 points
    Thanks Joe! I was pleased how I felt afterwards, too👍 I mentioned to CEO Mike that I was going to do rows today but after seeing Tanner’s amazing rows I figured better not🤣🤣🤣 and do something else.
  22. 3 points
    It would be interesting to see what some of the world class rock climbers could do - especially at their light body weights.
  23. 3 points
    I don't have the AASS one handle nightmare, but I have the other four and I would rank them exactly the same. I pull about the same on the FBBC crusher and trilobite as well. I do have the Country Crush but for some reason I just don't like it. It's well made, but i rarely use it. My favorite one to use is the FBBC crusher. It feels really good in my hand.
  24. 3 points
    Squat: 60x5 100x5 130x5 150x4 170x3 190x3 200x3 200x3 200x6 @10 PR Bench 20x10 60x5 80x5 100x11 PR 100x10 100x9 120x3 tpb Axle doh 75x5 115x5 155x8 PR 155x5 155x4 Platepinch 2 20kg first time i tried and managed to do it with my right. Unfortunately didnt capture it 😕
  25. 3 points
    I don't think you can really compare normal pinch and blobs. Blobs are very wide and have slopes that make them a lot more difficult than other pinching. Texture can be a huge factor too as others have mentioned. Best comparison would be wide pinch exercises but even those are very different lifts. Pinching 5 10's (or 5kg's) would be close width-wise but still wouldn't have those awkward curved slopes that blobs have.
  26. 3 points
    It's one of those things that looks really easy but is really hard.
  27. 3 points
    Friday Benched today as we did (mainly her) a zip wire thing yesterday. Close Grip Bench Press to 140-kilos x 1 and then 3 x 3 reps Mid-Iso Row to 80-kilos a side x 6 reps @ Rolling Thunder to 127.5-kilos x 1 and then 3 x 3 reps BH Bwt: 294lbs
  28. 3 points
    I like to train both my hands fairly equally on all my single hand lifts (rolling handles, pinch blocks, hubs, grippers). I always do my weak hand first an every attempt. Even if it’s failed the previous weight. I always try to keep it close in strength to my strong hand. If I’m not going for a PR or training for a comp I usually train to my weak hand. This approach helps keep my body in balance and also helps improve my two hand lifts (axle and saxon bar) without lifting on them directly.
  29. 3 points
    My lefty is almost healed now, I've been smashing the glycine and vitamin C over the last week and it seems to have helped a lot. There's no pain there now but I decided to give it another few days before I start squeezing grippers with it to be sure and just squeezed an egg to get a bit of blood flowing in there today. Right hand grippers Warmup - CoC #1 - 3 reps, CoC #1.5 - 2, GHP4 -1 Training Coc #2 - 7 second hold x 3, CoC # 2.5 - 7 second hold x 2, CoC #2 - 3 reps. I'm making a bit of progress and got the #2.5 to about 3 or 4mm from a full close. All from a wide set. Hindu squats and extensor bands between working sets Laddered back down through the lighter grippers not maxing out. I still felt fresh so I tried a few narrow sets with the #2.5 and just missed so I'm moving in the right direction but I'm not strong enough to crush it yet.
  30. 2 points
    Hello! My name is Thom and I am 27 years old from Sweden. Weighing in at 115kg on my 192cm. I've been into grip for 1 year and 4 months almost on the day. Outside of grip I have been doing powerlifting for about 3 years on an amature level. I thought it's about time i made a workout report here since I'm going more and more towards gripsport and not so much powerlifting (for now). I will write down everything I do at the gym not only grip. My focus have been on grippers until a week ago when i signed up for my first gripcontest which is 5 October - The Swedish Grip open. My personal bests: Powerlifting: Squat - 237.5kg Bench - 140kg Deadlift - 280kg Grip feats: CoC#2 20 CCS CoC#3 CCS MM0 CoC#4 Silverbullet 3 seconds DOH olympic bar - 227.5kg 1 Handed Deadlift - 120kg 1 Handed Deadlift with hook - 170kg Axle - 180kg Fatgripz Extreme - 125kg 80mm Pinchblock - 31.4kg Vbar - 127.9kg Kettlebell pinch 18kg Framehold 285kg 13 seconds Well that's all i could think of for now! Feel free to give me feedback on my lifts, thoughts about my training and advice you feel would do good. Discussion about these things is almost as fun as the workouts.
  31. 2 points
    I second this prediction! I'm just gonna go and try not to get last...which will be tough 😅😭
  32. 2 points
    Strong work! Powerful wrist flexion!
  33. 2 points
    On a standard bar I have done just over 9 minutes, I also rested by going one handed for periods and alternating. I have seen people do this for almost twenty minutes. I don't even think I'm good at this since I primarily boulder. I bet of this was commonly contested there would be people hitting half an hour.
  34. 2 points
    I have done 1 minute 50 sec hanging from a fixed rather thin bar (probably around 25mm) with one hand. Pretty sure I could do 2 minutes as my grip is stronger and my bodyweight lighter.
  35. 2 points
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  37. 2 points
    I’ve lifted my 2nd gen York blob (which weights about 51lbs) pretty easily and I’ve picked up a half 120 York legacy blob with some difficulty. Tried a blobzilla once and could do anything with it. I’ve lifted over 110lbs on the Ironmind Pinch block and about 106 on the Flask. Barrel Strength systems has a blob trainer that gives a pretty accurate comparison to a blob pound for pound.
  38. 2 points
    A lot depends on Hand geometry and the Blob and its Surface. But if your Hands and your Hand span is not big and the York Fatman is smooth, it is a life time Task to lift it.
  39. 2 points
    Double anvil deadlifts from the horn with one wrapped in chains. Gonna get another chain for her sister.
  40. 2 points
    Thanks Tom! Bending has truly been my passion the past 10+ years and the thought of stopping is depressing to me. But from Day 1, I knew I wasn’t one of the natural beasts destroying big steel and wanted to bend at a decent level for a long, long time. Most of my programming has centered around this. Mix in the “crazy bender” gene, and here we are. Lol Thanks Al! I probably should’ve wrote about this a long time ago, but am a little superstitious, and kinda like flying under the radar a little. But I’m definitely going to keep hitting everything as hard as I can, for as long as I can.
  41. 2 points
    I think that’s what’s most impressive about this - we talk about how bending careers are short because high-level bends are so hard on the body, but Carl has been consistently doing high-level work for this long. I know you said you’re starting to feel your age a bit, but this level of consistent strength is awesome.
  42. 2 points
    It doesn't work like that. Doesn't matter which handle you place in your fingers or palm. You'll have to turn the gripper upside down (invert it) for it to work like you want. If you do that you have also shifted to another exercise as far as I'm concerned.
  43. 2 points
    I decided to update my gripper spreadsheet as it's been awhile. Put all my grippers in a 5 gallon pail and it filled it up. Doesn't look like it in the picture but it did make it to the top.
  44. 2 points
    Not that freaking slow!!!
  45. 2 points
    Bench 50x10 70x8 90x8 110x5 130x8 PR! Pauses 117.5x8 PR! Hammer Curls 58 Pound Thick Handle Right x5 Left x5 85 Pound Dumbbell Right x8 Left x8
  46. 2 points
    Independently. The weaker hand will most likely never catch up. Attempting to 'let it' catch up will severly hinder your progress on your stronger hand. There is basically no reason for why they should be balanced either.
  47. 2 points
    Silverbullet #3 35 PB - 9 - 8 - 27 #2 15 hold 15 rest 3 holds then my arm was done completely!
  48. 2 points
    The most important factor in TNS is the kind of table used. Has to be a regulation TNS table.
  49. 2 points
    In my opinion rolling thunder pull-ups are more about pull-up strength than they're about grip. If I ever get a chance to officially do it I'm sure I could push it to +400lbs.
  50. 2 points
    Hawaii is in, too! John Oka will be hosting King Kong in Maui!
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