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  1. On to the MM7. He's looking like a freight train right to the top of the MashMonster ladder. Again, he closed it with BOTH hands.
    19 points
  2. Raising the entry fee by $2 for everyone would indeed cover the extra cost of purchasing and shipping the awards, but it's not something I want to do at this point. This being an international contest, the impact of such an increase varies significantly depending on the location. I can assure you that we'll take a close look at the numbers from this year's contest and re-evaluate the class distribution going forward. If there is clear interest among the lighter weight women, and if overall contest turnout is strong, a class may indeed be added without even there being a need for additional sponsorship. Our goal is always just to try to break even. I would hope that the lighter women who competed in the 2020 contest, with full knowledge that the lightest class was 72 kg, would choose to compete again this year. I don't give online polls much weight. I also organize tournaments in other sports. Using Facebook as as example, in my experience only about a third of those who indicate that they will be "attending" an event actually end up doing so. Junior classes in any sport is very tricky. What should count for more? Age or weight? The reality is that they are both important factors, and I don't want to start creating dozens of different classes that end up having only one or two competitors each. The Junior division is a free add-on division to King Kong -- it's one of the few contests where kids compete, for free, with other kids around the world. I want to keep things simple for now.
    8 points
  3. I flew from NY to Portland to attend Frank and Addam Chaudoin's Couch Potato Strong "Golden Potato Championship" -- really an arm lifting contest, with the four qualifiers (Rolling Thunder, Saxon Bar, Axle, Silver Bullet), but with a golden potato lift at the end. I went because I wanted to get all the qualifiers done, but I am glad to have met Frank and Addam Chaudoin, the hosts, and a bunch of other fun and friendly gripsters and armlifsters in an area of the country I've never seen. I made a long weekend of it and flew to San Francisco to meet some college friends who live near there, also, so it was a good trip albeit too short. As for the comp, success! I mean, I didn't win it, but I beat my own bests in 3 out of 4 arm lifting events and almost hit it with the fourth, and got acquainted with the golden potato, and made new friends. Rolling Thunder: my previous PR was also from an arm lifting comp, the 2019 Fort Worth Show of Hands, where I got about 167 pounds. Somehow, I managed to pull 80.5 kilos this time -- 177 pounds -- which was a huge PR. I weighed in at 79.5, so it was over body weight. Saxon Bar: I wasn't really sure how to do my attempts, because I never competed on 3 inch Saxon before. I was hoping for 175 because I think that's about the most I've lifted in practice, or maybe the least I've missed lol. I've pulled over 200 on 2-inch and 2.5-inch, but I have trouble with wide pinch and the few times I have tried the 3-inch, I had trouble passing 170. Plus we were doing kilos, with 5 kilo jumps, and that threw my reckoning off a tad. So I started at 70 kilos (about 154 pounds) and it felt pretty easy. I decided to go for broke and skipped the next jump, and I tried 80 kilos (176). Not cake, but not close to failure and I felt like I had more in me, so I considered going for another 10 kilo jump (to 198) in order to have a shot at then breaking 200. However, I played it safe, and went for 85 kilos (187). I got good air but dropped it before lockout, doh! Almost knocked myself out on the effort, too. But, for my fourth attempt when I tried it again, I eked it out. 187 was a PR for me, since it was the most I can remember ever doing on it, but I had never really maxed out before to know what my real PR should have been. There might be room for improvement here given that I can pinch more on narrower bars and Euro, but this was a positive result for me and hopefully a benchmark from which to improve. Axle: For those who know me, you know my grip is stronger than the rest of me. All my life I never worked out until I found grip and arm lifting, and it is those disciplines I consider first, and working out things like deadlift, bench, etc. are secondary to me. So, my max deadlift in workouts is only about 300 pounds, no matter how I hold it -- because it isn't the holding it that is holding me back. I'm sure that's not awful for a 50-plus guy in the general population who weighs under 180, but certainly not impressive among athletes. So I started the axle at 125 kg (275), knowing I can get on the board with that, and figuring that 5kg jumps would get me to a PR if I made my 4th attempt. It worked. On the 4th attempt at 140 kg (308), I could feel the strain on my body getting that much weight to budge and then to lockout -- it went up slow, and the struggle was to get it there. I am sure it looked much harder to see me doing that than it looked when the other guys did their maxes -- usually the weight goes up quick and easy, but the hands look shaky or lopsided and they struggle not to drop it. By contrast for me, I'm not sure I could have lifted an ounce more, even with straps. It was the right 4th attempt for me anyway. But since I was up there at lockout, I figured I may as well have some fun with the fact that it was getting it there, and not holding the bar, that was the difficulty. So, when the judge said down, I played around and held it for a few seconds, made a crack or two, then slowly and gingerly lowered it and softly touched it to the ground without a sound. People said I risked losing a good lift, and maybe so, but I really wasn't going to drop it, and could have held it longer. Lesson for me: there is room for improvement here, because if I can strengthen my core and legs, I can up my axle without improving my grip at all. I think my hands could hold 350 DOH if only the rest of me could lift that much! But until I do it, that's just bluster. I hate deadlifting but maybe it's time to try it, at least a little. Silver Bullet: This was last, which is too bad because it has usually been first when I've competed it, and I was a little wiped, but of course everyone else was wiped, too. There were two big guys (Jason and Chris) who (easily) took up the first and second spots on every other event, but neither of them was a gripper specialist and that's really my first and best grip event -- so this was the event I had a shot at winning. My PR was 12 seconds on a 3.5, and I figured I'd have a shot at beating that even a little tired, because I've improved on grippers since last time I did silver bullet, and it was not a hard 3.5 (rated only 170). Anyway, no way I was getting even a second on that 4 (rated 210), so it was 3.5 no matter what, just a question of how long. Well, good thing there were four attempts. First time, I dropped it at 2 seconds. It just wasn't a great set, and I had to do too much work to get the hold. I was in second place, with Jason holding it for 5 seconds. So for my second attempt, I really focused on the set, got it nice and deep, got a decent enough hold, and made 11+ seconds. This was enough to win that event. My third effort was less than 11, and Jason and I challenged each other to get just one second on the 4 for our last attempts, but neither of us could get a hold on it at all. Besides Jason, I don't think anyone else even got past a 3. After the arm lifting events, we tried the golden potato. It is a fun implement! Closest thing to it that I've done before might be grab ball, but I felt like the hold feels better on the potato and I can lift about 30 pounds more. I was gunning for a body weight lift since I managed that on RT and Saxon, but I fell a little short, landing in the 160s I think. When the comp results are posted, if they are, I guess I will see exactly, but I know we put 175 on there for me to try and I missed that. I bought one, so I can play with it. So my goal at the comp was to qualify for worlds and the Arnold, and of course time will tell on those questions. But, as far as comparing myself to myself, I beat my comp (and workout) PRs on 3 out of 4 qualifiers, almost matched it on the 4th, and learned a new implement. I made some friends. I also bundled the trip with a side trip to San Francisco and saw other friends. This was a win win win weekend. Thanks to the Chaudoin brothers for running the comp, and to the folks I met who helped them and who were a pleasure to compete with and against and to talk to. Until the next one! - Vin
    8 points
  4. I am busy with a work deadline, so what better to do than to procrastinate by writing about workouts that I may yet never do, and goals I may not bother to chase! So here goes. My current situation: 52 years old, 5 feet 6, 180 pounds, have been in grip sports/arm lifting since late 2017 when I met Anton, Anthony, Jose, Chez, and soon thereafter Nate and Tom and Tim at my first comp at Nate's in February 2018. I had no background training anything before age 48 (I'm a lawyer and a geek), and since then, I have trained only grip - I will do a little bench press (max 200) or deadlift (max 315) here and there, won't do squats and don't care if anyone thinks I should - just not for me (not flexible enough even to hold the bar). My training is far from intense, as I do it much more for recreational reasons, except that I have been pretty consistent with keeping up with grippers (even that isn't too intense, but I do stick with them consistently). I also was diagnosed with a mild to moderate heart valve problem that gave me a bout of congestive heart failure recently, but I got it taken care of, and the cardiologist thinks that it is not too serious and I need not limit physical activity because of it -- just have to go to the doctor once a year and if I have a problem. From 2018 to today, I have competed in about 15 comps -- in West Deptford NJ, Wyalusing PA (several times), Astoria (Queens) NY, Piscataway NJ, Crooksville OH, Fort Worth TX, Morgantown WV, Shelton, CT (twice), and Vancouver WA -- always in 83kg for grip and 80kg for arm lifting. A lot of these were King Kongs and Gripmases. Weighing 175-182, of course I never won a comp, but I have won my weight class a couple of times and I have occasionally had great single events where I will beat someone I have no business beating, event though they still beat me at the comp overall. But the fun of being on the older and smaller side is that it is not realistic or expected that you are the best in the world, so you can focus on just doing what works for you. For me, that is (1) having fun); and (2) keeping in decent shape and chasing PRs and certs, as long as it does not require giving up number (1) (having fun), or endanger my health (so far so good). Cert-related Achievements so far: MM0 (2018), MM1 (2019), GHP7 (1 rep. 2019), MM2 (2020). Comp PRs, in categories I happen to remember while writing this (in pounds): -20mm block set grippers: 150 -TNS grippers: 134 -Baseline Dynamometer: 242 -Rolling Thunder: 177 -Axle: 308 -2HP 3-inch Saxon Bar: 187 -Silver Bullet: 3.5 (12 seconds) -2HP Euro: 194 -1HP IM Blockbuster: 72 -1HP Flask: 89 -Grab Ball: 143 -Little Bighorn: 161 GOALS: Mostly, I just want to have grip as part of my life: I'd like to keep going to comps, working out with friends when I can, chasing PRs within the context of having fun, staying in some semblance of shape, etc. As long as I am healthy and having fun, I would like to progress a little farther in certs and comps. Some realistic goals that I may have reason to believe I will achieve, if I stay healthy and interested, are (1) get invited to the 2022 Arnold and the World Arm Lifting Championship in Russia (was invited to both for 2020 but then COVID shut them down); (2) cert GHP7 for more than one rep; (3) IM cert on the COC 3 (CCS close); (4) close any COC 3.5 MMS (I am close on my light one rated 165); (5) attend comps in different cities and meet people who I communicate with on Grip Board. I might also like to see if I can get down a weight class, because I do carry some flab. Less likely goals for down the road, if I achieve all the realistic ones and need to move the bar higher: MM3; Crushed to Dust (a.k.a. the rolling thunder cert lol).
    7 points
  5. David Shamey MM7
    7 points
  6. Well, there were few enough fellows on the 3.5 Certified list that no one had the same first name. Not any longer: https://www.ironmind.com/news/Nikita-Yurkovets-Certifies-on-the-Captains-of-Crush-No.-3.5-Gripper/ This Nikita is from Belarus.
    6 points
  7. I'll be yawning until MM9. The word "attempt" does not really apply until then lol.
    6 points
  8. New bending PR yesterday! Q (0.3320") x 9" O1 drill rod double overhand in single leather. This bar was tough but not impossible, perfect spot for me to work on getting stronger.
    6 points
  9. So a funny sidestory from yesterday. I have been hiding all my braced bending from siamak to try to beat him to 8.8 snapping and 12.9 braced. So he had no clue I could brace bend anything at all since last he knew was that I failed to brace a 8.8. So yesterday I started with 2x7mm braced and smashed it and then tried an 8.8 bolt and he didn't react at all like yeah you see now you get it. Wigren had prepped a 12.9 6.5" bolt before siamak arrived and pretended that that was his last 12.9 bolt but I could try it if I wanted. So I smashed it and thought now Siamak will be mindblown but he litterarly didn't react at it 😂 both me and wigren were laughing our asses off still 😂 My braced bending since I understood how to brace has looked like this: 1st session 8.8 bolt 2nd session 10.9 and 12.9 cert Some snapping practice Yesterday's 6.5" 12.9 bend And yesterday's 12.9 6.5"
    6 points
  10. Today I, Siamak(Bruce1137) and Thom(Lennix) had a grip/bending/armwrestling at my dungeon. Me and Thom started early and also stayed late for a total of about five and half hours of training. The training were spread out though so the total volume weren’t that bad. Some highlights of the session in no order. Thom lifted my Blob50. Both me and Thom lifted 78kg on my inch trainer handle. I think both me and Thom could’ve lifted more but the weights got stuck on the handle and we didn’t have the proper tools to take them off😂. The weights are screwed tight onto the handle so it acts like a solid piece. I’m currently waiting on a 64kg and 78kg inch dumbbell replica. Will be interesting to see if I can lift the 78kg dumbbell. Shouldn’t be too far off with some training. Thom could lift one for sure. Siamak bent a shoe. Not sure what size or brand. Went through the kink and sweep easy and then got stuck at the very end of the crushdown. Most likely due to not having trained that part of the crushdown. Shoe got stuck at about 175 degrees. We tested some new 8.8mm nails that length for length feels pretty close to the 8.8 bolts from Horrido, maybe 5-10% easier. I bent a 10.4mm 8 3/8” hard hrs from Thom. My DO was surprisingly strong and I managed to get it down to 2 1/8”. Thom asserted his DO dominance by crushing it down to 1 3/4”. I think Thom said this bar is harder than a 8.8 Horrido bolt. Siamak made some progress on a 5” 6mm 12.9 bolt in wog wraps for SS9. Thom absolutely smashed a 6.5” 5/16” 12.9 bolt from Horrido. I think Thom could bend a 5.5” one right now if he tried. Maybe also get one at 5” or maybe even 4.5” with some training. Most of the strength is already there. We bent and snapped a whole bunch of 6mm, 7mm and 7.6mm nails at different lengths. Me and Thom finished with some armwrestling training. Without a doubt top 3 strongest noobs I’ve ever felt left handed. Particularly in a dragging biceps and lat driven hook. A bit uncoordinated, which an experienced armwrestler can take advantage of, and I did a few times just to assert dominance. But when I let him stay in his lane, yup strong AF. Thom had some issues with his right arm. I think the diagnosis was “weak AF” so he couldn’t perform that well right arm.
    6 points
  11. I feel like the only barrier for this certification is mailing time and parcel handling. Shoot a good video David because you WILL close it!
    6 points
  12. Take a look! It’s easier than you think to make your grippers look their best. https://cannonpowerworks.com/blogs/grip-strength/how-to-clean-your-grippers
    5 points
  13. Going to start cycling grippers again. Re-tested myself with the little collection that I have on Monday and hit a rated 182 filed 3.5 for one single. Knew that my gripper strength is holding on, but I didn't expect it to be at that level. Going to use the same program I used for the IronMind Hub record. Just a little note, if you see "/", it means which hand I'm attempting grippers or a pinch device with, which will always be the right followed by the left. 7/29/2021 workout, bodyweight is 258 lbs (lost 2lbs because of the heat we're having) Hand Gripper: (@70%) 143 x3/3 x3/1 x3/0 x3/3 (switched to an unrated #2 for the left hand for the 3 reps) Flask 1HP: (@70%) 60x3/3 x3/3 x3/3 x3/3 2 Finger Dumbbell lift: 60lbs x 5/5 (ring-pinkie/index-middle) x5/5 x5/5
    5 points
  14. You could accomplish the same out come by purchasing a brick for 99 cents at the Home Depot. It will serve the dual purpose of paper weight and something no one can crush.
    5 points
  15. Received my steel from David Horne so proceeded to do my first submission for Steel Shredder 9. In training I had been working on a batch of old 4.5” bastards from fbbc that I thought were “normal”. Turns out the old bastards must’ve been harder because the 240k bar is harder than an average red/bastard but it was significantly easier than the 4.5” bastards I’ve been working with. I bent a 240k bar cut to 4.5”. Took my time with the bend since I figured it’s not gonna be my best submission for the comp anyway. Finished it in 1:49. I then went on to attempt a 4.25” 240k bar but accidentally cut it to 4 1/8”. The first hit on the kink didn’t feel too bad but then it just stopped. Couldn’t move it further after the first kink. I think it stopped in an awkward spot where I couldn’t apply the needed force comfortably. I’m sure I’ll bend it before august 31st, which is the last day of the comp.
    5 points
  16. That’s about all one can expect out of grip... is your name on a list on the internet. Not much else besides that. Most people do grip for themselves and a medal and a trophy is a bonus.
    5 points
  17. There are no grip competitors who do it for prizes or recognition, because nobody in their right mind would choose to focus their efforts on one of the smallest niche sports in existence to get famous amongst a dozen people.
    5 points
  18. Do it yourself with some pipe and some elbow joints for a wrist pronation and supination tool that works better than a sledge because of the angle of the bar Keeping tension at the top of the movement. The sledge loses tension as You turn your wrist, this does not. ENJOY
    5 points
  19. Warmup snap 6mm nail DU reverse DO 8.8mm nail 7" x1 6.5" ×0 tested crushpads to early so failed 6.5" x1 All in doubles, these 8.8 nails are great!
    5 points
  20. Baby 125 FBBC inch held in a row position for time. Haven’t done much grip outside of some hammers and the total gym. Pleased with the time. It’s fun to do different things with the equipment.
    5 points
  21. Yesterdays training was super fun! I didn't do any cert attempts but had a blast just messing around. David really showed off his DO prowess and flexibility by melting an 11" nail while both Thom and I only managed to wobble it. Got some pointers about unbraced snapping and braced with WOG wraps that I think will help me with SS9. Thom is just an absolute powerhouse and will dominate the bending scene in the near future. He also clocked 107kg on the GM150 hand dyno with no warmup. And the reason why I didn't react to Thom thmashing a 6.5" 12.9 bolt was because I already knew he was strong enough to do it, he just needed to learn how 😁
    5 points
  22. built this frame to accommodate the Thompson Fatpad I recently purchased. Building this frame cost less than $60 in steel. And I had like 3 extra feet of steel left over for other projects when we got done. Compare that to the $200+ rogue benches (after shipping) that will bolt right up to the Fatpad, and it’s a no brainer. wish we’d have got more video along the way so you guys can see the whole process. It’s actually a lot of work cutting and truing gussets and other little pieces out of a piece of rectangle tube.. especially when most of the cutting for the smaller stuff is done by hand using a cutoff wheel. Anywho, the wife and I both built this. And her welds were even better than mine! You guys on my IG saw the vid I posted of her welds. I teach her the basics, then 5 minutes later she looks like a pro! yes, it’s very basic. But her and I share equal pride in this little project. And am now the proud owner of a bench that I won’t outgrow. In fact, no man ever will.. we overbuilt the shit out of it. Mainly because it’s way easier to weld thicker stuff without the concern of burning holes through the steel with the welder. I suspect it will hold multiple tons of weight at its weakest point (dead center) with no problem. It may hold 10-12k pounds plus when loaded with weight directly over the uprights!.. I base this assumption off the fact that the steel we used is thicker than my 6 ton Jack stands sitting on the garage floor. And the design we used is a strong layout. anywho, hope you guys enjoy. oh and for anyone wondering, We built it with a 17” exact pad height. So while it is much wider than a comp bench, it’s the same height. So while I get the added benefit of the wideness for shoulder support, I also get to be familiar with a comp bench height while I bench.
    5 points
  23. New commissioned steel scroll of a ten foot bar done today. Very hot out. 100 degree heat index. I am very happy with how this one turned out.
    5 points
  24. Underground Athletics will be hosting a Grip Contest November the 13th at their location at 35 E Main St in Crooksville Ohio 43731. Haven’t decided on a Contest Name yet. I will be assisting and providing equipment. NAGS/IGC rules will be followed. Events will be: David Horne Euro Pinch Double Overhand IM Axle Dead Lift Supported Double Sledge Lever in Safety Rack Medley Two Classes – Novice (mostly locals – trying to generate some interest) and Open (hopefully some of our GB Friends). No qualification lifts – just pay, show up, and lift. A light/heavy division will break at the 93K mark (93 will be light weight). All eligible lifts will be posted on the top 50 Lists I will be contacting Jedd about sanctioning. More details to follow as things are finalized. Just wanted to give anyone interested a heads up.
    4 points
  25. Hello guys! After some time of working with grippers, I decided to share my journey with everyone on the forum. I have been training with grippers for almost exactly 6 months now, and I would like to take you back on the start of my gripper journey, and where it has brought me to this day: 18.01.2021: Just received my CoC#2 gripper! I think it probably was the exact day I took it out of the package and began squeezing it, trying to replicate the "CCS" closes I saw on the internet. 17.02.2021: Almost exactly one month has passed, I've improved my form a little bit, and learned to do rep work. I also bought some chalk in order to not have to wash-dry my hands to be able to work with grippers 18.02.2021: The very next day I decided to try and hit a close on my CoC#2.5, and it worked out somehow! 08.03.2021: Repping the 2.5! 05.04.2021: First CoC#3 close! I have improved my setting technique, and closed it from roughly a MMS, maybe a little bit deeper. The CoC#3 is 151RGC. After this video I have had tons of trouble with the skin on my palm due to slight overtraining. This is a thing of the past now though. I am back on track, squeezing my grippers. This is my current working stash: A little bit about the rating tags on those grippers: All of the grippers have been rated in my own private system (I call it gSGR - gapless Steel Grip of Russia) which initially was based upon RGC, but due to the usage of a slightly different strap (softer, less resistance towards deformation hence the center of force doesn't travel up the gripper handle towards the "more stretched" end of the strap and plenty of other engineering explanations ) as well as a slower closing speed, my results closely resemble the results of Vadim Murashkin from Steel Grip of Russia. I have compared my numbers to the numbers from grippers I have received from him, and they match exactly if the handle gap is kept around 0.5-1mm (similar to SGR). However, I rate them to a full close (similar to Cannon), not applying a single bit of force beyond the range, so that the handles do not rub against each other with resistance. That's why my numbers are almost exactly between Cannon and SGR. The exact conversion is: CPW*0.978 or SGR*1.03. Both conversions have been calculated using grippers rated by Cannon and SGR. P.S. Huge thanks for both Cannon and Vadim and their hard work on perfecting RGC and SGR ratings! My current PRs as of 16.07 are: CoC#3 3xMMS reps GHP7 1.5 inch (38mm) BS close CoC#2.5 TNS smash CoC#2.5 4xCCS reps Hopefully, those PRs will be broken soon Due to my active schedule being a Master's student in Engineering here in Germany, I am not always able to record my gripper workouts, but I will try to share as much as I can with the grip community! I hope you enjoy, and if you have any questions on any topic, I'd love to answer them! I will continue recording my grip journey and sharing it with you guys
    4 points
  26. Yeah everyone is different. I am sure I have spent much more time on the bench, squat and deadlift than you though. And for some reason high volume on grippers for me has been way easier than high intensity stuff like singles. I think i just have decent endurance from working.
    4 points
  27. Today was Monday of Pinch at Anton's Backyard in Queens, NYC. I neglected to write down as I went, but I remember the substance of it from just an hour ago and it was: Grippers: Warmed up quick, 10 with COC 1.5 RGC 85, 5 with COC2 RGC 103, both hands; then a few clicks with Tetting RGC 139 right and RGC 110 left Right hand work: 5 good MMS reps with COC3 RGC 145 (rep PR on that gripper); 3 with COC3 RGC 153 (might have missed the last rep by a hair, but was a close one); 1 with COC3 RGC 156; 11 second silver bullet with 3.5 RGC 178; closed with 1 rep on COC 3 RGC 145, and it was hard, so I knew I was fried for the night on grippers Left hand work: 3 good MMS reps with COC 2.5 RGC 132, failed Tetting 139, did singles with the 132 thereafter to pace right hand Saxon Bar (this is the short 3x4 bar, not the 89-inch one; does anyone know what it weighs?): 1 rep with 5 second holds at 90 + bar, 100 + bar, 110 + bar, 120 + bar; failed 140 + bar. It felt like the bar must be 45 pounds based on my failing at 140 + bar, since my PR is 187, but Anton thinks it is a 25-pound bar and I could have just been that fried from grippers; will weigh eventually so we know. 2.5 crusher: 4 reps with 135 each hand Finnish Ball: Right hand: sets of 4 with 45 and 50, 3 with 52.5, then somehow managed a single at 62.5 (short lived PR by 10 pounds) and then 65 (PR). I tried 62.5 as a joke after Anthony got it after trying it I thought as a joke, although he rightly intended to get it and did. I had been stopped at 52.5 or 55 before that. I guess because the weight is so light, it is all in the technique on this, and I was laser focused. Hope I remember what I did next time. Left hand: paced right until about 52.5, could only get that for 1 lefty and then lefty was failing. Rolling Thunder: I got a big rolling thunder PR 3 weeks ago at a comp (177, which was a 10-pound PR over my previous comp PR). I wanted to see if I could get a good pull tired tonight. I got air on 167 but could not lock out. I guess this is consistent with the comp PR of 177, because it was the first event and I was fresh, and I tend to be better at comps than in training. I was worried the comp implement might have been too easy but I guess I should just feel good that I'm improving and not think it's a mistake! Not a terribly long workout tonight; we might have moved on to grab ball and almost did, but we felt like we had gotten enough work in and all had early work tomorrow. As usual, it was a pleasure to be able to work out with buddies, especially since we have all been busy and missing some weeks and I've gotten used to gripper-only workouts by myself. Will do another gripper-only workout late this week. Really want to see what I can do with my easy 3.5 (RGC 165), which I have gotten pretty close recently. It's my goal gripper for MMS and I am not quite there yet, but I never thought I would have a prayer at a 3.5, and it is starting to look like it could happen -- maybe even this year. And with 5 reps on the COC 3 rated 145, I am also getting some inklings about the CCS cert. Again, not quite there, but I feel some progress is being made.
    4 points
  28. New day, new session! Here are the highlights: The SG Cobalt in the video was rated with my setup at 72kg (gSGR), which is a little over 162lbs CPW. Really great gap-bridging number. Talking about this gripper, I am in love with @Cannon's Standard Gripper line. I currently have the Cobalt (162) and the Tungsten (192, rated by CPW). They feel super-solid, I guess the quality control is top notch. If you don't own one make sure to check them out. I enjoy training and working with them a lot. I guess the Cobalt is probably all you need to work towards the 3.5. I also have no affiliation with CPW I just extremely enjoy SG grippers. Rest of the workout: Left: GHP7 MMS attempts - all very very close (under 0.5mm). The strength is there but the set is lacking security, but getting better! Right: 3 more SG Cobalt attempts, felt awesome. I missed doing heavy attempts. Post-workout philosophy : Before I always used to approach my workouts with intense mental preparation, trying to be perfectly ready for my attempts both physically and mentally, always having the right music playing and so on. This put a ton of "virtual" pressure on me for no real reason. While sometimes it might be a helpful factor to have a huge adrenaline rush, I personally lose focus or rush and miss attempts. Today I tried something new: I had a playlist going, no particular "charged" songs for those attempts. Just some nice background music with some energy, nothing crazy. I also decided to take it slower and focus more on technique and consistency. That's why todays workout turned out to be a great one and probably one of my favourites. I was also happy to see some progress on a gripper I was too scared to attempt for a long time
    4 points
  29. You say everything right, Vinnie! In fact, it is difficult to judge emotions that writer puts into words in written text. I also would not want you to think that I was trying to express any negative or claims to you. You just look at the problem from the height of your life experience. I think about this exactly the same as you, and I compete, like you, not for medals. If my medal were only one sent by Eric to Ukraine, I would refuse it. The place in the "list somewhere on the Internet" is enough for me! But I just do not want people to forget that for beginners and young people (and possibly for some "adult" people, with some kind of delays or deviations in personality development)these material proofs of the value of their efforts are very important. And considering that the future is not for us (unfortunately) but for them - the current beginners and tomorrow's grip masters, we must think about how to attract to this sport and keep in it maximum number of new talents! .. Today I talked a lot with different people about this (about medals and possible sponsorship). I will continue these consultations over the next few days, and maybe, and I hope, together we can come up with something about this ...
    4 points
  30. The fees don't cover everything. And the organizers pay for a lot out of their own pocket. Both Eric and Andrew and the promoters in the field. Last year I invested about $ 200, not counting the purchase of inventory. How much the organizers spent - I don’t want to think about that at all....
    4 points
  31. I understood the initial question and you answered it, but it's a little annoying that the person complaining is now insinuating that you are disingenuous in explaining that you can't pay for trophies unless someone wants to sponsor them - does she expect you to pay for them yourself? Or does she think that you, who do all the work, don't know what you are talking about? I don't know if she realizes there would be no sport at all without your unpaid efforts to further it. You are more gracious than I am. Thank you for all the work you do, as grip sport has made my life much, much better than before I discovered it.
    4 points
  32. The ease with which he sets that gripper for the right-hand attempt may be the most mind-blowing thing for me. Looked like me setting a trainer.
    4 points
  33. The music added 10 pounds to the close....
    4 points
  34. Hey everyone! I made some updates to my unbraced nail bending roster thanks to some suggestions from @Brett. I've been keeping track of women who have bent 60d nails, anyone that has bent two 60d nails at the same time, or any unbraced 80d nail bends. It slowly evolved into keeping track of 100d and 120d nails, but I've decided to add 70d nails to the list as well. The roster is now 60d, double 60d, 70d, 80d, 100d, and 120d nails unbraced. The rules are going to be pretty loose, as this is not intended to be a "climb the ladder" roster like Horrido's bolts or the new Kerckheart horseshoe list, but more like @David Horne's Grip Feats List. This is just a roster of strong people, and is not meant to rival other certification lists. No special credit for shorter nails or minimal padding; just bend those nails. https://eatchalkgetbig.weeblysite.com/unbraced
    4 points
  35. Fun contest. I have not been training snapping or pinch, so I mainly wanted to do well in the bending event. I was very happy to set the world record and win the event by bending 15 wire nails taped together. Here is a pic and video.
    4 points
  36. Long time since the last update. Still training grippers every week, highly motivated about getting stronger. Had some resilient plateau which I have beaten with a long period of overload working. Also had a mild finger injury but all the pain is gone now. I'm currently working on getting a double with GHP7 / 1,5" block set. Video of tonight performance: Link Technique is better than ever, just lacking some strength endurance. After getting the double the next goal is to get singles with 40 mm and 45 mm set blocks with GHP7 and #3. Setting strength is great nowadays. I don't even have to think about it at all. I've closed every #3 and GHP7 I have, at least with MMS set. But #3,5 and GHP 8 are still way out of my reach.
    4 points
  37. It seems you are doing mostly volume in the 2 to 2.5 range, even though you can MMS close a 3. I'm sure this is not a bad thing, but if you also did some lower-rep sets at higher difficulty that might move you along a little more. Are your grippers rated? Or even in your mind, do you have an idea of their relative difficulty? I don't know if you have the right assortment of grippers to do what I have been doing, but if you do, you might sometimes want to do single reps of increasing difficulty until failure for at least some workouts. Example: warm up with trainer for 10, 1 or 1.5 for 10, 2 for 5 or 6; then do a single or double with a 2.5; then do single reps with progressively harder grippers until you fail one. So in my case, after the warmups, I will do one rep with a 2.5 rated 132 (pounds); one rep with a Tetting rated 140; one rep with a COC 3 rated 143 or 145; one rep with a COC3 rated 152 or a Grip Genie rated 155 (which is actually an easier gripper than the 152), one rep with a Baraban rated 155 (harder than the others), and then an attempt at my COC 3.5 rated 165 (have never gotten that one yet). After that, a couple of doubles with the 140 or 143, triples with the 132 or 140, then done and do some expand bands then or later in the day. These are just the grippers I have; I didn't choose those numbers for a reason, they are just what's in my collection. I used to do something more like you do, and I stalled closing RGC 150. I switched it up more like I just described, in part due to advice from Chez, and I got up over 160 RGC within a couple more months. I'm stalled again now in the 160-162 range, but I weigh only 80kg and I'm 52, so I may just be at my body's limit or close to it. Usually I have done all of the above mostly MMS. Recently I am starting to get interested in CCS, and I have always been interested in TNS just for kicks, so sometimes I throw some of that in the mix. Recently I CCS closed my 143-rated COC 3, but then failed trying to get it on vid lol. I don't think just working CCS will get you to the 3 CCS as quickly by itself as you can do it if you add some max closes MMS with harder grippers.
    4 points
  38. So many ways to work hammers. Always trying a new twist to keep it fresh for translation to the AW table. this is an 11 pound hammer
    4 points
  39. Today’s training hg300 9 reps right 4 reps left Ghp7 3 reps right failed left ghp8 attempt right ghp7 failed left coc 3 ccs failed right hg300 2 reps left Ghp7 2 reps right hg300 1 rep right hg300 6 reps right 2 reps left coc 2.5 every rep ccs 10 reps right 3 reps left coc 2 22 reps right 12 reps left
    4 points
  40. I did another steel scroll while training on vacation. I really like how this one turned out. Really tight with lots of twists and turns. Here is a pic
    4 points
  41. I have been moving back to my hometown and Ive organized all my grippers:)
    4 points
  42. Hit the 335 bench today no problem with more in the tank. Video below. then hit 285 for 4 sets of triples and finished with 250 x 10. Then was also strong on floor press, incline DB press and Pec deck. Going to attempt 340-345 Bench next week.
    4 points
  43. DO 3x6mm nail 1x7mm nail 145mm rebar Horrido 10.9 cert attempt failed at 90mm but best attempt so far! Left wrist is complaining about the crush, thought it was gone but nope.
    4 points
  44. Amazing how different we all are. My max crush on a gripper is very similar to yours, but I can't do anywhere near what you do on bench/squat/deadlift, and I am not sure I could do the volume you do on grippers either, although I admit I have never done any gripper for more than 6 or 7 reps, other than warming up on easy ones.
    3 points
  45. I would be happy to hit your questions directly. One preface is that before CPW carried Grip Genie, I had only seen a few through Rate and Return. These were very early, maybe 1st generation. They were not that impressive BUT Grip Genie has made a concerted effort to improve the grippers every batch and deliver a quality product. I fully believe they have achieved that: Knurling: It has gotten sharper. I find their current knurling to be very nice. It is on par with IronMind and in the instances that it varies, it's sharper. My only beef with the knurling is the handle anodization but nothing can be done about that. From a training aspect, I wouldn't care if the color was easily scuffed during usage. But from a business standpoint, it's difficult to handle them and ship them and keep them perfect. I have found the anodization to be much more durable than our Spectrum grippers, for example. Those were impossible to keep pristine. Spring: They are made in China. They are essentially the same black coated springs. Spreads do vary by batch, but on average I would say they are about 2.5 to 2.75". Which I think is fantastic. Sometimes there are gaps in the spring coils and it's hard to convince people this does not matter. It doesn't.. at all. Subjective opinion: We are proud to carry them. I personally like a few things about them: 1) The colors are fun. 2) I like the smaller handle diameter and more narrow spreads. I don't have huge hands and these are a nice fit. 3) They have been landing in ranges that are tough to service. I always say this, but it's a GOOD thing when grippers vary. That is the lifeblood of assembling a useful training set. These Genies cover a lot of area. 4) The price is a nice compromise between Heavy Grips and COC because they do have some bells and whistles like anodization (that ain't cheap) and consistent knurling. I have spoken out in favor of Heavy Grips in the past as well. In terms of value, Both HG and GG deliver on the sticker price. They are approachable workhorses that last as long as any other gripper. There is no reason to discount them except personal preference for the specifications. If you like wide grippers or chonky handles, they might not be for you. But that can't be a knock against their offering; it's just a matter of preference. Just buy what you like
    3 points
  46. In 2019 we included a 57 kg class for women as well as a masters class. There were no entries in the 57 kg class and a single entry in the masters class. We couldn’t justify including these classes in 2020, but we did add a 100 kg class. We’ll review the numbers again following this year’s contest, and a lighter weight women’s class may be added in the future, but not this year. Participation in the junior classes is still very limited, however these classes may see changes, too, some time down the line. The important thing is to keep participating even if you’re ideal weight class isn’t offered. This way we’ll be able to see that the demand is there. Anyone who feels strongly about this issue is encouraged to contact me directly to discuss sponsorship opportunities. The reason these additional classes were offered in 2019 was because someone offered to pay for all of the awards for them including the costs to ship the awards around the world. It’s not cheap, but if someone really wants to see this happen, it’s not impossible.
    3 points
  47. Yes I did double 20s regular sledges and double 22s shot loadables . I don’t have those on you tube. I will check my photos. Update... all I could find is a photo of the double 20s for an autograph request from John Oka... I think some of the best feats were on my old you tube that got deleted. I have a few videos strict levering a 16 for 20 reps which I am sure would be a world record.
    3 points
  48. This. So many times I have thought I was getting weaker then out of no where hit a new record and that record becomes my new baseline.
    3 points
  49. Hello guys! Recently I got into a little more CCS practice just to switch things up a little. I have noticed the following two major ways in which CCS closes are performed amongst people who certify on IM: 1. The gripper is set to roughly the depth of a Block Set (sometimes even MMS). After that it's opened up to the width of a Credit Card (if successfully executed, the palm-handle stays put in place, not sliding any deeper into the palm, while the "opening" is done purely with the fingers). In my opinion, David Shamey is a prime example of this technique performed perfectly. 2. The gripper is set a little deeper in the palm, so that all fingers are able to hold onto the handle. It's also usually not set any deeper than a CCS. For this technique, Ivan Cuk is the prime example. What I personally noticed is that with the first technique you're usually having a little more trouble at the start, since you need quite a bit more "edge" finger strength at the starting position. But if you overcome this phase, you're basically in an epic position for the close. With technique 2 you don't have that, but the close part seems harder due to the gripper handle being deeper in the palm. How do you guys prefer to perform CCS closes? Especially if training for an IM Cert. I also believe palm size, finger length and especially the finger-to-palm ratio play tremendous roles in the preference for the CCS techniques.
    3 points
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