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  1. Body weight today 219 lb. I’m using 4 1.25 lb platemates on the face of the green bell. We got some 104 kg bells from Nathan Holle coming to north Texas this winter and I want to be ready when it arrives.
    10 points
  2. Fun but challenging exercise that really works wrist flexors and stabilizers. Started back doing these middle of last month as my left side is slowly healing from surgery done in June. Adam Glass, Jason Dingey would monsters at these without question- heck they are terrific at everything:) Great to do at end of workout.
    8 points
  3. will be a few weeks before I can use the right but in the meanwhile I’m going to stack reps.
    8 points
  4. This is my first long time hold after 2 year off
    7 points
  5. Hello guys! This is my certification attempt video. Yesterday I received the gripper in the mail, couple hours ago I crushed it two times from 20 block with the 15 minutes interval. Berserk mode and 3 days of break are the win conditions here. The hardest gripper I have ever closed! I'd like to thank to @Kashtan and @Ivan Pupchenko for the opportunity and motivation And also to Robert Baraban and FBBC for this awesome gripper. @Andrew P kindly asking you to review and judge my attempt, thanks in advance!
    7 points
  6. Bent a full sized 8.8mm nail, 11" long. Was fun
    6 points
  7. Anyway shouldn't YOU be schooling US on this, Mr. 3.5?
    6 points
  8. Report from the last 2 workouts: It's been an intense week of training, I've increased the frequency of my gripper workouts to "when I feel I am ready to", which turned out to be every other day this time! 02.12 - Heavy single attempts: CoC#3.5 (173) DS assisted close, mainly training leg assisted setting (inspired by Qianchen) PowerGripper Gold (177) DS close attempt (1mm or below left). Narrower handles (18mm) make it a bit easier for me personally. I probably wouldn't even try to close anything close to 180 with wider handles like the Standards. The PG's are amazing grippers by the way, exactly similar to GGs, but with much sharper knurling! (Pic below) Naval Ranks Admiral (171) DS close attempt (<0.5mm). CoC#3.5 (164) close from around 20mm. CoC#3 (159) closes/attempts and CoC#3 (149) reps Lefty: Very similar to right, just tiny bit easier grippers on each attempt. 04.12 - Pure block sets workout: GHP7 (143) 38mm GHP block - 3 reps. First time trying this after a long time and after a workout two days prior, I am very surprised and happy! When I get to 4-5 reps, I'll go for the GHP cert! GHP7 (143) 38mm GHP block - 2 reps GHP7 (143) 30mm Silarukov block - 3 reps GHP7 (143) 30mm Silarukov block - 2 reps Lefty: Same sets and reps, just with the GHP6 (131) Pics: Set blocks (30mm and 38mm) and the PG Gold (350lbs):
    5 points
  9. MMS is more like specific training for a stickingpoint, and since the last part of the gripperclose is the hardest its beneficial to be able to deal with that. The first part of the close is not that hard. Plus working the stickingpoint which is harder then the sweep will make your fingers more tolerant and your crushing strength stronger. Then when going back to a wider set you surely need some time to adjust into the sweep but since its much easier then the crush it takes less time then doing the opposite. These are my thoughts about it, I know people who train completely different and have great success.
    5 points
  10. I used to grab and close, now I'm like... Stretch the skin in my palm with the dog leg, split pinky in half with the other handle, extend and/or supinate forearm, check wind velocity haha
    4 points
  11. Today’s training deadlift a single at 465lbs then 4 sets 6 reps at 405lbs SSB squat 3 sets 10 reps 255lbs hack squat 3 sets 15 reps 110lbs ab wheel 3 sets 30 reps
    4 points
  12. I found this work out on the Internet at powerliftingtechnique.com It sounded pretty good so I’m giving it a try, I’m in my second week. It is a five day routine. Day 1, light resistant gripper performed 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps. Day 2, 4 sets of 5 or 6 reps with a heavy resistant gripper then on the last set do a drops sets ,as many reps as possible until fatigued Day 3, light or moderate resistance gripper performed four sets of 8 to 10 reps with a very slow release to maintain tension throughout the range of motion. Day 4, With a light resistant grip or hold handles together for a period of 20 to 30 seconds performed 3 sets Day 5, with a heavy resistance grip are use two hands to close the handle together with one hand and slowly open the hand with a count of 4 to 5 seconds performed three sets of 3 to 5 reps
    4 points
  13. I just contacted Chris. My girlfriend works for animial nutrition and is donating lots of stuff for prize packages. She got them to sponsor. It’s on its way to Chris
    4 points
  14. Too much volume and runs the risk of causing injury. If you want to run a program like this needs to be broken up into a weekly cycle. One week focus on repetitions with varying degrees of resistance, the following week used for isometrics.
    4 points
  15. DO 7mm nail 210 7mm nail 100 LOL 2x166k g5 sweep to hard 8.8 nail 5.5" uneven bend stuck at sweep 8.8 nail 5" small kink 9.8mm 7" Swe CRS 220k full bend! Took 7-8 minutes because I removed wraps and put them on etc because I couldn't manage the sweep in a correct way. But got it down. 9.8mm 8 3/8" kinked in IMPS ouch
    4 points
  16. I just heard that Slim Farman passed away. RIP brother. Tell Joseph Greenstein we miss him. See you soon.
    4 points
  17. Today’s training OHP 3 sets 10 reps 115lbs DB hex press 4 sets 12 reps 65lbs thumbless reverse grip curls 3 sets 12 reps 85lbs Skull crushers 3 sets 10 reps 87.5lbs cable flies 3 sets 15 reps 80lbs DB curls 3 sets 12 reps 35lbs blockbuster pinch block 3 sets 11 reps 45lbs + pinch block and loading pin
    4 points
  18. 12-1-2021 1. Axle Double Overhand- 215x3, 245x3, 275x1 300x1(Conventional), 300x1(Sumo).. didn’t push axle today just got some reps in. 2. Fat Grip 1Arm Deadlift- 135x1, 145x1, 155x1, 165x1 (Right hand only) 3. 154lb Anvil + York100 Fatman (53.4lbs) attempted this lift twice and both lifts were solid with good holds at the top.
    4 points
  19. https://houckgofusfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1584/Lawrence-Farman/obituary.html#content-start Here is his obituary.
    4 points
  20. Great thread everyone and respect to @Ivan Cukyou could be more closed minded and a know-it-all given your a monster on grippers but yet you still value others opinions, I tip my hat to you sir. One thing I could never grasp was the crowd on here who say MMS will translate better to CCS. It's not that I dont believe them rather I'm confused. In raw powerlifting you would never tell someone "do a 3 board bench press to get stronger through a greater range of motion." Or just squat half way instead of proper depth because the carryover is little as opposed to fuller range of motions. So why then would folks advocate to set a gripper in a manner(MMS style) and perform very little range of motion in an attempt to ultimately do better on wide set closes? Not trying to be argumentative rather seeking to understand. Personally I find wide set as @DevilEriksaid builds the whole range of motion strength up and seems to just build a stronger hand in general.
    4 points
  21. DO Big g8 failed on the sweep had many unfortunate events during this bend 9.8mm Swe CRS bent ofcenter couldn't finish 9.8mm Russian CRS a good kink Bad session but good training!
    4 points
  22. Trip Reports. This Forum has had ONE Trip Report about the King Kong contest, the largest grip contest in the world for a number of years running. And that one Trip Report came from the fellow who produced the contest. Eric, thank you for letting us have a great time in an enjoyable ritual that is truly One of a KInd. I have participated in King Kong five years: 2016, and 2018 through 2021. In hearing about the death of Slim Farman a few minutes ago, this time my report is really about the mindset of "Aging". At the 2010 AOBS Banquet, at the Age of 76, Slim delivered one of the most inspirational performances that anyone who was there ever witnessed. About seven or eight years ago, I got into it with someone on this forum when I took exception to someone who said "Age is just a Number". I have read the words of some on this forum saying that in their 30s, and then read their words less than a decade later, belly aching about things like an Old Lady when they hit their 40s. If you want to talk Strength and Aging, talk to Chris Rice about it. Meanwhile, King Kong 2021 for Hubgeezer. The Year 2021 has been one of the roughest years of my life from a physical standpoint. I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, and it took several months for it to be determined if it was "systemic" or "nonsystemic". If "systemic", there was the likelihood that my internal organs would be under attack. Thankfully, it was not, and I simply take over-the-counter medication that actually works, and the symptoms do not exist. Stop the medication, and "boom!", they are back. The two months that I went undiagnosed were rough. I think it took a toll mentally on me, as my "gripper strength" fell to barely being able to credit card close an average Number 2 for one rep. I stopped working out completely. When I was back to feeling normal, I started up on the grippers again, and general strength training; but not very intensely. I just got a call from Stanley Stanless Steel. He said Slim passed away at 1 am today. I am talking to him right now. I will pick this up later. Later...I got a Finnish Ball about five months out from the contest, and I absolutely sucked on it, just horrible. I read on David Horne's website what some people could do with it, and found that I was not within 10 pounds of the World Record for a 50 year old Woman. I contemplated simply not participating in KK because I knew that I was going to get beat by lots of people, men and women, on the FB. I thought maybe it was time to just stop doing this stuff. Then, I realized that my main competitor is me. Who cares what others are doing? Less than three months out from the contest, I decided to pound the crap out of the four implements being contested. Once a week training, the goal to hit PRs on everything. Me versus Me. That is what I pursued. I had a Grab Ball. I had a Finnish Ball. I used an old IM Little Big Horn, not the current one. I used a Rolling Thunder handle, not a Crusher. Nothing else during the week. Shortly before I started that program, my brother died unexpectedly. My brother was one of the most serious hard core "Iron History" experts (not too strong a word for my brother) ever. He was a moderator on Joe Roark's closed forum, and Joe told me that my brother could not be replaced. His memory for detail, coupled with an amazing library of photos he had taken, combined with an extraordinary magazine and book collection, made him a one of a kind walking library, of which he generously shared for no money with anyone who was interested. The rare flashes of trivia that I occasionally produce on this forum are 100% due to my being his brother. The point to the sidebar about my brother is that his death impacted my training and mindset as well. I had trouble "getting up" for this contest. I miss him. Every day, I miss him. King Kong, Newbury Park, California. Fourth time produced by Haugen, third time at this location. It had been co-owned by him and Martins Licis. In the last year, Martins has moved his operations to a place more "young-people friendly" (Newbury Park is boring for young people) to El Segundo, about 15 miles South of Santa Monica near the beach. The number of King Kong participants this time: five men, two women. Perhaps two or three repeat competitors. This time, no Carl Myerscough, no Riccardo Magni, no John Machnik. No over 50s or over 60s this time, except for yours truly. My history of results: 2016, 46th out of 149 overall. First of 12 in the Over 50 2018, 86 of 210 overall. Over 50, 8 of 18 2019, 100 of 244 overall. Over 50, 7 of 24 2020, 77 of 182 overall. Over 50, 13 of 22 2021, 112 of 222. Over 50, 15 of 22 I walked out of the place basically happy. Me versus me was my goal. I will get to the events later, and explain how I could be "basically happy" with the results. Got to go now. Okay, I will finish up here. Perhaps some of the "likes" on this thread will be undone when I finish! Events themselves: Crusher. Previous year, 80.6 Kgs. I opened with 70 on my Left, easy. Went to 75 on second attempt. Some air on the Left, switched to Right, easy. The crusher requires "strength". I knew didn't have it this year, due to lack of training, so for #3 I chose 80 Kgs. "Almost". I stopped, and confidently said I would get it on attempt #4. Number 4 attempt: I should have said "I don't like the way the implement is positioned", but they had started the clock before I was ready. Had it 100%, dropped it, my body was at a funky angle due to the way the implement was placed. That was it. I was all twisted and turning trying to line myself up the way I normally work with a loading pin, so, tough shit. All things considered not too bad. Next time I will be an ass hole and insist that it be to my liking. Grab Ball. Previous year, 60.1 Kgs. Last year, my notes said "Left 3-5 Kgs. on the table". I felt I was "about the same" this year, so I went to 63.5 successfully this time for my 4th attempt. A PR. I tried what was the highest lift by a competitor before they took the device away, and I was one-half an inch off of pulling 67.5 Kgs. So, I left about 3 Kgs. on the table. Happy. Finnish Ball. I said I suck at it. Before the event began, there was 18 Kgs. on the implement. Approached it with my Left hand. It didn't budge. I opened with 16 Kgs., lower than the two women. Easy. Went to 17, got it easily. Went to 18, got it easily. So, for #4, raised it to 21 Kgs. Fumbled around, knocking the pin down, switching hands, and a few seconds before time ran out I heard "You have the strength", and better yet "Just think of it as a Hub". Got it. I was not using chalk until the last attempt, seconds before time ran out. Hmmm. Note to self: Use chalk. But despite my pathetic performance, it was a Kilo more than my best garage lift, so a PR. Little Big Horn. I said I have an "old version". Except for preparation for these contests, never use it. My history with "real LBH's" was 2013 at a Fit Expo in San Jose, Age 59, 70 Kgs. 2019 KK, Age 65, 71 Kgs., 72 Kgs., one-half up. 2020 KK, Age 66, 67 Kgs., barely missed 72.75 Kgs. 2021 KK, Age 67, fourth attempt "Strong 72" say my notes. Close with a PR. I certainly could have done better, but I was happy. Then, when the "Results" came through, I see that I was 166.5th place for the Finnish Ball, with 18 women beating my or tying me! And Overall, at 112th Place, with Sarah Chappelow coming in at 97th Place. What can I say, she lifted better than I that day! When I look at my getting "PRs", and still finishing lower than ever before in a contest, it just shows the improvement of the sport for the competitors, especially in older athletes and women. Yep, I had a great time, and hope to do it again.
    4 points
  23. More today DB bench press 70lbsx12, 75lbsx12, 80lbsx12, 85lbsx12 DB row 4 sets 15 reps 100lbs seated DB overhead press 3 sets 12 reps 55lbs pull ups 3 sets 8 reps 32.5lbs EZ bar curls 3 sets 8 reps 97.5lbs tricep rope push downs 3 sets 12 reps 110lbs
    4 points
  24. 11-29-2021 1. Bench- 195x3, 225x3, 250x6 2. Single Arm DB Bench(60lb)- 3x10 (60 total reps) 3. DB Rows (60lb with Orange Fat Grips)- 4x10 (80total reps) 4. Blobs- •did a hand off with the 120 Legacy •Combo lift with 100hex/110 Legacy
    4 points
  25. To add onto this with my own knowledge from bending. The sharper the V you can get during a kink will make the crush easier by two factors: 1 - slightly longer legs on the bar so you have more leverage 2 - smaller bend radius = less spring back This is why stainless is so hard on the crush, both because its material properties make it naturally more springy, but also that it bends over a bigger radius. They did not have data on other steel as it was based on sheet metal bending, but the knowledge is profound.
    4 points
  26. Today’s training did a mach meet I am 6’ tall I weighed in at 6:00pm yesterday at 190.4lbs again this morning at 5:30 before work 188.7lbs and right before this workout at 190.0lbs squat 265lbs, 275lbs, 285lbs bench press 275lbs, 280lbs, 285lbs deadlift 475lbs, 485lbs, failed 495lbs looking back at the failed deadlift now I think I quit way too soon didn’t even try it looks like. here are videos looking for some pointers from @Bigfoot Grip and @DerekPalmeri
    4 points
  27. My training partner is 63 years old and weighs 164.5 lbs (he’s competed in powerlifting for 40 years) so this was just over 3x bodyweight. We just started yoke last couple months so we are new to it and getting better all time. This is a PR for my buddy. He’s curious how this compares to others at his age and weight. Does anyone have links to guys doing as much or more at a similar age and size cause he wants to see similar sized guys doing it
    3 points
  28. @SteinWillems1 As of now I’m lifting 3days a week. Monday- Upper Wednesday- Lower Friday- More Accessory type lifts or things I may have left out earlier in the week or a conditioning day (prowler/sled type work) Out of those three main lift days I usually try to hit grip pretty hard 2 out of the 3 days. The style of grip I’m training may be events for upcoming competitions (just started competing) or personal goals, numbers, or feats I’m chasing. I also do a lot of fight training on T/Th and some weekends. So an overall week would typically be 3lift days/3 fight days. But not everything is always max effort or 100% 6days out of the week. I usually plan things out in advance and kind of know what I can get away with to ensure I’m not running myself into the ground and that I’m able to recover.
    3 points
  29. I have four block weights and an arm wrestling table I could sell on the gripboard and bring to the comp if anyone at the comp is the buyer or lives near the buyer. I will post in the for sale section. The block weights are half dumbells 70, 75, 80, and I think 85 and the arm wrestling table is pretty nice. Might list other things as well but those I just don't use and are in storage now, so it is silly to pay to keep them around not being used.
    3 points
  30. Did grippers today, after warming up some ccs with the #2.5 right handed #2 ccs with the left, pony pinch, hand band extensions and behind the back wristcurls I am going to change up my routine and try only gripper workouts with some forearms 2 times a week and and full body strenght 2 times a week.
    3 points
  31. He's right, my palm length and the circumference of the wrist are the same)
    3 points
  32. Felt ok after some of my main training and messed around with some combo lifts. Pulled this off a couple times today with some solid holds at the top.
    3 points
  33. My no set is absolutely horrible due to now knowing how to do it so i don't really bother, Even with my meathooks i still find credit card setting a good bit more difficult, Hence why i switch it up between CCS and MMS
    3 points
  34. Vertical bar & Pinch training today. 60mm AASS Jug Replica-worked up to 1x1(150lbs)**PR 1H 3" AASS Pinch Block-4x3(42.5lbs-50lbs-56lbs-61lbs**PR) @ZRMMAmentioned he had good results with blob training after doing a v bar lift like a lbh, so I decided to give it a try. Hands definitely got warmed up for pinch and I should have started with a heavier weight. Going forward the odd time I throw in v bar I'll stick with this method and see how the results go. Unfortunately I don't have blobs so the wide block will have to suffice.
    3 points
  35. Personally, I've noticed that my explosion in the deep sets or MMS is very poor. Probably cause I compete in powerlifting and all my reps are paused. Bench, overhead presses and almost all of my squat variations are paused. So I'm really good at maintaining good strength under tension but when it comes to my goal grippers I'm very very slow to improve. And by goal gripper I mean less then 4-5mm before it closes. I'm impossible. I seem to have no explosive strength whatsoever in my hands lol. My TNS is decent provided that I can set the gripper. If it's super wide it taxes my fingers greatly. My hands are both a bit over 20.5cm in length by the way. Been trying to strengthen the ring finger and pinky as well. But I see that if I focus on that for say 2-3 weeks and skip regular gripper training, I lose a little strength. Thought I should share this on here. Seeing some of your insightful comments definitely helps me ponder a little more
    3 points
  36. GM-150 Update: I‘ve just recently received the GM150 Fix, and tried it for the first time! Here‘s the result: There‘s definitely room for improvement, need to get used to this new dyno, but overall epic device! P.S. It’s really funny how my small hand compares to @Jermiah Merciconah on his attempt, basically outsizing the GM150 completely
    3 points
  37. Yes I agree it seems to be that training for deep and opening it up over time is more efficient. Yes and for some reason I cannot deep set (I have tried). More painful for me and don't think my mms would be any higher than my wide because of that. Ghp set is even too much for me as it makes me work more just to keep it in that width than to try to close it. Strange but doesn't seem to hurt much. Congrats on the 3 cert btw!
    3 points
  38. mms setting is all I’ve done. And my ccs is blah! Just switched over to ccs the last two workouts, and noticed a nice jump from the first. I feel momentum in the close starting from that width. though it’s impressive to see a deep set with a no.4, it’s no where near wide strength…and I don’t want to pretend it is. Ivan, you have a great start…coming from the wide position I wouldn’t mess with too much. you already made your 3.5 ccs look easier than any no.4 deep setter ever did.
    3 points
  39. I think he's just tryna get more perspective from other people since he only does wide sets/CCS, From my perspective personally i find it beneficial going back and forth in allocated training blocks, One block focusing on heavy MMS/DS, And then switching up to a block solely dedicated on CCS, I feel like i get stronger at one when i'm doing the other and vice versa
    3 points
  40. I want to set a new goal. What should it be? I'll make my own choice of course, but I am open to ideas since I haven't made the choice yet. I want to have at least one gripper goal in mind, because I am going to be moving a lot in the next few months and will not have access to a lot of grip equipment. Grippers I can train at home or work without much trouble. But I'd like a non-gripper goal as well and have a couple in mind. Please chime in with ideas or comments if you have any. Here is where I am at, for reference to which goals make sense: GRIPPERS: COC -- the 3 was a dream to achieve. The 3.5 with a CCS may be impossible given my age and size, but I won't rule out ever trying. I did MMS my first (light) 3.5 just this year. But this is not an immediate goal; I'd have to hit some other goals first. MM -- I did MM2 a while ago, and it was hard. I have not advanced more than 3 or 4 pounds RGC since then. MM3 is supposed to be over 180 RGC, so it is a more distant goal if ever realistic, and not one I am immediately training for. GHP -- I did the GHP 7 cert a while ago, for one rep. Given my recent CCS training and the fact that the GHP block is narrower than a credit card, I am pretty sure I can add a rep or more to that, and that is something I can attempt by video any time. Thus, it is out there and I may try it whenever, but I am not going to make that a specific long term goal since I will just add a rep whenever it is doable and fits in. GHP 8 is enough harder that I want to hit closer goals first, and won't think about the 8 until I have several easy reps on the 7. Silver Bullet -- I have gotten 11 or 12 seconds on COC 3.5 silver bullets over and over in comps, and recently got a couple of seconds on a COC 4 in training a couple of times. I will be attempting a COC 4 silver bullet hold at Gripmas this December 11 and undoubtedly will update here how that goes. Getting an official comp statistic on the COC 4 is a real, attainable, immediate goal for sure. So for grippers, I think the idea has to be: increase reps on GHP 7 and get on the board with silver bullet time on a COC 4, with GHP 8, MM3, and COC 3.5 not ruled out as long term goals. OTHER GRIP OR STRENGTH GOALS: Crushed to Dust Challenge -- I made an official attempt at this at the West Virginia Arm Lifting Comp "Hillbilly Hand Wars" in 2019. The warm-up RT was an old caked one, and 200 went up -- but at the time, my best comp number on a modern RT was 167. Needless to say, after warm-ups, I knew there was going to be a real RT in play. So I did a couple of TNS reps with a COC 2 in each hand, did some showy hub pulls way higher than need be with each hand, and then proved that the RT loading pin was glued to the floor. No air, no slide, just glue. 200 on a real, current RT is just HARD. Now, in 2021, I pulled 177 in comp on a RT. I don't know if it was a good, modern RT, because I never pulled that in practice. But let's say all my gripper work transferred some gains to RT. Do I have even 23 more pounds in me? This is something I'd like to go for. Like I said of the COC 3 cert 4 years ago, I have no idea if I will ever get there. But it seems like a goal I should not disregard. Inch Dumbbell -- I imagine that, although slightly different in the mechanics, lifting the Inch is probably right around the same difficulty as lifting 200 on a newer RT, and possibly a little harder. This may vary a little from person to person of course, because hand size and wrist strength may play a little differently on each. I have lifted thick bar circus bells up to around the 140 range and can get no air as yet on bells close in weight to the Inch. I would love to lift the Inch once in my life, so this goal is not ruled out, but I think chasing crushed to dust first makes sense and will keep me on track to do this later anyway. Bench Press -- Not a grip goal, but I bench pressed 200 pounds for the first time when I was 50. All my life before that I never could -- not that I was ever working for it, but any time I tried it, I was always stopped between 180 and 190ish. At 50 I said enough, I trained bench (and not grip) for 6 weeks, and I got a good, solid rep at 200. Do I want to chase 225, so I can say, "two plates" like the cool gym people? This might be attainable, but not sure I care that much. Any reason to do it to enhance grip activity? Deadlift -- My max on the axle (in a 2021 comp) is 308. It was my fourth attempt - and I stood there holding it for a few, to be silly, and then slowly and gingerly set it down without a thud. Truth is, my hands were not why my axle max is 308. My deadlift max with any bar, any grip, straps or not, is about 315 -- because it is my body that can't pull the weight, not my hands. I am pretty sure that my hands will do 330-350. I just can't move that weight off the ground. So naturally, it would make sense to train deadlift. I know this. I'd improve my axle lifts for sure. The concern here is mechanics. I had back surgery in 2008, and I am a bit afraid of injury. I'll go and do a max deadlift once in a while in a comp, and I will strain out a tortured rep near my max to get my score up, but I am not excited about applying myself to deadlifts regularly (squats even worse!). 308 is not embarrassing, even though I know the grip aspect is not what's limiting me and there is more potential there, so I am hesitant to risk injury. I might take a pass on chasing a higher axle for this reason. But ideas welcome. Pinch -- My Euro max in comp was 194. 200 would be nice. I also got 187 on a 3-inch Saxon Bar, so 200 on that would be a nice goal as well. But pinching two 45s would be a cool feat goal to chase. I did two 35s in each hand once early in my grip "career" (i.e. 3 or 4 years ago lol), and thought 2 45s must not be far off. But those stay on the floor like a new Rolling Thunder with 200 attached! Anyway, all of the above is me ruminating because I have no real direction in grip at the moment. I think I need my next inspiration. COC 3 was so exciting and I should chase something else. Thoughts?
    3 points
  41. Today’s training hg300 7 reps right 3 reps left ghp7 block set 2 reps right mms failed left coc 3 mms 1 rep right hg300 1 rep left hg300 6 reps right coc 2.5 6 reps left coc 2.5 17 reps right 4 reps left coc 2 33 reps right 19 reps left really weak today not sure why
    3 points
  42. My own experience has been that my weight doesn't effect my grip strength at all. Only areas that may be weakened are other muscle systems like back/shoulders etc depending on the type of lift. My LBH strength went way up while I lost 8 pounds of body weight leading up to King Kong, my 233lb lift ended up being the 7th heaviest lift of the competition at only 179lbs bw. I don't think I would have lifted any more than that if I had not cut weight, however I do think a stronger back would have allowed me to lift it with less strain, and maybe being heavier could have assisted that.
    3 points
  43. I did a serious cut for about 2 years. My previous gripper pr was 165rgc at ~270lbs. My current one is 175 rgc at ~200lbs. So I didn't notice a hinderance and got stronger (across the board) as I lost weight. But I began living an overall healthier life which could definitely be a factor. I kept a very high protein diet throughout the journey too which I believe helped me maintain and even gain strength. I got a lot of grip PR's and did quite a few feats for the 1st time even last summer when I was shredded and eating only 1800-2200 calories a day. I think it will be a little different for everyone, but that is my personal experience
    3 points
  44. Lesson learned today that could be useful to who ever reads this: tonight I learned it is extremely risky to attach plates to an inch dumbbell using an Armwrestling strap. During my 440 lift the plates jumped the strap to my finger->then instantly smashed it horribly-> then ripped awar nearly skinning my finger. The Dr needed to add 20 stitches to repair what was left. It currently seems the tendon is attached but I could clearly see it which was unsettling. This injury comes at the peak of my strength in a 3 of 5 year plan it will be a 4-6 month set back- I had no idea this could happen with this set up. I post the video hoping it will enlighten future lifters to not use this method- duct tape them to the globes would be far safer. I will complete the 100 day inch challenge leftie. I will move through it but man if man it’s disappointing. I was on track to for an Arnold Classic performance. Another year - a great example- be smart in your training and don’t repeat the errors others have.
    3 points
  45. Not trying to spam, kinda repeating myself. Thought that if there's a place these pics would be appreciated, that place is the GripBoard. The previous post included the link to my video so... For those who wanna check the pics out on here, there you go! The plastic pipe is the draft I used before I cut the iron pipe etc..
    3 points
  46. Thanks man. Yeah time to get back to work now hopefully hit that 300 bench and 405 squat soon. I’ll be working on dialing in deadlifts now I think a big thing was I was using straps for all my deadlifts. And hook gripped them all today and haven’t don’t a hook grip in like 4 months now and had a tough time getting it gripped right and I think caused me to rush a bit. I dunno just a though. Yeah I feel like I have a bad build for powerlifting but if buddy deadlifts 700 and squats 415x15 what’s my excuse right. Just need to get stronger. Where do you find meets in Calgary? I think 2022 might be time for my first meet.
    3 points
  47. Is Qianchen a crush robot from another dimension? Take a look at this ridiculous strength:
    3 points
  48. Strong mock meet dude! Knocking on the doorstep of a 405 squat and a 300 bench. Sucks about the 495 miss but I think you'll build character and hunger and go get after it in the future. I agree with Derek about pulling the slack out of the bar. Another way to think of it is "pulling yourself into the bar". TBH you may even have 5 bills in you with a more refined technique on deadlift. When I competed 455-495lbs would break the ground like a pause deadlift I'd create so much tension in the bottom position. For a referance I'd guess my max then was 630? These numbers aren't meant to brag but give you an idea of just how explosive you can get off the floor with tension. We seem to be built very similar I'm just fatter lol. 6ft, longer limbs, high hip position in deadlifts and strongest in the conventional stance as opposed to sumo. After years of competing I'm convinced just go with it. Don't get me wrong improve technique, but I tried setting the hips lower and switching to sumo etc. higher hip conventional was always the strongest. The beauty of pulling the slack out of the bar is it automatically sets your hips in a natural position. However on max effort attempts you see guys like us hips rise early due to our biomechanics and muscular imbalances/weaknesses. How you can work on this is using training percentages which allow for more optimal technique. For example I'll only squat heavy enough until I feel my hips shooting back early and chest collapsing etc One of my buddies here in Calgary pulls almost 700lb conventional basically SLDL LOL! Similar build as us gorilla type, long arms, big back narrow hips. He tried it all, we used to be on a quality powerlifting team in Calgary. He squats 415 for 4 sets of 15 reps these days but yet still he always beast modes the more SLDL style of deadlift. Maybe this is the pragmatist in me showing Time for you to have a and celebrate!
    3 points
  49. Crush, thick bar & wrist work today. TNS Grippers(both hands)-1x8 COC S, 1x6 COC T, 1x4 COC 1, 1x3 COC 1.5, 1x2 GG 3, 2x1 COC 2 **PR!, 3x3 COC 1.5 Rolling Thunder+12" loading pin-worked up to a new PR 1x1(140lbs) with room to spare! Thumbless Rolling Thunder Holds-5 sets with weights varying between 120lbs down to 100lbs. 2 7/8" AASS loadable dumbbell standing wrist curls-5x8(mostly 40lbs-50lbs range) Ironmind Wrist Reinforcer Riser Work-3x12(15lbs?)
    3 points
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