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  1. 34 points
    Last night I finally attained a goal I've been working towards since at least 2006. I cleaned the #InchDumbbell Thank you to @Lucasraymond and @JoeSullivan for being there to support me last night, as I knew I was close! And thanks to everyone who has behind me through the years. This one felt good. Please hit LIKE and feel free to share the video!
  2. 25 points
    HUGE Close! Congrats to Chez! He is now ONE of FOUR to close this monster gripper!
  3. 24 points
    I wasn't suppose to try grippers tonight because I trained them recently and even hit a little thick bar over the weekend so my hand wasn't fresh but I was feeling strong during a bench press workout tonight so I tried a #3.5 CCS close and I destroyed it. First time trying this since coming back from my injury. I haven't trained CCS in a long time so I fumbled the set a little. I CCS closed this gripper before the injury but never this easy. My crush is stronger than ever. I know fresh I can do even better. Not the best video because I used my phone so lots of motion blur and my buddy doesn't have much experience filming closes. I may try and cert at the gripmas comp this year in December. 4 more months to get even stronger. Crush is feeling dam strong!
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  5. 20 points
    For any of my friends who wondered if I was still alive. I haven’t been very active on the board lately but I have still been working out. My health is doing better – was pretty messed up for a while. Started just the smallest amount of Grip sport training – a few pinch holds – some easy gripper holds for time and some Farmers walks around my house with Dumbbells with Fat Grips on the handles (70 yards). Some goals - At 50 I shaved all my fur off – got a little tan - and did a little photo shoot. I turn 70 in about a month. My plan is to do that again and see how kind Mother Nature has not been to me – we shall see. I also plan to go through what will be my 75 by 75 list and see what all I can still manage in the weeks just after my birthday – that too should be depressing I imagine. I am starting to train for an October climbing trip and will then train for Gripmas. I hope my last Gripmas contest brings out many of my old friends.
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  7. 19 points
    Wow. I’m tired but super happy right now. It’s been such a long road. When I tore by right bicep back in late October 2015, I actually contemplated quitting. Before that I had dealt with injuries to my knee and both ankles so I was really discouraged. The left ankle was the worst. I was grinding bone on bone and they need to put a piece of metal in there. The rehab was even worse since it took over 2 years for me to able to walk for long periods of time without pain. Some of you saw my limping at comps after that surgery. When I contemplated quitting, I realized that isn’t who I am. I always fight. So I decided to come back. Two days after the bicep repair surgery, I walked to the gym with a soft cast on my arm to begin training again. I decided if I’m coming back, I’m coming back stronger than ever. I feel like this is a second chance and I’m totally rededicated. Just want to thank everyone for the support and motivation. Big thanks especially to Bill and the other admins who keep this board going. Also huge thanks to Matt and Kristy Cannon for coordinating the shipping with me. Huge thanks to my training partner Anthony Clarino for being my camera man. I leave for a cruise on Thursday so I’ll relax and enjoy the accomplishment. I’m happy but not satisfied though. I’ll start training for the MM8 as soon as I get back. Job isn’t done yet. Still work to do.
  8. 19 points
    Let me start off by saying, although I am ecstatic and truly grateful that I had the opportunity to make it out to this contest, I was not prepared for it in the least. My mind was in a difference place and I am pretty sure that I seemed distracted at times, and for that I am sorry. Back to the trip report! Upon my arrival to the airport, I received a text from Nate stating that he and Aaron were already there waiting for me and John (Mr. America! F$#% yeah!) I walked outside where you could easily see your breathe so I could travel a few gates down to where they were waiting and what do I see? Two dudes wearing shorts in the cold and wet Philly weather. I believe my first words to them were, "You guys are crazy!" After that we met up with the Beast (F%$# yeah!) and took off towards Nate's beautiful home (and killer basement). When we got to Nate's, his awesome family was there and they were just as inviting as they were last July at SJ4. "Make yourselves at home", Nate said, and knowing that he meant it, I did just that. Later that night, the four of us went to an awesome "diner" called the Adelphia. This was much more than any diner I've been in, and I would like to eat there again at the next comp That food was good! Plus, we were all in good company. After eating, we went back to the house and farted around in Nate's grip dungeon until Chez showed up. We had to hide all of the bread because he has some kind of fetish or something, but a little while later everyone went to sleep.... well kind of. Aaron and I shared a room, but just to be clear we had different beds. We both tend to snore a little bit too, and it's really hard to fall asleep while someone else is buzz-sawing through a tree. So, I think we played snore tag all night. I would snore and then wake up and then he would fall asleep and start snoring and we just switched out. I never confirmed if this was the case, but I know we both didn't get any sleep. Game-Day! The gripsters started rolling in early Saturday morning and there are too many names to mention, but it was awesome seeing all of them. Some warmups started with whiskey and others weights, but ultimately we all were warmed up and ready to rock! First event was grippers and as usual, I sucked. I got on the board and that was all that mattered to begin with, but my next 2 or 3 attempts were on a gripper that I should have gotten no problem. That was a little frustrating at first, but I got over it. Chez was the top guy in this event and it's unreal how he can squeeze a number out 2 times bigger than mine. It's crazy! The next event was the hub, and as you have already read in the results section, several records were broken. It was awesome being present and judging that. John and Juliet are both awesome people with world class strength! The really cool thing is that Juliet is still a newbie to grip, so there are still some quick gains to be made. After the hub, came the blockbuster pinch and that sucker is an awkward width. I'm still not sure if I like it not, but some pretty good numbers were pulled on that implement. The frustrating Little a-hole Bighorn was next, and this event I did not like. I did have fun doing math and loading weights with Frank Deluca (without a hat) though. John really stuck out to me during this event. His first attempt was a little shaky, but he got it. Every new attempt he made, there was weight added and he seemed to make it look easier. His last attempt he said, "Throw 5 kilos on there." I thought, "Holy shirt!", but we threw it on there and he America'd it up there! Unreal strength! After that we all attacked the subs and drinks that @1stCoC so graciously provided. That was an awesome gesture and we all really appreciate it. Especially at that moment because we were hungry! Those sandwiches really hit the spot After the awards and many, many, many prizes were given out, and then the bending commenced. We did a last second rule alteration and I for one am glad that we reduced the time from 3 minutes to 2 minutes, because that was pure cardio for me. That bending sprint gave me a runners cramp that you would not believe! I honestly felt like I was going to throw up for over an hour and every move I made afterwards that involved any effort only intensified it. I didn't feel confident about it beforehand and I almost sat out, but I realized that if I didn't do it, I would later regret it. Don't get me wrong, because I had an absolute blast doing it, but it dammit it hurt! Lol. I scored a 43. Lot's of people have left by this time, and there were still a handful of us left to do some challenges and drink Nate's whiskey. Nate broke out Lucas Raymond's Inch Pinch block and attached 40lbs to it. We then all took turns lifting and holding it for time while Anton made fun of us and made us laugh. I have to tell you, it was not easy holding on to that block while Anton was telling his stories. That guy has some kind of magical comedic appeal that makes you want to be his friend and laugh all damn day, every day. That is a cool dude No homo. Nevertheless, I farmers walked to the other side of the room (like that would help) and held that SOB for 44 seconds. After that we sat around tinkering with many of Nate's grip tools, and all of a sudden, a damn 3/4" x 48" hot rolled bar showed up with the ends wrapped up. I still don't know where that thing came from, but it peaked a lot of interest in the room. There were either 5 or 6 six of us exhausted zombies tag teaming that bar until it gave in and took on a "U" shape. It is now a memory for Nate, and is hanging on his wall. Adam Junkner and I wanted to arm wrestle so we made it happen. Even though, it was probably on the most sketchy impromptu table imaginable. It was way to tall, it was shaky, it had a rubber top which rubbed our elbows raw, but we didn't care because we just wanted to arm wrestle. So we did, and several other joined in. I really enjoyed it, and even more when others showed interest, because most people run away from arm wrestling. These awesome guys flocked toward it. Soon, Mr. Cottrell showed up, and I thanked him for saving me money on an online purchase, but not for purchasing, cutting, and shipping those blobs. Huge thank you to both Rich and Nate for that. You guys are really an asset to our community and that comes from the heart (a slight bit of homo in that Not!) After we all chatted for a while and the only bodily function that I could perform was smile, I hit the hay. You guessed it, dueling buzz-saws again, but this time Aaron kicked my ass! I woke up and went down stairs after a while and found a couch. You may have won the battle @acorn, but not the war He ended up waking me up later to let me know that I needed to leave soon to go to the airport. Nate, John and I left the house after saying our goodbyes to every person that was awake, me and John got WAWA'd on the way to the airport (thanks Nate) and they were nice enough to stop the car so I could get out. All-in-all I had a fantastic time, and like I said above, I really appreciate the opportunity that came up for me to come out and hang with some fantastically strong, Class A people. @anwnate Thank you so much for taking me in and making me feel like I was part of the family. You're family is the absolute best! Yes, I mean Brooklyn too
  9. 18 points
    In my opinion, Jedd Johnson deserves "Grip Master and Legend" Status like David Horne and Richard Sorin on this board. What do you think? Double Deep Dish York Plate Pinch (first ever), Inch clean (lightest Person ever), Blob Domination and his Overall achievements in Grip as a Sport, just to mention a few things....
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    http://www.ironmind.com/news/John-McCarter-Breaks-IronMind-Hub-World-Record/ @John McCarter Beast!
  12. 17 points
    Over 4 months ago I was so close to cert Gold Nail, already e-mail IronMind but then something happen and my motivation and passion on steelbending stop. This will be my last journey to attempt the impossible bar. Nowdays I'm stronger but my hands skin is too soft to attempt big bars in single IMP's. Soon bulletproof skin again! I'm also start grip training too and see if I start compete next year again.
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  14. 16 points
    Just wanted to share a fun piece of equipment I picked up last year. Back story: A friend of mine named Mike (you probably know him as the guy playing the guitar riff in the intro to “this week in grip”) toured Terry Todd’s grip museum in Austin TX a few years back. Terry had the original (and only) Mark Henry Dumbbell in a wooden case. Mike reached down and pulled as hard as he could trying to lift the weight. He only managed to rattle it around in the box. Regardless, Terry was impressed that Mike was able to move the 300lbs Dumbbell with a 2.5in handle. Mike got excited at the prospect of lifting such a monsterous weight. He contacted Terry Todd and got permission to have the same manufacture (Myers Metal Workshop) craft a dumbbell with the exact same dimensions as the Mark Henry Dumbbell, only this replica would be 200lbs and have the same 2.5in handle. Long story, but Mike got out of grip training and I bought the Myers Dumbbell (what we call the replica) from him. Not a lot of big time grip guys have tried to lift it, but I’m proud to say that I am the only one to lift this beast. It’s a beauty!
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  16. 15 points
    Just saw this on da Tube. Wow! @Jedd Johnson
  17. 15 points
    Took a little trip to see Jedd and Luke!
  18. 15 points
    Tom and Juji published two videos from their grip meetup with @Jedd Johnson and @Lucasraymond last week. A big thanks to you fellas for helping create entertaining content and showing off the finer points/technique to the more casual audience (I definitely learned a lot). This is huge for spreading grip among the general fitness world. First video is Ironmind Basics: Grippers, Rolling Thunder, IM Hub, and IM Blockbuster Arm Assassin Pinch Block ... Second video is more fun stuff and grip feats. Inch Dumbbell, Crusher vs RT, Napalm's Nightmare, and phone books.
  19. 15 points
    I am so pumped with my progress on the Gold Nail. The most damage I have ever done to it is getting it to a 7 degree wobble. At the end of the workout today, I descided to try one, thinking it was going to be an iso session. The damn thing started moving! I bent it to just under 4 inches in doubles! Still more work to do but getting stronger.
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  21. 15 points
    One of my main goals for 2018 was to qualify and compete in NAGS so I was very excited for the opportunity to check that off my list this weekend. Training had been going well and I was confident in a strong performance. Rob and I were the only competitors registered for the 105 class. Since we train together I had a pretty good idea of my odds. I thought I could edge him in grippers and wrist roller but would lose substantially in the other three. With percentage scoring my only chance would be if Rob washed out on an event. My morning started with a very punctual 4 am pickup from Rob with Nick already in the car (he traveled an additional 1hr from London first). We then picked up Gus at a car park 30mins later. By 6 we had crossed the border with no issues. We made one stop for gas stateside and arrived at the venue sometime after 830. Jedd, Luke, Nigel and Adam Culver (who was working all day to make things run smoothly, thanks Adam!) were busy getting everything setup. We spent some time visiting (others arrived during this time) and checking out all the events. Once we could officially weigh in at 9, our car left to grab some breakfast at a nearby greasy spoon. Rob and I both made weight easily. When we returned everyone was there and the contest started on time at 11. Grippers: I had warmed up jumping every 10 from 80 to 140 and took my opener at 145. It was a miss. Frustrated I decided to drop back to 140 to get myself on the board. I took my third attempt at 145 and missed again. I could feel my set needed to be just right if I was going to get this, and I managed to finally get it on my fourth attempt. I was hoping to do better here but it was enough to edge Rob who closed the 140. I know this gripper set had surprised some people last year and several people underperformed this year as well. However some managed great numbers and while I do agree that different makes of grippers feel different, and gripper ratings vary, I think the only thing going on is the added element of performing in a contest. Euro: This was my first time touching a euro. I had done all my training on a 2" climber pinch and decided to pinch at 52mm. I don't remember the exact numbers here. I opened around 180 successfully and then made a 10lb jump and missed it 3 times. A few thoughts here, the Euro has a very sharp corner relative to my climber pinch. As a consequence every lift I made warming up and attempts pulled a little skin in my thumb webbing. I managed to not tear but I only made about 10 lifts with it. I would not want to train with such a device. Also, the way the weights are loaded on either side makes it awkward to fit between your legs. I can only imagine, even more so for the shorter competitors. Otherwise, I like the Euro. It was well seasoned with great texture and changing widths while time-consuming ran very smoothly. I think an adjustable pinch device like the one @Adam Juncker built is the best option I've seen. Oh and I think Rob lifted like 30lbs more than me. Napalms Nightmare: Also my first time touching this implement. We had trained for this by fixing two rolling thunders together. Thick bar events are my weakest and I knew this is where Rob would smash me with the percentage based scoring. The NN felt easier than our double RT setup and I opened with an easy 280. During this time I was having a discussion with Tom Bryson about strongman training and lost track of what was going on a bit because suddenly it was up to 305. I asked Jedd if I was SOL or if we could drop back down to take an attempt at 290. He kindly agreed and I made it. I put it back to 305 for my third attempt and it ripped right out of my left hand. Usually, once I miss in thick bar its game over but I took a minute and to my surprise, I managed to get within an inch of the crossbar before I returned it to the floor. If I had been paying attention and was a bit more conservative in my jumps with longer rests I think I could have taken 300. Lesson learned. It would not make any difference as the contest was filled with thick bar monsters. Rob finished with 350 after taking an ambitious final jump to 370. Eric, Justin, and Tom didn't start to warm up until it hit 350. I believe Justin opened at 400+... The Medley: Medleys are always my favorite part of a contest and I was very excited to take a run at this one. A short medley like this requires the right strategy for success. Given that the lowest item in a category was worth 2 points it was obvious that the most important thing, was to do something in every category rather than waste time trying to upgrade a feat for one extra point. My plan was to start at one end and work my way through scoring points at each station and then circle back if I had time to reattempt. I had even printed off the medley list, hightlighted the weights I thought I would attempt and left it on my toolbox at work a week prior to prepare myself to stick to the plan. There were a few adjustments I made after trying some items when we first arrived. I was very happy with my medley run. I stuck to my plan and when I met a feat I could not get I quickly downgraded and moved on. With time left on the clock I made a second attempt a the 2 35s pinch and got some air but not enough. I ended with 41 points. Rob had a great medley run and scored 51. There was no chance now. The Wrist Roller: I may have been one of the few people looking forward to this event. I expected this to be a good event for me but had no idea if I would lose steam half way down. Prior to my attempt only Nick had finished the distance with a time of 57s. I gave it my best effort trying to utilize longer strokes over faster shorter ones (these grip jokes just write themselves) and finished with 56s. My lead was not to last however as Chez, Justin, and eventually Luke left me in the dust. Rob had another great showing here and I only beat him by 1 second. In the end, I placed second to Rob in 105 and 9/18 overall. I'm pleased that I cracked the top 50% and overall with my performance. Congratulations to @Rob McMurren who not only smashed me but finished 4th overall. Though we were competitors we are training partners first and I was happy to see him do so well. Plus he was my ride home 😛 Congratulations to @Lucasraymond on his overall victory! Thank you to Jedd, Luke, and all the sponsors, and volunteers who helped run this event and all the competitors who made the trip! After the contest, I jumped on the arm wrestling table with anyone I could. With so many talented arm wrestlers there it was a great opportunity I didn't want to miss. We helped clean up a bit and hit the road at 630. We made one stop for gas and had planned to stop for food but Rob was a man possessed and got us all home in great time. I was wrecked the next day. My kids did not let me sleep in.
  22. 15 points
  23. 15 points
    Today's grip profile features Adriane (Blewitt) Wilson. I have to admit…I was decidedly nervous asking Adriane to participate in a profile. She is after all, framed in a meme on my gripper cabinet. Along with a gym picture it reads, "Somewhere…out there, Adriane Wilson is warming up with your max. Hit the gym." Although the content is a little dig at men in general, I've taken great motivation from it. Here is a person who strives for excellence day in/day out, not for financial gain or accolades…but for the personal satisfaction that comes from improvement. She is a better, stronger and wiser person than she was the day before. Strength training is a journey, and few feel this more keenly than Adriane. I first learned about Adriane in 2011 when she became the first woman to certify on Ironmind's Captain's of Crush (CoC) #2 Gripper with a Credit Card Set. Appropriately, as the world's first certified #3 gripper closer, Richard Sorin was her official referee. When researching for this profile, I thought it best to start with Pops. "Adriane? If there is ever a finer attitude to be found within an athlete…it resides in Adriane. I have known of her since her shot putting success in the college and then her brave battle with cancer. She always has a bubbly laugh and a happy smile when tackling anything set before her. She is a consummate Highland Games champion…blessed with true athletic strength and a great grip. I was proud to help her a bit in the basics of shutting spring grippers. In a short time, she succeeded in being the first woman to officially shut a #2 gripper. This great feat is only surpassed by her focus and friendliness which is always present in this wonderful lady." - Richard "Pops" Sorin Ohio resident and former perennial North American Grip Sport Champion Andrew Durniat had this to say about Adriane. "She is from the Youngstown Ohio area and was a standout shot-putter for Ashland University. Here she successfully battled through a cancer diagnosis and returned to qualify for the USA Olympic trials for shot put and went on to win the Highland Games World Championship three times in a row. A student and enthusiast of all things strength, grip was a natural progression. She was the first women to certify on the CoC #2 under official rules. I'm fortunate to be able to call her a close friend and can't wait to see what she accomplishes next." Nick Rosendaul (Strongman, Bender, Highland Games competitor) said… "She is one of the most technically sound throwers I have seen…and one of the nicest people you could meet." As I asked people about Adriane, a pattern quickly emerged: respect for her abilities and work ethic, admiration for her courage and determination, and appreciation for her genuine affability. These three came up time and again. I'm going to have to add in an incredible sense of humor…because Adriane does not shy from a bit of goofiness from time to time. She trains seriously, competes seriously, but doesn't take herself too seriously. In fact…Adriane was so well respected, a captivating documentary was filmed detailing her strength career. I will include the link at the end of the profile. Let's go direct to the lady of the hour… 1. What are your stats? Gripboard Name, Age, Height (inches/meters), Weight (lbs/kgs), R/L dominant hand size (cm/in), Country/City (or region … whatever you are comfortable with), Relationship Status, Kids?, Occupation ("international spy" is acceptable) GripBoard Name: 1stWCoC Age: 37yo Height: 5'10” (178cm) Weight: 163 lbs (74kg) Hand size: 7.5" (19cm) (RH Dominant) Country/City: USA/Irmo, South Carolina Relationship Status: Married (Joe) Kids: 2 dogs, 1 cat Occupation: I work as a personal trainer at two local gyms and I am contracted for the Army to coach our wounded, ill, and injured soldiers for the Warrior Games. I teach them how to throw the shot put and discus in adapted sport. 2. Why did you start training grip (and how long is it now)? Grip specific training made it into my workouts in college when my coach, 4X US Olympian Jud Logan, added axle presses and deadlifts. He encouraged us to NOT use straps. There were also a few CoC grippers and a Rolling Thunder hanging around. I even gave the INCH Dumbbell a good scare…but didn’t quite make it off the ground without help. The grip training was included to help our hand, wrist, and forearm health in a sport that puts a lot of stress on the hand, wrist, and elbow. I am sure the grip work supported my overall strength in the last 20 years. When Dr. Strossen announced the CoC #2 certification, I was still training full time for the shot put. I knew I had a good chance of being the first woman to certify so gripper training had to start right away. I incorporated crushing, pinching, and supporting grip work in the best training environment ever… Pops Sorin’s gym. I was lucky enough to train at the Sorinex showroom with THE number one guy. I had all the grippers, blobs, plates, pinch blocks, horns, hubs, Pop’s machine, fat bars, you name it! I took full advantage of the gripper’s playground. Richard was so incredibly helpful. He and my husband Joe helped me fine tune my hand placement and taught me how to get set up for a credit card set. In a few short weeks I could close the #2 for reps. I’ll get the occasional email from Dr. Strossen with a new challenge and I am always happy to give it a go. Rolling Thunder pull ups is currently on the training block. 3. Before you die, what is your ULTIMATE athletic and grip goal/goals? Competing in a grip competition and earning a world record is definitely a lifelong goal. Grip sport competitions seemed to be popular weekends with highland games and track and field. I NEED to put a competition on the calendar. 4. How do you currently structure your overall training/how do you incorporate your grip training? Training for me right now is a bit different than the usual workouts. Eight weeks ago. I had my right hip repaired (labrum, bone resurfacing, sucked out the floaties, tightened up the joint), so I have significantly dropped body weight and strength with the physical restrictions. Big milestone this past week though—goblet squats to a bench and rack deadlifts have now been added in to my rehab. My entire career I have been on the go…so taking time off for major surgery and being patient for 8-10 MONTHS is testing my sanity. I feel I have been very compliant with the restrictions and that would explain why I am doing so well in my recovery right now. This time has been the perfect time to focus on my grip so hopefully the extra work will pay off when I can move heavier weight. Typically, I favor the axle bar for overhead pressing and occasionally tricep extensions. I don’t use straps for my Olympic lifts or deadlifts. I have a CoC #1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5 in my training bag with a silver bullet. I wish I could say I crush grippers often in my training but I tend to grab them once in a blue moon to make fun of the guys who can’t close the CoC #1. 5. What hobbies (other than grip/bending/lifting) do you enjoy? Throwing the shot put was my love/career for a long time…so when ‘elite’ status dropped to ‘meh, okay’ status I needed to find a sport I could still train and be competitive. The Scottish Highland Games has taken me all over the world with some of the most amazing people. I love being able to train like a maniac, travel to faraway lands, throw my heart out, then goof off with my fellow competitors when it’s all done. I have been to Scotland, Iceland, the Yukon, and all over the United States. I travel more with the Highland Games than I ever did with track and field. I’m having a lot more fun with it too! I have a true passion for adapted sport. At work in the gym as a personal trainer I train people with disabilities, injuries, and people who let life get in the way. All training can be adaptive. There is the perfect workout for everyone. My personal experience with our wounded soldiers in the Warrior Games inspires me daily. Coaching these athletes can be a challenge but it isn’t even close to what they had to endure to survive. I’m just showing them how to chuck a steel ball in the air and find their purpose in the effort. I am very grateful to spend time with all the athletes and it is a joy to see them succeed. 6. Do you have a personal anecdote, topic or thoughts you'd like to include in your profile? A fun fact about me is that I had cancer when I was 23. I diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the fall of 2003… right before the 2004 Olympic year. Life as I knew it—a top three female shot putter in the US—was no more. I went through 6 months of chemo, made it to the US Olympic Trials, and finished an amazing 5th place overall. I had a lot of help getting there though. My college coach, Jud Logan, set me up with his former coach, Charles Poliquin who is world renowned for his training. Charles took me under his wing and wrote my programming, helped with supplementation, and basically fueled my drive to continue training during chemotherapy. I would fly from Ohio to Arizona to see him once a month and train at his facility. His clientele included top NHL, NFL, MLB, and other high level athletes so my training sessions got me a little star struck. I generally stayed pretty quiet and did as I was told until one day Charles was talking about the importance of grip and dyno measurements. I chimed in mentioning Jud had focused on our grip strength in our programming. Obviously, I was pretty confident I knew more about grip than Charles Poliquin. There was an intern and another client of Charles’ in the gym that day so in a split second the grip challenge was on. Charles called out the hub lift using the end of an EZ curl bar. We had to stand on top of a bench, pinch the end of the vertical bar from the floor to shoulder height and hold for time. I CRUSHED THE BOYS! All I remember was Charles’ reaction in his French Canadian accent, “Jesus, F**k!” It was proud moment for me. 7. Who's Grip profile would you like to see? I have someone in mind, but I'll have to get back to you on that. Thanks Adriane. Looking forward to it! To those reading...when you find 50 minutes on your hands…click here to watch Adriane's Documentary. Make sure you have the time though…because it's very engaging. Children might find themselves stuck without rides, meetings may be missed, and pots may boil over unattended…
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    First off, despite my many errors, miscalculations, and sub-par performance, I had a great time and am glad I made the trip. It was awesome to get the opportunity to be a part of another South Jersey event. The ride in was uneventful. I stayed about 20 minutes away, north. Got in around 8:00 and immediately found the best supermarket I have ever set foot in. A Wegmans in Cherry Hill. It had everything and was unbelievable. Like the best stuff from all of the stores I go to around my home, in one place. Anyway, I started grabbing a bunch of sushi and rolls and saw some squid and octopus, and hesitated for a moment, not wanting to play roulette with my diet, and risk some stomach issues for the next morning. But, I ended up getting it anyway, and had some awesome sushi, squid and octopus at the hotel. Cherry Hill is a pretty cool place, from my limited time there. A ton of cool places to go. As it turned out, the food was great and no issues the next morning. The bed at the hotel was junky though, and I didn't end up getting much sleep. When I got to Nate's I was immediately greeted by Anthony and Anton, which was really cool to see these guys again. The last time I was at Nate's everything was set-up in the garage. Now, his gym is in the basement, so on it was down the steps. When I got to the bottom, it was like my old basement gym, just a lot better, and cleaner! Nate has a ton of grip stuff, including a set-up similar to Chris', which focuses on some of the history. Awesome layout. I saw a bunch of guys that I knew from before (Chris and Ace, Chez, Nate, Adam, Frank, Wojo, Anthony and Anton) and met a few more people for the first time, including John M and Aaron C. I watched a lot of Aaron's bends a decade ago, when I was just getting started out, so it was great to finally get a chance to meet him. (His ratings site also guided me a lot through the early years.) And it was really great to see John perform in person, very impressive! And some more people for the first time (Tim, Vinny, ... bad with names, but a few others who had a great showing). And Juliet's performance was pretty amazing. She was killing everything she touched. Leading up to the contest, my training was pretty bad. After the baby was born, my training time was significantly cut, so that I am having to pick-and-choose what I do in a very limited amount of time, while still keeping the "Big 3" as the foundation of my program. I tried a few variances with grippers and the other tested events, but didn't have much success. Going in, my numbers across the board seemed down by about 10%. This is probably a combination of diminished volume, age, and tiredness. So I wasn't expecting any miracles, and was happy to just get a chance to compete. I didn't even keep track of my numbers this time, which I think was a first. (I am going on memory, which might be a little sketchy.) Grippers - 20mm Block #2.5 (121) - good GHP6 (126) - miss GHP6 (126) - miss GHP6 (126) - miss The 121 close felt a little more difficult then it should have. I thought the first 126 attempt was good, but ended up just missing it. Same thing with the second, which was probably 1-2 mm. I ended up hitting it for about 5 seconds, which really took a lot out of me it turns out. Really disappointed, as I was consistently getting 126 in training, and got 128 and 131 at my last comp the previous year. I Ironmind Hub 53lbs. - good 60lbs. - good 66lbs. - miss 66lbs. - miss This was a tough one! My Hub numbers have been down the past few years, but I really messed this one up. The comp hub was awesome. Probably the best feeling one I ever attempted. I opened ridiculously low, just overthinking it too much. A total waste of an attempt. 60 flew up and I was mad I took it as a second attempt, and immediately began thinking 70+. As an afterthought, I called for 66 and got it up, but it ended up slipping at the top, mashing my thumb pretty good in the process. Because of this, I made a repeat attempt at 66 and just didn't set up good or have a good attempt, and it turned out a total miss. I should have gone: 57, 63, then taken a shot at 70 or 72, which might have gone on this day, under the conditions. Ironmind Pinchblock 50 - good 57 - good 62 - miss 62 - miss (These numbers are approximate.) The Pinchblock has been hit-or-miss with me the past few years. At one point, I was consistently hitting in the mid-60s, but of-late, 55-60 has felt like a ton. Once again, the comp device felt awesome. This totally messed with my head, as weights that felt heavy in training, felt pretty easy here. I need to work on factoring these types of things in my comp-day decision making. Ironmind Little Bighorn I have never had a good experience with the LBH. I think my all-time PR is 125 on this thing, but more realistically, 120 would be a good day on it for me. Don't like it at all. I don't even know what I got here. Off hand, I think I got 105 and 117, and missed 122 twice. Bending I ended up taking 2nd to Delmar. I am always up for anything bending-related and it turned out to be fun getting to compete against other people in a bending event. We had to have a last minute rule modification, due to a lack of Grade 5s, which meant that everyone was only bending 60ds. This messed up my strategy, as I had worked in some Grade 5s in planning. But as it turned out, it would have probably hurt me, as the 60ds were on the easier side, and the Grade 5s wouldn't have been worth the effort. Still a great time bending! Thanks to Nate and his family for hosting the event ... very gracious hosts! And all of the sponsors were great. Adam's hammers were pretty sick too. As far as prize selections, they were gone very fast. I think the highlight (or one of the tops) was the food, provided by Richard Sorin. Awesome subs and loaded with meat. It was a truly humbling experience to see some of the numbers that were put up today, and will definitely give me some needed motivation to push some of the events harder.
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