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  1. 17 points
    Second time using it....figuring out hand position initially was the key but once I got it locked in I was able to increase up to this lift at 259lbs. This is a 6" lift so I think I cleared that by enough 🤣 Current record held by Thomas Larsen is 247.14lbs
  2. 17 points
    Finally got it offhand! As an aside, can we start a section in the Community Record block weight list for the York Legacy Dumbbells? I would be interested in seeing who all has lifted the different Beelzeblob, Blobzilla, Blobfather, etc.
  3. 16 points
  4. 16 points
    I posted this over on reddit and figured I would share here too. Yesterday I competed in my first grip contest, Cupid's Nightmare in the 120kg weight class. It was hosted by Jedd Johnson and Luke Raymond at Peak Performance gym in Wyalusing, PA. I met a lot of good people and had a great time. Jedd streamed the whole event on facebook so you can watch everything if you'd like. Here's the video of my lifts if anyone is interested (BTW the sound isn't synced up right for some reason, I definitely was not holding well past the down commands) First event was silver bullet. We had 1 minute to set the bullet but only one attempt once we had it clamped. I got 8.66 seconds on the COC 3. Someone said I should've tried to start with the 3.5 but I don't know if that would've happened. Just hitting the 3 was my goal and I got it so I was happy, Next was a one hand 2 3/8" Napalm's Nightmare to a 6" crossbar. We had 4 attempts, 30 seconds per attempt. I successfully hit 135.75, 146.?, and 156.01lbs. On my 4th attempt I lifted 165.95 and actually hit the cross bar but then the weight dropped out of my hand before I lowered it. I tried a couple more times but it wasn't happening. 150 was my goal so I was happy to pass that but damn I was so close with the 165. 3rd was one hand 3" blockbuster pinch block to lockout, 4 attempts, 1 minute per attempt. They were being super strict on lockouts and making us hold for a second, like literally a "one one thousand" second. I hit 60.11 righty and then switched over to lefty for 65.? and 70.0 because I wanted to save the skin on my right thumb for one big last lift. I attempted 75.11 for my 4th but it wasn't budging. My goal was 70 and I was happy I hit it. Probably should've tried for ~72.5 on my 4th though. Next was two hand 2" Napalm's Nightmare to a 6" crossbar, 4 attempts, 30 seconds per attempt. I hit 325 and 350lbs pretty smoothly for my first 2 attempts. On my third I lifted 375 to just below the bar and it slipped out of my left hand. I took a breath, tried again, hit the cross bar, and then slammed the weight down just because I was worried it would slip out at the top again like with the one hand nightmare. I attempted 385lbs for my 4th and broke the ground several times but just couldn't get it to the crossbar. My goal was 350 so once again I was happy to pass that. The last event was the little big horn to lockout, 4 attempts, 1 minute per attempt. They were being strict with the long pause again here. I hit 136.08, 146.1, and 156.? smoothly on my 1st 3 attempts. my final attempt was 161.15lbs. I lifted it to just below lockout righty, then lefty and was starting to freak out a bit. I had 30 seconds left so stepped back, took a breath, rechalked, and then came back and hit it strong for a lockout. This was my favorite moment of the day for me and felt great to finally hit a 4th, especially after floundering at first. I have no idea how I placed but I had a great time. I achieved or exceeded every one of my goals going in so it was a great performance for my expectations. Everyone was super friendly and cheering for each other and trying to help the other competitors. Jedd and Luke are great and put on a good show. It is amazing to see the massive weights that the top guys hit after I hit a PR. At the end of the day I stood 5 feet away from Luke breaking the little big horn world record, it was awesome. For anyone that is on the fence, I encourage you to try a grip contest. You don't have to be the biggest or the strongest, you just have to go and give it your all. Everyone was more than willing to help show techniques and talk about weight attempt selection. Any one within driving distance of Jedd's place should definitely come on out to the next contest he hosts. Well that's about it, thank you to anyone that read all the way through.
  5. 16 points
    Yesterday I was at the Los Angeles Fit Expo competing in the Visegrip Viking All-American Armlifting Challenge. This was my third time attending this event, and as always, there were many very strong competitors. In the 220-lb class, there were four men: me, Riccardo Magni, Steve Millard, and Devinlee Brown. Riccardo I know quite well at this point, but it was the first time I had met Steve and Devinlee. Both have previously competed in 2-3 grip contests, including King Kong in 2017 and 2018. I knew they were good a thick bar, as they had both lifted more than 200 lbs on the 2.5” Crusher. I put my hand against Devinlee’s because he looked like he had very long fingers. I was correct. I didn’t have a ruler, but I estimate his hand length is close to 9”. I believe he lives in Minnesota and he also armwrestles. The first event of the contest was the double overhand axle deadlift. This event was part of the strongman contest as well as the armlifting. There must have been close to 50 competitors in all. Two axles were used: a brand new one for those who were lifting heavier weights and a well-seasoned one for those lifting (relatively) lighter weights. My goal heading into LA was to lift at least 425 lbs on the axle. Training for the Arnolds has been going well, and I felt this would be possible. (Note that I’ve been moving up in weight for the past three months, which has helped accelerate strength gains.) I started at 385 lbs for my first of four attempts, and it went up fine. I then moved to 407 and then 418 – smooth sailing so far. I went for 429 on my last attempt and was successful. This tied my contest record, which I set back in 2013 when I weighed close to 220 lbs. It was nice to hit this number again, and it has given me confidence in my quest to lift 440 at the Arnolds. I believe the most weight lifted by anyone in the contest was 462 or 473. Next up was the Rolling Thunder. Traditionally, the RT has been contested prior to the axle in Odd’s events, but not this year. I don’t know if this played a part, but seemingly everyone’s numbers were down from usual. I expected to lift at least 231, but only managed 220. I just couldn’t get a comfortable grip on the handle. Martins Licis, Odd Haugen, and Carl Myerscough all lifted 220 and then moved to 242 --- and all three missed! Carl in particular couldn’t believe it because he hadn’t missed this weight in years. The only person to lift more than 250 lbs was Russian Roman Penkovski (he lifted 253 lbs). Even world record holder Alexey Tyukalov only managed a lift of 248. Everyone seemed a little confused by the results. The good news for me was that because there was a four-way tie for third place, being the lightest competitor I won the tie-break. This meant I also won the third place cash prize! The Saxon Bar was up next. It was a beautiful bar recently made by Sorinex. Everyone agreed that the bar had a great texture. I wasn’t sure how I would do. I was expecting to lift close to 225 lbs if the bar was similar to mine. The dimensions of the bar were the same, but the texture was even better, so I was thrilled when I was able to lift 242 lbs! But in my opinion the most impressive Saxon Bar performance was Steve Millard’s. At a bodyweight of about 210 lbs and in his fifties, he outlifted everyone except Martins Licis! He lifted 253 lbs – a weight that even the great Alexey couldn’t manage! The final event was the Silver Bullet. My goal is to be able to do a hold with the #4 at the Arnolds, but I’m not quite there yet. So I just attempted the 3.5. Judging by how my training had been going, I thought I should be good for about 15 seconds. I tried to set the gripper, and then it slipped out of position. I tried to set it again, but was still having trouble. Starting to panic that I would run out of time, I settled for a horrible hand position, and only held the bullet for a little more than 3 seconds. (I realized after that I still had plenty of time. Upon Riccardo’s suggestion, I will re-enact this scenario in training so that I can better manage my time at the next contest and avoid panicking.) Luckily, I had built up enough of a buffer to secure the overall class win. The LA Fit Expo always get fantastic attendance and there was a great-sized crowd throughout the contest. If you haven’t been there before, I suggest putting it on your bucket list!
  6. 15 points
    7th Annual International King Kong Grip Challenge "The Biggest Grip Sport Contest on the Planet" Main Contest Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 Multi-City Mega Contest Events: Flask One Hand Pinch Deadlift (Barrel Strength) 2.5” Crusher (FBBC) DubHub Shallow Hub (Barrel Strength) Little Big Horn (IronMind) All events will be done to a crossbar. All other details to be finalized and released in the coming weeks. We're just posting the events now, because many people have been asking about them.
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  8. 15 points
    Just noticed I am coming up on my 10th anniversary of my first #4 close in 5 weeks. It was an exciting milestone for me and still is even after all this time.
  9. 15 points
    VID_61820930_131951_684.mp4
  10. 14 points
    I was feeling unusually strong this afternoon and decided to exceed the world record by well over 100 pounds with this solid 655 effort. 0EF3D676-DBF7-4011-B731-79599C34C42D.MOV
  11. 14 points
    Hello All, Eased up 250lbs on the Crusher tonight, after my training session. I'd done 5 sets of 8 with 100.5kgs, so my back wasn't very happy with me. Thumb seems to be holding up to the abuse!
  12. 13 points
    Used 106kgs on the FBBC 2.5" Crusher tonight...lacking power, and have a bit of a back issue to contend with. I am going to go up to 250lbs next time and hope for a better result. I will probably do a video using the Monster Crush too, as I have been doing some training with it.
  13. 13 points
    My first time clamping down on a #4 at Jedds 2 weeks ago. This one had little knurling. The handles were very smooth. Was very surprised I was able to clamp down on it at all.
  14. 12 points
    Date: June 8, 2019 - Titan Strength in Elmira, same location as 2018 Entry Form Based on votes and feedback here on the Gripboard, I have decided the events for the North American Championship this year. Thank you to everyone who put forth effort and opinions. Keep in mind, I am only competing if I can get to 105kg, when I post these events. 1. Silver Bullet - One Hand 2. Euro Two Hands Pinch 3. 2 3/8" Napalm's Nightmare - 6" Lift, stand on boxes if needed 4. 2.5" Jug - 6" Lift, stand on boxes if needed 5. Medley I took out the Wrist event in favor of a Vertical Grip, but there will be Wrist Testing Feats in the Medley, so bring your Wrist Strength A-game. More info to come. I just didn't want to keep people waiting anymore on the events. I will also list out the Medley items as soon as I can. Entry Form will be available as soon as possible as well. Thank you!
  15. 12 points
    Did some work with the Monster Crush...hopefully, I will get 8x160kgs and then drop the reps and get the weight on the pin in preparation for the contest at the end of March.
  16. 11 points
    I had a blast promoting and running a grip competition for the first time! Here are the results from the Seminole Grip Classic:
  17. 11 points
    I know a few of you have heard of and incorporate this technique, but I wanted to share this great slow motion video that I captured while filming some gripper closes. For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, check out the caption, it could help you close your goal gripper!
  18. 10 points
    Have been working to hard for this so it feels amazing to finally get it done! Also won the challenge against @Hopefully to first do 20 ccs reps with COC#2. Also thanks for all the help.
  19. 10 points
    And a bonus video.. 20 pound stamped sledge x 10?
  20. 10 points
    RESULTS - 2019 Canadian National Grip Sport Championships Men’s 83 kg 1st – Dan Fleming – 11 points 2nd – Yves Gravelle – 14 points 3rd – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 31.5 points 4th – Philippe Tremblay – 34.5 points 5th – Mike Drieman – 35 points 6th – Deon Keller – 37.5 points 7th – Keith Steffensen – 42.5 points 8th – Matt Smith – 46 points Men’s 105 kg 1st – Eric Roussin – 9.5 points 2nd – Rob McMurren – 19.5 points 3rd – Mark Lacina – 23 points 4th – Andrew Dube – 26 points 5th – Jean-Philippe Poitras – 33 points 6th – Rick Blanchard – 36 points Men’s 105+ kg 1st – Justin Major – 11 points 2nd – Nick Carignan – 14.5 points 3rd – Jeff Slater – 19 points 4th – Gus Bush – 25.5 points Women’s Open 1st – Natasha Batt – 7 points Men’s 50+ Years 1st – Gus Bush – 11 points 2nd – Rick Blanchard – 13.5 points 3rd – Keith Steffensen – 17.5 points OVERALL 1st – Eric Roussin – 16 points 2nd – Justin Major – 25.5 points 3rd – Dan Fleming – 32.5 points 4th – Yves Gravelle – 38 points 5th – Nick Carignan – 38 points 6th – Rob McMurren – 42.5 points 7th – Mark Lacina – 47.5 points 8th – Jeff Slater – 62.5 points 9th – Andrew Dube – 62.5 points 10th – Jean-Philippe Poitras – 81.5 points 11th – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 84 points 12th – Mike Drieman – 87 points 13th – Gus Bush – 90 points 14th – Rick Blanchard – 91.5 points 15th – Philippe Tremblay – 94 points 16th – Deon Keller – 96.5 points 17th – Matt Smith – 104 points 18th – Keith Steffensen – 105 points 19th – Natasha Batt – 131.5 points BEST LIFTS Two-Hand Flask 1st - Eric Roussin - 216.89 lbs 2nd - Rob McMurren - 205.87 lbs T-3rd - Dan Fleming - 194.84 lbs T-3rd - Justin Major - 194.84 lbs T-3rd - Nick Carignan - 194.84 lbs T-6th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 172.8 lbs T-6th - Andrew Dube - 172.8 lbs T-8th - Mike Drieman - 161.77 lbs T-8th - Mark Lacina - 161.77 lbs T-10th - Yves Gravelle - 150.75 lbs T-10th - Rick Blanchard - 150.75 lbs T-10th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 150.75 lbs T-10th - Gus Bush - 150.75 lbs T-14th - Keith Steffensen - 139.73 lbs T-14th - Jeff Slater - 139.73 lbs T-16th - Deon Keller - 128.7 lbs T-16th - Philippe Tremblay - 128.7 lbs T-16th - Matt Smith - 128.7 lbs 19th - Natasha Batt - 106.66 lbs 2 3/8” Napalm’s Nightmare 1st - Eric Roussin - 454.88 lbs 2nd - Justin Major - 432.83 lbs T-3rd - Yves Gravelle - 388.74 lbs T-3rd - Jeff Slater - 388.74 lbs T-5th - Rob McMurren - 344.65 lbs T-5th - Nick Carignan - 344.65 lbs 7th - Dan Fleming - 322.6 lbs T-8th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 300.55 lbs T-8th - Andrew Dube - 300.55 lbs T-8th - Mark Lacina - 300.55 lbs T-8th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 300.55 lbs T-8th - Gus Bush - 300.55 lbs T-8th - Deon Keller - 300.55 lbs T-14th - Rick Blanchard - 278.51 lbs T-14th - Keith Steffensen - 278.51 lbs T-14th - Philippe Tremblay - 278.51 lbs T-17th - Mike Drieman - 256.46 lbs T-17th - Matt Smith - 256.46 lbs 19th - Natasha Batt - 168.28 lbs Silver Bullet 1st - Eric Roussin - #3.5 - 16.38 seconds 2nd - Justin Major - #3.5 - 4.21 seconds 3rd - Dan Fleming - #3.5 - 3.53 seconds 4th - Andrew Dube - #3.5 - 2.75 seconds 5th - Nick Carignan - #3 - 16.53 seconds 6th - Mark Lacina - #3 - 10.71 seconds 7th - Rob McMurren - #3 - 8.78 seconds 8th - Philippe Tremblay - #3 - 3.66 seconds 9th - Yves Gravelle - #3 - 2.62 seconds 10th - Jeff Slater - #2.5 - 15.25 seconds 11th - Rick Blanchard - #2.5 - 15.13 seconds 12th - Mike Drieman - #2.5 - 14.06 seconds 13th - Deon Keller - #2.5 - 10.53 seconds 14th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - #2.5 - 5.5 seconds 15th - Matt Smith - #2 - 10.68 seconds 16th - Keith Steffensen - #2 - 4.78 seconds 17th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - #2 - 2 seconds 18th - Gus Bush - #1.5 - 18.4 seconds 19th - Natasha Batt - #0.5 - 13.32 seconds IronMind Hub 1st - Mark Lacina - 77.95 lbs 2nd - Yves Gravelle - 73.55 lbs T-3rd - Justin Major - 64.73 lbs T-3rd - Dan Fleming - 64.73 lbs T-3rd - Nick Carignan - 64.73 lbs T-3rd - Jeff Slater - 64.73 lbs T-3rd - Mike Drieman - 64.73 lbs T-8th - Eric Roussin - 60.32 lbs T-8th - Rob McMurren - 60.32 lbs T-8th - Rick Blanchard - 60.32 lbs T-8th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 60.32 lbs 12th - Deon Keller - 55.91 lbs T-13th - Andrew Dube - 51.5 lbs T-13th - Philippe Tremblay - 51.5 lbs T-13th - Gus Bush - 51.5 lbs 16th - Keith Steffensen - 47.09 lbs T-17th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 42.68 lbs T-17th - Matt Smith - 42.68 lbs 19th - Natasha Batt - 33.86 lbs Wrist Wrench T-1st - Eric Roussin - 117.68 lbs T-1st - Justin Major - 117.68 lbs 3rd - Dan Fleming - 106.66 lbs T-4th - Yves Gravelle - 101.15 lbs T-4th - Jeff Slater - 101.15 lbs T-4th - Matt Smith - 101.15 lbs T-7th - Rob McMurren - 95.64 lbs T-7th - Andrew Dube - 95.64 lbs T-7th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 95.64 lbs 10th - Nick Carignan - 90.12 lbs T-11th - Mark Lacina - 84.61 lbs T-11th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 84.61 lbs T-13th - Gus Bush - 79.1 lbs T-13th - Philippe Tremblay - 79.1 lbs T-13th - Deon Keller - 79.1 lbs 16th - Keith Steffensen - 73.59 lbs T-17th - Rick Blanchard - 68.08 lbs T-17th - Mike Drieman - 68.08 lbs 19th - Natasha Batt - 46.03 lbs Dube Cube Coin 1st - Eric Roussin - 35.45 lbs 2nd - Mark Lacina - 33.25 lbs 3rd - Yves Gravelle - 31.04 lbs T-4th - Rob McMurren - 28.84 lbs T-4th - Nick Carignan - 28.84 lbs T-6th - Dan Fleming - 26.63 lbs T-6th - Jeff Slater - 26.63 lbs T-8th - Justin Major - 24.43 lbs T-8th - Gus Bush - 24.43 lbs T-8th - Rick Blanchard - 24.43 lbs T-11th - Andrew Dube - 22.22 lbs T-11th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 22.22 lbs T-11th - Keith Steffensen - 22.22 lbs T-11th - Mike Drieman - 22.22 lbs T-15th - Matt Smith - 17.81 lbs T-15th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 17.81 lbs T-15th - Philippe Tremblay - 17.81 lbs T-18th - Deon Keller - 15.61 lbs T-18th - Natasha Batt - 15.61 lbs 40-Item Medley (Men) 1st - Eric Roussin - 39 items 2nd - Justin Major - 36 items T-3rd - Yves Gravelle - 34 items T-3rd - Nick Carignan - 34 items T-3rd - Dan Fleming - 34 items 6th - Rob McMurren - 32 items 7th - Andrew Dube - 28 items 8th - Mark Lacina - 26 items 9th - Jean-Philippe Poitras - 24 items 10th - Philippe Tremblay - 20 items T-11th - Simon-Pierre Desjarlais - 18 items T-11th - Deon Keller - 18 items 13th - Gus Bush - 16 items 14th - Mike Drieman - 15 items 15th - Keith Steffensen - 10 items 16th - Matt Smith - 8 items T-17th - Jeff Slater - DNF T-17th - Rick Blanchard – DNF 20-Item Medley (Women) 1st – Natasha Batt – DNF
  21. 10 points
    Surgery went well. Now time to heal
  22. 10 points
    Good day yesterday. Feeling it today. It was really fun to be actually competing with Jedd and Luke on the lifts. Usually I'm done with my attempts before they start warming up. Lol. Guess training really does pay off. 🤷‍♂️ On the road at 4:15 AM for the 5 hour drive. Silver Bullet: The #4 IM sent was just a little too much for me. Couldn't quite get it locked down for a micro hold. Settled with 12.35 seconds on a 3.5. Points wise, I believe 3 of us tied for 2nd. Jedd was the only one that was able to get the 4. I think he did 22. Contest PR for me since I had never done it before. Lol One Hand Nightmare: Jedd and Luke rate this 2 3/8 spinning handle as easier than 2.5 crusher but harder than an RT. So I was really happy to get 195.63. Missed 201. Tied for 2nd with Luke behind Jedd. Contest PR as I had never touched 1. Lol IM Blockbuster: This was the event I had focused on in my training and it really paid off. The one second hold at the top was really hard and threw me off a little, but I was still able to tie Jedd and Luke for 1st with a 92.85 lb lift. Contest PR as that's the first time I've actually touched a real Blockbuster. I was getting 96 in training, but that was without the 1 second pause at lockout before the down signal. 2" Napalm's Nightmare: Old man was getting tired by this point. Lol. Still did pretty well though. Was able to get 420.12, which was good for 2nd place behind Jedd. He killed it with 490. That's a 38 lb PR over last year. 16 below my best training number fresh, so was really happy. LBH: Coming into this event, I was in 2nd place and beating Luke by a little. Unfortunately for me, LBH is Luke's Jam. He set a new World record with I think 244.80??? Incredible lift. I ended up with 191.19, which was a 21 lb contest PR. Ilifted 201 to lockout on my 3rd and 4th attempts, but couldn't get a full second pause at lockout. They pretty much came straight up and straight back down. Lol Home about 10:30 PM. It was a fun contest but long. There was some complaining by a competitor about the tight judging and delays associated with that on almost every event, which definitely took some of the fun away from the rest of the competitors. I weighed in at 119.75 kg. Had I been smart, I would have left my sweats on for weigh in and competed as a 120+ to win my division. But honestly, I wanted to go head to head with Jedd in the same weight class for our Blockbuster battle. Couldn't beat the master, but I was able to tie him. Of course he beat me on everything else. Jedd's the man! It was great seeing everyone again. That's the real fun of these things. I always look forward to seeing Chris and Ace Andrade. And meeting up with Frank Snyder once a year is always a hoot. Guy is a mutant. Doesn't train but always does well. It was cool to see how well the NY crew did and Jedd's young athletes did awesome. Mike @Climber028 did great as usual. Blast from the past seeing Eli again after about a decade. Dude is just stupid strong. Lots of new faces that I hope to see compete at many more contests in the future. Always great hanging with my boys Jedd and Luke. I wish we all lived closer to each other. The tips those two have given me over the years have been invaluable. I was just glad I finally put it all together for a day. In the end, I got 3rd overall, 2nd in 120 kg class, and 1st in Masters (because I was the only one over 50) haha. Rindo out.
  23. 10 points
    4th time trying a silver bullet and I don't train grippers, so plenty of room for improvement. This is Jedd's 210.54 lb #4. Feels like a damn brick so just happy to get any kind of hold with it. Hopefully I can get a couple seconds with whatever #4 Ironmind sends for the contest next Saturday.
  24. 10 points
    I think I will come out to play - I have it in my head to get a decent Crusher number, and as it's only a 6" lift, I should be able to do more weight than a full lift. It should be fun?! Laine
  25. 10 points
    RGC 108 rated. I’ve been struggling to get this for a few months, but after working on my set a lot it finally went down. The key was to push the handle into my palm instread if letting it sit in the crease. I jammed the handle in there with my thumb when setting. Video below.
  26. 9 points
    I'm counting it as a training PR. I'll be working on pausing at the top for @acorn 's comp.
  27. 9 points
    Here is a pic my dad just sent me this morning at 63 years old! Them arms still pack a punch, if ya ask me!
  28. 9 points
    Lightest person to ever lift the Inch Dumbbell? At Canadian Nationals I was able to film Yves Gravelle lifting the inch dumbbell for the SECOND time in the same night (first lift was during the medley) PARDON MY LANGUAGE
  29. 9 points
    Well, Cupid's Nightmare is in the books. It was a long contest, but it was highlighted by many great performances. @Lucasraymond broke the LBH world record. The video will be sent to Ironing for their review. I really appreciate the awesome turnout. Many lifters who have never attended my contests before made the trip, and it was great having you all in my facility! I am super proud of Mike Rinderle who put up probably his best contest numbers ever. Also, my three gym members that I trained for the comp did awesome, lifting more than their training maxes in most cases. I'll have the results up as soon as I can. Shooting for tomorrow. We'll also be covering the comp on This Week in Grip Episode 86. Thanks everyone!
  30. 9 points
    With 20+ venues, lifts to lockout would be much more likely to lead to judging variances. Just trying to make things as simple as possible.
  31. 9 points
    For Josh Henze (and anyone else who cares) My “lists”. These have become fairly well known - I've even had a couple people come up to me at the Arnold and ask if I'm that "list" guy? Here's the story about how it came to be. Starting at age 56, (2005) I decided to make a list of goals to try to accomplish before I turned 60 years of age. The boring name I choose was 60 by 60 but I ended up with a few extras and seem to add a few more all the time. Right now, I have about 100 things on the current list (75 x 75) but it might grow, who knows? Some of these I have done in the past, some I have never even tried the event before. Some I’m sure will be fairly easy, some are already done, and some will just seem like a good idea when I see someone do it the first time. Some of these I remember as childhood milestones – like 50 pushups and the first time I touched the rim at basketball. Hopefully I have set up a list of events that will result in a fairly well rounded older strength and endurance athlete if accomplished. And if not, the attempt should certainly prove interesting and challenging – and keep me out of mischief for a while. I will no doubt adjust some of these upwards when accomplished and others will just be checked off and forgotten. Others will no doubt be lowered as age takes its toll. Others might well be the impossible dream – but a man needs those as well. I’ll have proof for some things but this is being done just for me so I know if I’ve really done it or not and that’s all that matters for this. It’s not supposed to be a bunch of max effort lifts – or PR performances – or a look what I have done kind of thing. It’s there to keep me honest in my aging process – if I can continue to do such a broad range of physical components – I can feel that my training is doing what I desire from it. The varied scope of the items is what I wanted – no one single aspect of my training is more important than another – balance is what I feel leads to aging well – my overriding goal. I did the 60 by 60 list – then made up and did a 65 by 65 list - the 70 x 70 list and am now working on a 75 x 75 list at present. I suppose there will be an 80 by 80 here in a few years. Over time some (many) of the items have gotten easier – some stayed the same and a few became harder. I have to admit it’s a lot of fun checking things off. So go ahead - make your own list - check things off - have some fun with it. The sucky part is you have to do more things as you get older - seems backwards to me.
  32. 9 points
    Surgery is scheduled for 2/22. Looking forward to getting it over with so I can start the long road to recovery. Happy with my doctor selection and I know he will help me get back to full strength
  33. 8 points
  34. 8 points
    Back in November when I said my goal was to use a COC 3.5 on the Silver Bullet by the Arnolds, I am not sure how many people took me seriously. Well, I did it today. Check that off my to do list. I do the best SIlver Bullets and grippers without warm ups. I get tossed these random challenges and it's like my brain short circuits, logic goes out the door and I'm all in. And to not get it on vid. WAHHHHHHH..... The only thing I could do at that point was retry. Which I did and was so excited my hand slipped off the gripper and then the attempts after that were downhill. In true juvenile form to document that it happened and was a real thing, I interviewed those around me, starting with the guy who issued me the challenge. I figured he was giving me the COC 3 which is old news so the thought of a vid wasn't even on my radar. Here's my best interviewing skills since we all missed my gripping skills.
  35. 8 points
    And in other huge news, Dani Schwalbe, my MW training partner hit a COC 2.5 for 16 seconds. She just missed the three but she likes to downplay her skills. I keep trying to talk her into breaking my record. Things are shaping up nicely if she chooses to. How quickly she has progressed on this event is way more exciting than those of us who have been around for a while. She's 4 months into grip.....
  36. 8 points
    I finally got around to painting the hemi-globe plates for the Thickbar event and fine steel shot media should be here in the next few days. Hopefully will get the 2" handle made for the womens thickbar event this evening if all goes well. Getting equipment prepped and ready. - Aaron
  37. 8 points
    Never seen it, but I give out tips for free.
  38. 7 points
    Good news! Josh Higginbotham will be hosting a King Kong venue in Bastrop, Louisiana! We're already up to 21 venues for this year!
  39. 7 points
    Details for the 2019 North American Grip Sport Championships are in the process of being nailed down. In the meantime, here’s the list of athletes who have already qualified to compete in this contest, grouped by the initial contest through which they qualified. Note that presently the women’s and masters’ (men’s 50+ years) divisions are open (i.e. there’s no need to qualify). 2018 North American Grip Sport Championships: Ace Andrade Nigel Blackburn Chris Andrade Vincent Rivellese Dan Fleming Luke Raymond Matt Lane Eric Roussin Rob McMurren Andrew Dube Mike Rinderle Joe Sullivan Tom Bryson Chez Ricchezza Justin Major Nick Cargnan Bernie Marcoccia Gus Bush 2018 Cross-Canada Grip Sport Challenge: Jeremy Reay Jason Steeves 2018 International King Kong Grip Challenge: Yves Gravelle Tanner Merkle Kody Burns Michael Rogowski Gil Goodman Devinlee Brown Jason Gonzalez Marc Brotherson Garrett Shields Steve Millard Lee Martin Riccardo Magni Jedd Johnson Glen Farley Carl Myerscough Joel Dircks Tim Fox Jeremy Fuerding/Everding Derek Smith Isaac Porter Bryan Hunsaker Adam Juncker Emerson Conlon ARMageddon: JD Markwardt Old School Grip Contest: John Foelber Texas Forearm Massacre: Adam Glass Morgan Choi 2018 Gripmas: Aaron Corcorran Andrew Durniat Dave 101 Jason Otto Gary Stuart Gripping in the New Year: Chris Chandler Cupid’s Nightmare: Eli Thomas Frank Snyder Seminole Grip Classic: Kyle Rojas Kesse Lockhart Southwest Region Grip Sport Championship: Martin Braun Eric Milfeld Fiver Finger Death Grip: Spencer Knierim Spring Clench 2019: Jay Smith Ben Collins Jermey Coffin Mark Lozer The following men have also qualified due to their MM2 Certification in 2018: Michael Thomas Stephen Ruby Qualified Via Feat Submissions: Anton Torella Tim Butler Evan Norton Anthony Clarino Abner Nazario Adam Chappell Working Towards Qualifications Via Feat Submissions: Brandon Conner (1/3) Dyllan Merritt (1/3) Ryan Bennett (1/3) Chase Wiley (1/3) Next Opportunities to Qualify: Oregon’s Strongest Hands – May 25th
  40. 7 points
    Just went to the doctor got the results from my biopsy I'm in full remission. Thanks everyone for your prayers. Robert
  41. 7 points
    Melissa and I are looking for someplace to vacation this Spring. If a few things work out, I may come ramblin in on my hover round.
  42. 7 points
    We got a great group - you and Tom definitely came a long way in the last year - you both beat and/or tie me on everything now and are a constant motivation to train, and Tom straight out crushes us on DOH axle and braced bending now - time flies and its hard to believe that 4forFeb was a year ago already - Anthony trained like an animal the last few months especially too, definitely put me to shame and whooped me on LBH and BB - an honor and a pleasure to have you guys as friends and training partners! Great praise and thanks!
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    Thank you for your kind words....well, word technically... I want to get 300lbs on the Crusher this year, I am probably good for 280+ now, if I was fresh and it was one of those 6" lift things. My back is knackered (lots of bits in jars) and standing up can be an issue, rather than actually holding on! I have seen the events, they look favourable...just depends if I can be comfortable enough to go somewhere and do it (Autistic) Laine
  45. 7 points
    Thought I remembered an old thread, but I'm proud enough to start a new one. Behold: the popsicle stick method.
  46. 6 points
    I figured I would start a log for my road to the 400 pound axle. I am pretty close to it. Tonight’s training consisted of one 125x5 215x5 325x11 I will be posting my top set
  47. 6 points
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  49. 6 points
    Few updates: No entrance fee. Free refreshment drinks to everyone (water and juices). Have a cafeteria which sells everything. Place for kids and adults as spectators. Grip test, strongman test events for spectators. Few strong Athletes are coming from far. Names will be given once 100% confirmed. Video's will be recorded. Few DVD's will be given to people for free. Trophies and medals for everyone who competes. Prize money will be more. What is already there is for the pro division. For the amateurs will have another prize money which is AED 500 for the first, AED 250 2nd and AED 150 for third. All competitors will have their own T-shirts. Lucky draw for some spectators with a vouchers and free phones. Old news on IronMind is here http://www.ironmind.com/news/2019-Strongest-Grip-Middle-East-and-Northern-Africa/ and wait for the new ones. Edit: IronMind will provide gift cards!
  50. 6 points
    Trying to hit some of my longstanding gripper goals this year. I've got some work to do, but training is going well.
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