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First Try with PDA's "Turk"


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Tom Black

  I just wanted to let everyone know that I just purchased PDA’s

Turk and I am very satisfied with the implement.  When I received it I immediately measured the circumference to see how it compared to my “3-inch” wooded handle.  The "Turk" is, of course, exactly a 3-inch diameter handle.  The diameter of my wooden one is 2.9”, which translates to a circumference 3/8 less than a true 3” handle.  Today I did some sets on the "Turk" and did the following:

    1x74.5, 74.5, 84.5, 94.5, 99.5, 102-pounds

    Even though the "Turk" is thicker than my wood handle, it has knurling and thus affords a better gripping surface.  My results on the "Turk" were very close to my results on the wooden handle (I did not attempt 105, maybe next week).   Sadly, I had to cut Friday’s grip workout short because I had a injury to my left hand.  I am healing miraculously well, but suspect that I will not be doing anything with my left hand in next week’s workout.

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Tom Black

    I guess I was a little vague about the injury, it’s hard to talk about these things.  I somehow put too much pressure on my left palm with the tip of a nail.  I bruised the palm of my hand with a nail (it was a big nail), and my hand is cramped up.  My hands are very resilient, I might be able to bend next weekend, but you can tell from my log that I sometimes skip a major exercise.  Next week may be the week to skip the bending.

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Guest Gordon Cooper

Tom, what sort of lift? Ground clearance, a suitcase or straddle deadlift?

I'v started adding one handed thick bar lifts to my workout and am curious how far you have progressed from your first attempts.

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Tom Black

    All the lifts were straddle deadlifts.  I lifted everything up to the 99.5 about as far up as you can go in a one hand deadlift, about the same as the third picture down on this page (that’s my wooden covered 3” handle, not the Turk).  The 102-pounds didn’t quite make it all the way up, maybe a foot off the ground.  This is because I live in a Condo and didn’t want to drop it!  Gosh, I’m a gripaholic, I want to go and pick it up NOW!

 I’ve only trained on the 3-inch wood covered dumbbell handle for about 8 months.  I’ve looked through my workout book and found my PR from 6/24/00 was only 85-pounds.  I’ve increased 20-pounds in 8 months, but most of my training has NOT been on the 3” dumbbell, but on related lifts.  I think the “dumbbell juggle” that I’ve been doing might be helping (see the Black Log).

 

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