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Mr.Moose

There's good pain and bad pain, learn the difference.

Sometimes it's more beneficial to skip a workout and take an extra day off.

Contrast baths can speed up recovery.

Pay attention to your diet, it IS important.

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1stCoC

Wash those hands FIRST!!!!!! Body oils+metal= grip failure RS

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sprouffs

Half an inch can feel like a looooooonnnnnnngggggg way :)

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Sean Dockery

Wide base.....tall peak

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stew2

Relax don't try doing everything in one day Rome was'nt built in a day.

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Rekx

Learn how to properly set the gripper.

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honk

Don't quit if u don't progress.

Progress WILL come back if u believe it.

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gripmaniac

It you don't feel like you've fully recovered from your previous bending w/out then DO NOT proceed with your next scheduled one - take at least an extra days break.

Makes a huge difference & and keeps you :D

Edited by gripmaniac

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Sybersnott

Beginners who have never touched a COC gripper before: Don't expect to get a #3 and close it that day or the next - this is GRIP TRAINING and this means you won't have a world-class crushing grip overnight. You're in it for the long haul, so be patient, train hard, and the results will come! :D

There is a word called OVERTRAINING. Don't do everything all at once! I know the temptation is there; settle down, map out your short and long term goals, and look at your current grip equipment and then begin! If you want to build a crush grip, you'll NEED TO GET THE GRIPPERS (this goes without saying, but you'd be surprised at how many guys ask me about building an awesome crushing grip and they themselves don't own any grippers)!! :dry

Never ever EVER NEVER EVER give up!! Grip training is hard and brutal on the hands, I know. Be smart and don't invite yourself to an injury by doing something dumb. Think ahead, go as slow as you need to, add as much weight as you can safely handle - then proceed. YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU! :)

Most importantly: If you need any help with anything, please ASK us. That's what we're here for!!! :D

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DAN PRAYDIS

no matter how strong you think you are some where some place some how some way there is some one just a little stronger so get over it and soak up your bit of the sunshine :D

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Wannagrip

Like any strength training endeavor, without dedication and discipline, you won't reach your potential.

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Sybersnott
Like any strength training endeavor, without dedication and discipline, you won't reach your potential.

Dedication, discipline and determination!! The 3 "D's"!! :bow

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gotenmyoou

Listen to your body, becareful for the injure, injury will take everything away from you.

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David Horne

'Brute force without wisdom fails by its own weight'

Horace

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jad

If you're going to fail, fail fast, so you can try something else to reach your goal.

Pay very close attention to pictures and especially videos of those who are performing feats you want to pull off. Technique is a HUGE part of this sport and just a little tweak in your technique can be the difference between success and failure.

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climber511

One decade, two decade, three decade, four, add 10 more years and you have one more. The next time you haven't made any progress for a whole month or whatever - or you've been injured more than healthy for six months - think about what it means to do it for 50 years or a lifetime. You'll change your focus many times over the years, you'll be injured, you'll train sick, you'll go thru many training partners, you'll actually wear out pieces of steel and the weights will repay you many times over with strength, health, and happiness. Enjoy the journey, not just the PRs but all of it - when it's all over, you'll remember the people more than the weights you lifted.

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foggymountainmuscle

Many people are only willing to go so far. They may train grip (or any endevor), but they do not live it. In addition to training hard, and studying hard to improve your training, both being the most enjoyable aspects of grip training, you must live right. You should live healthy, by not using drugs (I don't intend to get critical about drinking or tabbaco usage but we all know that heroine will kill you before you ever close a #4), eating right, and GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. Active recovery is also very important and can easily be done in such a way to improve your total fitness. Consistancy is very important; it is what makes grip training a regular activity for you. All of the factors mentioned above are what come together to give you results regaurdless of their current state of being. It only takes one of these factors to limit your progress.

If you sacrifice anyone of these aspects, note that you have made a willful and concious decision to put them before grip training. You are left with no excuses and the priority of your success in grip training will be revealed by your actions. If family affairs interfear with grip training, resolve that they are more important than grip training, and that is the end, but if staying up late eating twinkies takes priority over grip training, I hope you will resolve to change that.

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sprouffs

Both success and failure are powerful teachers and motivators.

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porkchop

If you don't experience the grind, the sweat, the blood, the blisters, the tears that the top atheletes experience while training their grip, then you probably aren't putting forth the effort and intensity that will eventually allow you to posses a world class grip.

Remember, you will only get out of it what you put into it.

pc

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HAMMERHEAD

Build a good foundation of hand and arm strength before you start to attempt the classic feats like bending and tearing.

-HH

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supermagnamon

eat plenty of food. you'll need it for both energy and recovery for training.

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Kurt Lane

Dont hurt your back, you only have one...

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VeGripper

Learn to take breaks when needed and come back stronger than before! I stopped grip work for about 2 months, came back at it again this week and am better off than I originally was because I was getting burned out. Sometimes a little time off can be a good thing - you won't lose all your gains just because you're not doing it every day.

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smp76

Keep a log no matter what the kind. Eventually you will see the writing on the wall and it is a list of what worked and what did not, but by then you will know the difference because you wrote it down!

-Sean

History is for people who want to learn from the past and expand their futures not repeat it. (paraphrase from some dead guy) Probably Plato :tongue

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gripmaniac
Like any strength training endeavor, without dedication and discipline, you won't reach your potential.

Dedication, discipline and determination!! The 3 "D's"!! :bow

Don't forget the 4th D - DESIRE

Without it you'll find the find the other 3 hard to maintain.

It's one thing to set goals, but it's entirely something else to have and operate with the desire to make them a reality. Joe Kinney comes to mind as a good example. . . .

Desire is the fuel that keeps you going when you would otherwise quit, make excuses, or stray.

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