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Ben, it's a cool photo, but that was almost pedestrian compared to what guys are doing now. I think that was taken at the first San Jose Fit Expo in 2012.

 

But, Thanks!

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Chez

Hey Mike,

Would you be interested in trying my training style for the #3 certification? I would be interested in working with you. Let me know. 

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Hubgeezer

Chez, my answer right now is "no". The reason, and I am embarrassed to explain, of all people who is giving me advice right know is RJ Strossen. I had blown him off for about 8 years, but have been working with him the past 5 weeks. I don't want to talk about it right now, but it is working. And, this is disrespectful of me, and I am posting it on the world-wide web, but it almost bothers me that it is working, because I have blown him off all these years. In other words, it is working, and I don't even want to admit that it is working, because I don't know, I guess we are a stubborn bunch and we don't like to admit that we were/are wrong.

 

So Chez, thank you kindly for your offer. And, if I hit a plateau again, in say a month or two, I will take you up on your offer.

 

Sometimes I wonder if I simply worked on "my set", that that in itself would be enough to make it work. I have never studied anyone's set, paid much attention to the excellent videos on the Gripboard regarding setting a gripper (Paul had one of the best if I remember correctly), etc. I suspect mine is not the best, but old habits die hard.

 

Thanks,

 

MC Hbgzr

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Chez

Totally understand Mike. I'm glad you are making progress. If anything every changes, feel free to message me.

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Hubgeezer

Well, it's been two years and three months since I posted anything in my Workout Report thread. 

Today, I just have two words to say for the record:

JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY JOE KINNEY

 

Ahhh. Feel better already! I won't wait two more years before I post in here again.  Still banging away at the point of this Thread. 

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bencrush

Are you still training with the goal of certifying on the #3? 

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Hopefully

Did Strossens methods stop working? 

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On 7/8/2019 at 9:00 PM, bencrush said:

Are you still training with the goal of certifying on the #3? 

Yes!

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On 7/8/2019 at 11:36 PM, Hopefully said:

Did Strossens methods stop working? 

Yes and No. I stopped working in terms of frequency, and had a huge falloff. 

I was able to get as close as I had in post 2008 to being where I should have been, using Strossen's approach, which was basically like training weights for sets and reps: Lots of Number 2 work, and 2-3 reps on the 2.5, staying away from heavier grippers, not testing myself often on the 3, no negatives, etc. But that required more frequent gripper workouts. I could bomb the heck out of my hands before once a week with success, but falling out of that groove seemed to change everything. And, quite frankly, the last three years, AGE has changed a lot about me, and I have not quite figured out how things should work now. Where I first noticed it was a failed Certification Attempt in the summer of 2016, something I do not believe I have ever discussed. I honestly believed I was ready. I will post about that particular experience, and there were a number of people giving the same gripper a ride (or not attempting) including John Machnik, Clay Edgin, Martins Licis, and Ricardo Magni. I will post that story in the next week. Some of you might find it entertaining. 

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AdamTGlass

Mike I think it’s awesome that you are chasing this goal. 

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Hubgeezer
3 hours ago, AdamTGlass said:

Mike I think it’s awesome that you are chasing this goal. 

It’s frustrating. But I always pop back, no matter how low I sink. And I have dropped down as low as a CCS 115 close. Age: Use it or lose it when it comes to the hands...

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9 minutes ago, Hubgeezer said:

It’s frustrating. But I always pop back, no matter how low I sink. And I have dropped down as low as a CCS 115 close. Age: Use it or lose it when it comes to the hands...

The Meta game is not the achievement of goals but the success of having and chasing them 

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On 7/11/2019 at 3:33 AM, Hubgeezer said:

It’s frustrating. But I always pop back, no matter how low I sink. And I have dropped down as low as a CCS 115 close. Age: Use it or lose it when it comes to the hands...

Interesting method by Strossen. Pretty much the opposite of what I'm doing. 

I hope you succeed and don't give up! 

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On 7/10/2019 at 12:22 PM, Hubgeezer said:

And, quite frankly, the last three years, AGE has changed a lot about me, and I have not quite figured out how things should work now. Where I first noticed it was a failed Certification Attempt in the summer of 2016, something I do not believe I have ever discussed. I honestly believed I was ready. I will post about that particular experience, and there were a number of people giving the same gripper a ride (or not attempting) including John Machnik, Clay Edgin, Martins Licis, and Ricardo Magni. I will post that story in the next week. Some of you might find it entertaining. 

The last San Jose Fit Expo Vise Grip Viking contest was in May, 2016. Not sure why they dropped it, probably because it was not a big enough draw.

I thought I was ready to Certify. I wasn't. 

Before the contest, I adequately, based on past experience, was ready enough. But the "Over 60" me needs lots more warmup than the "50 Something" me. It was my first Cert attempt in 6 years. 

Clay Edgin was to be my witness. Randy Strossen was there with his camera. My first attempt? 3/8ths of an inch off! 3/8ths of an Inch!. Second one was a bit over 1/4 inch off. Third one was a bit under 1/4 inch. Randy said why don't I try it again, as I was getting closer. What? And get 3/16ths of an inch? Naah. So it was offered to a few that were there. Riccardo Magni? Nope, he was too intent on doing well in the contest and didn't want to exert himself.Martins? The Current World's Strongest Man, that day, had weighed in at 295, said "sure". He got it to about 1/4 inch. John Machnik, who ended up winning the contest that day, gave it a squeeze. He had it a little more than 1/8th of an inch. Clay Edgin, who had already been Certified for 13 years, easily closed it - - everyone was doing CCS.

My hands were fried for the contest. The same gripper was then used for the Silver Bullet:

I held it 6.22 seconds, very low for me.

Riccardo held it 11.31 seconds, low for him.

Martins held it 19.69, he was holding it in the 20s about that era, although his grip was always improving, so maybe that was low for him. 

Machnik held it 26.50 seconds, for him a bit low.

Clay Edgin won it with 34.68 seconds, but he is Clay Edgin. 

When I got home that evening, my hands were super fried. With just one squeeze of my 2.5 as a warmup, I went for my 2010 Certification Gripper rated at 158 or 159 by Cannon. Went for it CCS. Was I close? No. But it was closer than the best of my three attempts I had that morning when I was fresh and prepared. 

So what was that gripper? 160 plus? I have no idea. Maybe I just had a bad day. The "weakest" gripper I was ever handed for a cert was a 154, in 2009. The hardest the 158/159 in 2010  - - until that May of 2016 one, which I presume, based on my end of day squeeze, was over 160. 

I believe that eventually that whole bunch who were there that day will become Certified. Not sure about John Machnik, it has been a while since I have seen him. 

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Joefrey

Feel sorry for you. With such determination, you deserve this certification. Sure, very inspiring story. Keep up the hard work !

 

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Hubgeezer

This is my first post here in nine months. It is the first post in over 5 years that will give any details as to what I am doing with grippers. 

I was beginning to think that I was just "too old". Grippers had not dropped much, but my overall strength was way down. My overall strength was way down because I really wasn't doing jack. Grippers hung in there to some extent, because I was always working some angle on crushing grip. 

I switched to full Go Really Grip Machine for a few months. Got better on the Go Really, but for grippers, it seemed to "maintain" the strength at best. 

About the time of the Covid crisis, I made some crushing grip changes. Aside from weight training, I work on crushing grip related gadgets 4 or 5 days a week:

 

1. High Volume IMTugs for ring finger and combination pinky/ring finger. Some #1 Tug work for Pinky. What is high volume? Oh, 800-900 reps total both hands.

2. Go Really Grip Machine. This is one or two times per week. Upon the advice of a strength legend, I do not do "overhand", do not do "underhand". I straddle the contraption and grasp the bar with both hands at the same time like holding a fire hose. I'll do 6 reps, then change hand position from left hand to right hand on top, and do six more reps. Use pretty light weights. Eight sets, moving up 10 pounds each set for the first four sets, then 5 lbs. per set the next 4 sets.  

3. The Secret Weapon. I have one of the last Kinney-made rigs, my daughter gave it to me 2002 or so. This time, I am just doing one set for the holds outlined in the John Wood/Joe Kinney book written... what 5-6-7 years ago? When doing two sets, it takes so long you dread it. With one set (holds for 3 or 4 or 5 seconds each rep, capping out at 15 reps before moving up in weight), it just is not that much, you don't dread it, and you do it every single week. 

4. Grippers once per week. Long, real long warmups. 5 reps Trainer each hand, then 5 reps Point 5,  3 reps #1, 2 reps #1.5, one rep No. 2, one rep Super 2, one rep 2.5, one rep Grand Master Hubgeezer set, , one rep #3 Hubgeezer set, one rep #3 CCS, maybe another CCS on the 3, a couple of 2.5 singles, then rep out on the Number 2 for two sets. Everything, except the two attempts mentioned, are CCS. Every rep. 

Results? Well, my 158/159 Number 3 from a failed 2010 #3 Cert gripper, this past Friday, was well under 1/8 of an inch for Hubgeezer Set, and right at 1/8th of an inch CCS. I don't think the two have EVER been that close before. That was Friday. Just a few weeks before my 66th Birthday, I am feeling pretty good about this. Maybe the most optimistic I have been in years. 

I have not had a "hand injury" in years. No negatives, maybe once a month take the 3.5 for one attempt for the heck of it.

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Chez
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Just learn to MMS and its a done deal

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slazbob

Nice progress, Mike!

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bencrush

@HubgeezerI love hearing that you're not only still banging away at it but making great progress! 

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@HubgeezerI love hearing that you're not only still banging away at it but making great progress! 

Two things: 

1. Thank you everyone for the "Likes".

 

2. Ben, if you will remember, this entire "mission" was inspired by your article in MILO while I was nursing a swollen leg and out of commission. The name of the thread was even named after your article. You do realize that your emphasis on a CCS approach in your article has a lot to do with my turning a deaf ear towards those who have criticized me for not adopting MMS in my workouts, don't you? But, with 12 additional years added onto my life, I can tell you that the INTENSITY of working out the way I used to is simply NOT POSSIBLE when you are close to the end of seven decades. I feel fortunate to have figured out how to keep going forward without serious injury. 

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Hubgeezer

Ben, your “like” with the trophy matches Sally’s Oscar. Ha Ha!

Seriously, I remember it well; my being terribly laid up when your article came out, and starting at ground zero in bed mind you. But the body certainly was responding a lot faster WAY back when this thread began. Hell, it’s been 15 years since I met Slim the Hammer Man, and now I really am a Geezer, it’s not just a goofy name I adopted as a joke!

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19 hours ago, Hubgeezer said:

Ben, your “like” with the trophy matches Sally’s Oscar. Ha Ha!

Seriously, I remember it well; my being terribly laid up when your article came out, and starting at ground zero in bed mind you. But the body certainly was responding a lot faster WAY back when this thread began. Hell, it’s been 15 years since I met Slim the Hammer Man, and now I really am a Geezer, it’s not just a goofy name I adopted as a joke!

It makes me proud and flattered at the same time that you titled your log after my article!  I wish I could recover as fast as I did 15 years ago.  And I know I'm still pretty young.  45 in 21 days.  So I don't hold out great hope for my diminishing recovery ability by the time I hit 65+. 

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Hubgeezer

I was 8 months younger than you when I got my first gripper

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I have nothing to report. I noticed on the calendar today that this is the 16th anniversary of joining the Gripboard, June, 2004.

I never had met a "grip guy" until March, 2004 at a contest near Los Angeles. A few weeks later, Clay Edgin told me about the "Gripboard". In May, I met a fellow at another LA contest by the name of Zach Passman, eventually a Red Nail Roster bender, and a former 730 lbs. plus Deadlifter. He told me I should join, as it didn't cost anything. 

Two weeks later, I did. It was a closed forum, I had never seen it. I wanted to use a fake name, and decided I wanted to use something descriptive and humorous. I got the vibe at my first contest that I was considered old (at age 49), and I figured that because I had won the IM Hub in both contests, I was perceived as a Johnny One Note. So, "Hubgeezer" it was. Before I input it into the Gripboard, I Googled the word,  got a blank screen, no hits, and it said "Did you mean webgeezer?"

Sixteen years. Whoa...

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