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Tim Struse, Level 3

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The GripBoard Proudly Certifies:

Tim Struse

As having closed the Mash Monster Elite Gripper (Level 3) with one hand under strict and uniformly ethical and authenticated conditions.

The certification is granted by the GripBoard as an independent third party with no ethical or commercial conflict of interest. The Mash Monster Gripper was one of a limited number supplied by, rated and qualified by, and controlled by the Board. This momentous feat was demonstrated on video to assure it will be valid for historical posterity.

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Tim mashes the GripBoard Mash Monster Gripper - Level 3

Name: Tim Struse

Location: USA

Age: 34

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 260

Date of Feat: January 9, 2011

Witness: Aaron Corcorran

VIDEO:

How Long Grip Training: 1-2 years

Current Grip Training Program: One hard session per week.

Other Training Info: I follow the 5/3/1 program.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Aaron Corcorran.

Interview: LINK

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Tim Struse, the 12th Man in the World to close the Mash Monster Gripper - Level 3.

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Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting?

(age, when started lifting, why you started, what you do now as far as lifts)

I’m 34 years old. I did lots of lifting alongside college football and track. When college ended I

went to law school and had a family and then spent 6-7 years sedentary with no lifting. I picked up

lifting again in November 2008, initially following Crossfit workouts but then gradually moving

more toward the core lifts. I’ve been following the 5/3/1 program for almost a year with some

great results.

How did you get into grip training?

A mutual friend introduced me to Aaron Corcorran. I first met Aaron at his comp in February

2009 and at that time met Paul Knight. I really enjoyed the comp. Both Aaron and Paul have been

true ambassadors of the sport.

You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this

gripper?

Discard any TNS or CCS training. Specialize in MM closes.

What does your current grip routine look like?

Grippers, pinch and thick bar once per week. Lots of double-overhand work on the axle and

regular oly bar.

How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?

Shorter in duration but far more intense.

There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees even with the

common goal of ultimate grip strength. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it’s affect on

your training?

Yes. I respond best to one extremely intense session per week. I’ve tried training twice per week

but can only maintain this if the intensity is lower.

What are your favorite grip exercises?

2” v-bar, double-overhand deadlift on oly bar

What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?

I’d tell them that training for overall power is just as important for grip strength as direct grip

strength training. Within the direct grip strength training, I’d suggest doing one high-intensity

session per week that would include: grippers, pinch, thick bar, wrists/forearms.

Who do you most admire in gripdom?

Aaron Corcorran

If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?

I would have better known my limits and avoided some overtraining.

What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

2-hand pinch

What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

380 DO axle DL

275 2” v-bar

COC #3 left hand (MM set)

COC #3.5 right hand (MM set)

215 2HP in training

500 DO DL on oly bar

What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?

Focusing too much on grip and not enough on overall power

What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?

The performances by the winners of the Mighty Mitts comp

Do you have any parting advice for readers?

Increase training intensity, decrease frequency

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You murdered that gripper! use the momentum Tim! Congrats

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VERY EASY for you :mosher Best of luck man up the ladder :mosher

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Tim, I think you mentioned in the cert thread you were going to table grippers for a little while? I would encourage you to sign up for the MM4 right now. I believe Teemu said he felt that the MM3 was actually the tougher close because he felt the gripper binded a little. Also consider that everyone on the MM ladder who closed the MM3 moved on to the MM4. (With the exception of Rob, but IIRC Level 3 was the highest level when he was climbing the ladder).

I believe you would slam the MM4 at your current level of strength. GO GO GO.

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Tim, I think you mentioned in the cert thread you were going to table grippers for a little while? I would encourage you to sign up for the MM4 right now. I believe Teemu said he felt that the MM3 was actually the tougher close because he felt the gripper binded a little. Also consider that everyone on the MM ladder who closed the MM3 moved on to the MM4. (With the exception of Rob, but IIRC Level 3 was the highest level when he was climbing the ladder).

I believe you would slam the MM4 at your current level of strength. GO GO GO.

OK, Matt - I'll be your huckleberry. :) I'll sign up in about a week when work settles down a little.

Thanks to Paul, Chad and Matt for the encouragement/nudges above.

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Hell yeah Tim, go get it while the getting is good!

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Good post , Matt. Don't let him get off the hook now! (Huckleberry... lol)

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