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On 3/31/2018 at 6:50 PM, RipsterBolton said:


Hello! 

I was recommended this site after making a post on reddit.com/r/griptraining. 

I’m 27 and just getting into grip training. I can close a 250lbs heavy grips gripper with both hands and struggling to close the 300lbs one. 

I am mainly here for advice about steel bending though. 

I am wondering what bolts I need to pick up from the hardware store to practice and improve. So far I’ve grabbed some random bolts to see what I could do and was wondering if anyone had some advice on what I should get next time I head to he hardware store. 
 
I have bent 7”, 6” and 5” long 1/4” bolts. They were pretty easy to bend using a double underhand grip, just slightly painful on my virgin hands. That 5/16” bolt at 7” was too hard for me though.
 
Any help world be greatly appreciated thanks! 

These are the bolts I bent:

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On 4/1/2018 at 7:52 PM, Nigel Blackburn said:

Hello fellow gripsters,

 

I've been a member of Gripboard for a month or two now, and I figured I'd go ahead and introduce myself. 

I got into grip training intermittently throughout the last 8 years or so after witnessing a few feats of strength performed by strongmen at various strength workshops. I was enthralled and decided that it would be something fun to train for. I never gave much thought to exclusively dedicating to grip training; I messed around with powerlifting and strongman for quite awhile. Eventually I reached a crossroads where training became tedious and felt like a chore, so I decided to start training towards something I considered fun and fulfilling: grip training. I've never been one to go about a hobby or training without really investing in it, so I contacted Jedd in August and we've been working together ever since. It's been an absolute blast and I've never had more fun training in my life. 

After a few months in, I decided to really get involved in gripsport and the grip community. Long story short, I decided to compete so I hit the numbers to qualify for grip nationals this year and I'm all in!

I plan on competing regularly at 66kg, as I'm sitting around 150 lbs at the moment. 

 

Goals I hope to accomplish within the year:

-Double BW axle

-20mm set close with my GHP 7 (#144)

-Elite total @ 66kg (585lbs)

 

I joined the forum to really immerse in the community and because it's a great source of grip knowledge and content.

I'm new to the game, and I really look forward to my journey into gripping!

Welcome guys!   @Nigel Blackburn @RipsterBolton

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Martin Gaisser

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Those appear to be grade 2 bolts so I would try the grade 5 ones that Jlark27 mentioned.  They are marked with the three dashes on the head.  You could also try some 60d nails.  Get the ones that are smooth not the spiral because those would probably be too easy for you.  Good luck with the bending.  

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Tim Bledsoe
On 5/4/2004 at 4:59 AM, daniel_lidstrom said:

Hi all, I'm Daniel and I'm 26 years old. I am a former competitive swimmer, now hooked on grip training. I got my first CoC's (1&2) in july 2003. In november 2003 I could finally close the no. 2, and since then I have been more or less stuck with it. On a good day I can close it quite easily, with each hand.

I had been looking for a place to discuss grip training for some time before I came across the gripboard. Once I emailed Randall Strosses, asking him to put a forum on the IM homepage. Guess he wasn't quite familiar with the idea of a forum though.

My very long-term goal is to be able to come at least near at closing the no. 3. Grip training with the CoC's is not the only training I do though, I am just as much into overall training (powerlifting, running, rowing, etc.).

I really enjoy working out with `garage' equipment. I even made my own set of dumbells one summer, out of concrete and paint buckets. Unfortunately they only weigh 15kg and are just too large.

I hope I learn a lot from the gripboard, and get inspired by all the amazing feats by the regulars here. I can't imagine what kind of strength is required for ripping a deck of cards. My pb is 15 cards (and improving :-).

Thanks!

 

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Tim Bledsoe

Names Tim I'm 28yrs old 6' 195lbs and relatively new to specific grip training. My current goal is to certify on the COC#3. As of right now I can close the number 2 for reps and am down to about 1cm of closing the 2.5 with both hands. I have been trying some other types of grip work like plate pinches and such but almost all of my training revolves around the grippers. I'd love to hear from someone that's been down this road who can give me some advice on anything that can help me get this certification. 

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Vinnie
4 hours ago, Tim Bledsoe said:

Names Tim I'm 28yrs old 6' 195lbs and relatively new to specific grip training. My current goal is to certify on the COC#3. As of right now I can close the number 2 for reps and am down to about 1cm of closing the 2.5 with both hands. I have been trying some other types of grip work like plate pinches and such but almost all of my training revolves around the grippers. I'd love to hear from someone that's been down this road who can give me some advice on anything that can help me get this certification. 

Welcome!  And I would also like any advice that can help me get that certification lol.  Seriously though, it is harder than it sounds (and it sounds hard).  The gap from 2 to 2.5 is pretty big, as you can already see, and the gap between 2.5 and 3 is also that big.  Add to that the fact that you have to do the close with a pretty wide set, passing a credit card through it yourself before closing it, and using an unknown gripper just out of the package (which could be harder than the average number 3 if you are unlucky, since there is a range of difficulty even among the same number gripper).  And you have to do this on demand on the date the judge is sent to you to do it.  So basically, before going to the trouble of getting a judge lined up, you pretty much have to be able to slam shut even a pretty tough number 3 almost without setting it.

I have been pursuing this quest actively for six months, but really for about two years.  During the first year and a half, I went from just barely being able to close a COC 2 (rated 107, if the CPW ratings mean anything to you) to just barely being able to close a COC 2.5 (rated 132).  In the last six months, with more regular effort but also being closer to my maximum ability (I'm only 5'6, 175 pounds), I have improved to just barely closing an easy-ish COC 3 (rated 148; an average 3 is about 150). I own a COC 3 rated 150 and one rated 153, neither of which I have ever been able to close.  At this point I feel close to my limit, but until I can authoritatively close my 153-rated COC 3 (with a credit card set, and making the handles click!), I would not bother arranging for a cert attempt.  It seems tantalizing close after the gains I have previously made, but there is a reason not that many people cert -- it is very hard to make those last gains!

Anyway, perhaps the better advice will come from those who have already done it, and one of the reasons I am offering my tidbits on your thread is I would also like to see the replies that you (and now I) get.  I intend to keep pressing for my cert, at least for one more year to my 50th birthday.  Then I will re-evaluate whether to keep at it or turn to more promising goals.  I hope that in your journey to cert, you discover the wealth of other fun grip-related stuff you can do, as I have.  Whether or not I ever cert, what I have learned on this forum and from the people I have met here has enriched my life and my health.

Cheers!

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Wannagrip
6 hours ago, Tim Bledsoe said:

Names Tim I'm 28yrs old 6' 195lbs and relatively new to specific grip training. My current goal is to certify on the COC#3. As of right now I can close the number 2 for reps and am down to about 1cm of closing the 2.5 with both hands. I have been trying some other types of grip work like plate pinches and such but almost all of my training revolves around the grippers. I'd love to hear from someone that's been down this road who can give me some advice on anything that can help me get this certification. 

Welcome!

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12 hours ago, Vinnie said:

Welcome!  And I would also like any advice that can help me get that certification lol.  Seriously though, it is harder than it sounds (and it sounds hard).  The gap from 2 to 2.5 is pretty big, as you can already see, and the gap between 2.5 and 3 is also that big.  Add to that the fact that you have to do the close with a pretty wide set, passing a credit card through it yourself before closing it, and using an unknown gripper just out of the package (which could be harder than the average number 3 if you are unlucky, since there is a range of difficulty even among the same number gripper).  And you have to do this on demand on the date the judge is sent to you to do it.  So basically, before going to the trouble of getting a judge lined up, you pretty much have to be able to slam shut even a pretty tough number 3 almost without setting it.

I have been pursuing this quest actively for six months, but really for about two years.  During the first year and a half, I went from just barely being able to close a COC 2 (rated 107, if the CPW ratings mean anything to you) to just barely being able to close a COC 2.5 (rated 132).  In the last six months, with more regular effort but also being closer to my maximum ability (I'm only 5'6, 175 pounds), I have improved to just barely closing an easy-ish COC 3 (rated 148; an average 3 is about 150). I own a COC 3 rated 150 and one rated 153, neither of which I have ever been able to close.  At this point I feel close to my limit, but until I can authoritatively close my 153-rated COC 3 (with a credit card set, and making the handles click!), I would not bother arranging for a cert attempt.  It seems tantalizing close after the gains I have previously made, but there is a reason not that many people cert -- it is very hard to make those last gains!

Anyway, perhaps the better advice will come from those who have already done it, and one of the reasons I am offering my tidbits on your thread is I would also like to see the replies that you (and now I) get.  I intend to keep pressing for my cert, at least for one more year to my 50th birthday.  Then I will re-evaluate whether to keep at it or turn to more promising goals.  I hope that in your journey to cert, you discover the wealth of other fun grip-related stuff you can do, as I have.  Whether or not I ever cert, what I have learned on this forum and from the people I have met here has enriched my life and my health.

Cheers!

What an awesome reply to my post. I'm still making progress because I have only been training grip for a pretty short period and actually lastnight came within the thickness of a credit card with my right hand on the 2.5 and about 1cm on the left. So that's nice to see the progress, but I'd love to talk to guys about training. As of now I'm hitting grippers twice a week and if my elbows are feeling a little off only one hard time with maybe a light gripper session later in the week. 

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John Oka

Hello, my name is John Oka and I'm new to the grip game. I live on Maui, which gripsport does not exist. I started grip training for rehabilitation from Carpel tunnel surgery. 

I'm on IG as Jokabug. Always posting progress on surgery rehab and getting others involved in the grip sport.

 

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4 hours ago, John Oka said:

Hello, my name is John Oka and I'm new to the grip game. I live on Maui, which gripsport does not exist. I started grip training for rehabilitation from Carpel tunnel surgery. 

I'm on IG as Jokabug. Always posting progress on surgery rehab and getting others involved in the grip sport.

 

You forgot to mention you are a maker and have a pretty respectable blob/block weight collection.  

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Vinnie
On ‎5‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 11:05 PM, John Oka said:

Hello, my name is John Oka and I'm new to the grip game. I live on Maui, which gripsport does not exist. I started grip training for rehabilitation from Carpel tunnel surgery. 

I'm on IG as Jokabug. Always posting progress on surgery rehab and getting others involved in the grip sport.

 

Welcome!  Get well soon!

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Tim Bledsoe

I need a grip training partner. Anyone know a post covering this they can lead me to?

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Martin Gaisser
9 hours ago, Tim Bledsoe said:

I need a grip training partner. Anyone know a post covering this they can lead me to?

Welcome and you may can try the members map to see if there’s anyone in your area.  I know for the most of us we are pretty spread out and just have to communicate with each other online.  There are some get togethers and competitions through the year so you may be close to one of those which would be good.   Everyone on here is pretty cool and can give you advice and encouragement.  

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Not everyone tags their location on the members map. I would start a topic asking if there is anyone in your area who wants to get together for training. I started the movement in my area and got the ny/nj/ct together 

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Balal

Hey guys I started grip training in 2011 but regrettably lost motivation and stopped about two and a half years ago so I've decided to introduce myself on the gipboard which, I hope, will motivate me to train again.

I could close a COC 2.5 for two reps from a parallel set and close a COC 2 off-hand for a single.

My goal is to close a COC 3 next year.

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Tim Bledsoe
11 hours ago, Martin Gaisser said:

Welcome and you may can try the members map to see if there’s anyone in your area.  I know for the most of us we are pretty spread out and just have to communicate with each other online.  There are some get togethers and competitions through the year so you may be close to one of those which would be good.   Everyone on here is pretty cool and can give you advice and encouragement.  

Thanks a lot, I know grip training for most people is just getting rid of straps on deadlift in the gym so it's tough to find guys interested in grippers like most of us.

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Wannagrip
On 5/4/2018 at 10:05 PM, John Oka said:

Hello, my name is John Oka and I'm new to the grip game. I live on Maui, which gripsport does not exist. I started grip training for rehabilitation from Carpel tunnel surgery. 

I'm on IG as Jokabug. Always posting progress on surgery rehab and getting others involved in the grip sport.

 

 

12 hours ago, Balal said:

Hey guys I started grip training in 2011 but regrettably lost motivation and stopped about two and a half years ago so I've decided to introduce myself on the gipboard which, I hope, will motivate me to train again.

I could close a COC 2.5 for two reps from a parallel set and close a COC 2 off-hand for a single.

My goal is to close a COC 3 next year.

Welcome!

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Martin Gaisser
On 5/4/2018 at 10:05 PM, John Oka said:

Hello, my name is John Oka and I'm new to the grip game. I live on Maui, which gripsport does not exist. I started grip training for rehabilitation from Carpel tunnel surgery. 

I'm on IG as Jokabug. Always posting progress on surgery rehab and getting others involved in the grip sport.

 

Welcome!  Good to see you on here. 

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Rise1220

Morning everyone.  My name is Rob Jackson from NW Indiana.  I'm 36.  I've been grip training for about 2 years now.  My short term goal is to close the CC2, I'm relatively close now.  My long term goal is to close the CC3 by 2020. 

I do various grip exercises and train around twice a week with the grippers.  I primarily use the CC grippers but have found using heavy gripper easier since my hands are smaller.

I look forward to getting involved in this community. 

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Joseph Sullivan
1 hour ago, Rise1220 said:

Morning everyone.  My name is Rob Jackson from NW Indiana.  I'm 36.  I've been grip training for about 2 years now.  My short term goal is to close the CC2, I'm relatively close now.  My long term goal is to close the CC3 by 2020. 

I do various grip exercises and train around twice a week with the grippers.  I primarily use the CC grippers but have found using heavy gripper easier since my hands are smaller.

I look forward to getting involved in this community. 

Hi Rob, are grippers all you do Grip wise? Do you do anything else besides grippers? Welcome!

Joe

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Vinnie

Welcome!

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Wannagrip
17 hours ago, Rise1220 said:

Morning everyone.  My name is Rob Jackson from NW Indiana.  I'm 36.  I've been grip training for about 2 years now.  My short term goal is to close the CC2, I'm relatively close now.  My long term goal is to close the CC3 by 2020. 

I do various grip exercises and train around twice a week with the grippers.  I primarily use the CC grippers but have found using heavy gripper easier since my hands are smaller.

I look forward to getting involved in this community. 

Welcome to the GripBoard!  @Rise1220

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Rise1220
On 5/21/2018 at 12:13 PM, Joseph Sullivan said:

Hi Rob, are grippers all you do Grip wise? Do you do anything else besides grippers? Welcome!

Joe

I have been using the grippers exclusively adding in forearm exercises at the gym, such as forearm curls.  I also just purchased the rolling thunder which in pumped about using.  I'm thinking about getting a sledge hammer to train as well.

I have a pinch block that I rarely use.  I am unsure if combining all the different methods will cause over training so I'm taking it slow. 

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5 hours ago, Rise1220 said:

I have been using the grippers exclusively adding in forearm exercises at the gym, such as forearm curls.  I also just purchased the rolling thunder which in pumped about using.  I'm thinking about getting a sledge hammer to train as well.

I have a pinch block that I rarely use.  I am unsure if combining all the different methods will cause over training so I'm taking it slow. 

Yes add things in slowly. If you are new and especially haven’t trained with weights you must add grip exercises in periodically until your connective tissue is strong enough to endure. Once it is then the sky is the limit.

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Rise1220
9 hours ago, Joseph Sullivan said:

Yes add things in slowly. If you are new and especially haven’t trained with weights you must add grip exercises in periodically until your connective tissue is strong enough to endure. Once it is then the sky is the limit.

What would you suggest?  I was hoping to be past the CC2 by now, but can't get it to close.   I was thinking it was my diet or something related to how often I train with the grippers or the rep range.   Thanks. 

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Joseph Sullivan
1 minute ago, Rise1220 said:

What would you suggest?  I was hoping to be past the CC2 by now, but can't get it to close.   I was thinking it was my diet or something related to how often I train with the grippers or the rep range.   Thanks. 

I would pick a thick bar, a pinch and grippers for a bit. I don’t do grippers more than once per week... but I do a lot of things so it’s tough. I enjoy so much of it that I often do too many things at once. I would do pinch one day, thick bar another and grippers another. I would do thick bar Monday , grippers Wednesday and pinch Friday and make sure you drink a lot of water. Grip is very neurologically related. When you are New you also need a lot of rest

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