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Hello. I was actually a (non-active) member of this board 10+ years ago, but I'm back in the grip game now. I'm mostly into bending, or at least training for bending, but last night I picked up my old CoC #2 and was happy to still able to shut it. My long-term goals are to be able to bend a red nail and shut the #3 (yes, I'm still living in 2006). I also do partner acrobatics (primarily as a base) and am getting more into hand balancing myself. There is an incredible amount of wrist strength/stabilization that go into handstands, and basing people in mono holds (mono hand-to-hand or foot-to-hand).

 

Back in the day @bencrush sent me an extensive bending kit that I (sadly) still haven't gone through as of yet. Also, years ago I used to train at a powerlifting gym with Brent Barbe. Didn't realize how accomplished he was at the time?

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On 6/22/2020 at 3:15 AM, BWKrantz said:

Hello all,

My name is Ben, I’m 24 and I wrestled in school at 174# (finished a year ago) and have been taking strength training seriously since 2014. Recently I’ve gotten interested in grip specifically the last couple months and my goal is to lift the blob hopefully sooner rather than later! I also have been into thick bar training. Have been checking out grip board for a while but figured I might as well sign up and introduce myself. The knowledge and experience here is extremely helpful and I’m happy to be a member.

Welcome @BWKrantz !

2 hours ago, AcroBend said:

Hello. I was actually a (non-active) member of this board 10+ years ago, but I'm back in the grip game now. I'm mostly into bending, or at least training for bending, but last night I picked up my old CoC #2 and was happy to still able to shut it. My long-term goals are to be able to bend a red nail and shut the #3 (yes, I'm still living in 2006). I also do partner acrobatics (primarily as a base) and am getting more into hand balancing myself. There is an incredible amount of wrist strength/stabilization that go into handstands, and basing people in mono holds (mono hand-to-hand or foot-to-hand).

 

Back in the day @bencrush sent me an extensive bending kit that I (sadly) still haven't gone through as of yet. Also, years ago I used to train at a powerlifting gym with Brent Barbe. Didn't realize how accomplished he was at the time?

Welcome @AcroBend!

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AvgJo

Hey folks,

My name is Jordan, I am 26, 182cm and ~90kg right now. I'm also from Scotland. I've followed the grip community for many years, inspired by great athletes such as Timo Lauttamus and Nathan Holle. I just do general strength training at home, some long term goals are the one arm chinup and the CoC #3. I will be posting a training log hopefully - consisting of mainly gripper progress, or at least that is the plan. I closed the #2.5 once or twice in my life (maybe they were just one offs) but have never actually dedicated any time or consistency training grippers (which I hope to now!). Cheers.

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10 hours ago, AcroBend said:

Hello. I was actually a (non-active) member of this board 10+ years ago, but I'm back in the grip game now. I'm mostly into bending, or at least training for bending, but last night I picked up my old CoC #2 and was happy to still able to shut it. My long-term goals are to be able to bend a red nail and shut the #3 (yes, I'm still living in 2006). I also do partner acrobatics (primarily as a base) and am getting more into hand balancing myself. There is an incredible amount of wrist strength/stabilization that go into handstands, and basing people in mono holds (mono hand-to-hand or foot-to-hand).

 

Back in the day @bencrush sent me an extensive bending kit that I (sadly) still haven't gone through as of yet. Also, years ago I used to train at a powerlifting gym with Brent Barbe. Didn't realize how accomplished he was at the time?

Glad you're back on the Gripboard!  Partner acrobatics is extremely impressive stuff!  How long ago did I send you a bending kit?  I haven't put those together in a long, long time.  I was just telling another GB member about those kits the other day.  I don't put them together anymore, but there are great companies - some sponsors of this board - that have excellent bending stock. 

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1 hour ago, bencrush said:

Glad you're back on the Gripboard!  Partner acrobatics is extremely impressive stuff!  How long ago did I send you a bending kit?  I haven't put those together in a long, long time.  I was just telling another GB member about those kits the other day.  I don't put them together anymore, but there are great companies - some sponsors of this board - that have excellent bending stock. 

Thank you! It's good to be back and see some familiar faces. Yes, partner acrobatics has been pretty awesome (before CV-19). And much like grip sport, it's a niche community. I have gotten a lot of compliments on my grip and wrist stability, so the signs were there for me to make a comeback here. 

Incredibly, I still have the box you mailed the kit in. December 2006 (yikes!). I'll just let the picture below speak for itself regarding just how much you put into it to lay out a training path for me to bend a red nail. 

As for my absence, I had chronic shoulder issues and had to give up on bending and then powerlifting. However, it all seems to have stemmed from underdeveloped scapular strength (relative to the rest of me). I just wasn't doing the correct exercises to address it, in addition to my failure to properly identify the underlying cause. I'm good now, and ready to resume. 

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3 hours ago, AvgJo said:

Hey folks,

My name is Jordan, I am 26, 182cm and ~90kg right now. I'm also from Scotland. I've followed the grip community for many years, inspired by great athletes such as Timo Lauttamus and Nathan Holle. I just do general strength training at home, some long term goals are the one arm chinup and the CoC #3. I will be posting a training log hopefully - consisting of mainly gripper progress, or at least that is the plan. I closed the #2.5 once or twice in my life (maybe they were just one offs) but have never actually dedicated any time or consistency training grippers (which I hope to now!). Cheers.

I was inspired by the Holle brothers myself back in the day. That's a rather impressive crush for someone who doesn't train it regularly/specifically. Good luck!

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1 hour ago, AcroBend said:

I was inspired by the Holle brothers myself back in the day. That's a rather impressive crush for someone who doesn't train it regularly/specifically. Good luck!

Cheers mate. Don't get me wrong, I always try and finish a session with some kind of direct grip work, usually 1 arm/2 arm towel hangs or sometimes I get enough from fat gripz. I was just reading your posts above about bending. I've also been looking at getting into doing some myself 🙂. An old school grip guy recommended me to buy some nails from B&Q to start off with so I might give that a try.

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2 hours ago, AvgJo said:

Cheers mate. Don't get me wrong, I always try and finish a session with some kind of direct grip work, usually 1 arm/2 arm towel hangs or sometimes I get enough from fat gripz. I was just reading your posts above about bending. I've also been looking at getting into doing some myself 🙂. An old school grip guy recommended me to buy some nails from B&Q to start off with so I might give that a try.

Go for it! Just read up everything you can about it beforehand and START SLOW/EASY, as bending is a whole different beast from crushing. Not necessarily implying that it is harder or better, but the penalties for mistakes are several degrees harsher. Consider starting a sledge levering practice ASAP to get your wrists in order. 

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7 hours ago, AcroBend said:

Go for it! Just read up everything you can about it beforehand and START SLOW/EASY, as bending is a whole different beast from crushing. Not necessarily implying that it is harder or better, but the penalties for mistakes are several degrees harsher. Consider starting a sledge levering practice ASAP to get your wrists in order. 

Good idea with levering work to build a base 👍

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Beyond the Bend Podcast

Hello Everyone! I’m Cody and I started Beyond the Bend- the steel bending podcast. My first episode just came and new episodes will post each Monday. If you, or someone you know would to come on as a guest please contact me! I hope to bring growth and awareness to the great world of grip and bending! 

 

 

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On 7/13/2020 at 2:11 PM, AvgJo said:

Hey folks,

My name is Jordan, I am 26, 182cm and ~90kg right now. I'm also from Scotland. I've followed the grip community for many years, inspired by great athletes such as Timo Lauttamus and Nathan Holle. I just do general strength training at home, some long term goals are the one arm chinup and the CoC #3. I will be posting a training log hopefully - consisting of mainly gripper progress, or at least that is the plan. I closed the #2.5 once or twice in my life (maybe they were just one offs) but have never actually dedicated any time or consistency training grippers (which I hope to now!). Cheers.

Welcome @AvgJo!

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On 7/15/2020 at 8:09 PM, Beyond the Bend Podcast said:

Hello Everyone! I’m Cody and I started Beyond the Bend- the steel bending podcast. My first episode just came and new episodes will post each Monday. If you, or someone you know would to come on as a guest please contact me! I hope to bring growth and awareness to the great world of grip and bending! 

 

 

Welcome @Beyond the Bend Podcast !

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3 hours ago, MAGACOP said:

Hey

 

I'm here to chew gum and get a Hulk-like Grip.

I found this site looking for Blobs.

Welcome!

On a side note: 

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12 hours ago, MAGACOP said:

Hey

 

I'm here to chew gum and get a Hulk-like Grip.

I found this site looking for Blobs.

@MAGACOP Welcome!

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Weakman

Hello gripsters!

I´m a guy in the mid-thirties who been into grip for 6 years now accomplish absolutely nothing! I´m trying to kill of all the IM certs. So I´m here to get motivation to start pushing limits. Looking forward to hang around world class grip athletes. See you in the gym!

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On 8/4/2020 at 3:22 PM, Weakman said:

Hello gripsters!

I´m a guy in the mid-thirties who been into grip for 6 years now accomplish absolutely nothing! I´m trying to kill of all the IM certs. So I´m here to get motivation to start pushing limits. Looking forward to hang around world class grip athletes. See you in the gym!

Welcome @Weakman !

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Hi guys.  Well, it’s been 16 years, but I am back.  I wasn’t able to recover my old user name.  
 

Anyways - I am selling all my gear. Is there a classifieds section on the board? Couldn’t find it.  Here is my eBay listing.  Let me know if you are interested?  Thanks - rek 

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=392903145198&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111

 

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Markob42

Hey, name is Mark. Been into collecting blobs and grippers lately, so it seemed prudent to link up with the board here to get better at them.

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RonnieBoy

Hello all

Name's Ron, squeezed my first gripper around January and now I'm obsessed. Currently working on the No3, feels like a brick!

Here to learn mainly, maybe snag some equipment and hopefully contribute something useful at some point ...

Based in the UK 

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Gripvet

Hey crew!

My name is Grace, I am a large animal veterinarian and casual rock climber. I accidentally found gripping about a year ago and love all the smallest key pinches. The more frustrating, the better.

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On 8/9/2020 at 1:11 PM, Rek said:

Hi guys.  Well, it’s been 16 years, but I am back.  I wasn’t able to recover my old user name.  
 

Anyways - I am selling all my gear. Is there a classifieds section on the board? Couldn’t find it.  Here is my eBay listing.  Let me know if you are interested?  Thanks - rek 

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=392903145198&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111

 

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Welcome @Rekx!

On 8/22/2020 at 5:56 PM, Markob42 said:

Hey, name is Mark. Been into collecting blobs and grippers lately, so it seemed prudent to link up with the board here to get better at them.

Welcome @Markob42!

22 hours ago, RonnieBoy said:

Hello all

Name's Ron, squeezed my first gripper around January and now I'm obsessed. Currently working on the No3, feels like a brick!

Here to learn mainly, maybe snag some equipment and hopefully contribute something useful at some point ...

Based in the UK 

Welcome @RonnieBoy!

7 hours ago, Gripvet said:

Hey crew!

My name is Grace, I am a large animal veterinarian and casual rock climber. I accidentally found gripping about a year ago and love all the smallest key pinches. The more frustrating, the better.

Welcome @Gripvet!

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Nuttgens

Hey guys, my name is Steve 29 years old. I work up in northern Canada and after they shut down the gym here for Covid I ordered some grippers and started training them. I got my coc 1 1.5 and 2 at the beginning of May. Closed the 1 and 1.5 for reps when I got them took a few weeks to close the 2. Once I could rep my 2 for 13 reps I ordered the 2.5 and 3 they showed up about a week ago and right now can close my 2.5 for 5 reps but can’t even budge my 3. So for now just working on getting the reps up on my 2.5. I think my 2.5 might be an easier one and 3 harder because the spread on my 3 is half a handle width more than my 2.5. Anyways I guess I’ll let you know if I can ever get that #3 closed.

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On 9/1/2020 at 1:20 AM, Nuttgens said:

Hey guys, my name is Steve 29 years old. I work up in northern Canada and after they shut down the gym here for Covid I ordered some grippers and started training them. I got my coc 1 1.5 and 2 at the beginning of May. Closed the 1 and 1.5 for reps when I got them took a few weeks to close the 2. Once I could rep my 2 for 13 reps I ordered the 2.5 and 3 they showed up about a week ago and right now can close my 2.5 for 5 reps but can’t even budge my 3. So for now just working on getting the reps up on my 2.5. I think my 2.5 might be an easier one and 3 harder because the spread on my 3 is half a handle width more than my 2.5. Anyways I guess I’ll let you know if I can ever get that #3 closed.

Welcome to the gripboard man. There is a few guys now, including myself, who are working towards closing the #3 and keeping workout logs on here. The #2.5 for 5 so fast is pretty impressive. Did you ever do much grip work before?

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46 minutes ago, AvgJo said:

Welcome to the gripboard man. There is a few guys now, including myself, who are working towards closing the #3 and keeping workout logs on here. The #2.5 for 5 so fast is pretty impressive. Did you ever do much grip work before?

I played around on a little plastic gripper a little not much. Did fat bar pull ups and lots of double overhand deadlifts. My best deadlift double overhand was 405. Also gonna start following your log might be motivation to keep me pushing for that 3.

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