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Cesare Ricchezza, Level 1

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The GripBoard Proudly Certifies:

Cesare Ricchezza

GripBoard Mash Monster Level 1

This certification is granted by The GripBoard as an independent third party with no ethical or commercial conflict of interest.

The Mash Monster Gripper is one of a limited number supplied and controlled by The GripBoard.

The gripper is closed with one hand under strict and uniformly ethical and authenticated conditions.

This momentous feat was demonstrated on video to assure it will be valid for posterity.


Cesare mashes the GripBoard Mash Monster Gripper - Level 1

Official Mash Monster Video

Mash Monster Profile

Age: 28

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 250lbs

Date of Feat: September 26, 2011

Witness: Daniella Fiorilli

How Long Grip Training

I first trained with heavy grippers 3 years ago but stopped when I was able to close the captains of crush #3 with a mash monster set. I have been training consistently for the last 2.5 months and want to certify on the #3.

Current Grip Training Program

I train grippers 2-3 days a week. As soon as I certify on the captains of

crush #3, I’m going to train other aspects of grip as well.

Other Training Info

I have been weight training 3-4 days a week for the last 9 years.


I want to thank my sister, Daniella Fiorilli, for being supportive and doing a great job as my camera person.


Cesare Ricchezza, the 72nd man in the world to close the Mash Monster Gripper - Level 1.

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

I was thin when I graduated from high school, but met 2 guys who were into weight lifting when I went away to college. They took me to the gym and I fell in love with the training. I started reading everything I could about weight training. Weight lifting is now a huge part of my life.

How did you get into grip training?

I was watching the “World’s Strongest Man” competition one year and they mentioned that Magnus Samuelsson is one of only 5 people who have certified on the captains of crush #4 gripper. I researched the grippers on the internet and ordered the #1 and #2 grippers. I closed both of these grippers on my first try and was amazed when other strong guys I knew couldn’t. I ordered the #2.5 and #3 right away. I was able to close the #2.5 on first try but the #3 stopped me in my tracks. I was hooked at this point and made it my goal to certify on the #3 gripper.

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

Experiment and learn what training routine works best for you. Make sure not to make the common mistake of overtraining. Always set small goals along the way to keep yourself motivated.

What does your current grip routine look like?

I usually start with warm up sets and then move to max singles. I also incorporate doubles, triples, negatives and strap holds. I alternate between a workout with torsion spring grippers and my Vulcan V2. I keep a regular workout log on the gripboard if anyone is interested in following my progress.

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

When I first started training 3 years ago, I didn’t even have a routine. I was overtraining and not making much progress. I was obsessed and trying to crank out countless gripper reps every day.

There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it’s affect on your training?

I experiment all the time. It keeps my training fresh and helps me bust through plateaus.

What are your favorite grip exercises?

I only train grippers right now. I plan on trying different exercises and training for the “World’s Strongest Hands” competition next year.

Who do you most admire in gripdom?

Paul Knight, Gabriel Sum, Joe Kinney and Magnus Samuelsson are some of the guys that I admire most but there are many more.

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

I would have followed a grip routine earlier.

What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

I recently came very close to closing my captains of crush #3 with a credit card set. I have a video of the attempt in my workout log. I can close my GNC 300 gripper with a mash monster set.

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


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

Certifying on the Captains of Crush #4. It will be amazing when someone does it with the new credit card set rule.

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Thanks guys. Thanks Matt for doing a great job on the profiles.

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