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Tommy Jennings - Level 1

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The GripBoard Proudly Certifies:

Tommy Jennings
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.

Tommy mashes the GripBoard Mash Monster Gripper - Level 1

Official Mash Monster Video

Mash Monster Profile

Age: 26
Height: 6"
Weight: 197lbs
Date of Feat: April 16, 2012
Witness: Paul Knight

How Long Grip Training
Just under 6 months.

Current Grip Training Program
Program:grippers twice a week, forearms once a week.

Other Training Info
I do no other strength training of any kind.

Other Info

Big thanks to my wife for puttin up with my training, and training equipment all over the house... grippers, wrist rollers, plates, and chalk everywhere..


Tommy Jennings, the 76th 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?

Did quite a bit of strength training in high school. lots of bodyweight workouts in the military.

How did you get into grip training?

Started training grip due to a wrist injury.. the wrist pain was really messin with my money on the job..

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

Take it in stride. it wont happen over night.

What does your current grip routine look like?

I try not to make it too routine.. routine, to me, seems too much like work. i like to have fun with it.

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

I've slowed down a bit.. at first, it was everyday. i had a hard time making myself rest up. But i realize now, that if i want to see gains, i need to chillax a little.

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. too much will get you nowhere.

What are your favorite grip exercises?

All of them!

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

3 times a week. then back off after a couple months to twice a week, etc.

Who do you most admire in gripdom?

lol... well.. i'll admit it.. Paul Knight, Eric Milfeld, Adam Glass, Wade Gillingham, Juha, Jedd Johnson, Chad Woodall, and Tim Struse.

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


What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

For me, pinch.

What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

Closed a 3.5 with a slightly wider than parallel set, pinched 5 dimes to lockout and held for a few seconds, 60lb hub lift, 250lbs swedish vbar (got air).

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

Not getting serious with it.

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

coc 4 closes, inch DB dominations, and heavy thickbar lifts.

Do you have any parting advice for readers?

Dont just sit there, go train!

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