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Have you guys seen this video? I remember when Brian lifted Gigantor blob. It was impressive but looked difficult. In this  video he lifts a 50lb blob, blobzilla, and then Gigantor blob without rechalking!! 

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If he spent 3 months learning the technical aspects of the grip lifts, he could break EVERY record in grip... in one contest.  Don't kid yourselves.  He's on another planet size and strength wise than

I said it to Strossen ten or so years ago.  "Grip is the last bastion for the "normal" man."

These topics always go this way, and I know better than to stick around and argue, but weight classes and formulas don't exist to make people feel better about themselves. You might be of the opinion

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I saw it yesterday. It would be very cool to se Brian in a real grip competition, like Eddie Hall did a few years ago.

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Boulderbrew

he would win so easily. The only question would be hub lifting

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49 minutes ago, Boulderbrew said:

he would win so easily. The only question would be hub lifting

Many people believe he would. I'm not that sure myself. That's why I think it would be so interesting to se him (and other elite strongmen) compete against the very best grip specialists.

 

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I think he would destroy thick bar records right away, but might have a step learning curve with the more technical lifts and some smaller devices like hubs. I see him and Juji doing more and more grip stuff and that kind of exposure is exactly what this sport needs.

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If he spent 3 months learning the technical aspects of the grip lifts, he could break EVERY record in grip... in one contest.  Don't kid yourselves.  He's on another planet size and strength wise than anyone who has ever done grip seriously.  He might struggle with the stub and hub, but sheer power would probably have him win those too.  Seriously guys, it would be like the time Jason Bergmann took up horseshoe bending and took all of three months to bend shoes nobody else in the world had ever wobbled.  If Shaw had time to master setting grippers, etc. He would own every non-gimmick lift record in gripsport in short order.  The man has baseball gloves for hands and is stronger than all but 1 or two guys walking the earth.  

 

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Couldn't find anything on hand size, but he's 6'8" with size 16 shoes.  Rogue just says exceptionally huge hands.  The surface area of these paws is ridiculous. 

 

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9 hours ago, Mike Rinderle said:

If he spent 3 months learning the technical aspects of the grip lifts, he could break EVERY record in grip... in one contest.  Don't kid yourselves.  He's on another planet size and strength wise than anyone who has ever done grip seriously.  He might struggle with the stub and hub, but sheer power would probably have him win those too.  Seriously guys, it would be like the time Jason Bergmann took up horseshoe bending and took all of three months to bend shoes nobody else in the world had ever wobbled.  If Shaw had time to master setting grippers, etc. He would own every non-gimmick lift record in gripsport in short order.  The man has baseball gloves for hands and is stronger than all but 1 or two guys walking the earth.  

 

Brian has actually been training his grip hard for many years and definitely has a good understand of it all, he's also competed in grip in the past. As far as the strongman vs grip athlete debate goes, it definitely helps to be strong all around, however just because your a top strongman does not mean you will automatically be able to smash all the grip records with 3 months of training. Keep in mind there would a fair chance of injury during those 3 months for a start, but again he already trains his grip a lot. The best grip to come out of the top strongman was mike Burke who won some contests and did very well but still got beat by alexey. Brian has gone up against mark Felix and Steve gardener (mobster) in the ironmind rolling thunder championships, which should be just about Brian's best kind of event due to high thumb strength and huge hands. He was able to match Steve, which is very hard to do as Steve is very high level in thickbar, but Felix beat both of them. Felix has done well in grip contests but only had one major win that I can recall of.

To sum up, yes Brian is crazy strong at certain things and has thumb strength to spare but that doesn't mean he's crazy strong at everything and would just wipe out all the records with minimum effort.

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2 minutes ago, Paul Savage said:

Brian has actually been training his grip hard for many years and definitely has a good understand of it all, he's also competed in grip in the past. As far as the strongman vs grip athlete debate goes, it definitely helps to be strong all around, however just because your a top strongman does not mean you will automatically be able to smash all the grip records with 3 months of training. Keep in mind there would a fair chance of injury during those 3 months for a start, but again he already trains his grip a lot. The best grip to come out of the top strongman was mike Burke who won some contests and did very well but still got beat by alexey. Brian has gone up against mark Felix and Steve gardener (mobster) in the ironmind rolling thunder championships, which should be just about Brian's best kind of event due to high thumb strength and huge hands. He was able to match Steve, which is very hard to do as Steve is very high level in thickbar, but Felix beat both of them. Felix has done well in grip contests but only had one major win that I can recall of.

To sum up, yes Brian is crazy strong at certain things and has thumb strength to spare but that doesn't mean he's crazy strong at everything and would just wipe out all the records with minimum effort.

Completely agree here. Just like if they entered a powerlifting comp. It doesn't mean they would set world records in bench, squat & deadlift.

I'd love to see Brian Shaw in a real grip contest with 3-4 events, he clearly has one of the strongest grip in the world, it would be an awesome contest I think.

 

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20 minutes ago, Paul Savage said:

Brian has actually been training his grip hard for many years and definitely has a good understand of it all, he's also competed in grip in the past. As far as the strongman vs grip athlete debate goes, it definitely helps to be strong all around, however just because your a top strongman does not mean you will automatically be able to smash all the grip records with 3 months of training. Keep in mind there would a fair chance of injury during those 3 months for a start, but again he already trains his grip a lot. The best grip to come out of the top strongman was mike Burke who won some contests and did very well but still got beat by alexey. Brian has gone up against mark Felix and Steve gardener (mobster) in the ironmind rolling thunder championships, which should be just about Brian's best kind of event due to high thumb strength and huge hands. He was able to match Steve, which is very hard to do as Steve is very high level in thickbar, but Felix beat both of them. Felix has done well in grip contests but only had one major win that I can recall of.

To sum up, yes Brian is crazy strong at certain things and has thumb strength to spare but that doesn't mean he's crazy strong at everything and would just wipe out all the records with minimum effort.

I totally agree with this statement 

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34 minutes ago, Paul Savage said:

Brian has actually been training his grip hard for many years and definitely has a good understand of it all, he's also competed in grip in the past. As far as the strongman vs grip athlete debate goes, it definitely helps to be strong all around, however just because your a top strongman does not mean you will automatically be able to smash all the grip records with 3 months of training. Keep in mind there would a fair chance of injury during those 3 months for a start, but again he already trains his grip a lot. The best grip to come out of the top strongman was mike Burke who won some contests and did very well but still got beat by alexey. Brian has gone up against mark Felix and Steve gardener (mobster) in the ironmind rolling thunder championships, which should be just about Brian's best kind of event due to high thumb strength and huge hands. He was able to match Steve, which is very hard to do as Steve is very high level in thickbar, but Felix beat both of them. Felix has done well in grip contests but only had one major win that I can recall of.

To sum up, yes Brian is crazy strong at certain things and has thumb strength to spare but that doesn't mean he's crazy strong at everything and would just wipe out all the records with minimum effort.

So... a guy who dabbles in grip ties one of the all time greats and another genetic freak who does train grip, but with 1/10th the training of Steve beats him.  Mob has been doing this stuff for decades. Thanks for making my point.  If Shaw specifically concentrated on grip for 3 months, he would beat everyone.  Heck, not to take anything away from him, but Chad Woodall, who isn't close to Brian, was dominant in grip when he dabbled.  Size and strength are king.

We're all just normal guys that do well at a sport because there isn't enough prize money to attract the strongest and biggest athletes in the world.  If you don't believe that, you are deluding yourself.  Don't believe me?  Get somebody to put up $100k for a grip contest 6 months out and see if any current grip athletes would finish on the podium.

 

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1 minute ago, Mike Rinderle said:

So... a guy who dabbles in grip ties one of the all time greats and another genetic freak who does train grip, but with 1/10th the training of Steve beats him.  Mob has been doing this stuff for decades. Thanks for making my point.  If Shaw specifically concentrated on grip for 3 months, he would beat everyone.  Heck, not to take anything away from him, but Chad Woodall, who isn't close to Brian, was dominant in grip when he dabbled.  Size and strength are king.

We're all just normal guys that do well at a sport because there isn't enough prize money to attract the strongest and biggest athletes in the world.  If you don't believe that, you are deluding yourself.  Don't believe me?  Get somebody to put up $100k for a grip contest 6 months out and see if any current grip athletes would finish on the podium.

 

Obviously nobody is going to put up that kind of money nor is someone like Brian going to train for 3 months specifically for a grip contest, but I think you are vastly underestimating how much he already trains his grip. He's not just going to get 25% better in 3 months, there would be decent chance he would get worse due to injury and overtraining if he tried to put more focus on grip. Keep in mind he has struggled with the frame at worlds strongest man many times, had nerve damage in his hand etc Believe it or not there's a good few strongman that have a better grip than him. Brian isn't the best in the world at everything in strongman, he's just very well rounded and doesn't have many weaknesses.

Again, not to take anything away from his freak strength on those blobs, that was crazy.

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14 minutes ago, Mike Rinderle said:

So... a guy who dabbles in grip ties one of the all time greats and another genetic freak who does train grip, but with 1/10th the training of Steve beats him.  Mob has been doing this stuff for decades. Thanks for making my point.  If Shaw specifically concentrated on grip for 3 months, he would beat everyone.  Heck, not to take anything away from him, but Chad Woodall, who isn't close to Brian, was dominant in grip when he dabbled.  Size and strength are king.

We're all just normal guys that do well at a sport because there isn't enough prize money to attract the strongest and biggest athletes in the world.  If you don't believe that, you are deluding yourself.  Don't believe me?  Get somebody to put up $100k for a grip contest 6 months out and see if any current grip athletes would finish on the podium.

 

I see this point as well. Touché Miguel

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2 minutes ago, Paul Savage said:

Obviously nobody is going to put up that kind of money nor is someone like Brian going to train for 3 months specifically for a grip contest, but I think you are vastly underestimating how much he already trains his grip. He's not just going to get 25% better in 3 months, there would be decent chance he would get worse due to injury and overtraining if he tried to put more focus on grip. Keep in mind he has struggled with the frame at worlds strongest man many times, had nerve damage in his hand etc Believe it or not there's a good few strongman that have a better grip than him. Brian isn't the best in the world at everything in strongman, he's just very well rounded and doesn't have many weaknesses.

Again, not to take anything away from his freak strength on those blobs, that was crazy.

Lots of good points being made here. This is interesting 

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1 hour ago, Paul Savage said:

Obviously nobody is going to put up that kind of money nor is someone like Brian going to train for 3 months specifically for a grip contest, but I think you are vastly underestimating how much he already trains his grip. He's not just going to get 25% better in 3 months, there would be decent chance he would get worse due to injury and overtraining if he tried to put more focus on grip. Keep in mind he has struggled with the frame at worlds strongest man many times, had nerve damage in his hand etc Believe it or not there's a good few strongman that have a better grip than him. Brian isn't the best in the world at everything in strongman, he's just very well rounded and doesn't have many weaknesses.

Again, not to take anything away from his freak strength on those blobs, that was crazy.

This is another one of those “what if “ questions that can never be resolved until someone that’s in WSM decides to prove or disprove whether or not they will always be stronger than a grip specialist or will break all the records with ease. Grip is a very specific animal. Being 6’8 and 400 pounds and having hands  the size of catchers mitts are all cards in ones favor. Grip is the one realm  of strength that seems be different than many others in the fact that there are a lot of huge guys that are not so great at it and many very small guys that are. It appears to be an equalizer of sorts. That is why I love it. Anyone can do it but not all will be good or great at it. 

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I said it to Strossen ten or so years ago.  "Grip is the last bastion for the "normal" man."

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1 minute ago, climber511 said:

I said it to Strossen ten or so years ago.  "Grip is the last bastion for the "normal" man."

The thing so amazing about grip is witnessing little guys do some not so normal things.

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Thats so cool that Shaws interested in grip lifts, shows it to others, and talks about how enjoyable it is - really cool to see and hear - he always seems like such a nice guy too

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2 hours ago, Mike Rinderle said:

So... a guy who dabbles in grip

Dabbles? That would be a gross understatement. He trains, he competed, he makes videos and even has a blob collection. Does it not count because he hubs shallow york plates instead of an IronMind TM hub trainer?

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8 minutes ago, DAVE101 said:

Dabbles? That would be a gross understatement. He trains, he competed, he makes videos and even has a blob collection. Does it not count because he hubs shallow york plates instead of an IronMind TM hub trainer?

Can we agree it is not anywhere near his main focus?  Compared to the majority of us gripsters he dabbles.  Which is understandable since it doesn't pay his bills.  Showing up for one comp for fun doesn't really qualify someone as serious about our teeny lil sport.

He does train grip insofar as it helps him with strongman for sure, but he certainly doesn't make it his focus.

Listen, I have no dog in this fight, although I know which one I would bet on.  If people want to believe that anybody currently competing regularly in gripsport could beat Shaw or any of these monsters if they concentrated a large portion of their training effort on gripsport events... have at it.  

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Just my $0.02, Brian is amazing at hub lifts unless you all forgot him doing the shallow wide hub plate lift plus 15lbs. I fancy myself a hub expert and it took me a while to work up to that, and to my knowledge, nobody else has ever done it, even with Brian offering up a $100 steak dinner. The way he manhandles blobs that nobody has ever lifted before, it really does lend weight to the argument that size beats everything at a point. The man weighs over 400lbs with a huge amount of lean mass and enormous hands. The extra surface area on his hands alone would make pinch work a joke to him. He would have beaten everyone at Living Legends, a pretty good example of the best of the best, without training specifically for it, without question. That is why we have weight classes.

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23 minutes ago, Squeezus said:

Just my $0.02, Brian is amazing at hub lifts unless you all forgot him doing the shallow wide hub plate lift plus 15lbs. I fancy myself a hub expert and it took me a while to work up to that, and to my knowledge, nobody else has ever done it, even with Brian offering up a $100 steak dinner. The way he manhandles blobs that nobody has ever lifted before, it really does lend weight to the argument that size beats everything at a point. The man weighs over 400lbs with a huge amount of lean mass and enormous hands. The extra surface area on his hands alone would make pinch work a joke to him. He would have beaten everyone at Living Legends, a pretty good example of the best of the best, without training specifically for it, without question. That is why we have weight classes.

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The whole hand size debate and weight class problems don't really apply when a man as big both in body and hands is being talked about - especially when that individual is also massively strong in all other phases of lifting strength.  Like we have been discussing in a different thread he is going to have areas in which he may be  comparatively stronger or weaker than other areas but he is bigger than 2 94K class men - think about that - if you are a 205# man - he is still twice as big as you!  Imagine two Gil's or 2 Kody's and he weighs as much as both of them put together.

 

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