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Texas Forearm Massacre - Saginaw, TX 12/9

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Hey guys, I'm hosting a last chance qualifier for Team USA on Sunday, 12/9 in Saginaw, TX just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. Free entry, no Armlifting USA membership required, but we're asking that you pay the drop in to The Edge Fitness Center where the contest is being held out of courtesy for the venue. No pre-registration required; just show up! The Armlifting USA rankings get closed on 12/31 so this is one of the last chances to get your name on the list and try to earn your spot for the team going to Russia in May.

Events are silver bullet, axle, RT, and LBH. I'll be judging and will try to live stream everything if we can get a good connection and it's okay with the gym (some venues are funny about that). 

Come on out!

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Boulderbrew

Yeah buddy! I’ll be there, 135lbs axle and all 💪

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Tommy J.

See you there!

3 hours ago, Boulderbrew said:

Yeah buddy! I’ll be there, 135lbs axle and all 💪

Lol! No way man. You could easily take axle by storm also. 

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Boulderbrew
10 minutes ago, Tommy J. said:

See you there!

Lol! No way man. You could easily take axle by storm also. 

I’ll be out there this Sunday too. I’m gonna hold you to the rule of heckling me about the axle “once per beer” 

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Tommy J.
3 hours ago, Boulderbrew said:

I’ll be out there this Sunday too. I’m gonna hold you to the rule of heckling me about the axle “once per beer” 

Lol! Oh that will continue!

have you noticed that i have been somewhat passively mentioning it in my posts also? 😬

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Anton.Torrella
6 hours ago, Tommy J. said:

Lol! Oh that will continue!

have you noticed that i have been somewhat passively mentioning it in my posts also? 😬

You guys' whole grip superhero team should hit this forearm massacre then bring the fight to the commies....I mean Russians

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Hubgeezer

Clay, gotta say that may be the best name for a contest yet.

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Tommy J.

Guys i know its short notice. But Clay is going way out of his way here to get more guys included to compete with Russia in May. If you can make it out please do!

would i have preferred to have more time to train? Yes, that will always be the case. But another qualifier had to happen before 12/31 to get more guys on board. So we are winging it also!

 

and thank you to Clay for going out of his way to get us on board. We are fired up to compete!

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Rick Walker

@ClayEdgin the next event you run, if you do, hit me up via PM a few months before and I will help out however I can with sponsorship money, prizes, whatever you might need.

I think what you guys have going on the Texas is a great thing. 

-Rick

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Tommy J.

Big thanks to both orgs for allowing dual sanctioning! Im really excited about this!

 

rules for lifts are as follows:

Rolling Thunder. 
 
 

Athletes will get unlimited attempts to lift as much weight as possible in a rising bar format. Weight will be added to the loading pin in 2.5kg increments and athlete will choose when to jump in or pass.   The lifter will have 30 seconds to successfully complete an attempt. If you miss during the time limit, you are out of the event and your best previous attempt is recorded. Rules are performance are from the ironmind website and are as follows:

 
1.   An authentic current-model IronMind® Rolling Thunder® handle must be used, it cannot have been modified in any way, and it must be inspected to ensure that it revolves freely:  holding the handle, lift the triangular metal frame and rotate it until it is horizontal (parallel to the ground).  Release the metal frame to demonstrate that it rotates back to its original vertical position (pointing toward the ground) under its own weight. The lift starts with the weight in between the lifter’s feet,  using an IronMind 15" Olympic loading pin and carabiner.
 
2.   The lifter grabs the Rolling Thunder handle in approximately its center and lifts with the handle remaining approximately parallel to the ground. A thumbless grip is not permitted.
 
3.   Any contact between the lifter's hand and the non-revolving portion of the handle disqualifies the lift; and other than incidental contact, the hand or Rolling Thunder handle must not touch the body before the lift is completed—dragging the hand or handle up the leg is cause for an immediate "No lift."
 
4.   The lifter must fully straighten up (back erect, legs and hips locked out); once standing straight, the lifter must maintain control of the lift for 1 second before getting a down signal from the referee, and must then return the weight to the ground. Contact must be maintained between the lifter's hand and the Rolling Thunder® handle until the weight is resting on the floor. The referee then indicates whether the lift was passed or not. 
 
5.   In contest situations, the lifter is given 1 minute to complete the lift after his/her name is called; during that minute, there is no limit to how many times the lifter may try to complete the lift.
 
6.   Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the lifter's hand, but nothing else is permitted (liquid chalk, for example, is specifically disallowed).
 
Apollon's Axle Deadlift
 
Athletes will get unlimited attempts to lift as much weight as possible in a rising bar format. Weight will be added to the axle in 5kg increments and athlete will choose when to jump in or pass.   The lifter will have 30 seconds to successfully complete an attempt. If you miss during the time limit, you are out of the event and your best previous attempt is recorded. Rules are performance are from the ironmind website and are as follows:  
 
  1.    A genuine IronMind Apollon's Axle must be used, along with full-sized plates (discs) that are the standard IWF/IPF diameter (450 mm).
  2.    The plates must either be calibrated or have been weighed on a proven scale.
  3.    Time starts when the Apollon's Axle is loaded; the athletes have 30 seconds to begin the lift.
  4.    No grip aids other than chalk allowed. Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the lifter's hands, but nothing else is permitted (liquid chalk, for example, is specifically disallowed).
  5.    The Apollon's Axle must be gripped with the knuckles on both hands facing forward (away from the body) with a double overhand grip.
  6.    Thumbless and hook gips are prohibited.
  7.    The lifter must fully straighten up (back erect, legs and hips locked out); once standing straight, the lifter must maintain control of the lift for 1 second before getting a down signal from the referee, and must then return the weight to the ground. Contact must be maintained between the lifter's hand and the Axle until the weight is resting on the floor. The referee then indicates whether the lift was passed or not. 
  8.    IPF powerlifting rules define the key guidelines:  resting the Axle on the thighs or any downward movement will disqualify the lift, as would failure to await the down signal or dropping the bar.  A sumo style is permitted and the feet may move after the lifter has received the down signal.
Silver Bullet Hold
 
Athletes will get one attempt to hold the gripper of their choice for as long as possible.  Scoring for this event will be done on the standard Armlifting USA sliding scale. Rules of performance are from the Ironmind website and are as follows:
 
  1.  A genuine IronMind Captains of Crush® gripper must be used.
  2.  The gripper must be new, in an unbroken package and opened on the spot.*
  3. Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the gripping hand, but nothing else is permitted (liquid chalk, for example, is specifically disallowed).
  4.  A genuine IronMind CoC Silver Bullet must be used, with 2.5 kg of weight hanging from the silver bullet strap and this weight may either be an ironMind CoC Silver Bullet Disc or an IWF IPF certified (calibrated) plate. 
  5.  The CoC Silver Bullet is inserted by the competitor no deeper than up to the top edge of the clear band, so that the script Captains of Crush® is legible, and so that all four fingers are in contact with the CoC gripper handle (dropping the pinky completely off the end of the gripper handle is expressly prohibited). The CoC Silver Bullet must be aligned with the handles of the gripper, which cannot overlap with the CoC Silver Bullet in what we call a three-point position.
  6.  Using one or two hands, the competitor closes the CoC gripper in his/her own time so that the two handles hold the CoC Silver Bullet in place and once this position has been achieved, and only one hand is holding the gripper shut, the referee gives the signal to start the clock.  If the competitor fails to get a secure hold on the CoC Silver Bullet, he/she is allowed one chance to reset it. 
  7.  The hand must be held with the gripper approximately vertical and the referee may give one warning to correct the position. No contact between the lifting arm and the body is permitted. 
  8.  Time stops when the Silver Bullet drops from the handles or when the referee observes any contact between the pinky and the CoC Silver Bullet, or any other illegal postilion.
  9. Independent of the timekeeper, a referee (whose sole responsibility is to assure the rules regarding placement, hand position, ect. are being followed) must officiate attempts.
*we will be using grippers that are used and out of the package so no official world records can be set at this competition in this event.
 
Little Big Horn
 
Athletes will get unlimited attempts to lift as much weight as possible in a rising bar format. Weight will be added to the loading pin in 2.5kg increments and athlete will choose when to jump in or pass.   The lifter will have 60 seconds to successfully complete an attempt. If you miss during the time limit, you are out of the event and your best previous attempt is recorded. Rules are performance are from the ironmind website and are as follows:
 

1)  The IronMind Little Big Horn must be an authentic current-model IronMind Enterprises, Inc. Little Big Horn; it cannot have been modified or tampered with in any way.

2)  Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the lifting hand, but nothing else is permitted (liquid chalk, for example, is specifically disallowed).

3)  Weight is hung from the Little Big Horn using an IronMind 15" Olympic loading pin and carabiner.

4)  The lifter starts the lift with the lifting hand wrapped around the Little Big Horn. The lift must be performed with the Little Big Horn remaining approximately vertical and there may be no contact with the underside of the base of the Little Big Horn.

5)  The lifter must fully straighten up (back erect, legs and hips locked out); once standing straight, the lifter must maintain control of the lift for 1 second before getting a down signal from the referee, and must then return the weight to the ground. Contact must be maintained between the lifter's hand and the Little Big Horn until the weight is resting on the floor. The referee then indicates whether the lift was passed or not. 

6)  In contest situations, the lifter is given 1 minute to complete the lift after his/her name is called; during that minute, there is no limit to how many times the lifter may try to complete the lift.

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Boulderbrew
5 hours ago, Tommy J. said:

Athletes will get unlimited attempts to lift as much weight as possible in a rising bar format. Weight will be added to the loading pin in 2.5kg increments and athlete will choose when to jump in or pass.   The lifter will have 30 seconds to successfully complete an attempt.

I didn’t realize we got unlimited attempts AND 30sec to complete the lift. Nice! This should be a fun format 

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ClayEdgin
On 12/2/2018 at 9:22 AM, Rick Walker said:

@ClayEdgin the next event you run, if you do, hit me up via PM a few months before and I will help out however I can with sponsorship money, prizes, whatever you might need.

I think what you guys have going on the Texas is a great thing. 

-Rick

Thanks @Rick Walker! I think we're looking at February for the next one so I"ll keep you in the loop.

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Tommy J.

Sorry for the late response guys. Below are the results of the comp Sunday

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Tommy J.

Much thanks to both orgs for the dual sanctioning!

GSI has also added the LBH and axle results to the top 100 lists

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Climber028

Wow, big numbers all around must have been a blast to run

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Tommy J.
1 hour ago, Climber028 said:

Wow, big numbers all around must have been a blast to run

It was a lot of fun! Albeit i had a horrible time with my lifts.. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Adams were down also. It appeared that he had done some last minute cutting from 197’ish down to about 188’ish?

Tanner and Morgan surprised! Tanner and i spoke a couple days prior and he was telling me he was having a hard time with the LBH and the RT, then he shows up and kills it! Dude is the real deal for sure. Morgan pulling the axle with a stiff leg pull every time was awesome. Ive never seen anyone pull an axle that way. Such a tall guy with a big ROM makes his near 400lb axle pull very humbling to watch.

Clay is such a bear of a guy. Soft spoken and very approachable. One would expect a guy like him to have a very intimidating and overbearing presence. He is just the opposite. Cant say enough good things about the guy!

oh and i have never seen a 350lb+ guy do a pullup so easily! Jeez! 😳

Danny and Logan are super good guys too.

and i can always count on my homie Eric to smash some whiskey with me, any where, any time. 😜

expect bigger numbers and larger crowds as time passes. Over the last 5 or so weeks, most of us havent really done much training leading up to this last minute comp. of the handful of practices we have had, there has only been one or two where we all could make it. I would assume that there are a handful out there looking at the numbers above trying to compare their lifts to ours. Maybe even thinking “i can take that guy”.. but i’ll remind everyone that while your current numbers, after years of consistent grip training may or may not be comparable, most of us here have only been back in grip a couple weeks. 

Ive even already addressed this with the fellas. 😎

i said something along the lines of “man in 6 or so months, every one of those dudes is gonna be accusing us of being on some form of enhancers. As they forget (Or flat out disregard) that this last minute comp was done by us after literally years of no grip training.”

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EricMilfeld

It’s kinda fun startin’ all over with grip training, because I can look forward to progressing again. 

By the way, Tommy, I’m pretty sure Adam’s cut was to make 90k, or about 198 pounds. 

Clay certainly went above and beyond driving up from Austin and conducting the contest on short notice. I’ve always loved his sense of humor, and it’s almost overshadowed by his friendly graciousness, and that’s not just the whiskey talking. I’m not sure who won the whiskey event, but Tommy may have edged me on body weight. 

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