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LOG STARTED ON WEDNESDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2019

 

1991 - 2008; ORIGINS   [19 NOV 2008 = 13¾" (Wrist: ~7½"; Mid-Forearm: ~11½")]

My initial serious foray into the grip world was via a hard lesson with an old school wooden wrist roller (you know a stick with a rope attached) by one of my first bosses (a former British SAS Mobility and Special Projects Trooper) for weapon retention training purposes. Soon after I was introduced to Ironmind's earliest grippers in 1992/93 by some cat I knew from 5th Group who knew Richard Sorin. I was hooked and immediately bought a #1 and #2 and then in 1998 bought myself another #1 and #2 and my first #3. Sadly I lost all five of these early IM grippers in the IDF shelling/bombing of the UN HQ during the Gaza War in January 2009. The last time I closed a CoC#3 was that November/December 2008 before the war. The pic in my profile is actually from this period of time and thus explains the scowl on my grumpy face... I had lost all my grippers!

Back in LATE 2008 my forearms were an extremely solid 13¾" (measuring is performed cold (no pump)... unflexed... no goosenecking... with the arm held out straight.) at a bodyweight of around ~79-80kg.  At my heaviest ~100-105kg (which I have held for over a year three separate occasions during my career for duty purposes) my forearms were only ~12-13" so overall size has had very little effect on my forearm size... I chalk it up to my body type and naturally long thin arms.  Direct work is the key for me to grow my forearms.

 

2008 - 2018; THE DARK AGES   [10 SEP 2012 = 13¼" (Wrist: ---"; Mid-Forearm: 11¾")]

An inexcusable ten-year hiatus from all things grip and forearms. In part due to a number of pathetic reasons: losing all my grippers; high operational tempo; heavy travelling in austere work environments; training in muay thai and power lifting; and a psychotic interest in vertical running and stair climbing... during all of which I pretty much ignored my grip and forearms. I know, naughty naughty, but I am back now and with a vengeance!  My forearms were big (not well defined though) in 2012 because I was powerlifting and weighed ~100kg but there was never any direct forearm training involved during this period.

 

2018; THE AWAKENING   [21 AUG 2018 = 9¾" (Wrist: 6¼"; Mid-Forearm: ~8")]

On 21 AUGUST 2018  I started working on my forearms again. My forearms were down to 9¾" with 6¼" wrists (@ a body-weight of 86kg) and I could barely close my IM CoC#2. I want to close a IM CoC#3 again and striving/aiming for a 20-second IM CoC#3 Silver Bullet Hold. With that said, my primary and ultimate goal is to see how jacked I can get my forearms...16" possibly?   FYI - this was only a joke... I don't think it is physically and/or genetically possible for me to have 16" forearms 😉 but I do think 14" is doable but it will indeed be a monster challenge.

I respond well to high-frequency training... just as long I watch the overall workout loading and volume and keep the number of movements per workout to a minimum. I incorporate "Active Recovery" often in my training but rarely do I take "Days Off". This year I have only taken four (4) days off in total. I have absolutely no stress in my life so am extremely happy and healthy; sleep six to seven hours a night; nap whenever and often; and eat extremely well.

 

2019;  PROGRESS   [21 AUG 2019 = 11¾" (Wrist: 6¾"; Mid-Forearm: 9⅛")]

Now after a year of dedicated training my forearms are coming back... over 11½" with 6¾" wrists (@ bodyweight 82kg) and I am easily closing my CoC#2 for reps and my IM CoC#2 Silver Bullet Hold is over 30 seconds either hand.

 

2020; THE PRESENT    [21 AUG 2020 = 11⅞" (Wrist: 7⅛"; Mid-Arm: 11⅛")]

Two (2) years since I started this Popeye Forearms specificity training. In that time I have gained over 2" in my upper forearms; over 3" at mid-forearms; and nearly an inch on my wrists. My upper forearms are ever so slowly creeping back-up from the loss during to COVID-19 lockdown... however, I did manage to make some amazing gains at both the mid-arm and wrist.  My forearms are definitely getting stronger now... nearly at the same strength levels back when I had 13¼ and 13¾" forearms. The major difference this time around being that I believe my forearms are much more denser and harder (tighter) now... thus perhaps why the girth is smaller.  I will add a little bit more volume on my flexion (wrist curl) workouts to see if that may illicit more growth and mass in the lower wrist flexors (upper forearms). 

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WEDNESDAY, 16 OCT 2019 Cable Fat-Grip Rolling V-Handles Seated Pulldown Wrist Curl Both Arms; 50 Reps @ 60  |  80  |  100  |  120 LBS; 42 Reps @ 140 LBS Cable Fat-Grip Rolling-Handle Standing

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LOG STARTED ON WEDNESDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2019   1991 - 2008; ORIGINS   [19 NOV 2008 = 13¾" (Wrist: ~7½"; Mid-Forearm: ~11½")] My initial serious foray into the grip world was via a hard les

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WEDNESDAY, 16 OCT 2019
Cable Fat-Grip Rolling V-Handles Seated Pulldown Wrist Curl

Both Arms; 50 Reps @ 60  |  80  |  100  |  120 LBS; 42 Reps @ 140 LBS

Cable Fat-Grip Rolling-Handle Standing Pulldown Wrist Curl
Single Arm; 50 Reps L&R @ 80  |  100  |  120 LBS

Dumbbell 180° Forearm Rotation
30 Reps @ 30  |  35  |  40  |  40  |  40-Pounders

Barbell A2G Front Squat
10-Count Pause Single @ 100 KG

Sauna
13-Minutes @ 103°C

Band Finger Extension
5-Count Pause; 200 Total Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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THURSDAY, 17 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Cable Wrist Roller
40mm Wooden Handle; 1.5m Cord Length
BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) Wraps

No Eccentric; 3 Sets of Flexion ­↑  +  Extension ↑ @ 80 LBS

Smith Machine Slight-Decline Bench Press
1-Count Pause; 5 x 12-15 Reps @ 70 KG

Sauna
15-Minutes @ 105°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
3 to 5-Count Pause; 150 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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FRIDAY, 18 OCT 2019
Hand Gripper

Silver Bullet Hold CoC#2; LH @ 20  |  25  |  36.9 Seconds
Silver Bullet Hold CoC#2; RH @ 30  |  35  |  49.4 Seconds

Machine Hammer Curl
2-Count Hold Pause; 5 x 12-15 Reps @ 115 LBS
Long Hold Pause Double @ 165 LBS

Sauna
17-Minutes @ 97°C

Band Finger Extension
3-Count Pause; 200 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

 

Decided to measure my hands today and they are bigger than I had remembered... very strange as I don't believe I measured them wrong back in 2008. Has anyone else found their hand size change as an adult?

26 APR 2008:  Hand Length: 6 ⅞"   Hand Span: 7 ½"
18 OCT 2019:  Hand Length: 7 ⅝"   Hand Span: 8"

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SATURDAY, 19 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Cable Fat-Grip Rolling V-Handles Seated Row Wrist Curl

50 Reps @ 60  |  80  |  100  |  100 LBS
39 Reps @ 120 LBS

Belt Forearm Rotation
Supination; 50 Reps L&R @ 5 KG
Radial Deviation; 50 Reps L&R @ 10 KG
Pronation; 5 x 50 Reps L&R @ 15 KG

Short-Bar Thumbless Reverse Wrist Curl
5 x 50 Reps @ 18 KG

Sauna
17-Minutes @ 99°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
3-Count Pause; 100 Reps L&R @ IM Blue
5-Count Pause; 100 Reps L&R @ IM Red

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SUNDAY, 20 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Barbell Plate-Loaded Band Wrist Roller

20-Minutes Non-Stop Rolling ↑↓ @ 15 KG

Barbell Finger Roll
4 x 15-20 Reps @ 80 KG

Dumbbell Slight-Incline Bench Press
1-Count Pause; 6 x 8 Reps @ 80 > 85-Pounders

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 90°C

Band Finger Extension
300 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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1 hour ago, Goran Paulinič said:

I am curious about your trainnig. You seems to do very high reps. What is the logic behind that?

Hello there Goran. Don't know if you saw/read my first post in this log but I touched upon this briefly.

On 10/16/2019 at 6:02 PM, Ricochet said:

I respond well to high-frequency training... just as long I watch the overall workout loading and volume and keep the number of movements per workout to a minimum. I have absolutely no stress in my life so am extremely happy; sleep seven hours a night; nap whenever and often; and eat extremely well.

Currently, the past few weeks I am in a higher rep, lower weight hypertrophy phase which I always fall back to for 4 to 6 weeks whenever my heavier, lower rep strength building phase goes stagnant.

Whenever I hit a strength plateau and/or am feeling stagnant I switch over to a short hypertrophy phase for 4 to 6 weeks to simply reboot. So at the moment I am in one of these higher-rep hypertrophy (mass building) stages.

I will slowly enter back into a strength focused phase again here in about two weeks... gradually reducing my reps and increasing the loads on most all exercises/movements until I am back to performing heavy triples, doubles, and singles.

Even my wrist roller work will be significantly reduced rep wise from what I am doing now... going from thirty to fifty total reps (rolls) per set (that is left and right hand turns combined; rolling up either the full 1.5 meters of cord or 1 meter of band) to only performing ten to thirty total turns (rolls) per set with much heavier loads.

During my strength phase I may even change to harder and/or heavier loading variants to achieve lower reps. For example, I'll perform much longer pauses or double/triple pauses on the "cable hammer curls"; go one-armed on the "machine hammer curl"; and/or perform heavy or super heavy swinging "dumbbell hammer curls". Or I''ll re-introduce completely different movements like axle lifts or fat-bar dead hangs.

That said, I have found for me, that my forearms require higher reps and volume for not only building mass but strength as well. Certain movements that I perform like "fat-grip rolling (rotating) handle wrist curls" I usually aim for at least 8-10 reps plus even on the heaviest loads as anything less than that rep-wise doesn't seem to trigger nor stimulate much in me.

Many arm wrestlers train their forearms in a similar manner. Grip-wise though I tend to follow lower volume and rep schemes as most grip masters do.

By the way, as I am chasing maximum forearm growth (planning to break my personal best of 13½" back in 1997 and 13¾" in 2008), I am aiming for 16" cold, so I will lean towards higher reps and volume at times to keep that growth on track😉.

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That hypertrophy phase that you call it is a great way to bounce back in my experience as well. 

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MONDAY, 21 OCT 2019
Hand Gripper

Parallel Set (No Close); 5 x 3 L&R @ CoC#2
Parallel Set (No Close); ~20 Singles L&R @ GEN300

Cable Rope-Handle Hammer Curl
2-Count; 5 x 10-12 Reps @ 140 LBS

Sauna
20-Minutes @ 95°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
10-Count Pause; 100 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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TUESDAY, 22 OCT 2019
Dumbbell Fat-Grip Hanging-Arm Wrist Curl

Flexed Wrist Lift Only; 3 x 3-5 L&R @ 120-Pounder
Flexed Wrist Curl; 4 x 25-30 Reps L&R @ 80 > 70-Pounder

Dumbbell 180° Forearm Rotation
4 x 25-30 Reps @ 45 > 40-Pounders

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 102°C

Band Finger Extension
300 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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WEDNESDAY, 23 OCT 2019
Hammer Strength Plate-Loaded Horizontal Decline Press

1-Count Pause; 3 x 12-15 @ 115 KG

Barbell Fat-Grip Low-Bench Wrist Curl
71  |  76 Reps @ 50 KG;  35 Reps @ 60 KG

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 105°C

Band Finger Extension
3-Count Pause; 200 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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THURSDAY, 24 OCT 2019
Hand Gripper (Easy Day)

Inverted; 20 Singles L&R @ CoC#1.5

Machine Hammer Curl
2-Count Hold Pause; 3 x 10-12 Reps @ 125 LBS

Dumbbell Fat-Grip Zottman Curl
Slow Tempo; 5 x 10-12 Reps @ 25 > 20-Pounders

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 103°C

Band Finger Extension
5-Count Pause; 150 Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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FRIDAY, 25 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Barbell "Poundstone" Curl

107 Consecutive Full ROM Reps @ 20 KG (BAR)

Cable Fat-Grip Rolling V-Handles Seated Pulldown Wrist Curl
78 Reps @ 100 LBS

Belt Forearm Rotation
Pronation; 100 Reps L&R @ 10 KG

Barbell "Poundstone" Curl
112 Consecutive Full ROM Reps @ 20 KG (BAR)

Stomach Vacuum
Standing, Seated, Kneeling: 10 Each

Sauna
13-Minutes @ 106°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
500 Total Reps L&R @ IM Blue & Red

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SATURDAY, 26 OCT 2019
Cable Wrist Roller; 40mm

No Eccentric; 3 Sets of Flexion ­↑  +  Extension ↑ @ 80 LBS

Barbell Guillotine High-Incline Bench Press
1-Count Pause; 3 x 10 Reps @ 60 KG

Barbell Low-Decline Bench Press
2-Count Pause; 3 x 8-10 Reps @ 100 KG

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 99°C

Band Finger Extension
2-Count Pause; 200 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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SUNDAY, 27 OCT 2019
Hand Gripper

Strap Hold; 10 L&R @ >5 KG w/ CoC#2 (5-Count)
Strap Hold; 5 L&R @ >10 KG w/ CoC#1.5 (3-Count)
Strap Hold; 5 L&R @ >12.5 KG w/ GEN150 (3-Count)

Cable Rope-Handle Hammer Curl
2-Count Hold; 3 x 10 Reps @ 160 LBS

Ez-Bar Thumbless Texas Arm Wrestler's Reverse Curl
2-Count Hold; 3 x 10 @ 27 KG

Sauna
14-Minutes @ 93°C

Band Finger Extension
10-Count Hold; 50 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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MONDAY, 28 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Cable Fat-Grip Rolling V-Handles Seated Row Wrist Curl

3 x 50 Reps + 10-Second Flexed Wrist Hold @ 100 LBS

Cable Straight-Bar Thumbless Reverse Wrist Curl
3 x 50 @ 30 LBS

Dumbbell 180° Forearm Rotation
3 x 50 Reps @ 35-Pounders

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 93°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
500 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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TUESDAY, 29 OCT 2019
Barbell Plate-Loaded Band Wrist Roller

6-Minutes Non-Stop Set ↑↓ @ 30 KG  *** NEW TIME PR ***
1 Set of Flexion ­↑↓ +  Extension ↑↓ @ 45 KG

Barbell Finger Roll
24 @ 80 KG

Dumbbell Slight-Incline Bench Press
1-Count Pause; 3 x 12 Reps @ 85-Pounders

Sauna
11-Minutes @ 95°C

Band Finger Extension
3-Count Pause; 100 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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WEDNESDAY, 30 OCT 2019
Hand Gripper

Parallel Set (No Close); 50 L&R @ CoC#2 > GEN300

Machine Hammer Curl
2-Count Iso-Pause; 3 x 10-12 Reps @ 130 LBS

Sauna
14-Minutes @ 98°C

Traditional Thai Hard Massage
One-Hour

Band Finger Extension
2-Count Pause; 200 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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THURSDAY, 31 OCT 2019  (BFR)
Cable Fat-Grip Rolling-Handle Standing Pulldown Prone Wrist Curl

5 x 50 Reps L&R @ 40 LBS

Cable Rope-Handle Standing Pulldown Deviation & Rotation
Ulnar; 50 Reps L&R @ 40 LBS
Radial; 50 Reps L&R @ 40 LBS
Supination; 50 Reps L&R @ 20 LBS
Pronation; 50 Reps L&R @ 30 LBS

Sauna
16-Minutes @ 91°C

Band Finger Extension
600 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

A real nice forearm pump-up session; the tightest I have ever had my BFR Wraps (Blood Flow Restriction aka Occlusion Training). I will be switching back to a more strength-focused training program here come this weekend.

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FRIDAY, 1 NOV 2019
Cable Wrist Roller; ~40mm Wooden Handle; ~1.5m Cord

No Eccentric; 10 Sets of Flexion ­↑  +  Extension ↑ @ 60 > 40 LBS

Smith Machine Guillotine Bench Press
3-Count Pause; 3 Sets x 15 Reps @ ~50 KG

Sauna
12-Minutes @ 93°C

Band Finger Extension
5-Count Pause; 100 Total Reps L&R w/ IM Blue & Red

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