Vinnie Posted March 1 Share Posted March 1 (edited) It is my pleasure to post the grip profile of a still rising but already star of the grip world, TIM BUTLER. I want to add a little extra at the beginning here, because he is also a good friend of mine. I met Tim in early 2018, when we were both fairly new to the grip world, and he immediately began inviting me to his little workout barbecues at the home where he lives with his parents. My wife and I split up in mid-2018 very soon after I discovered grip sports, and my 50th birthday on April 27, 2019 was my first birthday after the split. At that point I was living with my mom, dealing with a nasty divorce, and really not focused on having anything nice happen for my 50th. Tim was having one of his grip and grill fests that day, so I decided to go to that, rather than sit home and mope. I didn't even tell him it was my birthday. But someone else must have -- because when I got there, everyone said happy birthday, Tim's mom had baked me an amazing birthday cake in the shape of a gripper, and Tim offered me any gripper from his collection of about 100 as my birthday gift. One or two other new friends added some thoughtful gifts as well. Needless to say, it was pretty much my best birthday ever. The above is just one example of the warm, decent guy that Tim is, and is also representative of the overall experience I've had in this sport. Since that most excellent "grip and grill" birthday, between the occasional barbecues, Tim and I have attended many grip comps together. We have always enjoyed a friendly competition re: gripper events, where we often find ourselves going for the same RGC rated gripper close or silver bullet hold. But on everything besides grippers, there is no competition: this man is elite-world-class-phenomenal at a few different aspects of grip, such as anvil and blob lifts, and I am pretty sure he is the greatest card-tearer who ever lived (it was only after his instruction that I tore my first deck of cards). So he's not just a nice guy, but a grip guru. Here's what Tim has to say. 1. What are your stats? Grip Board name: temmmeeee Age: 29 Height: ~6'3 1/2”/~192cm Weight: Currently ~215lbs/~98kg but I fluctuate. In the summer I can be as low as 87kg/192lbs Dominant hand, and hand size: Right-handed, 7 7/8”/20cm (Left hand is slightly larger at 8”) Country/City: Piscataway, NJ USA Relationship Status: Single Children: None Occupation: SEO Specialist 2. Why did you start training grip (and how long is it now)? I used to arm wrestle with my dad for fun up until my late teens. My hands and wrists were so much skinnier, so I googled ways to thicken them. That's when I came across COC grippers and they remained in the back of my mind. A few years later in December 2015 I got my first ones. By Fall of 2016 I was a full-fledged gripster and had a lot of the basic implements. 3. What are you most proud of accomplishing in grip already, and what is/are your grip goal/goals? It's pretty hard to pinpoint something. It took a lot of work for me to be able to do the blobs by the face stuff I do. I'm also pretty proud of lifting blobzilla without gigantic hands. It took 6 years to build up to that one. Other than that it's just feats that nobody else or very, very few have managed to do yet. My inch dumbbell lift balancing a deck of cards on the globe and then tearing the deck in my mouth while still holding the inch might be my favorite just because it's so silly and unique. As far as goals go, I really want to just get better and more consistent with common competition lifts. I'm more of a “featist” than a grip competitor and would like to change that. Feats are just so much more fun!! Other than that, I would like to clean the inch and clean/curl blobzilla. 4. How do you currently structure your overall training/how do you incorporate your grip training? I try to train 4-6 days a week but a lot of my training depends on how I'm feeling. Usually the PPL split and I do my grip sets between my working sets. I find that helps me warm up a lot better for the grip stuff, particularly on squat days. 5. What hobbies (other than grip/bending/lifting) do you enjoy? I don't do much outside of work and exercise. I play bass guitar but that's pretty much just my therapy these days lol. I need to find more interests... 6. Do you have a personal anecdote, topic or thoughts you'd like to include in your profile? I don't really know what to put here. I guess try not to limit yourself (within reason). I find that we are capable of more than we think, with enough hard work and consistency. And once you hit a goal, try and find ways to take it up another level! Also, I feel like you can almost always find a slightly better hand placement/angles on an implement. I find even body positioning is huge during a setup. I'm still making mini breakthroughs on implements I've been training with for 5+ years. Experiment with it, especially if you've been stagnant on a particular lift for a while. We all have different hand structures so everyone will have their own ideal placement for each implement. Don't just assume you've found your perfect setup after a few sessions, you might be leaving a lot on the table! 7. Whose Grip profile would you like to see next? Zach Mullins! Edited March 1 by Vinnie 13 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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