I think you're right, Tanner. I think I just felt like I must have met you because of all the vids I've seen of you doing superman shit. But I can't remember ever talking to you before, and if you weren't at Gripmas or any of Jedd's comps, then I wouldn't have met you, so then nice to meet you also lol.
I don’t want to start a big argument back and forth about joes coc4 video . Wish like Jed’s Johnson said the video would have showed the gripper opening after the close.
but there is one thing I know isn’t fake and it keeps me trying to use his tatics .
This photo of joe holding that spring gripper shut . If it’s anything close to the Tetting Thor or more pressure, he had to have some kinda grip strength to hold that thing shut . Even if it was just few seconds.
Like I said though don’t want to argue , just something to think about.
team training with Riccardo Magni, Tanner Merkle & Matt Baker @The Edge
body weight 208 lb
Deficit doh axle conventional stance with 25s
135-3, 185-3, 235-3, 285-3, 335-1, 385-1, 405-1 PR video on YouTube
barrel strength shallow hub 30-2/2, 35-2/2, 40-1/1, 45-1, 50-1 feels awful, just all the wrong combination for my hands.
thomas Inch db- 10 singles
Riccardo Magni lifted the Inch for his first time today, an incredible milestone
fbbc crusher 108-2/2, 143-1/1, 198-1, 208-1
stuck 2&3/8 handle 186-1/1, 233-1/1, 255-1/1, 285-1
Tanner easily lifted 300 lb on this handle today.
Goldbar lift 56-3/3, 62-2/2, 67-1/1, 72-1, 76-1, 78-1 PR
finnish ball 80-1, 86-1
Heath said he was a nice guy and gave a number 3 a good squeeze but couldn't close it. He withheld judgement on anything else. That was when Joe was still in his 40s. Nobody outside his family has ever seen him close anything hard (urban legends about his buddies at work not withstanding). Heath is a really nice guy and certainly wouldn't call the guy a fraud.
Joe and a certain bender, that shall not be named, should get together and bend railroad spikes and close #4s for each other. Because they certainly won't do it for anyone else.
Closed the GHP 9 for 3 mms reps but was much wider than that per rep, this was more accidental than anything cuz it’d force my hand to widen and then I’d catch it and try my hardest to close it again. 3 reps so far but I’m more interested in training the GHP 8, I feel it’ll build my strength more than simply doing amrap or a lot of singles on the 9. Which is what I’ve been doing though behind the scenes there were many, many failures, but all you’ll hear from me is prs, I’ll try to get certed before long
Trained my left as usual but was doing some testing moreso than training but I closed the GHP 7 with my left. I knew it’d be hard for me but I think this is the biggest gripper I’ve closed for my left. Just some pics to prove to myself I’m not insane cuz I still held it in my hand after I was just holding it loosely cuz my grip was spent