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Friday, May 15, 2009

Thumbless Gripper Closes


I have been trying many new things my gripper training recently, trying to spur some gains. Here is a short run down of things I have been trying:

Gripper drop sets - I make an attempt at a goal gripper and then immediately do a hold for time with a much lighter one.

Continuous handle cutting - I cut a gripper handle for beyond-the-range closes and every time I close it I shave more off.

Thumbless gripper closes - I attempt to close the gripper without assistance from my thumb.

I have never heard anyone speak about this type of close before, so I thought I would make a video to illustrate the concept.

I utilize my thumbs a great deal with gripper closes. I think this technique is going to help me out because my fingers are forced to put in the extra work.

Incidentally, all three of these techniques make me feel it big time in my last two fingers. I also encourage everyone to try the drop sets - they give you a huge forearm pump!

All the best in your training,


Inch Dumbbell History

This video clip contains the footage of Matt Bissonette and Joel Sward performing their famous Inch Dumbbell Farmer's Walks.

Unless you've tried to lift the Inch Dumbbell you just can't quite understand how huge these feats are.

The Inch weighs 172 lbs.

Its handle is 2 and 7/8 inches thick

It is made of cast iron.

Because it is all one unit, the instant the bells both leave the ground, they start to rotate and try to rip the inch out of your hand.

The Inch Dumbbell is evil and to overcome it you need to work hard and long, but lifting it for the first time is worth the investment.

I can't wait to lift two at the same time.

I can't wait to carry two over a distance.

I can't wait.

All the best in your training,