I am really behind on posting episodes of This Week in Grip, the podcast show where Allen Heineck and I cover the latest in the grip world, including Grip Sport, Oldtime Strongman Training and Feats of Grip Strength, as well as other topics closely related to Grip Training.
We also recently added Riccardo Magni to our regular TWIG Team.
Below, you’ll find episodes 27, 28 and 29. I hope you enjoy them. Be sure to subscribe and don’t be afraid to share your favorite episodes with your friends.
This Week in Grip – Episode 27
This Week in Grip – Episode 28
This Week in Grip – Episode 29
I’ll have more episodes of This Week in Grip posted here soon. I don’t want to overload you with TOO MUCH of a great thing.
All the best in your training.
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Build Bigger Biceps With This Combination
One of the things you need to have, if you want to make people take notice of your gains is a big set of arms.
If you want a set of arms, I don’t care what anybody else says, you need to pack a lot of volume into a short amount of time in order to get a killer pump.
I’ve got a couple exercises that work great for producing a lot of volume for the biceps.
This combination of exercises utilizes two pieces of equipment that are commonly found in most gyms, and if you do these back to back, I think you’re gonna really like the way it makes your biceps feel.
The first exercise is the Reverse Curl. I like to do this with the EZ Bar, because it doesn’t bother my wrists or elbows. When you do curls this way, you get the benefit of working the biceps, as well as the brachioradialis.
The second exercise is an Overhead Curl. You’ll want a bar that rotates, if you can get one to optimize it in my opinion. The nice thing about this movement is that the biceps are starting out in a flexed position with the arms overhead, so it’s different from most other biceps exercises.
The video below shows how to pair these exercises together.
Arm Combination for Building Big Biceps
Remember, you want to do these two movements with minimal rest. This makes the arms work harder and keeps the arm pump going strong.
All the best in your training,
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This past Saturday was the 5th Annual International King Kong of Grip Challenge.
This year’s competition took place at 18 different venues in 9 different countries, and saw 170 competitors hit the stage.
I have been training very hard for this competition, because I wanted to get my title back.
I won it in 2015, and think I would have had a pretty good chance to repeat as champion last year, but I hurt my back a week or two before the contest and was in severe pain, which hurt me very bad on two of the events.
This year was my chance to become the first person to ever win it twice.
Unfortunately, despite my best training efforts, putting together 6 to 8 weeks of excellent work, and having one of my best competition days ever, especially for these events, I was not successful in getting my title back.
I did manage to get 5th overall, 2nd in North America, and 1st in my individual weight class.
I also was able to break the World Record in the 1 Hand Pinch Lift, and set all time PR’s on the 2.5″ Crusher and Stub.
Alas, the 2″ Vertical Bar, an event that has severely injured several people, proved to be a big limiting factor for me, and my overall placement suffered because of it, especially.
Despite the positives, I’m still rather disappointed because the ultimate goal is to win the Overall and take the Title of King Kong of Grip.
And at the same time, even though I’m disappointed, there are a ton of things to be happy about.
My Dad was there for yet another competition and got to see me break the record, and my wife and daughter got to be there for the first time to see me break a pinching record, too
I am blessed with a family that is extremely supportive, and that is a huge difference maker.
Also, got the chance to watch my partner, Luke have an awesome day on the platform, as well, setting multiple PR’s. If a couple more lifts went his way, his placing could have moved from 12th overall to 10th. That’s how close these multiple venue competitions can be!
In addition, my long time friend, Mike Rinderle put together a fantastic day after getting some pretty bad news about an injury he recently sustained, plus not having trained grip since last year’s King Kong.
My friend Chris Andrade, from Connecticut, also made the trip down for another King Kong, and he has no lost over 80lbs. It was his first time making the 93kg class. Watching his 11-year old son, “The Ace Cowboy” compete over the years has been awesome as well, and I’m looking forward to many more. I’m hoping Chris’s wife, Amber, feels better next time so she can join us in the chalk dust.
It was great seeing my friend, Joe Sullivan, compete for the first time as well. If he sticks with it, I think he will be force to be reckoned with. Dude is just so strong.
I really appreciate everyone who made some pretty long drives down to be at the competition. Brothers John and Peter Nickless both came down from the Syracuse area. It was John’s first time competing, I believe, and it was Peter’s first time competing since a nasty foot injury he had.
Big RT, Ryan Thomas also came down from the Syracuse area, and looked very confident on all the events. I think he could be very good at Grip if he concentrated on it, for sure.
And a big thanks to brothers, Mike & Jeff M, who are still new to grip, but made the trip from Rochester and got some good quality comp experience as well as some good work on various grip tools after the event.
I’ll be working on video editing throughout the week, and Allen Heineck, Riccardo Magni, and I will be recording a King Kong episode of This Week in Grip, tonight. So, if you’re not subscribed to my YouTube Channel, do so right now: Jedd Johnson on YouTube – so you don’t miss any of the awesome content that’s coming your way!
And if you competed in King Kong and would like to share the story of your day in the heat of competition, feel free to send me a write-up. It might get read on the King Kong show.
Thanks for the support, and all the best in your training.
In 2014, I began doing month-long periods of specialization training to bring up specific parts of my body.
After doing August of Arms in August and Legtember during September, I was getting messages every day from people asking me to set them up with similar programming.
So, once October hit, I knew it was time to put something more formal together, and with that, Yoketober was born!
That was without a doubt one of the funnest months of training I’ve ever had, and I must say I thought I saw some pretty darn good gains too!
Since then, Yoketober has been a staple of my training, every Fall.
But this year, I wanted to shake things up.
I wanted to go through Yoketober, totally disassemble it, and put it back together to breath new life into it.
And now, I honestly feel that Yoketober is the best it’s ever been.
So, I’m having a special sale for the last few days here in September, so you can get the new and improved Yoketober for a special price.
And, if you have picked up Yoketober in the past, I’ve got an even better deal for you – all you need to do is contact me through email, Facebook, etc, and we can set it up.
You’re gonna love Yoketober, and the massive gains that come along with it.
Thanks and all the best in your training.
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