It’s the beginning of a brand new week and I’ve got an announcement I’m happy to be FINALLY making.
The DVD Sets of the Basics of Grip Training and Strongmanism Seminar will be ready later this week.
This seminar took place at the end of March, and the attendees had GREAT things to say about it.
This is a 2-Disk DVD Set covering the Fundamentals of Grip Training and performing Strongman Feats.
Here’s how the seminar flowed, and how the DVD set goes:
Just a quick meet-and-greet where we do introductions and I cover how I got into Grip Training and Feats of Strength.
2. Warm-up (03:24)
I knew the rides in to the seminar would be pretty long, and the last thing the guys wanted to do was just sit there, so the first thing we covered was the importance of proper warm-up, and I put the guys through the exact Warm-up protocol I go through each training session.
If you’re not Warming Up prior to your Grip Training sessions, you’re leaving strength on the table!
In my experience 2 out of 3 lifters do NOTHING before hitting grippers, besides doing a few reps of light grippers.
That’s a surefire way to not only never progress in your training, but how to GET HURT, as well.
Start implementing this routine ASAP to start instantly seeing benefits.
3. Grippers (23:06)
When you watch the Warm-up section, I encourage you to jump right down on the floor and go through it yourself. Then, grab a gripper and enjoy the Gripper section.
This section covers the importance of the Gripper Set. If you don’t have your set technique established, no drill will be able to get you where you want to be with your Gripper Training.
You’ll want to have a gripper there with you when you go through this section, so you can make sure you’re doing everything correctly with your gripper placement.
Before this section wraps up, you’ll also get to see what I consider the best gripper training drills. Most of these I do every single week, because I know how big of an impact they’ve had.
4. Pinch (1:04:54)
Now it’s time to focus on my bread and butter – Pinch Grip! Easily my favorite form of training, I do more of this than anything else.
In this section of the Disk, we talk about all the different types of Pinch Grip Training, and how the techniques for each type is similar and different from the others.
You’ll also see he nuances of how to place your thumb and hand on what you’re trying to pinch. One size DOES NOT fit all and you HAVE to make subtle adjustments depending on what you’re trying to Pinch.
1. Thick Bar
If there is any form of Grip Training that is a MUST for a true Strongman, it is Thick Bar, and we cover the topic in detail in this section.
From the use of Axles, to Fat Grip instant thick bar handles, to the most challenging types of thick-handled dumbbells like the Inch and the Death Grip Bells, you’re gonna see a host of ways to train Thick Bar for open hand strength.
You might be surprised how similar the techniques are between some of the Pinch Grip training methods and Thick Bar lifts, but when you learn about the importance of the thumb adductor pollicis muscles, it will all make sense.
2. Hub Q&A (32:01)
Before we branched out into Strongman Feats, we did one last Q&A session on Hub Style training.
Hub training is one of the few types of Grip Training where smaller hands are an advantage, believe it or not.
3. Feats of Strength (38:18)
In this section, you’ll see a little primer that I covered regarding something that many new Strongman Featists aren’t familiar with – Tension.
Feats of Strength are all about Creating and Managing Tension. Until you know how to use tension to your advantage basic feats like Card Tearing, Nail Bending, will give you trouble. But, once you master tension, the more complex feats like straightening Horseshoes come more within your reach.
4. Card Tearing (49:26)
The first Strongman Feat we jumped into was Card Tearing, and for good reason, too.
Card Tearing is the perfect feat to learn the production and management of tension.
With the techniques you’ll learn in this section, you’ll be ready to take your first steps as a strongman. You’re gonna love what it feels like to destroy a deck of poker cards!
5. Steel Bending (1:05:20)
My products have produced more certified Red Nail Benders than any other source out there, and with the info included in this section, that number is going to go up once again.
Steel Bending is easily the most addictive type of strength feat out there. There is something about how it feels when steel buckles under your might.
You get hooked on it, and before you know it, you want more and more. This portion of the video will show you how to do it the right way to see great progress and stay injury free.
6. Programming (1:23:04)
The biggest challenges about Grip Training and Feats of Strength isn’t how to get started or understanding technique. I’ve got all that covered for you.
The hardest thing is actually how to mesh Grip and Feats with the rest of your training. In this section I lay out some ways you can go about doing this the best way possible, without disrupting the rest of the training your doing and the goals you’re working on.
7. Soft Tissue (1:37:46)
As a special trip, one of the attendees of the seminar, Dr. Jim Wagner, put us through a quick demo of some instruments he uses with his clients, called Hawk Grips.
We captured everything on video, and now you’ll get to see exactly what Dr. Jim does with his clients to get them out of pain and recovered from injuries and surgeries.
In total, this 2-Disk DVD Set is almost 4 hours of awesome content.
The info’s gonna help you out with your training.
Don’t miss this – get it as soon as it comes out later on this week!
All the best in your training.
P.S. I’ll have more information coming your way, as soon as the page is set up to take your orders. Thank you!
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I have a few sayings I’m known for.
One of them is, “It’s not about how much you lift, It’s about how much you LOVE Lifting.”
What that means is, lifting is about being passionate about something and doing it with fire.
Lifting is about setting goals to always be improving.
Lifting is about feeling good, and feeling good about yourself.
So, a couple months ago, or so, when I really took a look at some of my training, I came to realize I wasn’t following my own advice.
The whole idea about that saying is that you should be pushing yourself because you love lifting.
It has nothing to do with pushing yourself so hard that you reach your goals at the expense of everything and everyone else.
But, there I was, trying to reach some goals related to the Barbell Bench Press, and instead of getting closer, I was coming further and further away each session because the exercise was tearing my shoulders up, and leaving me in pain.
It’s now been the better part of this year, that I have quit Benching with the Bar, and moved exclusively to Dumbbell Bench Press. And although my numbers were completely embarrassing at first, I now feel like I’m living more in tune with my beliefs.
And, after a couple months, or however long it’s been, I’m starting to see some good increases, feeling better in the shoulders, and I think even seeing a bit of growth.
I LOVE LIFTING, but I think I was coming severely close to having the majority of my training SHUT DOWN due to the pain I was feeling in my shoulders.
I encourage you to do the same as well – by all means train hard – don’t just go through the motions in the gym.
But, if there’s a movement that is tearing you up inside, don’t feel the need to push through pain and suffer because of it.
Remember…It ain’t about how much you lift. It’s about how much you LOVE lifting.
All the best in your training.
P.S. Along these lines, I want to help you out as much as I can, to get you to your goals. And that means helping you learn to do your goal lifts properly and as safely as possible.
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Empire Classic Grip Challenge
Empire Classic Grip Challenge Info
Pat Burke, Jedd, Shawn Snider
In a neck-and-neck battle from the very start of the competition, Pat Burke and Shawn Snider, two Washington state lifting partners called an end to their friendship for a matter of hours in order to see who would become the very first Empire Classic Grip Champion.
Empire Classic Grip Challenge – Grippers
The first event was Grippers. Pat pulled ahead out of the gate, edging Shawn by 12 lbs, closing a GHP #6 to Shawn’s IronMind #2.5.
Pat: 125, 134(m), 130, 137
Shawn: 125, 142(m), 134(m), 142(m)
Empire Classic Grip Challenge – Two Hands Pinch
Shawn evened the score, taking the second event, the Pinch, lifting 183.8625lbs. Pay got 153.025, but missed 163.4375 on his final attempt by a few inches.
Pat: 134, 143, 153, 163(m)
Shawn: 153, 183, 193(m), 193(m)
Empire Classic Grip Challenge – Axle Deadlift
Next up was the Axle, and it proved to be a mighty challenge for both Shawn and Pat, as they indicated that the IronMind Axle had a tougher surface than the Rogue axle they had been training on. Shawn extended his lead here with a pull of 323.85 to Pat’s 284.7875. Pat tried valiantly to lockout 305.05 on his last two attempts, and although he got the bar higher on his second try, the 20+ lb jump proved too much to lock out.
Pat: 264, 284, 305(m), 305(m)
Shawn: 305, 310, 323(m), 323
Empire Classic Grip Challenge – Sledge Choke
The final event to settle it all, the Sledge Choke, was next. This was a 12-lb Sledge with a US. Quarter on the head. The athletes gripped it behind a distance marker and then lifted it atop an 18″ Washington tree trunk, from a 150 year old tree that had recently been toppled due to construction.
Pat was able to edge out Shawn on the Choke, lifting the hammer at 17 inches to Shawn’s 16.
Pat: 16, 18(m), 17, 18(m)
Shawn: 17(m), 16, 17(m), 17(m)
In the end, Pat’s victory in the Sledge Choke proved too slim in order to jump past Shawn in the standings. Shawn maintained his edge on Pat, finishing the comp 38.5 points to 37.1.
Once the dust settled, these two gentlemen buried the hatchet, and shook hands, knowing they had more to gain by re-aligning then continuing their feud past this day.
They also took comfort knowing they had done what they had committed to doing – attacking the Empire Classic Grip Challenge with full force, and testing themselves where it counted the most – on the platform.
Congratulations to these guys for putting it all on the line and doing the competition. I do wish more people would have come out, but they did not.
Looking forward to next year. All the best in your training.
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I was honored to be chosen to be this year’s guest speaker at the Opening Day ceremonies for the Towanda Little League.
Aside from giving a little bit of advice on baseball here and there, the points I tried to get across were:
(1) Baseball is about making memories you’ll remember the rest of your life.
(2) Baseball is about working hard and developing habits that will last you a lifetime.
(3) Baseball is about family, and we should recognize the efforts people make in our lives.
I hope you enjoy the speech, and if you’re looking for a motivational speaker for a get-together you have going on, or a strongman for your next party or celebration, please feel free to look me up.
All the best in your training.
My grip training workouts are always changing, whether it be the main feats I’m emphasizing, the main events I’m training for contests, or the supplemental drills I’m doing to bring up individual aspects of Grip.
But, one thing that has been consistent over the last couple of years is my favorite way to finish my grip workouts: Grip Rushes.
Grip Rushes are 60-second blocks of as many reps as possible of a certain lift. By going for as many reps as possible, it enables you to train some very high volume, plus it brings about a level of conditioning, which is very important for Medley Training.
I really like using Block Weights and Thick Bar devices, because pulling them to lockout makes the quads, hamstrings, glutes and lower back really burn at the end of the 60-second period.
Recently, I tried a couple of new types of Grip Rushes.
Grip Rush: Blobzilla for Reps
Blobzilla, the half 125lb York Legacy Dumbbell Head, is starting to feel easier, so I’ve begun using it for Grip Rushes. My short term goal is 3 full lifts per hand during the 60-second period. You’ll see here, I get a couple full lifts, a partial or two, and then try a Cheat and Hold at the end.
I think by doing this, I will eventually be able to lift Blobzilla at will, and even begin adding significant weight this year as well.
Grip Rush: Blob Hula Training
I also recently gave Blob Hulas a try with my Winter Blob, a Blob I left outside for an entire winter trying to make it super rough, but when I brought it back in, it had actually become very, very smooth. Hulas are a great way to get more time under tension with your Blob, plus they force you to maintain your grip without setting it perfectly on the Blob each time you make a revolution.
If you’re stuck making only 1 rep on your Blob Deadlift, more time under tension might be what you need, so be sure to give this a try sometime soon, and let me know how it worked out for you.
All the best in your training.
If you like these drills, but need more tactics to help you finally lift your Blob for the first time, there’s no better resource than Lift The Blob.
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