I posted this video on my Facebook wall a week or so ago, but I wanted to also add it here.
This video is by my friend, John Wojciechowski, a strength coach and grip sport friend of mine.
As you watch this video, think about this…
Every day that goes by, there are opportunities to improve, to get stronger, to get BETTER.
It may seem like we have all kinds of time to put the work in we need to, with each passing day, the opportunities to get better are sliding by.
We all need to make sure that we are taking advantage of the time we have.
That may mean sneaking in an extra workout, planning meals better, getting your water intake right, or any other number of things.
But it’s gotta come from inside YOU.
Your parents, your friends, your family, your partners can’t do it for you.
YOU know what YOU need to do.
Make your opportunities count. NO REGRETS.
Renew your commitment to your goals RIGHT NOW, if you’ve been letting distractions get in your way.
And if you need help getting back on the right path, send me a note and maybe I can help you.
All the best in your training.
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Inch Dumbbell DVD
I’m excited to announce that I have a new DVD coming out soon on How to Lift the Inch Dumbbell.
This is a topic that readers have been asking me about for several years.
For many, Lifting the Inch Dumbbell is a lifetime goal of theirs.
For others, it’s something that they think they might never be able to reach, because it is so challenging to lift.
Well, I say, STOP PUTTING THE INCH ON A PEDESTAL.
With this DVD, everyone, from newbies in the world of Grip, to wily veterans who’ve set the Inch as their next goal, and even to the gripster who bought the Inch on a whim and is unsure how to go about working with it, will understand how to train on the Inch Dumbbell.
To be the first to get your hands on this DVD, add your information to the box below:
Here are some of the things you’re gonna learn when you pick up this DVD:
1. Inch Dumbbell Lifting Styles
There are 4 main ways to lift the Inch. You’ll learn exactly what they are, which one provides you with the most mechanical advantage, and which ones are more challenging.
2. Getting a Good Grip on the Inch
Do you just “Grab n Go?” They you might be making it harder on yourself to lift the Inch. You’re gonna learn the way you should apply your grip to maximize your grip strength, and also how to take advantage of the elastic properties of your hand skin.
3. Taking Advantage of Your Strengths
: You may not know it yet, but you may not be truly taking advantage of your individual strengths when you try to lift the Inch. You’re going to learn the three grip variations you can use on your attempts so you CAN take better advantage of your strengths and make lifting the Inch easier.
4. Inch Training Alternatives
What if you don’t have an Inch Dumbbell Replica yet? Does that mean you’re outta luck? No way! There’s plenty of good implements you can use to build Inch Lifting hand strength, you’ve just gotta know which ones are legit, and which ones are a waste of your time. You’ll find all that out here.
5. Inch Training Drills
There is SO MUCH you can do with your Inch Dumbbell, but you might not have thought of it yet. In 10 years of Inch Dumbbell training, I’ve discovered dozens of ways to work with the Inch. You’re gonna learn my absolute best Inch training drills so you can waste less time and move closer to the Inch faster than ever.
6. Inch Implement Drills
If you’ve bought a bunch of gear and you’re not sure what to do with it, no worries. You’ll soon see some High Impact drills you can do with things like the Rolling Thunder, Wrist Wrench, Gulley Grip, FBBC Crusher, Shot Loadable and Plate Loadable Dumbbells, and MORE!
At this point, your mouth MUST be watering to get your hands on this DVD.
Well, I’m not even done shooting this thing yet, so there’s gonna be EVEN MORE once this thing’s done.
While it’s not 100% complete yet, I’m at the stage where things are going to accelerate very quickly.
Make sure you’re on the Inch Dumbbell DVD List so you’ll know when it comes out ASAP.
For now, I’ve got a little bit more filming, quite a bit of editing, and some uploading and mastering to do.
All the best in your training!
Grip Training with the “Chunk”
My gym is filled to the brim with cool grip training gear I’ve accumulated over the years.
That’s what happens when you collect stuff for over 10 years!
Every so often, I like to dig one of the hidden gems out of the corner, dust it off, and give it a few pulls.
Recently, we pulled out the “Chunk.” This one isn’t really “new” to me, as I’ve had it since 2006, but I don’t think I’ve ever put anything out in the public about it until now. So, in that sense, I guess you could say it’s new…
The Chunk Block Weight
The Chunk is a 66-lb steel or iron drop, or scrap piece, essentially a piece that was cut off and never used. The Chunk is what’s considered a Block Weight. Even though Block Weights are usually one of the heads of a dumbbell, they can be any block-shaped implement that you lift with an open handed pinch grip.
Block Weights can be very beneficial for your training. They work the thumb very hard, and they make the entire lower arm work together in order to perform your lifts.
Block Weight Training is a great form of grip training to add into your routine.
Block Weights develop hand and grip strength in a general sense, which means it has the potential to improve strength in order types of grip training, and will carry over to other types of lifting because you’ll be stronger overall from doing Block Weight Training.
Here’s a few videos where we lift the Chunk and try some cool variations by adding weight to it…
Intro to the Chunk
Just taking a look at the Chunk to see its weight and features such as edges and surfaces.
Protected Training on the Chunk
With the sharp edges the Chunk has, we tried protecting our skin with a suede bending wrap and lifting it.
Throwing Chains on the Chunk
Adding chains makes it tougher to complete the lift because it gets heavier, the higher you pull it. It’s an excellent way to train your grip, borrowed from the world of Powerlifting (Louie Simmons introduced me to the concept).
Major Take-aways from Today’s Post
Here’s a few things to remember from today’s post for your training.
- Block Weights are beneficial because they target the thumb (often neglected in training) and develop the entire lower arm in a general sense.
- Block Weights come in nearly endless shapes and sizes and can be used for many different types of lifts.
- Don’t be afraid to pull from other established training protocols and try the concepts in your grip training in order to spice things up a bit and keep yourself progressing. Naturally, do so safely!
If you’d like to get started with Block Weight Training, but don’t know where to begin, then grab my Block Weight Training DVD today. It also comes in digital format so you don’t have to mess with shipping.
All the best in your training.
Discover New Levels of Hand Strength with Block Weight Training
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Question for you – –
How bad do YOU want to win?
How bad do YOU want to accomplish your goals?
Do you want it THIS BAD?
As I was cruising Facebook last night, weaving back and forth between the nonsense about Tom Brady’s deflated balls and the lies about Bin Laden’s death, I found this gem, from my friend, Jared Fleming.
- “So proud and inspired by my girl and her AMAZING performance at the USA Wrestling National Championships this weekend!!
Veronica showed more heart and internal motivation to win than I have ever seen in another person.
During her 4th match she broke her arm and tore ligaments… To the point you could see her arm was actually deformed.
She came back with 2 minutes left on the clock and WON the match with a broken arm and took 3rd place overall!!“
Can you believe that?
I actually had trouble getting to sleep last night because of this…
It inspired me so much, I got an adrenaline rush and wanted to train, but it was bed time.
I gotta get my beauty sleep, brotherrrrr!
Man, DIESELS, I hope this fires you up today.
I hope it motivates you to take your training up a notch.
It should make you want your goals even more.
Imagine having to finish a wrestling match with a broken arm.
No, not having to.
I’m sure nobody told Veronica she HAD to go out and finish the match.
She did that because of her burning desire for competition and savage hunger for excellence.
Let’s take a bite out of that today and apply it to our life, our work, our family, and our training.
What do you say?
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Mike Gillette – Author of Strength Psychology
Mike Gillette has quickly become known as an expert in Mental Toughness. These days, he helps people all over the world get over their hurdles, face their challenges, and conquer their biggest fears in order to be successful.
But what you see today in this seasoned veteran of strength training, accomplished bodyweight and gymnastic master, professional performing strongman, and steel bending artist was not just handed to him.
In truth, Mike Gillette had to battle his own demons and overcome his own struggles to arrive where he’s at today.
A rough childhood, destructive habits, and an accident that nearly took away his ability to walk were just a handful of the set-backs he had to overcome in order to become the Mike Gillette we know today.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Mike Gillette, author of Strength Psychology, and find out more about these things in his life, as well as how he and how YOU can overcome your biggest challenges as well.
Interview with Mike Gillette
Thanks for checking out the interview, and be sure to grab your copy of “Strength Psychology,” while you can get it at the best price possible.
All the best in your training,
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