The trip to the Arnold Classic was a ton of fun this year, probably the best time I’ve ever had there when I wasn’t competing.
Here’s some of the footage I got from the trip.
The one main place we wanted to be sure to hit was the Promera Booth so we could take the Con-Crete Challenge. Run by our new friend, James Stoppani, Sr, I’ve been hearing about this for over a year now and wanted to try it out.
First up was the Hub Lift challenge. They attach Hub Grips to Slater Stones and you must lift them to Lockout. I suck at Hubs, but Luke did really well.
Second, was the Fat Gripz row challenge. The guys have to Row a Vertical Bar with a Fat Gripz Extreme on it for as many reps as possible. I took this event. Nobody could touch my 67 reps, brotherrrr.
Lastly, there was a hold for time with 135lbs gripping onto Fat Gripz Extremes. The record was like 1:26. I was close, but the flexed position of my wrist was cutting off a nerve in my hand and it was burning like crazy, so I had to drop the bar at like 1:15. If not for that burning, I would have destroyed the record. Oh well, live to Grip another day.
Training at Durniat Strength
We got an awesome training session in at Durniat Strength on Friday. This first video shows you all kinds of stuff that we did. What a blast!
Luke also hit this awesome Concentric-Only 100-lb Preacher Curl. I tried it and couldn’t budge it. This dude is no joke, bro.
There you have it, some of the best footage from the Arnold 2015. It was an awesome time. I got to meet tons of people. Once again, I can’t wait until next year.
Finish the week strong, brother.
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Grip Hogs Day 2015
In December, I decided to run a contest with the primary objective to help get new Grip Sport Athletes involved in the sport.
I chose 2/7/15 and since it was right after Groundhog’s Day, I decided to name it Grip Hogs Day.
There were two divisions: the Open Class and a Super Match between my partner, Luke and myself.
I am happy to say that the entire contest was quite a success, as 7 out of the 12 lifters were first-time competitors and ALL of them reported they loved the contest and can’t wait for the next one!
Before I get too far into this, I want to send out a thanks to Luke Raymond, my Dad, and my wife. With everything they did, it was the easiest contest I’ve ever run! Thanks everyone!
Grip Hogs Day
Here are videos of each of the events:
Silver Bullet Hold
This event involves holding the IronMind Silver Bullet between the handles of a #3 Captains of Crush for as long as possible. Everyone got one chance to get their best time on the #3, and if they could not do get a legal hold, they could try the #2.
I have been dancing very close to the World Record in this event for the last few months. I was close again this time, with 43 seconds, but just didn’t have enough to break the record.
Two Hands Pinch
The Adjustable Pinch Device was used, so each competitor could use the width that felt best in their hands. Each got 4 attempts to lift the biggest weight possible.
I broke a new World Record off the ground in December on this lift and I was hoping to complete it at GHD, but a rash of thumb tears really affected my training the last couple of months and I had to settle with 248.
Double Overhand Axle
This lift is like a regular deadlift, only a 1.9″ OD Axle is used with a double overhand grip, both of which tax the hands more than a regular deadlift. The highlight of this event for me was watching newcomer, John Stepien, pull 383lbs, matching my lift, in his first ever Grip competition.
I truly thought this would be the day I hit 400lbs in competition, as I hit it recently in training, but I couldn’t quite pull it to a legal height, or control it as needed to be legal.
This event is similar to the Sledge Choke, only instead of moving away from the head of the hammer in order to increase the difficulty, everyone grips in the same spot and weight is added to a loading pin at the front of the handle. To keep the lift strict, a shot is balanced on a nut on to the top ridge of the Pickaxe.
The record prior to the contest was something like 11.4lbs. I had broken this several times in training, as had my partner Luke Raymond. As we anticipated, the end of the event ended up being a shoot-out between Luke and me, as we both set new records of 11.77. I won the event, lifting 12.18 and 12.51lbs in my later attempts. Luke tried 12.51lbs on 2 separate attempts, but his wrist power just wasn’t there due to an injury he sustained in December.
The Bull Ring Extensor Lift
This is a brand new event that was introduced at GHD. You place your hand inside the ring and lift the weight with the strength of the extensors.
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Looking Back on Grip Hogs Day
I would say this is easily the most fun I’ve ever had at one of my own contests, despite failing to break the records on the Silver Bullet and Two Hands Pinch. The group was all great, and I was so happy to meet all of the new competitors!
As you can see, we started everything off with a Flexing Pic, and aaalllmost everybody took part. Eli Thomas couldn’t believe the size of the guns on Napalm.
Mike Chaffee, Jedd Johnson, John Stepien
Mike Chaffee, who won the Novice Class award (first time competitors), and John Stepien, who came in 2nd place in the Novice category, both said they were hooked! I can’t wait to see what else they are capable of down the road!
I wish you would have been there, brother. You GOTTA make it to the next one!
Until then, all the best in your training.
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The Next Grip Strength Competition will take place on February 7th, and I am designing it to be very welcoming to new competitors.
Grip Hogs Day
Silver Bullet Hold
DATE: February 7th, 2015
ENTRY FORM: Grip Hogs Day
Silver Bullet Hold
Two Hands Pinch
Two Hand Axle Deadlift
Bull Ring Lift
WEIGH-IN: Any time after 8:00am (scale will be spot-calibrated)
WEIGHT CLASSES: Your lifts will be logged per North American Grip Sport’s weight class system (59k, 66k, 74k, 83k, 93k, 105k, 120k, 120k+)
DIVISIONS: Beginner / Experienced / Expert
Places will be figured based on experience level…examples:
- **Beginners – Very limited grip experience
- **Experienced – 2 or more grip contests
- **Expert – Seasoned Veterans
LOCATION: Jedd Johnson’s Garage Gym
EMAIL FOR DIRECTIONS: jedd dot diesel at gmail dot com
ENTRY FEE: $20. POSSIBLE THROW-IN FOR PIZZA AFTERWARDS
DEADLINE: February 1st – Paying on contest day, add $10, unless otherwise notified.
Events subject to change without notice
Events order subject to change without notice
MAKE ALL CHECKS/ MONEY ORDERS PAYABLE TO: JEDD JOHNSON
MAIL ENTRY FORM AND FEE TO:
PO BOX 806
WYALUSING, PA 18853
Available upon request. Please contact me.
AIRPORTS (all three are about the same distance from Wyalusing, 1.5 hrs)
Scranton/Wilkes Barre PA
Event Explanations & Demonstrations
The IronMind Silver Bullet is placed between the handles of a #3 gripper. The #2 can be used by women and if the athlete can not get a proper attempt on the #3.
Two Hands Pinch
The adjustable pinch device is used, with steel outside plates and rubber inserts. It is adjustable from 12 to 64mm. With a two-hand, overhand grip, the athlete lifts the device until the loading pipe contacts a cross-bar 16.5 inches high, and then must return the implement to the floor without losing grip on it.
Two Hand Axle
A 1.9-inch thick barbell, called and Axle, is gripped with two hands in an overhand grip. The athlete must lift the axle to lockout. Once the referee gives the down signal, he must lower it back to the ground without losing his grip.
Pickaxe to Front (Max Weight)
The Pickaxe device is loaded at the front and gripped at the end. It must be lifted so the front crosses the height of 30 inches, without a steel shot falling off. The steel shot prevents excessive tilt. The Pickaxe can be lowered with two hands.
The Bull Ring
The Bull RIng is a brand new event testing extensor strength. The hand is placed palm-down inside the ring, contacting only the underside of the lifting surface, and at no time can come in contact with the V-shaped supports on the underside. The athlete must lift the Bull Ring to lockout, get a good call from the ref, and the return it to the floor without losing grip on the implement.
I hope to see you on February 7th. It’s gonna be a great time.
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Each year, I go back through all of the uploads I have put on YouTube to see which ones were the most popular, based on views, and post them on the site at the end of the year.
Every year I do this, someone writes in asking “How did I miss this one?” or “Thanks for re-posting that, because I didn’t see it the first tie around,” so I am going to continue the tradition this year as well.
As always, I invite you to subscribe to my channel and set up email notifications so that when I upload a new video, you instantly get a message and you can watch it.
Also, I hope you will hit the “Like” or “Thumbs up” button when you view my videos. This is the rating system that YouTube uses and by hitting this button, it will help my channel grow. Thank you so much for helping me out in this regard.
As you watch the videos, please feel free to go to the video and leave a comment, if you have any questions. I log all of the questions I get for the weekly show I do called “Cooking with Napalm.”
And now, let’s begin the countdown…
Top 20 Videos of 2014
20. #Yoketober Workout #1 – 873 Views
Yoketober took place during October, 2014. This program laid out an entire month of training here the Yoke, the traps, upper back, shoulders, and triceps, was trained in some fashion. I enjoyed this month greatly, and want to do something like this again. If you want to build your Yoke, you can still pick up Yoketober here: Yoketober – Build a Scary Yoke.
19. Grip Monster Challenge: IronMind Hub Lift – 888 Views
At the beginning of the year, Juha Harju of Finland, ran several rounds of GripMonster Challenges, and one of them was the IronMind Hub Lift. In this video, my partners, Luke Raymond and Dan Ely, and myself push one another to get some big lifts on the Hub.
18. Giant Goblet Squat – 200lb Kettlebell – Massive Upper Back Strength – 894 Views
Earlier this year, I borrowed a 200-lb Kettlebell from my friend Robbie. I uploaded a few different videos that featured this Kettlebell, and in this one, we attempt a Goblet Squat with it. Dan Ely, by far, got the best one out of us. This thing is freaky huge but a heck of a lot of fun to train with!
17. Pain Free Barbell Hip Thrusts – The Special Device I Use – 985 Views
One of my primary goals this year was to build bigger stronger legs. After years of avoiding leg training, I decided I’d have enough of being called “Chicken Legs” and “Light Bulb.” One of the lifts I began doing this year religiously was the Barbell Hip Thrust. However, I got sick of the pain of the barbell digging into my body really quick, so I began using my Saxon Bar instead. I have since graduated to a bigger Saxon Bar with a larger loading surface, so I don’t have to worry about plates falling off the sleeves or binding everything together using JumpStretch Bands.
16. Trying the Derek Poundstone 100 Rep Empty Barbell Curl Challenge – 1008 Views
I was introduced to the Poundstone Curl Challenge by my friend, Jason Steeves. At first, I thought this challenge was absolutely absurd, but tried it anyway. Then, after failing several times to come anywhere near 100-reps, I decided I would really try to focus on this. I have since succeeded in hitting 100-reps in the unloaded barbell as well as with an additional 5lbs of weight added. It really is a fun challenge and a good way to finish off an intense arm training session.
15. Upper Body Muscle Workout with Barbell and Dumbbells: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps – 1166 Views
In the Winter of 2014, it was so stinking cold in the garage, that I had enough and said, “Let’s Go to the Edge,” which is a pretty darned good gym in Towanda, PA owned by a friend of mine, Scott Wilcox. Luke and I went there for at least 2 or maybe 3 workouts during the Winter and we introduced Grip Training to some of the members, and watched a couple of them end up manhandling #2.5 grippers and even put a hurting on light #3’s. Here’s the highlights from one of those trips to the Edge.
14. Card Tearing: Ripping a Deck in Half and Then Quarters – 1208 Views
One day in the late Spring/early Summer, out of nowhere I got the urge to rip some cards, so I went and grabbed the first deck I could find and tried to quarter it. I got the first half, but my hands were cooked and couldn’t finish off the second half into quarters.
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13. 80lb Strict Dumbbell Curl – For 2 REPS Per Arm! – 1248 Views
I love all forms of curls. I don’t care what kind they are. One of my ultimate goals in training is to build 20″ arms cold, and another is to curl 100-lb dumbbells. I am getting closer, as in the video below I am able to knock out 2 reps per arm with 80’s.
12. Back Training with the Back Bull – 1296 Views
I’ve had the Back Bull in my equipment arsenal for several years and I love it. My Friday training partner, Mark, and I use it quite often throughout the year, mainly for Pull-ups. I did a video this year showing some of the ways I like to use the Back Bull, as well as why I think it is so awesome.
If you like the Back Bull, and want to learn more about it, check it out here: The Back Bull
11. How to Build Arm Size and Strength: Negative Preacher Curls – 1317 Views
During #AugustOfArms, I hit #31DaysOfArms and was very happy with the arm size increases I saw. One of the things I did throughout the month was mix up the types of contractions I was doing, so not only was I blowing up the volume with lots of isotonic work, but I also did isometric and eccentric-emphasized training, like I show below.
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10. Get Super Strong Hands – High Volume Blob Training – Open Hand Strength Density – 1304 Views
At the beginning of the year, there were several cool challenges going on, especially the Grip Monster Challenges. These included Dips Plus Weight, Wall Curls, and several grip challenges like the one below – 50lb Blob to 50cm Platform for Max Repetitions. I ended up winning this challenge, eventually knocking out 20 repetitions with a 50-lb Blob.
9. Build Big Arms and Strong Wrists with Scale Weight Curls – 1527 Views
Throughout #AugustOfArms, I was trying to challenge myself to hit as many variations of arm work as possible, and one of them that I did several times was the Scale Weight Curl. I liked this one because not only did it make the biceps work hard, but it also hit the wrist with authority as well, and any time you can kill two birds with one stone with a lift, I am ALL ABOUT IT, BROTHER.
8. Build a Big Back – Sally Pull-up Challenge – 1812 Views
Since I began training wrestlers from my alma mater, I have always been looking for new ways to challenge them in order to make them better and stronger, both physically and mentally. One of the wrestlers showed me Sally Push-ups and we gave that a try. Once I saw how much they liked it, I knew we had to apply it to some other lifts as well, and one of them was Sally Pull-ups.
7. Poundstone 100 Rep Challenge – New PR – WOOOH! – 1823 Views
This is the second Poundstone Challenge video on the countdown, and it might be my “craziest” video I put up all year. I got into a different frame of mind for this video, and it resulted in a much better performance on the challenge than I had attained before that point.
6. Heavy Dumbbell Curls +/- 80×3 – Big Strong Biceps Training – 1941
I think my viewers like watching Dumbbell Curl videos as much as I love producing. That sounds like a match made in heaven to me! In the #6 video, I curl 80’s for a set of 3. I think I can probably do even more than this now, as recently my loading has been based on much heavier weights with lower volume, compared to lighter weights with higher volume through most of the summer.
5. Giant Kettlebell Swings – 200lb – 2 Hands and One – 1941 Views
People love watching GIGANTIC KETTLEBELLS getting lifted. This is the second video on the countdown of this monstrous 200-lb Kettlebell.
4. Leaning Press: Overhead Lifting WITHOUT Back Pain – 2105 Views
Back pain is something I’ve dealt with ever since my Freshman year in High School. It was a daily struggle of mine through most of the 2000’s. These days though, I’ve managed to reduce my number of Back Pain Episodes greatly. However, when I do hurt my back, I’ve found several work-arounds that allow me to still get my training in. This is one of them:
3. Grip Monster Challenge – Dip Plus Weight: Jedd Johnson 404.9lbs – 2460 Views
Here’s one of the Grip Monster Challenges that didn’t actually have to do with Grip Strength. This is the Weighted Dip. I believe I came in 2nd or 3rd place in this lift. Great times. I certainly think Heavy Weighted Dips are a great training method, although constantly testing your 1RM all the time isn’t completely necessary.
2. Pain Free Pull-ups | Build Your Back | No Elbow Pain – 3568
Pull-ups are a great back builder. Unfortunately, if I do too many of them on a regular Pull-up Bar, I often start feeling pain in my wrists, elbows and shoulders. That doesn’t mean I don’t do them though. This video shows a whole bunch of variations I like to use. This also marks the second video where the Back Bull makes an appearance.
1. Lifting the 200-lb Kettlebell – 7325 Views
And now it’s time for my most popular video of the year, based on views. With more than 7,000 views this year alone, it’s yet another video featuring the Giant 200-lb Kettlebell.
WOOOH – there it is, brotherrrr – the Top 20 Countdown of 2014’s top videos is complete!
Thank you for watching, rating, and sharing my videos this year. I truly appreciate your support.
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This past weekend, Saturday, October 25th, 2014, I ran one leg of the International King Kong of Grip Challenge. Congratulations to Ari Siltaoja of Finland on his victory.
Below are the overall results.
As you look at the event scores, keep in mind that Event 1 was One Hand Pinch, Event 2 was One Hand Axle, Event 3 was the Hub and Event 4 was the Little Big Horn.
Sorry for the formatting, by the way. I took screen shots off the Gripboard, and the formatting can be really hard to manage some time.
International King Kong of Grip 2014 Results
Here are the video clips from my location in Wyalusing.
One Hand Pinch
For the One Hand Pinch, the adjustable pinch device was used, made of steel disks on the outside and either rubber or plastic inserts inside. The objective is to pinch the implement with one hand and pick it up until the loading pipe hits the cross-bar and control it to the ground.
One Hand Axle
For the One Hand Axle, you grip it with one hand and then lift it to above the middle of the knee. Both ends of the bar must be at that height as well, with the legs locked, but the hips and shoulders do not have to be.
The new version of the IronMind Hub was used at all the competition locations. The index and middle fingers had to be used. The ring and pinky fingers could be used if desired. The four fingers had to be in a claw position. The thumb could be in clay position or hooked, but no portion of the thumb pad or palm could be touching the hub surface. The implement was then lifted to lockout and controlled to the ground after the “Good” signal/call.
IronMind Little Big Horn
The IronMind Little Big Horn, anvil-style implement, was used. The lift was done to lockout and you had to control it to the ground.
The competition in Wyalusing went very well. Nobody had any serious injuries. We had someone come for their first contest and he enjoyed it. We had some come for their second contest, and we had some veterans.
I would have been much happier with some better lifts. Unfortunately, I wanted to be cautious with my right shoulder, as pulling things from the floor is what really lights it up. So, I went left-handed on all the lifts. My left hand is actually my better hand for the One Hand Pinch, so that worked out fine, but it absolutely pathetic for me on the Hub and Axle. I was pretty happy with my lifts on the Little Big Horn and actually PR’d by a good 10+ lbs.
Many great lifts took place across the globe. On top of winning the overall, Ari Siltaoja set a new World Record mark in the Hub Lift that is being recognized by IronMind. John McCarter set a new world record in the Hub that is actually heavier than Ari’s lift. IronMind has not acknowledged John’s lift at this time, and I do not know the reason why.
Any questions on the competition, please feel free to post a comment.
All the best in your training.
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