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Build Grip Strength Faster – Double Blob Holds

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Blobs and Block Weight Training are great for building hand strength.

Because you grip them with an open hand, they make your hands work harder than some other forms of training.

What’s even more awesome is having one in each hand!

Why have one hand just hanging out waiting for its chance to work, when you can have one Blob or Block Weight in each hand.

So, if you are looking for ways to bring up your hand strength, I definitely recommend Block Weight work, and the best resource available on it is Lift the Blob:

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That ebook will tell you not only how you can work up to one of the classic feats of grip strength, but also dozens of drills that will take your grip strength to the next level, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR MAIN TRAINING GOALS ARE!

Related to Double Blob Training, on May 3rd, Juha Harju and I are going head-to-head on the Double Blob Hold for Time.

Here is some of the recent training I have done with Double Blob Holds:

Double Blob Hold for Time Training

That was cool and all, but I wanted to take it to the next level, so the next thing I did was loop a chain over top of the Blob. This made the Blobs heavier, the higher I pulled them, plus I couldn’t get the same bite on them with my hands, since the chain made my hand sit higher on them this way.

Double Blob Holds Plus Chains

The Blob Lift Plus Chains shows up at the 4-minute mark. The first portion of the video. I ask about whether people would be interested in challenges held here at the site.

My buddy Juha tried a similar challenge, adding chains to the Blobs, but he did it slightly differently, with magnets. I thought that was a great idea, so I gave it a try myself.

This was super challenging, and I loved it. That is what Training is all about: CHALLENGING YOURSELF!

Misses Are Just Warm-ups: Double Blob Lift Plus Chains

Never forget that Misses Are Just Warm-ups. Sometimes you don’t get a lift on the first try – you need to try it multiple times. Go for it brother.

BOOM! I love getting a PR or other hard lift completed and then grunting and growling. I love the Intensity and feeling like an all-out Animal or Machine.

I have been doing other training with Double Blobs lately. I will post it up soon.

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All the best in your training.


Your Mindset – Is it Helping You or Hurting You?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

About a year ago, the prospects of curling a 50-lb Blob were meek.

To put this into perspective, I had only done it once or twice prior to 2013, and I had a success rate of about 1 out of 20 attempts.

Last year about this time, curling the Blob came up so I decided to give it a try and I was successful.

First Curl of the Blob in a Loooong Time

If I remember correctly, I first lifted the Blob in July of 2003 and then curled it for the first time in 2005, but never did it again until 2013. Remember that for later on in this post.

The next feat that was discussed was curling the Blob with the back against the wall. This is how Curls are done in competition, so it made sense to give it a try, so I did.

Curling the Blob – Back Against the Wall

It is so much harder to not be able to shift the shoulders back or to twist with the Blob.

From that day until right now, I can’t think of anyone else who has completed the Blob Curl, whether with the Back Against the Wall or Free Standing. (If there has been, and I have forgotten, I am sorry and I am happy to edit this post. Also, if someone has completed the feat and I didn’t hear about it, please let me know.)

Fast forward to January 2014. Luke Raymond has been training intensely and regularly here at Diesel Gym since September, plus he has been putting in serious work in his other training sessions at other gyms when he is not down here.

Luke officially lifted the Blob to Lockout the first time in January.

Luke Raymond Blob Lift

What happens next is something I NEVER would have anticipated.

It’s not like I didn’t think he has the potential, but in my mind, I thought much more maturity and training age would have been required in order for it to take place.

This is what I am talking about…

Mental Strength = Physical Strength

Essentially, Luke Raymond has gone from zero specialized Grip Training to lifting the 50-lb Blob in 4 months. He has gone from Lifting the Blob to Curling the Blob in about 2 months, and from Curling the Blob Free-Standing to Curling it Against the Wall in about 2 minutes.

To reinforce how awesome this is, I put up a post on Facebook directly after these feats took place and people began guessing who it was that Curled the Blob. names like Brian Shaw, Mike Burke, and other top-level strength athletes began popping up. People whom I have almost NO CHANCE to interact with were guessed.

And NO ONE guessed it was Luke. This unassuming yet dedicated lifter was flying under the radar.

I don’t think that will be the case anymore though.

If you don’t train Grip, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you.

It does.

If you are holding yourself back due to limitations you’ve placed in your mind, it doesn’t matter what sport or activity you are training for.

Just like I said at the beginning of the video directly above, the things I have witnessed over the last few months have made me change the way I approach this feat and all my other training.

Have I been putting handcuffs on myself and limiting my progress in my lifts due to my own mentality?

Have you?

If so, break the cuffs – make the changes in your mind and bring about the progress in your training.

As an example of what is possible, on Sunday, March 23rd, I failed miserably to curl a 50-lb Blob.

After watching Luke manhandle the Blob, this took place on Tuesday, March 25.

Blob Curl Showdown

I hope you take a moment to think about your Mindset.

If you are holding yourself back, STOP.

All the best in your training,


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What Are You Willing to Give Up?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Will You Pay The Price To Attain Your Goals?


All the money in the world can’t buy what it takes to attain your goals.

Dollars do not buy desire…

Bank rolls do not build biceps…

…and the world does not sing your praises because of C-notes…

Reaching Your Goals comes at a tremendous cost – SACRIFICE.

Sacrifice is the bottom line.

What are you WILLING TO GIVE UP?

How much are your goals worth to you?

What price are you willing to pay?

I wish I could say I composed this message, but it was actually molded from a promo by the Ultimate Warrior.

Check this out:

What Are You Willing To Give Up?

So what if these ideas came from a Wrestling Promo?

Do they not still not make perfect sense?

What Are You Willing to Give Up????

The way you answer that question will dictate how quickly and to what degree YOU will reach the goals you are shooting for.

How important are your goals?

How badly do you REALLY want to attain them

You can’t buy your success with money, but you can damn well sure bet that you will HAVE to give something up in exchange for your goals.

You will HAVE to sacrifice time with your friends.

You will have to miss out on staying up to date with what’s happening out at the bar.

You will HAVE to miss some of the parties.

You will HAVE to give up some of the trips out to the stuff-your-face-with-garbage restaurants.

There are no shortcuts.

You NEED to put the time in, no matter what your specific goal is: Strength, Muscle, Fat Loss, it doesn’t matter.

Nothing is going to come easy, BUT it is going to feel SO GOOD when you do reach them.

Start the week out right, beginning with today, brotherrrrr.

All the best in your training.


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Arnold Classic Survival Guide

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This weekend is the Arnold Classic and counting this year, I will have gone 6 out of the last 7 years. I love the atmosphere and it always triggers a spike in my training.

There’s something for everybody at the Arnold Classic. Let me paint a picture for you.

The Arnold take place in a HUGE convention center covering I don’t know how many blocks in the city of Columbus Ohio. The event started out as mainly a bodybuilding deal, but it has expanded over the years to include Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, and Strongman contests as well as Martial Arts, Fitness and other competitions.

This year, they are also including their first ever Grip Contest on the main stage, called Mighty Mitts. I was lucky enough to get an invite and I am honored. I have been training hard and am geared up to get on the stage.

Now, here’s the deal. If you’re not prepared for the Arnold Classic weekend, you won’t maximize your experience, so here’s a few points to consider to get the most out of the Classic.

Take Water

It is extremely dry in the event center. They do sell water there, but it is like $8 a bottle, so pack your own and bring it with you.

Take Snacks

There’s very few places to eat outside the event center in the hallways, and it’s kind of expensive. There’s tons of free samples of hundreds of different supplements like shakes and bars and powders, but you can only handle so much of that stuff and some of it tastes like a pencil eraser during the SAT’s. So pack some good stuff to take in with you.

Bring Your Camera

There are lots of photo opportunities at the Arnold. There are Bodybuilders, MMA Fighters, Pro Powerlifters and Strongmen, Pro Wrestlers and dozens of Fitness chicks. They will often let you get a picture with them for free, but sometimes they do charge. Either way you’ll have photos that will last you a lifetime.

Wear Comfortable Cargo Pants

Get yourself a pair of loose fitting cargo pants with lots of pockets. This way you can easily carry your water, snacks and camera among other things. Make sure they are loose fitting and not a set of butt huggers. There are plenty of feats of strength to try in the event center, and you don’t want the seam in your ass to tear while trying to do them.

Bring a Back Pack

You may get the opportunity to get some free shirts and other swag while you’re at the Arnold. You’ll turn around and see some fitness model throwing them all over. Fight for the free shirt and stuff it into your pack. Aside from free stuff, you may want to buy shirts and stuff at the seemingly thousands of tables that are there, and the last thing you want to do is carry that stuff around in your hands all day. Now, if your back pack has the Care Bears on it, leave it at home. Some booths will hand out free plastic bags if you need them.

Try the Grip Gauntlet

Each year I have gone, the GNC booth holds the GNC Grip Gauntlet featuring IronMind Grippers, IronMind Rolling Thunder, and the Blob. If you lift the Blob, 207 on the Rolling Thunder, and close the #3 Gripper, you get a real nice gift certificate – I think it’s like $50 or $100! What’s a Blob? Check out this article = = > What is the Blob?

Bring a Towel

A lot of greasy sons-of-guns get their hands on the Blob over the course of the weekend. I mean THOUSANDS of people try this thing. The Blob is hard enough with the ultra-slick stove paint they put on it. It will just be harder if it is covered in hand sweat, so bring your towel to wipe it and the Rolling Thunder off before you make your attempt. A trip through the Gauntlet is worth just the opportunity to meet and shake hands with the Gillingham brothers.

Bring Some Cash, but Take a Deep Breath

You will have opportunities to buy a lot of cool stuff at the Arnold, so bring some cash or a credit card, but take it easy. Don’t just buy on impulse, because you could end up going off the deep end. If you are going with a friend, tell them to monitor your spending. Know what you want to look for, but set your limits.

Bring Your Diesel Shirt

When you walk through the event center, if you see me make sure to give me a holler, and wear your Diesel shirt so I can spot you easier.

Check out Mighty Mitts

Mighty Mitts will be taking place between events at the Arnold Strongman Competition on Friday Afternoon and Saturday evening. I will be competing with 10 of the top dudes in the world. Many, I have competed against in standard Grip competitions. Others, I have met before, but never competed against, and still others I have never met and never competed against. Some of these guys have tremendous Grips on them and have done awesome things Grip-related in the past, just never competed in standard contests before. With this event being all thick bar, it is going to be something to behold!

Wear Comfortable Shoes

You spend a lot of time on your feet at the Arnold and there is almost nowhere to sit down except on the floor, so make sure your shoes are comfortable or else your feet will be screaming by the end of the weekend.

Steal a Seat

It is a cut-throat process getting a chair in front of the stage. You basically have to swoop down immediately once someone stands up. This may mean if you are traveling in a group that you might get split up. The seat is worth it to give your feet a break, so steal your buddy’s seat if you have to.

Cell Phone on Vibrate

If you get split up from your crew, it’s very hard to meet back up, and it is so loud that it is almost impossible to hear a cell phone ring, so set the thing on vibrate and put it in your hip pocket so you will feel it.

Wallet in Hip Pocket

Not sure what the crime rates are at the Arnold Classic, but there are pick-pockets everywhere. it is slightly harder for someone to pick your pocket if you stick your pocket in your front hip pocket than your back pocket or leg pocket. Don’t stick it in a zipper pocket in your book bag. They are too easy to unzip by someone else while you walk and you will never know it. It’s a shame this tip even has to appear here, but it is a sad truth. Awareness is preparedness.

Alright, my friends, it’s just about time for me to hit the road and be on my way to Columbus, Ohio. If you have any more tips for the better of the order, then please leave a comment in the comment box below!

Thanks a ton and have a great weekend, especially if you are at the Arnold.

And if you see me and I don’t see you, yell, shout, hit me with a rock, poke my eye or something to get my attention. It’ll be nice to meet everybody.

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Hands Across the Sea Videos

Monday, February 10th, 2014

This past Saturday, I held the only US leg of the Hands Across the Sea Grip Mega Comp.

The events were Two Hands Pinch, Grip Topz Stub Hold for Time, and Silver Bullet Hold for Time.


Below are the videos from the competition.

Next contest will be May 3rd, 2014 in Horseheads NY. More information to come.

Two Hands Pinch – Part 1

The Two Hands Pinch was contested in the normal way, 4 attempts, going for a max lift. The Two Hands Pinch is STILL one of the most popular events in all of Grip Sport. David Horne actually set a new all-time world record in this lift, at his location in Europe.

Two Hands Pinch – Part 2

Stub Hold – Best Lifts

For the Stub Hold, 6 weights were available: 7kg, 10kg, 13kg, 16kg, 19kg, and 21kg. You could start out at the heaviest weight and take an attempt to lift and hold it for at least 5 seconds. After that, you could try the same weight again, or drop to the next lowest weight. Heavier weights lifted for the minimum 5 seconds would beat longer holds at lighter weights. This was a very intense event.

Silver Bullet – Best Times

The Silver Bullet Hold has been contested many times over the last few years, but I had never seen it live, only on videos on the Net. I always thought the event was boring as sin, BUT when it is a part of the contest, it makes the atmosphere electric.

Final Results, per David Horne:

Open Class results (22 competitors)

1 David Horne (102.35k, 51) 5pt
2 Jedd Johnson (104.89k) 6pt
3 Juha Harju (123.5k, 40) 7pt

4 Cesare Ricchezza (117.7k) 16.5pt
5 Matti Harju (97.9k, 34) 20pt
5 Eli Thomas (128.18k) 20pt
7 Josh Henze (97.65k) 25.5pt
8 J.T. Straussner (102.19k) 29pt
8 Petri Partanen (98.5k, 36) 29pt
10 Luke Raymond (92.85k) 35pt
11 Juha Lehtimäki (92.3k, 25) 36pt
11 Rob Scoonover (104.34k) 36pt
13 Alex Horne (92.9k, 22) 37.5pt
14 Frank Deluca (97.99k) 39.5pt
14 Elizabeth Horne (80.5k, 30/Female) 39.5pt
16 Mike Hagios (145.19k) 45.5pt
17 Juha-Matti Höglund (156.7k, 28) 48.5pt
18 Chris Andrade (112.4k) 52pt
19 Yvonne Häkkinen (79.4k, 34/Female) 55pt
20 Tuomo Anttila (92.4k, 34) 55.5pt
21 Amber Edwards (77.99k, Female) 60pt
22 Andrea Diez (47k, 25/Female) 61pt

Womens results (4 competitors)

1 Elizabeth Horne (80.5k, 30/Female) 3pt
2 Yvonne Häkkinen (79.4k, 34/Female) 6pt
3 Amber Edwards (77.99k, Female) 10pt
4 Andrea Diez (47k, 25/Female) 11pt

Event 1 Two Hands Pinch Lift

1 David Horne 122.91k
2 Jedd Johnson 110.49k
3 Juha Harju 100.6k
4 Eli Thomas 96.74k
5 Josh Henze 94.44k
5 Cesare Ricchezza 94.44k
7 Matti Harju 91.88k
8 J.T. Straussner 90.79k
9 Rob Scoonover 87.75k
10 Petri Partanen 82.43k
11 Mike Hagios 81.21k
12 Tuomo Anttila 80.96k
13 Luke Raymond 79.47k
14 Alex Horne 76.45k
14 Elizabeth Horne 76.45k (Female)
16 Juha Lehtimäki 76k
17 Frank Deluca 66.35k
18 Chris Andrade 58.36k
19 Yvonne Häkkinen 54.22k (Female)
20 Amber Edwards 39.56k (Female)
21 Andrea Diez 31.95k (Female)
22 Juha-Matti Höglund NL

Event 2 Stub Hold

1 David Horne 21k for 17sec
2 Juha Harju 21k for 11sec
3 Jedd Johnson 21k for 8sec
4 Matti Harju 19k for 10sec
5 Juha-Matti Höglund 19k for 6sec
6 Cesare Ricchezza 19k for 5sec
7 Petri Partanen 16k for 11sec
7 Juha Lehtimäki 16k for 11sec
7 Luke Raymond 16k for 11sec
10 Elizabeth Horne 16k for 10sec (Female)
11 J.T. Straussner 16k for 8sec
12 Eli Thomas 13k for 20sec
13 Josh Henze 13k for 16sec
14 Rob Scoonover 13k for 13sec
15 Alex Horne 13k for 12sec
16 Mike Hagios 13k for 9sec
16 Frank Deluca 13k for 9sec
18 Chris Andrade 13k for 8sec
19 Yvonne Häkkinen 10k for 14sec (Female)
20 Andrea Diez 7k for 20sec (Female)
21 Amber Edwards 7k for 12sec (Female)
22 Tuomo Anttila NL

Event 3 Grippers Silver Bullet (2.5k)

1 Jedd Johnson #4 for 30.77sec
2 Juha Harju #4 for 22.86sec
3 David Horne #4 for 19.19sec
4 Eli Thomas #4 for 14.69sec
5 Cesare Ricchezza #4 for 12.99sec
6 Frank Deluca #3 for 23.12sec
7 Josh Henze #3 for 21.53sec
8 Alex Horne #3 for 18.14sec
9 Matti Harju #3 for 17.25sec
10 J.T. Straussner #3 for 16.55sec
11 Petri Partanen #3 for 16.32sec
12 Juha Lehtimäki #3 for 15.11sec
13 Rob Scoonover #3 for 14.36sec
14 Luke Raymond #3 for 10.03sec
15 Elizabeth Horne #3 for 8.23sec (Female)
16 Chris Andrade #2 for 21.06sec
17 Yvonne Häkkinen #2 for 12.26sec (Female)
18 Mike Hagios #2 for 9.9sec
19 Amber Edwards #1 for 12.29sec (Female)
20 Andrea Diez T for 4.57sec (Female)
21 Juha-Matti Höglund NL
21 Tuomo Anttila NL

Again, next competition is May 3rd in Horseheads, NY.

Who’s in?