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I got home from my annual trip to the Arnold Classic in March of this year and I was destroyed!
Too tired to write, I began watching some of the video clips I had taken with my friends Paul Knight, JT Straussner, and Chris Dezendorf.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
This strange man kept popping up in the videos over and over.
This man looked like me and sounded like me, but I could not believe it was me.
But indeed, that strange man WAS ME.
Without noticing, I had become someone I never wanted to become.
I had a huge belly, my face looked like it was going to burst, and I had no muscle tone anywhere to speak of.
Every video I watched, I got more and more upset with what I had become.
That was it. I needed to make a change.
I stepped on the scale that day and I was 279lbs naked.
To make it even more shocking, I had already lost what I estimate to be between 10 and 15 pounds from December to February because I had been going for rehab for the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and a badly inflamed pectoral tendon 3 times a week for over an hour.
So I had already lost a significant amount due to the extra activity I was doing, which meant at the end of 2012 I was probably close to 300lbs!
I knew I had to make a change right away!
I had lost weight in the past, so I knew I could do it again, but I wanted to do it the right way.
I didn’t want to lose a bunch of muscle like the last time. I’ve worked for years to build the muscle, and I didn’t want to lose it all to a poor diet, too much cardio, and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
So, I got a coach. His name was Joe Carabase, and in one phone call, he passed on to me the building blocks of information I needed in order to lose nearly 50-lbs over the course of this year.
I had sent him my before and after pictures and he sent me back the graphic below.
Now, some 9 months later, I am in the best shape I have been in since college, at least.
I am more muscular than I have ever been, in many cases I am stronger now, proportionally, than I have ever been in many lifts, and I feel better than I have in the last 15 years.
Joe Carabase passed on to me the best ways to go about eating, doing cardio, ways to burn more calories in my workouts for a fat-burning emphasis, and so many more tips and tricks that I can’t even mention them.
The point is, I couldn’t have done this without Joe as my coach. Joe got me started, he followed up with me, and he was always there to recognize me at various bench-marks along the way.
Without Joe, I am sure I would have kept on eating things like bread, pasta and rice, and it would have held my progress back. I probably would have gotten going, built up a little steam, cut off some fat, and then become complacent and stopped doing what I needed to, only to arrive right back where I started as a fat guy again.
Having Joe as my coach made the biggest difference possible for me and my goals
And now, I am trying to do the same thing for you.
I am starting a special Coaching Group to help you out.
No, this is not for weight loss. I’d much rather direct you to Joe for that, if that is what you need.
Instead, I am sticking with what I know best – Grip Strength and Feats of Strength.
Just as having a coach enabled me to produce my life-changing fitness results, I want to help you take your Grip and Feat training to the next level.
So I am starting the Grip Task Force.
Grip Task Force
The GTF will be open for 10 People Only.
I want to be able to give you as much dedicated attention as possible, so I am limiting the number of people who can get in.
This will go for 3 months, and the price will be $97 per month. Once that time is up, I may allow more people to join, BUT those who join now will have the first shot.
Here is a run-down of what you can expect as a member of the Grip Task Force:
- 1 (one) 30-minute Personal Coaching Call to get a jump-start on your goals
- Two 60-minute Group Coaching Calls per month focused ONLY on your specific goals
- Download access to the calls via mp3
- Unlimited email access to me to work towards your target feats
- Task Force Text Access – Text me with your questions from 8AM to 5PM and get replies as soon as I plausibly can get them to you
- Closed Facebook Group for Grip Task Force members only
- Complimentary Membership to TheGripAuthority.com (instant access to 4 years of content, normally $17/month (current TGA members will have a reduced rate for the Grip Task Force
This page has all of the specifics about the Grip Task Force => Work with Jedd, Virtual Grip Coaching Group.
Here are some of the questions I have gotten about the Grip Task Force:
1. Is the price per month or for the 3-months?
The price is $97 per month. I charge $97 for one hour on the phone and have been getting multiple calls per week of people asking the same questions, so my plan is to offer two group calls per month and help everyone with programming.
2. Will I receive a program?
Yes, you will get specific planning for your goals. That will be worked out through email. I normally charge $297 for programs, but I am waiving that to try to help more people. So no program charge for this program.
3. How long does the Grip Task Force Last?
This is a 3-month program to see how it goes. I want to give you the best information possible. I feel 3-months will be a good indicator of how well I can serve 10 people, and then we can go from there. Also, I find that a 3-month window is often perfect to get a trainee going in the right direction and to help them understand how to go about designing their own programs.
4. How long are we committing to the Grip Task Force?
You do not have to commit to the 3-month period, although it is certainly encouraged. You can cancel at any time. If you decide to cancel, you can convert over to just a membership at TheGripAuthority.com, my site dedicated to Grip Strength and Feats of Strength coaching, or you can cancel completely, but you will not longer get access to the 4-year stockpile of information at TGA.
Essentially, I want to give you all the information I can to help you with your training. I take pride in the work that I do and the products that I put out, but I KNOW I can do so much more if I have the chance to work directly with you.
If you are considering joining, don’t wait to long. As I have said, I am only taking 10 people and this is open to my members at TheGripAuthority.com who get a reduced rate, so the spots will fill up quickly.
Go here to sign up = > The Grip Task Force.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask.
All the best in your training.
The Adjustable Pinch Apparatus, originally designed by David Horne, has been a staple of Grip Strength Competitions since 2005.
The Two Hands Pinch world record is the most coveted World Record in Grip Sport, and now the One Hand Pinch is increasing in popularity faster than probably any other record in the sport as well.
To truly perform your best in competition, it is IMPERATIVE that you own and train on an actual adjustable device.
Sure, you can use a ghetto 2HP device using 2-45′s, but you will never have optimal training that way because you will never know the perfect width for your hand size. That is, after all, the beauty of the Two Hand Pinch and One Hand Pinch that we contest in Grip Sport – the apparatus is full adjustable to fit any hand size – man, woman, teenager, big hands, average hands, and small hands.
Having an apparatus to train on is imperative in order to perform at your best and put up the best score possible. This has been proven over and over, as all of the record holders and perennial top performers own their own device.
In the past, the only way to get your own set-up in the United States was to purchase one from David Horne and deal with exorbitant shipping charges and long wait times.
But not anymore. I have begun sourcing the materials to produce adjustable pinch apparatuses that I call the Napalm Pinch Device. It is just like the original device designed and sold by Horne, but instead of having rubber inserts, it has inserts made of expandable PVC with tabs on them to make them easier to adjust widths for multiple trainees and competitors.
Until now, I have only made these devices available to members of my grip strength coaching site, TheGripAuthority.com, in order to get them ready for their upcoming contests.
Now it’s time to make them available to everyone else.
I currently have one device in stock. I will have more by the end of November, so you will definitely have yours by Christmas.
You will receive the outside steel plates and the red & grey inserts
You can order yours using the button below. This button will add $25 for shipping to your order. This is an estimate and if it is not enough to cover the shipping, I will get back with you to make up the rest. If it is too much, you will be refunded. All devices ship out USPS Standard Shipping with Tracking and Insurance coverage.
Once you have your own Official Two Hands Pinch device, prepare to watch your numbers explode, since you will finally be able to identify your appropriate width and get to practice on a device that is the same as what is used in competition.
All the best in your training,
On September 28th, I promoted the Holdfast Gauntlet Grip Contest here at my gym in Wyalusing, PA. It was an awesome contest featuring a whole bunch of brand new competitors, plus a mix of veterans as well.
The DVD’s of the competition are ready and I am taking orders. To speed up the process, the DVD’s will be shipped in a jewel, instead of contracting an artist to do the artwork for an actual DVD cover for the artwork.
This also helps keep the cost down, so the price is only $10 for the DVD plus shipping. You can order them here: Holdfast Gauntlet.
In addition, I have also been working on making all of my other contests I have promoted in the past available. I have been promoting Grip Contests since 2004, so I have a huge amount of history on the hard drive of my computer.
I want to make the history of Grip Sport available to those who want to experience it, and you will be able to re-live these contests one event at a time.
Currently, on top of Holdfast Gauntlet, you can also access Global Grip Challenge 2006 and 2007. Here is where to go: Grip Contests
As long as interest is strong enough, I will continue to expand this library of past Grip Contests, including the very first contest I ever competed in, the Battle for Grip Supremacy, promoted by Rick Walker back in September of 2003.
Speaking of BFGS, the Holdfast Gauntlet was almost exactly 10 years after that event. Rick Walker ended up coming to Holdfast to help me out with judging, so as a surprise, I recognized him with an award. I have always considered him a Pioneer in the Sport of Grip, so I got him the Grip Pioneer award. Check out the video below.
Call me a sentimental guy – I think things like this are important. The work that goes into running a competition is unbelievable and hard to describe, and Rick did the very first one on the East Coast and the biggest one ever in the United States that I am aware of. Plus, as I said in the video, I never would have found out about Grip Sport if it weren’t for Rick. It was my pleasure to present him with this small token of my appreciation.
Once again, if you’d like to tap into the awesome history of the past Diesel Crew Grip Contests, be sure to go to this page: Grip Contests.
All the best in your training,
The Wrist Developer
The Wrist Developer is a training tool designed and sold by David Horne’s World of Grip and from time to time sold here at DieselCrew.com. It is a spring-loaded device that is used to strengthen the position of Reverse Style Nail and Short Steel Bending.
The Wrist Developer is aptly named because it certainly builds strength and stability in the wrists. On top of this, it also can help you build improved strength throughout the upper body, depending on how you use it.
The Wrist Developer has been around for many years, but there still remains quite a bit of confusion around it. To help clear up some of the misunderstandings about how the device works and the methods to train with it, I put out an all-encompassing Training Video/DVD in 2012 => How to Train with the Wrist Developer. This video shows you how you can use the WD as a way to increase your general wrist strength, bring up your reverse bending, as well as strengthen your entire upper body.
As you can see, with the variety of ways the Wrist Developer can be utilized and the many ways it can be used to bring up each skill (wrist strength/stability, reverse bending, upper body strength) it is a very good investment and takes up very little room, as long as you understand its proper use.
Here is a quick run-down of some of the most common questions I get or find being asked.
Common Wrist Developer Training Questions
How is the Wrist Developer Used?
The main objective of the WD is to grip the handles with one hand in front and one hand behind, as in the grip taken on a nail or steel bar when using the Reverse bending Technique. From there, the handles are moved together so that the loading bars separate, stretching the spring. The repetition is complete or the attempt is “good” when the guard on the back of the device touches the rear loading arm.
How Are the Levels of the Wrist Developer Determined? How is the Wrist Developer Spring Adjusted?
With the Black spring, or equivalent, the lowest setting is called Level 3. You then move the rear spring hook up one notch to get level 4. For level 5, you move the rear spring hook back down one notch and then move the front spring hook up one notch. For level 6, you move the rear spring hook upwards again to get Level 6.
So, every time the spring is on equal notches in the front and back, your spring level is a multiple of 3 => 3,6,9, etc.
Here is a video demonstration of how the spring hooks are moved in order to get level 3, 4, 5, and 6 (and beyond).
Video Demonstration: How the Wrist Developer Spring Levels are Changed
Is it acceptable to glue the suede wraps to the handles? They tend to slip a lot.
For the purposes the Wrist Developer even in a grip contest and for Wrist Developer records lists, glue on the handles is not permitted. What is permitted is suede wraps with rubber bands wrapped tightly around them.
Slippage is definitely something to contend with when training on the wrist developer. One of the things I show in the Wrist Developer DVD is how to get the wraps on there as tight as possible using wrapping strategies from nail and steel bending which comply with WD performance standards.
The good thing about having the wraps against the bare steel and paint of the WD handles is that it forces you to squeeze the handles hard, which actually will help you exert more force into it. This will lead to better overall strength bending performance. But like any technical lift, it takes time to perfect.
Adhesives, glues, etc., are not permitted in competition or for records purposes, but certainly they can be used as a training method. If you have no desire to compete or measure yourself against others who have tested themselves on the WD, then by all means, use whatever you want to keep the wraps in place. Just keep in mind that if you get used to tapes or glues on the handles, you will see a drop in performance on the WD.
Can the Wrist Developer be Used to Train Double Overhand or Double Underhand Bending Techniques?
While the Wrist Developer can be used with the hands in the positions of DO and DU bending, the size and shape only permits these techniques in a limited way. You can certainly accomplish variations of Double Over and Double Under with the WD, but it is very cumbersome.
Is the WD Effective at Developing Strength for Reverse Bending
Yes, it certainly can be, but it depends on how you use it. There are distinct differences in how to use the WD, depending on your actual goal. This is the information that makes the WD Training DVD so valuable.
If you own a Wrist Developer, I can help you maximize your training results with it, through the use of my video. Many people do not realize just how technical of an event the Wrist Developer is, but are amazed how much stronger they can get on it with just a couple of easy technique modifications and slight changes to their approach.
In addition, you need to use the WD in the way it is meant to be used for your specific goals. If you want to perform well in a competition setting with the WD, knowing the proper means of force production with it is imperative. Also, if you are using the WD to save on the amount of bending stock you have to go through, it only makes sense to use it in the manner it was meant to be used for building your wrist strength for Reverse Bending. While there is cross-over from both techniques, you will get your best results from specific training.
For more information on what is covered in the Wrist Developer DVD, click the banner below. This video comes in both Digital and Hard Copy Versions, depending on what your viewing preference is.
All the best in your WD training,
Wrist Developer Training and Technique Tips for Maximum Performance on the WD