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Cold Snap Classic Grip Challenge

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

COLD SNAP CLASSIC

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NAGS sanctioned Grip Contest with Crushed to Dust Certification

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PROMOTER: Jedd Johnson, Diesel Crew

EVENTS: 20mm Block Set Grippers, Two Hands Pinch on Euro, Double Overhand Axle Deadlift, Front Pickaxe for Max Weight

ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Crushed to Dust, Inch Hold for Time with Cans on Globes, 2HP Hold for Time, Inch Unbraced Lift to Platform

DATE: February 13th, 2016
WEIGH-IN: Any time after 8:00am (scale is spot-calibrated)
SIGN-IN: 9:00am
RULES: 9:30am
START: 10:00am
LOCATION: Jedd Johnson’s Garage Gym
EMAIL FOR DIRECTIONS : JEDD dot DIESEL at GMAIL dot COM
ENTRY FEE: $30.

DEADLINE: Day of Contest

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Events order subject to change without notice

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Gripmas 2015

Monday, December 14th, 2015

On December 5th, Luke and I competed at Gripmas, the yearly December contest in Crooksville, Ohio, hosted by Chris and Teresa Rice.

This has quickly become the biggest and most prestigious single-location contest of the year, aside from the NAGS Championship. Many athletes from the Central United States and East Coast came this year, and over the years countless people from outside this region have made the trip, because of how important this contest has become.

There were 4 events for this contest. First was the Ivanko Super Gripper. The unit is held opposite the direction torsion spring grippers are held. There is a small flashlight mounted at the bottom of the gripper, and the objective is to close the handles together and make the flashlight button click, while changing the off/on status completely.

Ivanko Super Gripper – Various Competitors

Here are some of the attempts I got on film of the ISG event.

At this point, I sat in 3rd place behind Kody Burns and Andrew Durniat.

The next event was Two Hands Pinch, with the adjustable pinch apparatus. The first heat of lifters to go were the ones who used the thinnest setting, 52 millimeters. Next came 54mm, 56mm, and 58mm. The adjustable device is used so that lifters can match the width of the implement to their hand size, and produce their best lifts.

If you’re interested in buying an adjustable two hands pinch device, watch this video: Napalm Pinch Devices.

Here are some of the attempts from the contest.

Two Hands Pinch – Luke Raymond and Chris Rice

Luke has been competing and training at 58mm for several months, but switched to 56mm for the contest, and ended up getting a new contest PR!

Two Hands Pinch – Kody Burns Sets New All-Time World Record

Kody set a new All-Time World Record on the Two Hands Pinch, with 274lbs and change!

Two Hands Pinch – Kody Burns’ 3rd and 4th Attempts

Kody then bumped up to roughly 279lbs and got it off the ground each time.

Two Hands Pinch – Jake Sahlaney’s Attempts

Jake is one of my members at TheGripAuthority.com, and is showing improvement at every single competition he does. I’m very proud of him, and hope he continues to train hard and smart, and stay healthy.

Two Hands Pinch – Jedd Johnson’s Attempts

I was able to get my highest lift since 2011 at Gripmas this year, 261lbs. I’ve been in a slump for a very long time. I then made the decision to go to 276lbs and try to break the record, which proved to be foolish, because I barely broke it off the ground, BUT, I was hoping for a big adrenaline boost. I felt pumped, but it just wasn’t enough. I wish I would have just gone with something like 266lbs and then 271lbs, to go into the 2nd place ever, in competition. I think I would have had a good chance at completing 271, because I broke that off the ground in training, prior to the comp. Oh well, can’t go back in time!

he next event was the Double Overhand Axle Deadlift. My goal was to 1st come in second place in this event, behind Andrew, and 2nd, to pull 400lbs. Unfortunately, the 400lb pull didn’t happen, but I did tie for 2nd, so that helped me out with points, big time.

Double Overhand IronMind Axle – 325lbs and above

These are all the attempts I got. The weight starts out around 325 or so, and ends with Andrew’s HUGE attempt at like 460+!!! What a phenom that guy is!

Following the Axle, was the 4th and final event. There was a 4-minute time limit to lift as many items as possible. There was a series of light items and a series of heavy items. If you lifted the lighter item, you got 1 point. If you lifted the heavy item you got 2 points. If you lifted both, you only got 2 points.

Additionally, there were some implements with only one option, and if you lifted them, you got 2 points.

it might seem kind of confusion, but just think the maximum points available was 50.

Medley – Luke Raymond

Luke got 33 points in his Medley run.

The contest would come down to how Andrew, Kody, and I did in the Medley, just like Nationals this year. Going in, the points spread looked something like this: Kody – 38 points, Andrew – 37.5 points, Jedd – 37 points. As you can see, it was crazy close.

Medley – Jedd Johnson

I was the first to go out of the final 3, because I was in 3rd place. I got 46 points.

Medley – Andrew Durniat

Andrew got 36 points.

Medley – Kody Burns

Kody got 36 points as well.

By finishing 10 points ahead of the other two leaders, it enabled me to pull ahead by a very, very slim margin – INCREDIBLY CLOSE!

    1) Jedd Johnson – 37.704
    2) Kody Burns – 36.630
    3) Andrew Durniat – 36.223
    4) Jake Sahlaney – 32.322
    5) Lucas Raymond – 31.281
    6) Chris Rice – 29.461
    7) Josh Henze – 27.638
    8) Nathanial Brous – 24.645
    9) Andrew Pantke – 24.550
    10) Bob Sundin – 23.260
    11) Josh Koenig -23.064
    12) Jor-el Koenig – 19.291
    13) Anthony Clarino – 19.085
    14) Nick Applegate – 17.247
    15) Barrett Henze – 16.749
    16) Chris Andrade – 16.045
    17) Rich Cottrell – 14.047

Gripmas 2015 Placings and Prizes

I really want to send out my thanks to Chris and Teresa Rice for putting this competition together, as well as a huge digital high-five to Brent Barbe, Nick Rosendaul, and Sean Rice, who all helped with set-up, loading, and records keeping for the event. Guys like this are why contests run so smoothly.

Someone pointed out my victory is sort of a Triple Crown, in a way, as I won the NAGS Championship, King Kong International, and Gripmas all in the same year.

I never thought about it that way, but I’m happy to be the first one.

For now, it’s back to the drawing board. Despite the victories, I’m still not happy with the numbers I’ve put up. Luke and I have already begun making adjustments to match our goals.

Stay tuned for more posts coming later this week. Although I’ve posted all of the contest footage, that ain’t all that happened in that small garage in the little town of Crooksville.

I’ve got lots of other cool clips from the post-contest feats of strength.

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All the best in your training.

Jedd


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King Kong of Grip 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

King Kong of Grip 2015

I wasn’t planning on holding the competition here at my place, but when I heard another “nearby” promoter, Chez Riccezza, might not be able to run his leg of the multi-venue, global, mega-comp, the King Kong of Grip Challenge, I decided to get this organized in a pinch.

This was the 3rd time I’ve competed in the King Kong of Grip, and it has become a highly respected competition. The King Kong first appeared on the Grip Sport schedule in 2013, and has been in October every year.

The 2013 overall winner was Juha Harju, from Finland, and last year’s winner was Ari Siltaoja, also of Finland.

I got sick of poor finishes in the King Kong, finishing worse than Top 10 the first two years, mainly due to not focusing in and training the events the way you should, and this year I got serious.

And to my surprise, I came out on top, the first winner on the King Kong of Grip from North America.

Below are the videos, along with the worldwide standings, both in the overall, and for each event.

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 1 – One Hand Pinch

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 2 – 2.5″ FBBC Crusher

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 3 – Shallow Hub

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 4 – 2″ Vertical Bar

2015 International King Kong Grip Challenge – Overall Results

1 – Jedd Johnson – 22 points – “THE KING KONG OF GRIP”
2 – Jouni Mähönen – 23 points
3 – Ivan Beritashvili – 24.5 points
4 – Kody Burns – 27.5 points
5 – Jake Sahlaney – 31 points
6 – Arto Joronen – 34 points
7 – Eric Roussin – 39 points
8 – Anton Kladiev – 45 points
9 – John Stepien – 48.5 points
10 – Gilbert Goodman – 51 points
11 – Lucas Raymond – 62 points
12 – Bob Sundin – 63.5 points
13 – Pasi Mehtälä – 65 points
14 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 68.5 points
15 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 76 points
16 – Juha Lehtimäki – 76.5 points
17 – Kupinsky Igor – 78 points
18 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 83.5 points
19 – Daniel Reinard – 90 points
20 – Alexey Pritula – 90.5 points
21 – Andrew Pantke – 94 points
22 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 101 points
23 – Jeff Parker – 102.5 points
24 – Fenne Muhonen – 105.5 points
25 – Josh Koenig – 107.5 points
26 – Petri Rantalainen – 108 points
27 – Dmitriy Osipov – 115 points
28 – Marc Turgeon – 118 points
29 – Zagoruiko Roman – 121 points
30 – Pupchenko Ivan – 121 points
31 – Rob McMurren – 122 points
32 – David Balayan – 130 points
33 – Petri Partanen – 131.5 points
34 – Michael Rogowski – 133 points
35 – Darrin Shallman – 139 points
36 – Aldo Alberico – 141.5 points
37 – Pavel Trotsko – 147 points
38 – Frank Pizzo – 151 points
39 – Chris gallagher – 152.5 points
40 – Jerry Szigethy – 155.5 points
41 – Adam Thatcher – 158 points
42 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 165 points
43 – Mike Hagios – 171.5 points
44 – Andrey Tereniev – 177.5 points
45 – Andrea Bertozzi – 178 points
46 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 180 points
47 – Evan Raftopoulos – 184 points
48 – Skuyler Szigethy – 184.5 points
49 – Allen Heineck – 188 points
50 – Jor-el Koenig – 190.5 points
51 – Ivan Pachenkov – 191.5 points
52 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 193.5 points
53 – Zynchenko Mykola – 195.5 points
54 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 204.5 points
55 – Enrico Polgrossi – 204.5 points
56 – Davide Cimatti – 208.5 points
57 – Philippe Tremblay – 212 points
58 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 215 points
59 – Daniel Montaleone – 217 points
60 – Jussi Wägg – 224 points
61 – Matti Harju – 226.5 points
62 – Jesse Larocque – 243.5 points
63 – Andrea Gramentieri – 244.5 points
64 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 253.5 points
65 – Ricky Bee – 254.5 points
66 – Shutka Svetlana – 255.5 points
67 – Rach Thatcher – 259 points
68 – Matteo Rossi – 264 points
69 – Emily Grigsby – 268 points
70 – Hugo Turgeon – 268 points
71 – Nikita Smolnikov – 268 points
72 – Andrey Smolnikov – 280 points
73 – Maria Bascetta – 280.5 points

Event 1 Results – One-Hand Pinch (Euro)

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 59.52
2 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – 36 – 120 – 54.01
3 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 51.72
4 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 50.88
5 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 49.19
6 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 47.75
7 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 47.34
8 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 47.30
9 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 46.70
10 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 45.33
11 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 45.20
12 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 44.82
13 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 44.35
14 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 44.20
15.5 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 42.55
15.5 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 42.55
17 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 40.81
18 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 40.27
19 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 40.18
21 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 39.70
21 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 39.70
21 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 39.70
24 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 39.20
24 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 39.20
24 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 39.20
26 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 38.79
27 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 38.45
28 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 38.38
29.5 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 38.33
29.5 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 38.33
31 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 38.28
32 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 37.84
33.5 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 36.70
33.5 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 36.70
35 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 36.35
36 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 36.06
37 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 35.45
38 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 34.20
39 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 33.25
40 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 33.04
41 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 32.93
42 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 32.50
43 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 31.90
45 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 31.70
45 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 31.70
45 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 31.70
47 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 31.25
48 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 30.70
49 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 30.63
50 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 29.17
51 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 29.10
52 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 28.63
53 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 28.25
55 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 27.50
55 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 27.50
55 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 27.50
57 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 27.49
58.5 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 26.25
58.5 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 26.25
60 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 25.60
61.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 25.00
61.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 25.00
63 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 24.11
64 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 23.70
65 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 22.99
66 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 20.00
67 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 18.42
68 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 18.35
69 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 17.10
70 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 10.00
72 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 0.00
72 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 0.00
72 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 0.00

Event 2 Results – FBBC 2.5″ Crusher

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 100.50
2 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 91.32
3 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 89.58
4 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 88.06
5 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 87.50
6 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 85.09
7 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 85.03
8 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 84.91
9 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 83.71
10 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 82.59
11 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 81.40
12 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 81.34
13 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 78.27
14 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 76.34
15 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 75.90
16 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 75.86
17 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 75.00
18 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 72.48
20 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 71.34
20 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 71.34
20 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 71.34
22.5 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 71.33
22.5 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 71.33
24 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 70.22
25 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 70.11
26 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 68.81
27 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 67.50
28 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 66.87
29.5 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 66.34
29.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 66.34
31 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 66.33
32 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 66.07
33 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 65.74
34 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 64.25
35 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 63.80
36.5 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 63.74
36.5 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 63.74
38.5 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 63.00
38.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 63.00
40 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 62.75
41 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 62.70
42 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 61.70
43.5 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 61.34
43.5 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 61.34
45 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 60.26
46 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 58.00
47 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 56.34
48.5 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 56.27
48.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 56.27
50 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 56.09
51.5 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 54.79
51.5 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 54.79
53 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 54.25
54.5 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 53.72
54.5 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 53.72
56 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 53.65
57 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 53.00
58 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 51.78
59.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 51.75
59.5 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 51.75
61 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 51.20
62 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 40.88
63 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 40.08
64 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 39.25
65 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 38.61
66 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 33.84
67.5 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 33.80
67.5 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 33.80
69 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 25.57
70 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 20.60
72 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 0.00
72 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 0.00
72 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

Event 3 Results – Shallow Hub

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 30.31
2 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 28.31
3 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 27.59
4 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 27.08
5 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 26.58
6 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 24.88
7 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 24.76
8 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 24.60
9 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 23.78
10 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 23.50
12 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 23.30
12 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 23.30
12 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 23.30
14 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 22.92
16.5 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 22.68
16.5 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 22.68
16.5 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 22.67510954
16.5 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 22.68
19 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 22.53
20.5 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 22.06
20.5 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 22.06
22 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 21.70
23 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 21.56
24 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 20.96
25 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 20.31
26 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 20.27
27 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 19.80
28 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 19.59
29.5 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 19.57
29.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 19.57
31 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 19.30
33 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 19.20
33 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 19.20
33 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 19.20
35 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 19.11
36.5 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 19.00
36.5 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 19.00
38 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 18.30
39 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 18.15
40 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 17.85
41 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 17.50
42 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 17.25
43.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 17.08
43.5 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 17.08
46 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 17.07
46 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 17.07
46 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 17.07
48 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 16.52
49.5 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 15.25
49.5 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 15.25
51 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 14.99
52 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 14.83
53 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 14.57
54.5 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 14.00
54.5 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 14.00
56 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 13.85
58 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 13.30
58 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 13.30
58 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 13.30
60.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 12.75
60.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 12.75
62.5 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 12.67
62.5 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 12.67
64 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 11.10
65 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 10.54
66 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 10.48
67 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 10.25
68 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 9.58
69 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 9.30
70 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 7.08
72 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 0.00
72 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 0.00
72 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

Event 4 Results – FBBC 2″ V-Bar

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 143.13
2 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 141.61
3 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 136.55
4 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 130.60
5.5 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 129.86
5.5 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 129.86
7 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 129.19
8 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 126.61
9 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 126.15
10 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 125.43
11 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 124.86
12.5 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 124.85
12.5 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 124.85
14 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 124.82
15 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 121.70
16 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 121.62
17 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 117.36
18 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 116.72
19 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 116.64
20 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 114.86
21 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 111.67
22 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 108.76
23 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 107.97
24 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 105.00
26 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 104.86
26 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 104.86
26 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 104.86
28.5 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 103.01
28.5 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 103.01
30 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 102.50
31 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 100.35
32.5 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 99.86
32.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 99.86
34 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 99.83
35 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 96.42
36 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 96.40
37 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 96.20
38.5 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 95.62
38.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 95.62
40 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 95.45
41 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 95.16
42 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 95.00
43 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 94.86
44 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 94.03
46 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 93.54
46 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 93.54
46 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 93.54
48 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 92.50
49 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 91.58
50 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 90.95
51 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 90.78
52 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 88.90
53 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 88.50
54 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 84.09
55 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 82.91
56 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 80.00
57 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 79.86
58 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 77.50
59.5 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 76.60
59.5 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 76.60
61 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 75.67
62 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 72.70
63 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 71.25
64 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 70.03
65 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 56.48
66 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 54.86
67 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 52.50
68 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 52.39
69 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 49.70
70 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 49.20
71 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 36.11
72.5 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 0.00
72.5 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

I want to send a get well shout-out to Chez, who hurt himself the weekend before the comp, and Jerry, who hurt himself at my comp.

I also want to send a big CONGRATS to a couple of my members at TheGripAuthority.com

First off, Darrin Shallman, who pulled a 2X Bodyweight lift of 300lbs in an extra attempt on the 2″ Vertical Bar, the first person ever to do so, and also congrats to Jake Sahlaney, whocame in 5th place out of the 73 competitors. Any time he’s competing, I know I’ve gotta keep an eye on him. We will see if and when the student overtakes the teacher!

Now, it’s time to train for the annual December contest in Crooksville, Ohio, GRIPMAS.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

North American Grip Sport Championship 2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

This past weekend was “Nationals,” the North American Grip Sport Championship.

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If you’re not familiar, the way Nationals works is you must qualify via 1 of several ways.

One way is based on your finish in a sanctioned contest. Generally, top 3 in your class will get you qualified.

Another way is by breaking a long-standing record, such as a bodyweight record for certain lifts, or by breaking a World Record in other lifts.

Still, another way is to certify on highly recognized 3rd party feats of strength, such as the IronMind #3 Gripper or Red Nail.

Finally, if you can qualify one year, and you go to the NAGS Championship and compete, then you’ll be qualified for the next year.

Various contests take place all over the United States and Canada throughout the year, and competitors qualify at every single contest, for the chance to compete at Nationals, the biggest and most prestigious competition all year long.

In 2014, I was lucky enough to win the overall competition. The events were good for me, and I trained them hard, and it resulted in a strong win over top competition.

This year, the events were a bit different. They were events that I was OK in, but the mix wasn’t anywhere near as strong for me in 2014, so I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Going in, I knew my main competition would be Andrew Durniat and Kody Burns. Andrew and I have been battling it out in Grip Sport since 2008, and Kody has proven to be extremely talented in all forms of grip in the last few years.

Grippers

I knew going in that Grippers would be strong for me. I have been closing my 170-rated Tetting 7 on a regular basis in training. I’ve done it before, but more sporadically.

The grippers used at Nationals are only used at Nationals. They were first used in 2014, so the 2015 contest was only the 2nd time they’ve ever been out of a shipping box.

Last year, I managed a 155 Left and a 170 Right. This year, I PR’d on both hands with a 160 Left and a 180 Right. I believe this makes me only the third or fourth person to ever close a Top Row gripper. There are three rows of grippers on the table, and 180 begins the top row. It’s a strange feeling being able to say that, as I have never been crazy strong on grippers.

Right Hand Grippers

Left Hand Grippers

Two Hands Pinch

What was once my best event that would be a sure overall win for me has turned into a nightmare. Training for this event went straight into the toilet mid-way through April for unknown reasons. In April, I had lifted an all-time training PR of 258lbs and broke 260 off the ground. Then, the next workout it was like I had no idea what I was doing.

I was able to get 235 fairly easy on my 2nd attempt, but 245 laughed in my face in my 3rd and 4th attempts. It would have been really nice to get those points, but I ended up just an inch or so shy on my 3rd lift and less than an inch on my 4th lift.

Kody Burns hit a successful lift of 254. This was the first time I’ve been beaten on 2 Hand Pinch in a contest since 2005, when Chad Woodall beat me at the Global Grip Challenge.

Double Overhand Axle

In contrast from Pinch, my Axle had been super strong throughout April and May. I was lifting 393 for multiple singles and some doubles in May. I just recently hit my first ever lifts of 400lbs on the Axle at the New York Grip Throwdown in April, so I figured this year would be the year I finally got 400lbs in competition at Nationals as well.

Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get legal lifts. I got them very close to Lockout, but didn’t have enough control over the bar to get good calls. Close but no cigar.

Wrist Roller

The Wrist Roller this year involved an elevating lift arm and a sled drag. I feel like I prepared very well for this event, as I cut my time down to a third of what it was in March when I tried it at Andrew’s gym in March. I got a little over 10 seconds.

Medley

Going into the Medley, I was sitting in 2nd Place. I didn’t know how far behind I was of the Leader, Kody Burns, though. I knew I beat him in Grippers, and that he had beaten me in Pinch, Axle, and Wrist Roller, so for all I knew I was down 3 to 5 points.

I didn’t worry about the deficit I was facing. Instead, I just focused on seeing each one of the implements coming up when it was my turn to make my run.

The way the Medley worked was there were two rows of 12 implements. One row was lighter, one row was heavier. If you completed the lighter implement, you got half a point. If you got the heavier implement, you got 1 point. You could try the harder one, and if you missed, you could go do the lighter one, but you would only get points for the heavier variation. So, the best possible score was 12 points.

I honestly thought I was going to Stack the whole Medley, except for the Sledge Lever to the Face. I figured I would run out of time to even try it, so my goal was 11 points.

To my surprise, the Saxon Bar loaded to 205lbs was EXTREMELY tough. The finish was very slick and chalk would not stick to it, so NOBODY ended up getting it.

Also, the Sorinex Anvil proved too heavy for me. I got it an inch off the floor, but nowhere near lockout. In both cases of the Saxon Bar and the Anvil, I had to go to the lighter versions and settle for half a point each.

Additionally, the adrenaline must have given me a kick, because I shot through the entire Medley and had time to try the Hammer Lever, and I completed it. So, that gave me 10 of the 1-point feats and 2 of the half-point feats, for a total of 11 points, exactly the total that I wanted.

The scores must have been closer that I anticipated, because the 11 points was enough to allow me to inch my way past Kody Burns in the Final Standings, and I was elated to learn that I had won the Overall competition.

With this victory, it makes my 3rd consecutive Division Champion and 2nd consecutive Overall Champion. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

I am beyond thankful to God for my health and my ability to stay focused. In past contests, my disappointing finishes in the Pinch and Axle would have resulted in a great deal of anger, but this year I was able to remain focused.

I am thankful to my wife, Delraine, and my family for supporting me in my endeavors in Grip Sport.

I am so thankful to have a great partner like Luke Raymond who trains his butt off every bit as hard as I do and truly pushes me to be better.

I thank my other training partner, Mark Gannon, who pushes me hard on Friday mornings and lets me work a little thick bar into the sessions, even though it eats up some time and makes me grumpy to train with.

I sent a note to my parents who have supported me in athletics since I was a child and these days listen to my Grip stories with the same attention they used to listen to my baseball and basketball reports.

I sent out thanks to my massage therapist, Rachelle and my chiropractor, Dr. Napp for helping to keep me healthy throughout the year and especially the last few weeks.

And I want to thank all of you in the Diesel Universe for all the continued support over the years.

I couldn’t have done this without any of you. Thank you.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

Many have asked me what’s next for me. The primary goal is to lean up a bit. I have already made some modifications to my diet and added back in morning and lunch-time cardio sessions. If you’re interested in taking off a few lbs, check out Napalm Fat Burning. That program covers exactly the kind of stuff I’ll be doing in the next few weeks leading up to my August family vacation to the beach!

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7 Years in the Making – 400+lbs on the IM Axle – FINALLY

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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On 4/18/15, at the New York Grip Throwdown in Carmel, NY, I finally hit a lifetime Competition PR on the IronMind Double Overhand Axle Deadlift Axle Deadlift with 400 and 408 pounds.

This is the best lift I’ve had in competition since 2007, when I first lifted 396lbs.

It felt great to finally complete these lifts, and the fact that there was absolutely no doubt in either one of them puts even more icing on the cake, brotherrrr.

Jedd Johnson – 400lb IronMind Axle Deadlift

Jedd Johnson – 408lb IronMind Axle Deadlift

It’s been a long-time coming, and I’m pumped to be able to share this with you.

Keep hitting it hard in your workouts. It’s all gonna pay off.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

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