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Learn Two Hands Pinch – Grip Sport Training

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

It was a bitter cold day in February.

Snow covered the ground and you could hear the wind whipping around the garage.

But that did not stop one man, John Manna, from making the trip over the frozen terrains of Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

After his 3-hour drive, John blew into his cupped hands, loosened up his sore back and got to work, while an electric space heater buzzed behind him and an occasional snow flake beat against the windows.

By the end of the day, the temperature didn’t matter much to John, nor did his sore back, because he had already exceeded his previous best in the Two Hands Pinch by nearly 20-lbs.

As he drove back home to Jersey, John had a look of confidence and an air of pride about him.

He was now armed with the knowledge to take his Two Hands Pinch even higher…

And you can be too, when you get this DVD.

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The Two Hands Pinch

The Two Hands Pinch is one of the most commonly contested, most popular, and highly regarded events in Grip Sport.

It is also, perhaps, the fairest of all Grip Sport lifts, because the device that is used in competition is fully adjustable to match the hand size of each athlete that lifts on it.

The Two Hands Pinch is also one of the most intensely tracked of Grip Sport events, with competitors readily gunning for the “Top 50 List” and always keeping an eye on “Weight Class Records” whenever a contest is held.

The execution of the Two Hands Pinch is very basic – you grip the plates, you lift them high enough so that the loading bar touches a cross-bar, and you set it back down.

But don’t let the simplicity of the lift fool you…

The Two Hands Pinch is also a very highly technical lift. There is much more to it than meets the eye.

There is more involved than just reaching down, pinching as hard as you can, and lifting it off the ground.

On February 22, 2014, I held a Grip Sport Workshop at my gym in Wyalusing, PA.

One lone person, John Manna, braved the February cold, but after 2+ hours of training and instruction he was PUMPED that he came.

By the end of the Workshop, he was no longer stuck in the 120′s on the 2HP.

He had now broken into the 140′s.

And now you can learn the same information that can help you increase your Two Hands Pinch by 20-lbs or more.

I am making the Two Hands Pinch portion of the February Workshop available to everyone.

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What is Covered in the Two Hands Pinch Workshop DVD?

In this DVD, you’re gonna learn the Two Hands Pinch in an easy 9-point checklist format.

Here is exactly what you will learn in this DVD:

Grip: In this section you’ll learn the ins and outs of getting your grip right on the implement as well as how to figure out your proper width.

This is HUGE for your pinch because the right width can not only help you lift more on the Two Hands Pinch, but it can also keep you from cutting your thumbs as much.

Placement: You’ll learn where to have the device in relationship to your body. This increases your leverage and allows you to put more force into your pinch.

Stance: Now it is time to think about how to position your body for best force production. While it may seem like a small detail, it can be something that helps your pinch blow up, or something that holds it back.

Footwear: Everyone knows I have featured strange choices for footwear in all the years I have been competing. But, there is actually a purpose behind why I choose to wear what I have on my feet, and I will tell you all about some of the best options I have found, so you can make the best choice for yourself as well.

Tilt: This is another aspect of the 2HP that is often overlooked and misunderstood. When to tilt the implement, and how much is enough or too much? When you get this right, you get a better lock on the implement and less slipping. When you get it wrong, your attempt can be doomed right from the instant you start to pull it off the floor.

Aside from why having an angle on the Pinch is so important, you’ll also learn how to keep this angle throughout your pull, so each attempt you take is smooth resulting in fewer thumb cuts.

Arm Angle: You will learn the best way I have found to transmit as much power from the torso and core into the Two Hands Pinch lift. The muscles of the back and chest are some of the biggest and post powerful in all the upper body, and when you figure out how to engage them, your current personal best in the 2HP will feel weightless.

Lower Body: Although the Two Hands Pinch is mostly a full body movement, your lower body has to move correctly to get a smooth pull. Do this wrong and the Pinch feels awkward and shaky. Do it right, and you’ll feel like a machine when you lift the plates. This also helps you return the implement to the floor under control, which is a must in Grip Sport competition for your lift to count.

Tension: This is the single biggest aspect of Two Hands Pinch technique that you will learn. Most people can put a minimum of 10 pounds on their Two Hands Pinch in less than 10 minutes just by understanding how to create tension in their upper body, how to transfer it through their arms, and into their grip.

Tension magnifies your ability to create Pinch Power, giving you command over the implement from the instant it breaks the ground, until you pull it through the stick, and return it to the platform.

Training: In this section, you will learn my time-tested strategies for training the Two Hands Pinch. This is where you put everything together and focus on all the aspects of the checklist to maximize your Pinch Strength.

You will also learn 3 of my Favorite Drills for building strength on the implement, drills which have helped me break the world record in the Two Hands Pinch 5 different times since 2009.

It’s all available on this DVD for just $39.95 for a short time.

If you are frustrated with the lack of progress in your Two Hands Pinch, you need this DVD.

You’re going to learn things in this DVD that you haven’t thought of before.

I can’t wait to hear about your training once you get this DVD.

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All the best in your training,

Jedd

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.

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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,

Jedd

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How to Build Hand Strength: Blob Lifting

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Blob Training

Here in Wyalusing, PA, there has been some serious training going on.

This is the kind of stuff that will scare most people.

One point of focus for us has been working with the Blob. The Blob is a type of Block Weight, a weight or object shaped like a Block that you lift in a wide, open-handed, pinch grip.

Why Perform Block Weight Training?

Block Weight Training is an EXCEPTIONAL way to train the hands due to the wide open position it creates. This makes your whole lower arm work harder, especially the thumb, but the wide position also works the fingers and wrists thoroughly.

For more information on Block Weight Training, check out my ebook => Lift the Blob

Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Blob Training that has gone down.

50-lb Fatman Blob to 50cm with 60-second Time Limit

For the recently ended Grip Monsters Challenge, the challenge was to lift a 50-lb Blob to a 50-cm platform for as many repetitions as possible in 60 seconds. I did this a few times. I didn’t really hit my potential for what I can do in this though, because my left thumb had a nasty split in it for at least two of my sessions.

Luke Raymond Hits a Blob & 5-Tens Combo Feat

Luke has been challenging himself more and more with his grip training. Here, he takes a couple of solid attempts at lifting a 50-lb Fatman Blob, then he combines a 50-lb Next Generation Blob in one hand with 5-Tens loose pinch in the other hand.

Blob Lifting Terminology

In case you are not familiar with Blob Lifting terminology, here is a short list of key terms you should know:

Fatman Blob: The original style of York pill-shaped Blobs. These Blobs are a bit wider and have a more rounded edge than later models. Although seemingly a small detail, the additional slope makes lifting them quite a bit more difficult.

Next Generation Blob: The style of Blob York produced some time later, after the Blue Blob. The Blue Blob was slightly narrower and had less slope. The Next Gen had an even narrower profile and still less slope.

Loose Pinch: Pinching done with plates that are not supported in anyway, such as with a pipe. In the video above, 5-Tens Pinch (with smooth sides of outside plates facing outward) is an example of Loose Pinch.

Stay tuned for more clips on Blob Lifting.

If you are looking for tips on how to improve your Blob Lifting, be sure to check out my ebook, Lift the Blob.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

Afraid of Failure? Not This Guy…

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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I saw an awesome quote the other day {!firstname}, and I wanted to share it with you.

It comes from Vince McMahon, and it’s about Failure.

If you don’t know Vince McMahon, he is the Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, and has grown this company from a small regional business to a global powerhouse.

Regardless of whether you like or agree with his product, his vision has been what has helped make it become the juggernaut it is today.

Here’s the quote:

    “…I’m not afraid of failure. Don’t get me wrong – I hate failing. But I’m not afraid to take chances and fall on my ass, because if I live through it I’ll be better off, and I’ll win.”

I have read and heard many stories of this man’s will to succeed. From sleepless nights working in his basement on film footage, working men half his age into the ground, to breaking every rule in the book by expanding his promotion nation-wide, this guy has never let the possibility of Failure stand in his way.

And it’s not like he’s never failed.

Heck, some of his projects were absolute FLOPS.

He once started a Bodybuilding League called the World Bodybuilding Federation that folded about as quickly as it started. A supplement company lasted about a year, and the XFL lasted only one season.

But instead of letting each of these train-wrecks cripple his drive, he learned from them and pressed on.

And today, I have the same kind of story related to training for you, and it involves someone named Thomas Scibelli.

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Thomas and I at Holdfast Gauntlet

Thomas was here in September for the Holdfast Gauntlet, the grip contest I ran that month.

He did a fine job in his first competition, and learned a lot, and I think he will be a great competitor in the near future, but one thing that stuck out about his first grip outing was that he actually was UNABLE to lift the half 75-lb Blob in the Medley.

Thomas was not the only one to miss this York Block Weight, so there is nothing to be ashamed of there. In fact, he didn’t dwell on his “Failure” at all.

Instead, he aimed to take care of this weakness in his armor.

Shortly after the contest, I released “Lift the Blob,” an ebook dedicated to training for one of the most well-known feats of grip strength, and lifting one of the most famous grip challenge items, the 50-lb Blob.

Thomas got the Lift the Blob Program, he followed it right straight through the 8 weeks, and look what he just did the other day with the Blob50, a replica of a Half 100….



In review, he could not lift a 37.5-lb Blob in September and in December, he is lifting one nearly to lockout that is 50-lbs.

Nice job brotherrrrrr!!!

I know that was an awesome feeling. I still remember the first time i picked up the Blob.

And while it’s hard to tell if Thomas got this one 100% locked out, I am sure that soon he will be lifting it with ease.

The main thing is, he put the consistent work in over the 8-week period covered in the Lift the Blob Training Program and made it happen.

So cool!

Each one of you has the potential to do the same thing.

I don’t care how big or tall you are, how big or small your hands are, or even if you own a Blob or not.

None of that really matters.

What matters is what’s going on in your head

what you’ve got in your heart

…and your ability to stay consistent with your training.

Lift the Blob will walk you through the same 8-week program that Thomas went through to guide you to your first Blob Lift as well.

Grab the program today.

All the best in your training.

Jedd



The Blob – The Grand-Daddy of all Block Weights

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The Blob: The Benchmark One Hand Pinch Feat

There is one Grip Strength Challenge Item out there that is parallel with closing the #3 Gripper, Lifting the Inch Dumbbell, and bending a 60D nail. It is the Blob.

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This feat of Open hand / Pinching Strength was started by Richard Sorin, who when moving a bunch of broken dumbbells from one storage area to another tried pinch gripping a half 100-lb York Dumbbell. This lone half-100 was the only one of many that thwarted his efforts, and he set himself the goal to train his grip until he was able to not only lift it, but MASTER it.

This Grand-daddy of all Block Weights, which has been found in countless Grip Contest Medley, Grip Gauntlets and other Grip is called the Blob.

The story of how the first Blob came to be and the early history of it is an amazing one. Throughout the first few decades of its existence, it stopped the likes of Richard, John Brookfield, Wade Gillingham, and many others DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS at first, until they were all ready to re-group, re-strategize, and re-formulate their plan of attack.

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Since then, thousands have tested themselves against the Blob in various venues across the Nation and around the World, only to have it laugh in their face like the bully at school.

But despite all of the valiant attempts that were colored by failure, there have been a few stories of dramatic inspiration that have spurred others to forge ahead with their training in order to tackle the beast…

Stories such as Rick Walker who at the time he first lifted it in 2003 was only about 200-lbs…

…like Chad Kovach who has successfully lifted the Blob with hands about 7-inches long…

Brad Martin, who succeeded in lifting it after just a few weeks of training and hands under 7.5 inches

…even Richard Sorin himself, Blob Pioneer, has average sized hands and can lift the Blob today, some 20+ years after first challenging himself to do so…

…and still, there are many other accounts of people putting in months or even years of dedicated time to finally accomplish the revered feat of lifting the Blob in a Pinch Grip, the true test of Open Hand and Thumb Strength.

Unfortunately, many people talk themselves out of lifting the Blob before they even try.

They think because the have small hands, they have no chance. The documented cases above prove this not to be so, in fact, as long as you can get one of two different finger and thumb combinations over the edges of the Blob, you will be able to lift it.

People think that because they do not own their own Blob, they are doomed to never develop the strength needed to lift it. Nothing could be further from the truth, as there are many suitable options that can be used in order to cultivate the wide-pinch strength needed to slay the Blob.

And many have been told that because they have little experience with Grip Training that they have two chances to lift the Blob: Slim and None. Absolute hogwash. Grip History is filled with accounts of average Gripsters accomplishing Blob Lifts and other Gigantic Feats with little training time under their belt.

The fact is, large hands, owning a Blob, specialty equipment, and years of training are indeed NOT prerequisites to becoming a Blob Lifter.

What is necessary is knowledge. Understanding key points about Blob Lifting such as technique (yes, there is technique; don’t let anyone fool you), chalk application, positioning and leverage, as well as the proper way to train on the Blob, are what you really need.

These factors will ease the frustration of the misses, the failures, and the heartache.

These intangibles will fill in the blanks between your desire to succeed and your ability to feel success.

These elements are the ones that will make you what you want to be – a Blob Lifter.

And now, all of these things are available to you in my brand new ebook, “Lift the Blob.”

If you want to Lift the Blob or any other goal Block Weight that is in your sights, then you need this ebook to help guide you.

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All the best in your training.

Jedd