Grip Training with the “Chunk”
My gym is filled to the brim with cool grip training gear I’ve accumulated over the years.
That’s what happens when you collect stuff for over 10 years!
Every so often, I like to dig one of the hidden gems out of the corner, dust it off, and give it a few pulls.
Recently, we pulled out the “Chunk.” This one isn’t really “new” to me, as I’ve had it since 2006, but I don’t think I’ve ever put anything out in the public about it until now. So, in that sense, I guess you could say it’s new…
The Chunk Block Weight
The Chunk is a 66-lb steel or iron drop, or scrap piece, essentially a piece that was cut off and never used. The Chunk is what’s considered a Block Weight. Even though Block Weights are usually one of the heads of a dumbbell, they can be any block-shaped implement that you lift with an open handed pinch grip.
Block Weights can be very beneficial for your training. They work the thumb very hard, and they make the entire lower arm work together in order to perform your lifts.
Block Weight Training is a great form of grip training to add into your routine.
Block Weights develop hand and grip strength in a general sense, which means it has the potential to improve strength in order types of grip training, and will carry over to other types of lifting because you’ll be stronger overall from doing Block Weight Training.
Here’s a few videos where we lift the Chunk and try some cool variations by adding weight to it…
Intro to the Chunk
Just taking a look at the Chunk to see its weight and features such as edges and surfaces.
Protected Training on the Chunk
With the sharp edges the Chunk has, we tried protecting our skin with a suede bending wrap and lifting it.
Throwing Chains on the Chunk
Adding chains makes it tougher to complete the lift because it gets heavier, the higher you pull it. It’s an excellent way to train your grip, borrowed from the world of Powerlifting (Louie Simmons introduced me to the concept).
Major Take-aways from Today’s Post
Here’s a few things to remember from today’s post for your training.
- Block Weights are beneficial because they target the thumb (often neglected in training) and develop the entire lower arm in a general sense.
- Block Weights come in nearly endless shapes and sizes and can be used for many different types of lifts.
- Don’t be afraid to pull from other established training protocols and try the concepts in your grip training in order to spice things up a bit and keep yourself progressing. Naturally, do so safely!
If you’d like to get started with Block Weight Training, but don’t know where to begin, then grab my Block Weight Training DVD today. It also comes in digital format so you don’t have to mess with shipping.
All the best in your training.
Discover New Levels of Hand Strength with Block Weight Training
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Making 2014 MY YEAR
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I hope you have been having a great year. I set out to make this year MINE from the get go, and I am loving it.
One of my initiatives going forward to make more posts here at the site to share more of what is going down in my training, but being a subscriber to my channel is the absolute best way to make sure you are not missing anything.
Here are some cool things I am pretty proud of that have taken place this year, but I haven’t had the chance to post here.
Inch Dumbbell Plus 10lbs
The Inch Dumbbell weighs 172-lbs and has a handle that is 2 & 3/8″ in diameter. There are many ways to add weight to an Inch Dumbbell, but perhaps the strictest way to do so is to actually set the plates on top of the globes. Any rotation of the dumbbell whatsoever and the plates will fall right off, so this method shows you have excellent control of the implement.
Earlier this year, I was able to hit a lift on Inch + 10lbs.
Robo Blob Lifts
Last last year, I partnered with a local steel company to get Fatman Blob Replicas made. Our replicas, currently called Robo Blobs, are machined directly from steel billets and carved to the perfect flawless shape of a Fatman Blob.
For the longest time, I could get NO AIR underneath my Robo Blob, until finally after several months I was able to break it free from gravity’s hold. One small break was all I needed.
Shortly after, I was able to lift the Robo Blob with about 2.5pounds added, as well.
Monster Dumbbell Curls
Over the last couple of years, I have expanded my obsession from not just developing a strength in the lower arms in the form of tremendous grip strength, but big and strong arms OVERALL. This year I have decided to set myself a goal of 20″ arms COLD, meaning not with a pump, but just walking around, regular sized.
I have been told that this is an IMPOSSIBLE goal by some, at least impossible to do it without chemical assistance, but I am determined to do so with the use of a mix of training methods, including heavy training, high volume, and other extreme tactics.
So far, the strength improvements are coming along nicely, as this year I was able to set some new PR’s in the Dumbbell Curl. Below is a set of 80-lb Curls.
A few months later, I was also able to curl 85’s.
One objective I set out for is to keep the Dumbbell Curls strict. Often, when people post Dumbbell Curl videos, there is a substantial amount of throwing going on, and I try to avoid that as much as possible.
There’s still a lot to catch up on. Like I said before, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, and be sure to sign up for my email newsletter as well.
All the best in your training.
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Lift More in the Two Hands Pinch
“Napalm” Jedd, John Manna, & Lucas Raymond
“Going to the workshop was the best thing I could have done to improve my 2hp. I had no idea how technical, and how much of a full body lift it was. I added pounds to my personal best immediately after correcting small mistakes I was unaware of, and I added almost 30lbs to my best lift in just a few training sessions afterwards.
Two Hands Pinch Workshop – 2/22/14
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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Of the Workshop
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.
All you have to do is click the order button below and I will ship it right out to you.
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.
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.
Be sure to hit me up through email or Facebook.
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All the best in your training,
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.
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?
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,
You Can Lift the Blob.
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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.
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