Grippers – Are You Wasting Your Time?
In many of my videos and DVD’s, I have said that Gripper Training is a waste of time.
This is a statement that catches many people by surprise when they hear me say it, since I do Gripper Training on a regular basis.
After about the 50th time getting asked what I mean by this, I decided to put together a quick video to explain.
Why Grippers are a Waste of Time
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As you can see, sometimes Grippers ARE a Waste of Your Time.
Naturally, if your objective is to close big grippers just for the sake of closing big grippers, then you NEED to train grippers, and you need to train them the right way.
If you want to maximize your Gripper Training, then you need these resources:
CRUSH – Total Gripper Domination: The Video Encyclopedia of Gripper Training Technique and Crushing Strength Development. If your gripper technique is lacking, there’s no drill that will help you get to your ultimate gripper goal. This video will make sure you’re doing everything right.
Cadence Based Training: This is an 8-week Gripper Training program that works by helping you strengthen the entire range of motion of the gripper sweep. The drills in the CBT program will help you strengthen your set, improve your sweep, and ensure that you’re strong enough to finish off your goal gripper.
My hope is that the information in this post will help you get the best results from your training, and maximize your training time as well as possible.
Thanks and all the best in your training.
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Mash Monster Gripper Certification
Last week, for the 12th time (or something like that) since 2004, I attempted the Mash Monster #3 Gripper. Here is some history about this Gripper line and my battles with the MM3.
The Mash Monster Grippers
The Mash Monster Grippers are a series of Grippers at Gripboard.com that has existed since 2004 to crown the ultimate King of Crushing.
The Mash Monsters were all produced by Warren Tetting, so they are essentially the same springs and handles as you would find in the Beef Builder and Tetting series.
Tetting has produced grippers for decades and the Mash Monster series is just as high of quality as his other gripper lines.
What makes the Mash Monster Grippers so awesome is that they are a very detailed incremental system of grippers, with gradually increasing spring sizes and gradually modified spring depths, so you have a ladder of grippers that are slightly harder with each rung you climb.
My Battles with the Mash Monster Grippers
I began my climb up the Mash Monster ladder in 2004 and quickly closed the MM1 and the MM2.
When I tried the MM3, however, it was a different story. I missed my first attempt, which I believe was in early 2005.
I think a few weeks later, I tried the MM3 again, and once again I had no luck.
Ever since then, I have tried, on average, one time a year to close the MM3, and every single time I have failed.
It has actually become quite a funny story amongst some of my friends. Of course, many of these friends have never tried the MM3…ha ha ha, in your face. WOOOH!
Last week, I decided it was time to get this monkey off my back.
I signed up for the MM3 and it arrived on Wednesday. I took my attempts on Thursday night, and here is the video of all 3 of my attempts.
Jedd Johnson Mash Monster #3 Gripper Attempts – 6/11/15
As you can see, I was definitely able to close the gripper on the 1st and 2nd attempts. I felt it was closed on the 3rd when I took the attempts, but by the video it is hard to tell.
Unfortunately, despite my closing the gripper more than once, I was failed because I was unable to properly document the spacing of the handles after the set and before the crush-down attempt.
The Mash Monster Rules state there must be a clear shot showing that the handles are no closer together than parallel, so I was red-lighted.
I will sign up for the MM3 again very soon and put more attention on my setting for the camera.
Despite all that, I must say that this is without a doubt the STRONGEST my Crush has ever been.
After missing so many times, I am now closing the Mash Monster #3 Gripper.
On top of that, I PR’d in Grippers with both hands at Nationals on June 6th, closing a 180-rated gripper right-handed, and that felt much harder to me than the MM3.
All of this progress has come from following the structure of CBT, Cadence Based Gripper Training, a program I released in the Fall of 2014.
If you haven’t started following CBT in your gripper training, you should.
I KNOW the Cadence Based Training program will help you. Let me prove it to you.
Pick it up today => Cadence Based Gripper Training
All the best in your training.
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A few weeks back, I released my first full-length Gripper Training Program, called “Cadence Based Gripper Training.”
And ever since it came out, the positive feedback has been rolling in.
I am PUMPED to share it with you.
- Just finished reading your Cadence Based Training ebook, it has to be one of the best out there for improving gripper strength. I’m going to note down a few things from the book and implement when I start training hand grippers after King Kong… While going through CBT, I couldn’t help but notice something very interesting, that there is some similarities that is also in an experimental program I’ve been working on. Like volume and having the pr syndrome. Any how, it was a very good read and I’ll use a number of the ideas presented in there.
- -John McCarter-
- Loving it so far!
- -Don Bentley-
- I’ve been plateued for awhile on grip so I’ll see what your program does for me. I’ve dabbled in things like hose-clamped grippers, but have noticed how in many cases you end up holding the gripper slightly differently then you normally would which probably changes the strength curve and subsequent training effect. I’ve considered holding closes and it’s nice to find a program from someone with years of experience who has experimented with the concept.
- William Bradt
- Great e-book Jedd. It contains a lot of good information… I think the the most important factor in closing grippers is holding them in the closed position, preferably slightly (just 2-3 millimeters) beyond the range. That is what i started experimenting last Monday.
- Jorg Keilbach
- A little over a month ago I couldn’t quite close my 124 CoC 2.5. I have now closed my 132-rated #2.5 and my GHP 6 which is rated 132 as well. Both with a block set.
- -Chase Scott-
- Cadence Based Training is my new secret weapon to finally get certified on the COC 2.5. Much of my baseline grip strength has come from years of training holds for time on a variety of events, both grip and strongman. While that approach has been highly effective, it’s now become my limitation. Cadence Based Training, not only integrates this concept, it provides detailed structure and direction to gripper training which WILL get me certified on the COC 2.5. Thank you for your direction, expertise and passion.
- -Amy Wattles-
I am really excited to have received this feedback from so many different customers. Lots of my products are geared towards complete beginners ONLY, but in the case of Cadence Based Gripper Training, it is something that has appealed to many seasoned veterans as well, so it is nice to know this ebook is helping people at all levels of Gripper Training.
For instance, Amy Wattles is a certified Women’s Captain of Crush for the #2 Gripper. She is REALLY close to becoming the 1st Woman to certify on the #2.5. I truly feel the principles of this program are going to help her out toward finally certifying on the #2.5 and getting that monkey off her back.
Also, John McCarter just recently certified on the Mash Monster Level 3 Gripper, a gripper that I have failed on about 10 times, so to get the feedback from him that I did was really exciting.
But perhaps the best feedback I have received so far comes from Chris Andrade. He has been a member of both my members-only site, The Grip Authority, and my on-line one-on-one coaching, Grip Task Force, so I am very familiar with some of his frustrations.
After working so closely with him for so many months, it was awesome to get this from him the other day:
- This program is the sh*t my man. I’m MANHANDLING grippers that were busting my balls a few weeks ago. Did my week 4 workout today and then did an attempt on my #2.5 and was a few mm from closing it. MILES better than my last attempt a few weeks back. I gotta thank you again brother man.
- -Christopher Andrade-
Chris, it is AWESOME to hear it my man! That #2.5 will go down soon, brother.
Diesels, one thing you need to know about Chris. This dude is a worker. Believe me – he NEVER misses or blows off a workout and is willing to put in work in order to progress. He doesn’t let stuff bother him, or get in the way of his focus. He trains his ass off. I know, because he has been here and trained with me and he doesn’t just “try to close” grippers. He attacks them. It’s just a matter of time until he smashes that #2.5 and starts working toward the next gripper in his collection, and he’s got a lot of them!
Listen DIESELS, if you want to improve your grippers, get this program. That’s all there is to it.
All the best in your training.
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It has been a long time since I took on new Coaching Clients in the Grip Task Force, and I am considering taking on new members.
I want to help YOU attain the goals you have set out to do.
I am opening the doors to the Diesel Grip Task Force for serious trainees only and am taking on 5 new Coaching Clients.
What does the Grip Task Force Entail?
1. Completion of Training/Health History Forms
I will send you forms which will need to be completed. These forms will cover various questions related to your training background and goals. This will help me get to know you and your training history. There are also some liability forms that must be completed.
2. Initial One-on-One Coaching Call
For 30 to 60 minutes, we will get on the phone or skype and discuss your forms and your goals. We will establish where you are at now in your development, where you want to go, the equipment you have to train with, the gym facilities you have access to, and other important information that will help us get going.
3. Weekly Programming Updates
Each week, I will send you a training plan based on your specific goals. I will email these plans to you and you will be expected to complete them after each workout. I must receive them completely filled out by the end of the training week so I can assess them and make adjustments to them for the following week.
Each program I design is individualized for each specific member in the Grip Task Force. To do one program for multiple individuals would be irresponsible. You are each different and will respond to different loads, volumes, rest, and other variables that we will monitor.
4. Bi-Weekly Coaching Calls
Every two weeks, we will get together again via telephone or skype to help move you forward with your training. During this time, I can answer questions that have come up, we can look and see what changes need to be made to your program, I can watch your technique on the more technical forms of Grip Training, such as Grippers, Two Hands Pinch, and Bending, and much more. These bi-weekly calls will be like attending a live Workshop with me, without having to miss the time from work or pay for travel costs.
5. Grip Task Force Facebook Group
I have a Facebook Group set up only for Grip Task Force members. Here you can ask questions of one another, as well as announce new PR’s and share videos of your success. That’s what it’s all about!
6. Complete Access to TheGripAuthority.com
In addition to the programming I send you, you will also get your own login credentials to my Grip Strength Coaching Site, TheGripAuthority.com. I started it in January of 2010, so it has 4+ years of content just sitting there, waiting for you to come and devour it.
7. Email and Text Access
In addition to the Coaching Calls every two weeks, you will also be able to ask me questions via email and text. I carry my phone with me everywhere, so you will be able to get a hold of me just about any time from 5:30AM to 9:00PM during the week and similar hours on the weekends.
The Main Idea is I Am Here to Help You Get Better
If you are not happy with the results you have gotten so far this year, then let’s work together to make some changes and get you going in the right direction again.
In just a matter of weeks, you could see the following:
- Closing bigger grippers
- One-hand Pinching bigger plate combnations
- Bigger weights on Grip Sport Lifts (Axle, Two Hands Pinch, Sledge Choke)
- Bending bigger steel and moving closer to that certification you are shooting for
- Attaining big feats such as lifting the Blob and the Inch Replica Dumbbell
- Performing better on all your other lifts because your grip is getting so much stronger!
Look, all of these things are well within your reach.
The problem is, there is something holding you back from reaching them.
In many cases, it is a simple TECHNIQUE FIX that makes all of the difference.
I have seen people increase a full gripper size increase in crushing strength by making technical adjustments alone. In other words, jumping from the COC #1 to the #2, and even from missing on a #2 to routinely closing the #2.5.
In other cases, the lifter may in fact be doing TOO MUCH WORK and they are UNABLE TO RECOVER well enough to make noticeable gains.
Nothing is more frustrating than when you know you are busting your butt in the gym, only to see very little in return.
If the problem has to do with VOLUME, we will be able to iron all that out through our weekly training updates and bi-weekly coaching calls.
In other cases, you may not be familiar with the established drills that have the biggest impact on the grip goals you have. You may not realize how much you are not aware of – TOGETHER, we can change that.
You may have a weakness that is holding you back. Weak wrists are an INFAMOUS progress killer. In other cases, your thumb may be so weak it is crumbling on you when you need it the most.
These are the kinds of things we can only sort out through direct one-on-one conversation, and that is what the Grip Task Force is all about.
Now’s the time to take control of your training.
Let’s end 2014 with a BANG by working toward your Grip Strength Goals TOGETHER.
Join me today…
Grip Task Force – Monthly
Monthly Payments of $125
Grip Task Force – Quarterly
Quarterly Payments of $299 (save $76)
Expect an email back from me when you sign up…
Can’t wait to get started
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