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Build Bigger, Stronger Arms and Wrists: Scale Weight Curls

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Build Big Arms and Strong Wrists

Superstar Billy Graham

One of my overall goals is to build my arms up to 20″ cold (no pump).

The way I see it, if you are going to get big, you might as well build strength to go along with it.

And if you are going to be strong, then by all means get as big as you can.

With these things in mind, I give you Scale Weight Curls.

A Scale Weight is a block-shaped weight that is used in industrial settings where scales are used.

These weights are calibrated to specific measurements and have handles so that they can be placed on the scale quickly and easily in order to test that a scale is reading accurately.


How to Perform Scale Weight Curls

Scale Weight Curls can be done like any other curl. They can be done free-standing or braced, and can be done in alternating style or both at the same time.

For me, performing them standing has gotten too easy, so I have been doing them in more of a Preacher Curl style, off my Glute Ham Machine. This allows me to keep the movement more concentrated (although cheating is not completely eliminated).

Also, what I look for is to try to keep my wrist in a neutral position throughout the full range of motion. This strengthens the wrist a bit more.

I can usually get up to 3 extra reps per set if I let my wrist buckle, so once I feel that I am losing my neutral position and breaking into ulnar deviation, I generally just stop the set.

Here is a video showing some recent Scale Weight Curls.

Scale Weight Curls

Scale Weights are somewhat hard to come by, because they are a specialized tool, sort of like anvils, and they can be cheap, but I have been lucky enough to score a couple over the years.

Believe me, the collection of grip tools I have amassed has taken me literally years to develop, tons of time to research, and of course, big expenses in order to build.

If you can’t find Scale Weights, another alternative is to try and curl your Kettlebells. Since the kettlebell handle sits out away from the rest of the bell, they will actually be much tougher to curl, and the weights will drop, but you will still get the Leverage Curl effect.

Still, I like the Scale Weight Curl a little better than Kettlebell Curls, just because I can use a bit more weight to challenge the biceps more, while also challenging my wrists.

To take it even further, you can attempt to curl your Scale Weight or Kettlebll in a supinated position. When you do this, you will have to CRUSH DOWN on the handle BIG TIME, or else you won’t be very successful.

I hope you enjoy this variation of Curls.

For more sinister ideas on how to build crazy arm strength, check out Call to Arms.


All the best in your training,


Rest in Peace Ultimate Warrior

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

WWE Tribute Video to Ultimate Warrior

rip warrior

I woke today to find out that one of my childhood heroes, Ultimate Warrior, passed away.

He was 54. He has a wife and kids. It’s a terrible thing, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Crazy enough, he just reconciled with WWE last year, was featured in their latest video game, and was not only inducted into the Hall of Fame this past weekend, but also appeared on RAW this past Monday. Unfortunately, I totally fell asleep and did not see it. I will have to watch it on WWE Network.

He had also signed a multi-year deal to be an ambassador for the company, so the plans were to make him somewhat of a fixture within the company.

The picture posted above is one I got off Facebook.

I feel, he was in his best condition ever at the time of this picture, plus, he was rocking the serious mullet.

I have used the original picture (without the text) in a couple of my power points that present with at workshops and seminars.

Despite the fact that pro wrestling is a scripted event, you can still resonate with a character, and I definitely did with Ultimate Warrior.

I think the biggest thing about him that really connected with me was his INTENSITY.

Everything that the Ultimate Warrior did was INTENSE. He sprinted his ass to the ring, his interviews were crazed, emotional, and would pump you up, his training was balls to the walls throughout his career and even long after he was done as a full-time wrestler.

And even the way he cared about the fans and the way he strove to give them their money’s worth, whether in matches, or at autograph and meet-and-greet sessions, he did these things with an INTENSITY well beyond most other wrestlers.

To this day, that is how I approach everything I do, whether it is a training session, a business meeting, a lesson with my daughter, or writing a product. I put everything I’ve got into it – mind, heart, energy, blood, and soul.

Thank you Ultimate Warrior for the lessons you have taught me.

“Load the rocket ships with the fuel. Load it with the Warriors!”

All the best DIESELS.


Misses Are Just Warm-ups: Old School York 45’s Pinch

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Last night, I accomplished one of a handful of primary goals I set for myself this year.

The Old School York 45’s One Hand Pinch

If you think these plates look thick, you’re right. That, plus the rarity of the plates, is why only two other people I was aware of, had ever completed the feat before.

Here is a video that shows their thickness.

Thickness of York Plates

Misses Are Just Warm-ups, Diesels.

NEVER Give up after just one miss.

All the best in your training.


New Project in the Works – Steel Scrolling with Bud Jeffries

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

I will have a new product coming out very soon with Bud Jeffries on Steel Scrolling.

Scrolling is a form of bending usually very long bars into many different angles, shapes, and even art forms.

Bud is great at this, and we are teaming up to put together the definitive product on Scrolling so that you can learn how to do it safely and correctly.

Be sure you sign up for updates about this new product as they come about.

All the best in your training,