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Halloween and the Rolling Thunder

I hope you’re doing great!

I just saw this on YouTube and had to post it here for everybody’s enjoyment. I think you are going to laugh your ass off. 
  (Thanks for sending it over, Dan)

Dude, Halloween is my favorite holiday.
Last weekend I walked through the haunted house the ambulance company was putting on as a fund raiser and loved every minute of it.

This weekend I have a ton of stuff planned. In the morning I have some work to do, but after that I plan on doing a scary Halloween workout right in the comfort of my own garage.

You can bet I will be hitting it hard. In fact I have a bunch of stuff written down that I am going to hit for my big weekend Grip workout.

I am going to hit grippers, pinch, and thick bar all in one day and I just might put together a highlight video.

Maybe there will even be a Halloween theme to it. Scary Grip sounds pretty cool.

Speaking of developing a scary grip, let’s take a time out for a quick tip…

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Quick Grip

Hey, here’s something to keep in mind when you are training with the Rolling Thunder. I keep seeing people make this mistake all the time.


Don’t load your hands up with too much chalk on the Rolling Thunder.

Especially when training with the old style of Rolling Thunder, too much chalk on your hands will hinder your lifts.

When using slick implements, especially plastic ones, chalk can kinda act like ball bearings in your hand and work against you

What I like to do is just use enough chalk to keep my hands dry. Below’s a picture of about how I chalk my hands when I lift the Rolling Thunder. This is also how I chalk for tearing a deck of cards.

As you can see, it doesn’t take that much chalk to keep the hands dry. That’s all you need for a lot of implements and feats.

Keep that in mind next time you train Rolling Thunder and I think you will see some bigger lifts and scarier grip.

Once my grip workout is over this Saturday, and the video is edited, then it is time to head out for a Halloween party I have been told about.
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I love Halloween and I know a lot of you do too, so to celebrate I am running a sale on my feat of strength ebooks on Nail Bending and Card Tearing.

From the start of Friday through to Sunday morning, anybody who picks up any of the products below gets 25% off and a copy of Grip Considerations for the Bench Press, a video I did for AJ Roberts when he released his Bench Press Improvement Product, Up Your Bench.

Just click the images below to take advantage of the Halloween Specials.

Nail Bending eBook – The Most Complete Reference on Nail, Bolt, and Steel Bending in the World

When you buy the Nail Bending eBook, you’ll find out

    How to condition your hands and wrists for bending to avoid injury
    How to wrap nails, bolts, and stock for big bends
    How the various pieces of bending stock compares with bolts and nails
    The various certifications that are available for bending steel
    A ton of exercises that will strengthen your hands, thumbs and wrists

Card Tearing eBook – Learn How to Tear Cards with Your Bare Hands

When you purchase the Card Tearing eBook you’ll learn

    Multiple techniques for tearing decks of cards
    How to utilize finger pressure to tear any deck of cards you come across
    How to go beyond tearing a deck in half – quartering decks, cornering decks, and more
    A ton more exercises to strengthen your hands, thumbs and wrists

Home Made Strength On-line DVD – Build Strength Without Breaking the Bank

When you buy Home Made Strength, you’ll see

    The cheapest way to build yourself a pulling sled
    How a damaged bowling ball can be turned into a vicious piece of strength equipment
    How to build 8 pieces of essential equipment and various ways to use them for strength
    More sick ways to train your hands, thumbs, and wrists

The Ultimate Sled Dragging Manual – Innovative Ways to Train with Out of One of the Most bBasic Implements

When you purchase Sled Dragging, you’ll see

    Why sled dragging is important for conditioning and recovery
    How sled dragging can be combined with other training implements for the biggest effect
    Ways to improve explosive strength, leaping ability, upper body strength and stability
    Still, more ways to get major hand, thumb and wrist strength.

Enjoy your weekend – Train Hard – Be Safe.


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7 Responses to “Halloween and the Rolling Thunder”

  1. Mike Rinderle Says:

    That’s one of the funniest freakin videos I’ve ever seen in my life. I almost pissed myself. HAHA

    Speaking of back squats, Jedd and the Diesel Crew have really helped this old guy out. I had injured my back pretty badly a number of years ago and finally ended up having surgery a couple years ago. I have done a lot to strengthen my back and get some good overall strength going again, but I hadn’t done deep back squats in years. When I was up at Jedd’s for the last Grip workout, he gave me a couple squat stands so I could do some real squats.

    Back in the day, I had been able to do some decent weight, ass in the sod back squats with pretty good form. When I tried this time around it was horrible. My form was so bad and i was so inflexible, I couldn’t go deep with 135 without leaning way forward. I sent Jedd a video and said, help a brother out. He gave me some great tips and pointed me to these two great articles on the site (scroll down on the first one as there is a second part).

    It has really helped. I’m still using sissy weights, but the form is coming around. This past Saturday I was able to do 2 sets of 8 with 155 all the way down with good form and no pain. I’m going to take it easy with the weight until I get my form locked in and then we’ll see where this will take me.

    Jedd and Smitty are great. Whenever I have had a question, these guys always have something constructive to add. One thing I know for sure: without the Diesel Crew, my training would be missing a huge piece of the puzzle.

  2. Jim Smith Says:


    How far are you from Jedd’s?

    I want to work with you for an entire workout and give you some stuff to take back with you.

  3. Jim Smith Says:

    Thanks for this comment brother. I am always glad to help you out my man.

  4. Mike Rinderle Says:

    That would be sweet Smitty. I’m about 5 hours away from Jedd’s. I live down in the Baltimore/DC area. I’m trying to get up there every few weeks (at least until Jedd gets tired of me). Next time I am swinging up there, I would love any help you guys can provide. I think there’s still some juice in this old body, I just need to learn how to get the most out of it. Thanks again guys and keep up the great work!

  5. Jim Smith Says:

    Mike, let me know when you’re coming up and we’ll all go to the gym by me and we’ll work on your back and hips

  6. Mike Rinderle Says:

    Sounds like a plan! Maybe I can shoot up there in late November. I’ll check with the boss.

  7. Ross Says:

    That video was hilarious!Genius Genius Genius
    Im gonna have to work on my back squat to impress the ladies

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