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Jedd’s Training Update – Fire Walk with Me


A couple weeks back I blogged about how I was going to start taping my workouts and posting them to YouTube so that I could get help from you all and so that I could spread the word about Grip and Strongman training.

If you missed that post, you can read about it here: ===> Training my Ass off in my Garage – Fire Walk with Me. I have had a lot of fun putting these together and my workouts have just gotten better and better.

So I had to let you all know that I was able to accomplish something HUGE in my Grip training last night.


For the first time ever, I was able to lever my 16-lb hammer, free standing, from the vertical position, down to my face, and back up again. I did it very strictly, meaning I didn’t bounce it around or anything. My hand dropped a bit which makes it easier, but I was very happy to be able to get it back to the vertical position, regardless.

Sledge hammer levering is great for strengthening the wrists for nail bending and card tearing.

I must warn you, levering a heavy sledge hammer is not a walk in the park. Dominating a lighter hammer for multiple can make you think you are ready to jump up a couple pounds, but once that hammer head starts moving downward, it can feel totally different.

If you try sledge levering, watch your lips. The moment that hammer gets near parallel, it starts picking up speed in hurry, and you can’t just call time out and stop it.


The Hardest Block Weight I Ever Saw

I was also able to get some good work in on my GIGANTIC half 115-lb block weight.

If you’re not familiar with block weights, the most common type is half of a dumbbell, Block weights are great for hand strength because they force you to generate strength in an open hand position, training you to engage your finger tips and your palm.

Anyway, back to the half 115-lb hex block weight.

In like 2004, a very strong grip dude named Shane Larson from North Dakota sent out 3 of these half 115-lb block weights. He sent them to 3 of the top block weight lifters at the time – Sean Dockery, Heath Sexton, and me.

These half 115’s are freakin’ HUGE, my friends!  The slope on these things is over 7 inches across, meaning from the end of one side slope to the end of the opposite side slope is over 7 inches.  I have a hard time even getting a purchase on the vertical sides of this hunk of iron and my hands are pretty damn big.

I’ve had this thing for 5 years and have only broken it off the ground a handful of times and I was able to do more than that last night.

In fact, nobody in the world has ever lifted one of these block weights to a full deadlift!

So check this video out.

This one is my bench workout and my Grip stuff.

This one is just my grip stuff – it’s the same video, just I auto-started it after all the bench footage.

Right at the end of the video is when I start ramping it up for this killer half 115-lb block weight. Wait for it, it’s worth it.


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26 Responses to “Jedd’s Training Update – Fire Walk with Me”

  1. Craig Says:

    Jedd the upper body is looking strong man. 315 is no joke… The grippers are looking strong as well. The video as usual, is a fun watch.

  2. Chris Smith Says:

    That is cruel Jedd! Does it count if I post all 20 comments myself?

  3. Rob Says:

    Awesome session Jedd! Great to watch cos you make me wanna go train. Love the hammers and grip work. Bring on part 2

  4. brent Says:

    another great video. Can’t wait until saturday to rip it up again.


  5. Zach Coulter Says:


  6. tnthudson Says:

    Awesome! I’m still only maybe 1/3 the way down my handle on my 8-lb. hammer for reps.
    I guess you just keep going lower and lower on the handle for reps. to build up? (I mean in addition to other grip work).
    Looking great, keep it up!

  7. Mike K Says:

    Great vid, Great motivation. Keep it coming!!!

  8. Sam Says:

    Awesome work dude. That hex weight is just sick. I WANNA SEE THE VIDEO!

  9. Andrew Durniat Says:

    LOTS OF 4 Letter words. I hate you…:) Post the video brother.

  10. kane Says:

    let’s go people start commenting everyone wants to see jedd smash that 115 hex weight

  11. Rick Walker Says:

    I’ll bite…great job jedder

  12. Makey Says:

    I dont’ think he got it. 🙂

  13. Adam T Glass Says:

    Lets go lady, lift the block. On the note of the slope on this block, i found a 120 that had a 7 1/8 slope. I will pick it up and cut it in half and send one your way. whats another 1/8 inch???

  14. james Says:

    Getting stronger everyday Jedd, the grip stuff looks to easy.

  15. John Says:

    Show us the video!

  16. TyLer Cain Says:

    Jedd!! That was SICK! I know you got it!! I can’t wate to see the rest of this video!!

  17. Al in Vancouver Says:

    Alright already! I wanna see. But I think I know the answer!

  18. Chris Says:

    Whether you got it or not your listening to Soulfly, so there are no losers in this video 🙂

  19. roger Says:

    Jedd,awesome stuff!I say u got it!

  20. Paul Knight Says:

    Sick, Sick, Sick … I’m gonna start a V-log myself now inspired by you brutha! Sheeeyit! I’m guessing you hit a HUGE PR and nailed it. Don’t stop making these vids .. I’ve watched every one! and love’em!

  21. per Says:

    19…so close I can taste it!

  22. Dan Baseley Says:

    Come on Jedd, we all know you did it. Now man up and show it!!!!

  23. Honk Says:

    Massive blobbing!

  24. Kevin Says:

    Come on Jedd show us the money shot 🙂

  25. Jedd Says:

    The 20-comment ransom has been paid. This feat will be set free…

  26. Mike Rinderle Says:

    Strong stuff Jedd! Love the videos bro. Let’s see that thing leave the floor like a rocket!

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