Making Hard Feats Look Easy – The Inch Dumbbell
I have been kicking the Inch Dumbbell’s arse lately.
If you don’t know what the Inch Dumbbell is, it is the globe dumbbell shown below.
Inch Dumbbell Quick Facts
Weight: +/- 172 pounds
Handle Size: +/- 2.375 inches
Make-up: Solid, non-rotating. Once lifted from the ground, the globe heads begin to rotate, tearing your grip open.
History: Thomas Inch, a performing strongman from the 1800’s, brought with him his challenge dumbbell, daring the on-lookers to lift it. Inch could lift it with ease while most who attempted to lift it failed miserably. Over the years, several companies have produced replicas.
Inch Dumbbell Feats
The primary goal with the Inch is to deadlift it with one hand.
The next goal is to bring it to the shoulder with two hands and then push press it over head.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL with the Inch Dumbbell is to clean it to the shoulder and then press it. BEASTLY!!!
Inch Dumbbell Deadlifts
When deadlifting the Inch Dumbbell there are three main ways to do it.
The first way is to first straddle the Inch. This is the easiest way to lift it, with the hand in a neutral position. I can pretty much deadlift it in this position every workout.
The next hardest way to deadlift is to position it slightly in front of your feet, gripping it with your hand pronated.
The hardest way to deadlift the Inch Dumbbell is with a suitcase deadlift it, with the Inch outside your feet. This is most challenging because it is tougher to goose-neck your wrist in order to shift the emphasis away from the fingers and thumb.
I have been working on deadlifting the inch like this off and on during the last year because I had so much trouble with the Inch Dumbbell Farmer’s Walk last year at Mighty Mitts at the Arnold Classic.
It’s coming along nicely these days, as you can see in the video below…
Accomplishing Grip Feats requires you to take a multifaceted approach to your training.
You have to train for maximum weight.
You have to train for endurance.
You have to train repetitions.
You have to bring up your weaknesses.
You have to maintain your strengths.
You have to do all of this systematically while not losing strength in other areas.
If you want to lift the Inch Dumbbell, the Blob, get certified on Grippers, or anything else in the World of Grip Strength, you also need a good coach.
And if you join The Grip Authority, I will be your coach.
I’ve worked with hundreds of people over the years in developing programs, one-on-one sessions, seminars, etc.
Last week, I did a half-hour coaching call with a fellow named Derek and this is what he sent me the other day:
“Thanks for the coaching call. I hit three new PR’s in the end of year lift off with my family.“
That was just from a half hour. Imagine what could happen if you work with me for a few weeks at The Grip Authority.
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All the best in your training.
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