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Top 20 Videos of 2014

December 23rd, 2014

Each year, I go back through all of the uploads I have put on YouTube to see which ones were the most popular, based on views, and post them on the site at the end of the year.

Every year I do this, someone writes in asking “How did I miss this one?” or “Thanks for re-posting that, because I didn’t see it the first tie around,” so I am going to continue the tradition this year as well.

As always, I invite you to subscribe to my channel and set up email notifications so that when I upload a new video, you instantly get a message and you can watch it.

Also, I hope you will hit the “Like” or “Thumbs up” button when you view my videos. This is the rating system that YouTube uses and by hitting this button, it will help my channel grow. Thank you so much for helping me out in this regard.

As you watch the videos, please feel free to go to the video and leave a comment, if you have any questions. I log all of the questions I get for the weekly show I do called “Cooking with Napalm.”

And now, let’s begin the countdown…

Top 20 Videos of 2014

20. #Yoketober Workout #1 – 873 Views

Yoketober took place during October, 2014. This program laid out an entire month of training here the Yoke, the traps, upper back, shoulders, and triceps, was trained in some fashion. I enjoyed this month greatly, and want to do something like this again. If you want to build your Yoke, you can still pick up Yoketober here: Yoketober – Build a Scary Yoke.

19. Grip Monster Challenge: IronMind Hub Lift – 888 Views

At the beginning of the year, Juha Harju of Finland, ran several rounds of GripMonster Challenges, and one of them was the IronMind Hub Lift. In this video, my partners, Luke Raymond and Dan Ely, and myself push one another to get some big lifts on the Hub.

18. Giant Goblet Squat – 200lb Kettlebell – Massive Upper Back Strength – 894 Views

Earlier this year, I borrowed a 200-lb Kettlebell from my friend Robbie. I uploaded a few different videos that featured this Kettlebell, and in this one, we attempt a Goblet Squat with it. Dan Ely, by far, got the best one out of us. This thing is freaky huge but a heck of a lot of fun to train with!

17. Pain Free Barbell Hip Thrusts – The Special Device I Use – 985 Views

One of my primary goals this year was to build bigger stronger legs. After years of avoiding leg training, I decided I’d have enough of being called “Chicken Legs” and “Light Bulb.” One of the lifts I began doing this year religiously was the Barbell Hip Thrust. However, I got sick of the pain of the barbell digging into my body really quick, so I began using my Saxon Bar instead. I have since graduated to a bigger Saxon Bar with a larger loading surface, so I don’t have to worry about plates falling off the sleeves or binding everything together using JumpStretch Bands.

16. Trying the Derek Poundstone 100 Rep Empty Barbell Curl Challenge – 1008 Views

I was introduced to the Poundstone Curl Challenge by my friend, Jason Steeves. At first, I thought this challenge was absolutely absurd, but tried it anyway. Then, after failing several times to come anywhere near 100-reps, I decided I would really try to focus on this. I have since succeeded in hitting 100-reps in the unloaded barbell as well as with an additional 5lbs of weight added. It really is a fun challenge and a good way to finish off an intense arm training session.

15. Upper Body Muscle Workout with Barbell and Dumbbells: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps – 1166 Views

In the Winter of 2014, it was so stinking cold in the garage, that I had enough and said, “Let’s Go to the Edge,” which is a pretty darned good gym in Towanda, PA owned by a friend of mine, Scott Wilcox. Luke and I went there for at least 2 or maybe 3 workouts during the Winter and we introduced Grip Training to some of the members, and watched a couple of them end up manhandling #2.5 grippers and even put a hurting on light #3’s. Here’s the highlights from one of those trips to the Edge.

14. Card Tearing: Ripping a Deck in Half and Then Quarters – 1208 Views

One day in the late Spring/early Summer, out of nowhere I got the urge to rip some cards, so I went and grabbed the first deck I could find and tried to quarter it. I got the first half, but my hands were cooked and couldn’t finish off the second half into quarters.

If you ever thought it would be cool to learn card tearing you were right. It is cool and lots of fun, and my Card Tearing eBook shows you exactly how to learn this awesome feat of strength.

13. 80lb Strict Dumbbell Curl – For 2 REPS Per Arm! – 1248 Views

I love all forms of curls. I don’t care what kind they are. One of my ultimate goals in training is to build 20″ arms cold, and another is to curl 100-lb dumbbells. I am getting closer, as in the video below I am able to knock out 2 reps per arm with 80’s.

12. Back Training with the Back Bull – 1296 Views

I’ve had the Back Bull in my equipment arsenal for several years and I love it. My Friday training partner, Mark, and I use it quite often throughout the year, mainly for Pull-ups. I did a video this year showing some of the ways I like to use the Back Bull, as well as why I think it is so awesome.

If you like the Back Bull, and want to learn more about it, check it out here: The Back Bull

11. How to Build Arm Size and Strength: Negative Preacher Curls – 1317 Views

During #AugustOfArms, I hit #31DaysOfArms and was very happy with the arm size increases I saw. One of the things I did throughout the month was mix up the types of contractions I was doing, so not only was I blowing up the volume with lots of isotonic work, but I also did isometric and eccentric-emphasized training, like I show below.


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10. Get Super Strong Hands – High Volume Blob Training – Open Hand Strength Density – 1304 Views

At the beginning of the year, there were several cool challenges going on, especially the Grip Monster Challenges. These included Dips Plus Weight, Wall Curls, and several grip challenges like the one below – 50lb Blob to 50cm Platform for Max Repetitions. I ended up winning this challenge, eventually knocking out 20 repetitions with a 50-lb Blob.

9. Build Big Arms and Strong Wrists with Scale Weight Curls – 1527 Views

Throughout #AugustOfArms, I was trying to challenge myself to hit as many variations of arm work as possible, and one of them that I did several times was the Scale Weight Curl. I liked this one because not only did it make the biceps work hard, but it also hit the wrist with authority as well, and any time you can kill two birds with one stone with a lift, I am ALL ABOUT IT, BROTHER.

8. Build a Big Back – Sally Pull-up Challenge – 1812 Views

Since I began training wrestlers from my alma mater, I have always been looking for new ways to challenge them in order to make them better and stronger, both physically and mentally. One of the wrestlers showed me Sally Push-ups and we gave that a try. Once I saw how much they liked it, I knew we had to apply it to some other lifts as well, and one of them was Sally Pull-ups.

7. Poundstone 100 Rep Challenge – New PR – WOOOH! – 1823 Views

This is the second Poundstone Challenge video on the countdown, and it might be my “craziest” video I put up all year. I got into a different frame of mind for this video, and it resulted in a much better performance on the challenge than I had attained before that point.

6. Heavy Dumbbell Curls +/- 80×3 – Big Strong Biceps Training – 1941

I think my viewers like watching Dumbbell Curl videos as much as I love producing. That sounds like a match made in heaven to me! In the #6 video, I curl 80’s for a set of 3. I think I can probably do even more than this now, as recently my loading has been based on much heavier weights with lower volume, compared to lighter weights with higher volume through most of the summer.

5. Giant Kettlebell Swings – 200lb – 2 Hands and One – 1941 Views

People love watching GIGANTIC KETTLEBELLS getting lifted. This is the second video on the countdown of this monstrous 200-lb Kettlebell.

4. Leaning Press: Overhead Lifting WITHOUT Back Pain – 2105 Views

Back pain is something I’ve dealt with ever since my Freshman year in High School. It was a daily struggle of mine through most of the 2000’s. These days though, I’ve managed to reduce my number of Back Pain Episodes greatly. However, when I do hurt my back, I’ve found several work-arounds that allow me to still get my training in. This is one of them:

3. Grip Monster Challenge – Dip Plus Weight: Jedd Johnson 404.9lbs – 2460 Views

Here’s one of the Grip Monster Challenges that didn’t actually have to do with Grip Strength. This is the Weighted Dip. I believe I came in 2nd or 3rd place in this lift. Great times. I certainly think Heavy Weighted Dips are a great training method, although constantly testing your 1RM all the time isn’t completely necessary.

2. Pain Free Pull-ups | Build Your Back | No Elbow Pain – 3568

Pull-ups are a great back builder. Unfortunately, if I do too many of them on a regular Pull-up Bar, I often start feeling pain in my wrists, elbows and shoulders. That doesn’t mean I don’t do them though. This video shows a whole bunch of variations I like to use. This also marks the second video where the Back Bull makes an appearance.

1. Lifting the 200-lb Kettlebell – 7325 Views

And now it’s time for my most popular video of the year, based on views. With more than 7,000 views this year alone, it’s yet another video featuring the Giant 200-lb Kettlebell.

WOOOH – there it is, brotherrrr – the Top 20 Countdown of 2014’s top videos is complete!

Thank you for watching, rating, and sharing my videos this year. I truly appreciate your support.

Make sure you are signed up for email updates, so you know when knew videos and blog posts come out on the site.

All the best in your training,

Jedd


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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 18th, 2014

Today is the last day I can guarantee to have your order(s) delivered before Christmas.

Due to how crazy the postal service is this time of year, today is the last day I’ll be able to guarantee you’ll receive your gift before Christmas.

I already took one load of stuff down to the post office this morning, and will be taking the next load
around 4PM, so you still have time.

If you’re looking for some last minute stocking stuffers, here’s a few ideas.

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Bent Wrench Pen Holder

Of all the Diesel Designs I offer, the Bent Wrench Pen Holder is the most popular.

You can get yourself one of these bent and signed by yours truly by clicking here: Diesel Designs Wrench Pen Holder

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The Sh*t You’ve Never Seen

This is one fo the first DVD’s I ever put out, and it is guaranteed to jack you up for your next workout.

This DVD is packed with training footage where me and my partners challenge one another, trash talk one another, complete world class feats and set PR’s one after the other.

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Intro to Strongman DVD

Also, several of you wrote in and mentioned that you had trouble ordering the Intro to Strongman DVD on Tuesday, so I am extending that mini-sale through today as well.

You can grab it here: Intro to Strongman DVD

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If there’s any other titles you’re looking for, just reply to this email. I am happy to help you find it.

Thanks, and all the best!

Jedd

Grip Strength: Inch Dumbbell Training

December 4th, 2014

Thomas Inch was a performing strongman who lived during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He is most well known for his challenge dumbbell, an all-one-piece, cast-iron dumbbell with a nearly 2.5-inch handle, weighing 172-lbs.

To this day, replicas of what is now know as the Inch Dumbbell, remain one of the biggest challenge items in Grip.

After a short break from Inch Dumbbell Training, due to very sore shoulders that were causing pain every time I tried pulling something off the floor, I have resumed my Inch Dumbbell Training.

The Inch is never a simple feat for me. It is always something I need to have my mind right for. But I am working hard to make it easier all the time.

Here are some of the Inch Dumbbell feats I have tried and attained in recent training:

Inch Dumbbell + 55-lb Anvil

The Robo Blob is a Fatman Blob replica machined from a raw steel billet. It is pretty tough for me to lift, but not nearly as tough as some of my other Blobs, especially the Handle Blob.

Inch Dumbbell + Half 115lb Block Weight

This half 115lb Hex head has been around for a long time. Its sides actually slope out every so slightly, amking it a bit tougher than some other straight-sided blocks.

Inch Dumbbell Rows

These lifts all took place inside of one workout. I am trying to hit the Inch as many times as possible throughout the week. The idea is to make lifting it feel easier and easier and easier.

It’s time “Lifting the Inch” is no longer up on such a high pedestal.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

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Super Strength Show Interview – Ray Toulany & Jedd Johnson

December 2nd, 2014

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First off, a BIG THANKS to everyone who took action last week during the huge Black Friday Sale I ran.

If you don’t know what I am referring to, then you need to put your best email address in the box below, because you are missing exclusive content that I send out ONLY to my email subscribers.

Today, I have something else that’s very cool for you.

I was recently interviewed by Ray Toulany on the Super Strength Show => http://superstrengthshow.com/jeddjohnson

In my opinion, this show was one of the most professional I have ever been a part of.

I have gotten to know Ray very well over the last year, and it was my pleasure to be on the show.

You’re gonna see that the shows that Ray conducts are quite different from the majority of them that are out there.

They don’t just cover training information, but they talk about mindset, they talk about overcoming challenges, and they talk about what it truly takes to be successful.

I think you’re gonna really like the show,so PLEASE take the time to LIKE and RATE the interview on iTunes.

Here’s to spot to listen to the show on Ray’s site: Super Strength Show – Ray interview Jedd

Or you can look it up on iTunes, if that is what you’re used to doing.

Me, I don’t even know how iTines works, and I used to actually do podcasts from time to time…

Have a great day and all the best in your training.

Jedd

Cooking with Napalm – YouTube Q& A Show

November 24th, 2014

I recently started a new webshow on my YouTube Channel called, “Cooking with Napalm.”

In this show, I answer 3 to 5 questions that have come in via email or comments on my YouTube videos.

I grab up the handful of questions from my computer and answer them while I am cooking on the grill or in the kitchen.

This has become a pretty popular feature on my YouTube Channel, so I am going to start doing it a bit more.

Here’s the most recent episode:

Do you have any questions for me?

If so, be sure to leave them in the comments section below, here on my site, or in the comments below any video on my channel.

And if you are not yet subscribed, you can do so by clicking this link: Jedd Johnson’s YouTube Channel

Thanks and all the best in your training.

Jedd


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