Which Feat Should You Start With First?
I’m often asked what is the best feat of strength to start with.
I think card tearing is the best way to get started with feats of strength.
Not bending nails, not tearing phone books, and not horseshoes.
There’s three reasons why I suggest you start out with tearing cards.
Why You Should Start With Card Tearing Before Anything Else
1) Cards are Cheap
Cheaper end cards, the kind that are perfect for beginners, cost only $1 at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and similar stores. Sometimes they’re even cheaper than that!
2) No Other Gear Required
With nail bending and many other feats, you need wraps, cutters, rubber bands, etc. With card tearing, you don’t need any of that. You just take the card out of the box and start tearing.
3) Perfect for Hand Conditioning
Although made of paper, tearing cards still requires appreciable tension in the hands. Cards allow you to get used to straining and putting for sustained pressure, repeatedly in order to get the job done.
Once you’re used to this, you’ll be ready for the stresses associated with nail bending, horseshoes, and braced bends as well.
If you want to get started with feats of strength, Card Tearing is your ticket.
And I’ve got the perfect resource for you, to help you get started right: Card Tearing ebook.
All the best in your training.
(L to R) James Fuller, Jedd, Luke Raymond, John Stepien
A few Saturday’s ago, John Stepien from New Jersey, and James Fuller from Maine, swung up for a killer workout.
We got started about 10AM and everyone was gone by 3PM.
Yes, by the time the dust settled, we had been training for a solid 4.5+ hours.
While not the norm, every so often, I love hitting a GIANT session like that. It’s almost a guarantee that within a week, you’ll hit a MONSTER PR, and this time around was no different.
Here’s a look at many of the things that we did that day, although it was impossible to get everything on film.
The main movement for the day was Deadlifts, and we did several variations, but mainly we stuck with Double Overhand. Not everything got filmed, but most of it did.
Round Robin Deadlift
One particular Deadlift feat I wanted to isolate was the Round Robin Deadlift that James Fuller did. With 495lbs loaded, he hit the following reps in quick succession: 1 – Sumo Style, 2 – Jefferson Style, 3 – Hack Style, 4 – Conventional Style
Luke Raymond Curls a 62lb Anvil
The feats began early on, and continued throughout the day. Luke got the ball rolling by curling the 62lb anvil I borroed from my Dad’s place.
Double Anvil Clamp Lift
I was happy to complete this feat, so quickly after getting the new addition anvil in. This is a pretty darned tough feat with one 55lb anvil, let alone 2, and the 7 pound jump, plus the different shape, made it even tougher!
Double Anvil Key Pinch
Key Pinch is done with the thumb and the side of the first finger. As far as I know, no one ever lifted a 55-lb anvil with a Key Pinch prior to December 2015, when Eric Roussin and I did it. It took many tries, but I finally was able to Key Pinch 2 Anvils at the same time, during the Epic Grip Session.
James Fuller – 127lb Turkish Getup
The Turkish Get-up is an excellent test of full body strength. Here, James Fuller hits a new PR, lifting 127lbs on a nearly 2.5-inch handle, shot-loadable dumbbell.
100lb Plate Hub Key Pinch
An old challenge that got started, right here, at DieselCrew.com, is the 100lb Plate Hub Key Pinch. You should definitely give this a try when you cross paths with a 100lb Plate.
127lb Slater Bell Clean Attempts
Next, we had to try some Dumbbell Cleans with the Slater Bell, which weighs 127lbs with a nearly 2.5″ handle.
4 Inch Dumbbell Medley
Another thing we each did was take Medley runs with 4 Inch Dumbbells. Starting with the hardest, and working down in difficulty, we did our best to lift them as strictly as possible. The guys who aren’t Inch lifters yet stopped the rotation of the bells with a finger from their off-hand. Unfortunately, I didn’t get all of the dudes taking their runs.
Axle Clean Workout
With James Fuller being such a fan of the Olympic Lifts, we couldn’t go through the day without hitting some Axle Cleans. John Stepien handed me my ass in this lift, without a doubt. James Fuller had the absolute BEST technique though. I was pretty sore after this, due to the dynamic nature of the lifts.
Grip Rush #1
Next, it was time to finish the workout with some Grip Rushes, 60-second AMRAPS with various Grip Implements, usually lifting them to Lockout over and over.
Grip Rush #2
Grip Rush #3
Grip Rush #4
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Best Videos of 2015
Several years ago, I started going back and taking a look at the videos that I uploaded that got the most views during the year.
It’s been interesting to see which videos were most popular this year. I can tell that the Cooking with Napalm videos, the new Q & A show I began producing, were a hit this year, as several of them showed up in the Top 20.
I’m also interested in seeing how everyone likes the “new” intro’s I’ve been using in some of my training clips videos. Actually, I’ve used it off and on for about 5 years, but was very inconsistent with it. I’ve gotten good feedback on it so far.
Speaking of Feedback, I’m always interested in your opinion on the work I’m doing. Please let me know your thoughts, by either leaving a comment here on the site, beneath the video when you watch it on YouTube, or by contacting me with a private message or email.
Before letting you loose, I invite you to subscribe to my channel. I’m trying my hardest to get to 7,000 subscribers by the end of the year, and I need about 120 or so. Can I get there in the next day and a half? We shall see. Click here to subscribe to Jedd’s YouTube Channel
And new, here are the Top 10 Videos, of 2015:
1. Grip Training for Climbing Part 1 | Beginner Campus Board Training HD
2. New World Record – Pickaxe Lift – 12.51 lbs
3. How to Train with Fat Gripz – Cooking with Napalm
4. Sidewinder Pro & Sidewinder Pro Extreme Review
5. Are Wrist Roller and Wrist Extensions Good? | Cooking with Napalm
6. Grip Twister Review
7. Wrist Strength | 20lb Slim Lever | Slim the Hammer Man HD
8. Bigger Arms with Arm Wrestler Curls
9. GIANT KETTLEBELL: 200lb Kettlebell Goblet Squat
10. Build Your Back with Pendulum Rows
Thank you so much for making 2015 one of the best years ever. I absolutely love what I do, and I have every single one of you to think for it.
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All the best in your training,
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Several Years ago, Zach Coulter, an avid grip competitor and steel bender during the mid-2000’s, decided to try to make an Inch Dumbbell replica out of 8″ round-stock steel for the bells with the thick handle welded into place.
With giant cylindrical heads and a 2.5″ handle, Coulter produced an extremely hard Inch Replica.
Over the years, I’ve tried many times to lift the Coulter Bell, never getting it completely to lockout without having my hand butted up against the back bell to reduce rotation.
I have gotten better though! In March this year, I broke it a few inches off the ground, before it toppled out of my grip.
Struggling with the Coulter Dumbbell
Then, in June of this year, I got it to mid-shin, before it squirmed away from the lock of my fingers.
In the video below, Eric Roussin also gets a nice pull on it, as well.
Coulter Dumbbell Attempts at NAGS Championship
And in December, after months and months of thick-bar emphasized training, I was able to get it a bit closer to knee height before it popped loose.
However, Andrew Durniat, the current owner of the Coulter Bell, took it to another level. Not only did he stroll over and do a 360-degree spin, effectively saying “IN YOUR FACE, NAPALM!” he also added 22lbs to it.
Check this out:
Andrew Durniat Destroys the Coulter Bell
There’s so many great challenge implements out there, to test your grip strength with.
And no matter how strong you think you are, there’s always someone stronger.
That’s what keeps me going, knowing that there’s always dudes out there like Andrew Durniat who are stronger than me in certain disciplines, and I will continue to train them all, with the objective of reaching and surpassing them.
All the best in your training.
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One of my most favorite type of grip work is Block Weight training.
You can’t go wrong by including this kind of training in your routine.
Not only does it build your thumbs, but it increases your lumbrical strength, the fingers get worked, and your wrist and forearms get blown up.
At Gripmas, I was introduced to a new block weight challenge item, the “Unliftable” Manna-Nuff.
This was originated by John Manna and eventually another gripster, Nate Brous, ended up with it, and until Gripmas, it had supposedly never been fully lifted, although John Wojciechowski was successful in breaking it free from the ground…
The Manna Nuff is what’s called a “drop.” It’s essentially a left-over piece of steel or iron that didn’t get made into anything and was just left as scrap.
I’ve got a couple drops in my collection. Here’s one we call the “Chunk.”
The Chunk only weighs 56 lbs or so. The Manna Nuff is 88.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been presented with “unliftable” Block Weights.
At Nationals this year, Andrew Pantke introduced me to his “unliftable” Fatman Blob, half of a 100lb old-school York dumbbell. The original ones are quite a bit harder to lift because of their shape, and up until June of 2015, nobody had been able to do more than break it off the ground…
The Unliftable Pantke Blob
So, there I was, faced with the challenge of another unliftable block weight.
Would having experience on the Chunk be enough to lift this “unliftable” block of metal?
When you’re presented with a challenge, you can’t just stand around analyzing things.
Sometimes, you just gotta go after it!
Never Say No To a New PR, BROTHERRRRR!
The Unliftable Manna Nuff
Like I said, Block Weights are an extremely valuable manner of Grip Training, with all the benefits they provide.
The strength I’ve developed from my years of Block Weight work has helped me out greatly in being able to tackle many other grip challenges.
I strongly suggest you make Block Weights an integral part of your grip training, if you’re serious about developing your hand strength.
All the best in your training.
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