The Gripmas Carol 2017 took place over the weekend in Crooksville, OH. It was run by Chris Rice with assistance from his wife, Teresa, and his son, Josh. It was a great time.
Hats off to Andrew Durniat, who took back the title of Gripmas Champion. I took second, and the Chez took 3rd.
My performance across the board on all 4 events was hindered tremendously by an injury to the A2 Pulley Tendon on my right ring finger. I was forced to close the Ivanko Super Gripper left-handed, the Two Hands Pinch hurt the instant it broke off the floor, I also had to skip a number of the heavier narrow pinch lifts and the campus board feats in the Medley.
Starting from behind with only 6.5 points when the leaders have 9 or 10 is hard enough, let alone when your finger won’t concentrate. It made for a very frustrated Napalm.
Here are some clips from the contest, although not everything is done yet, due to limited time to edit video.
Ivanko Super Gripper
My left hand isn’t as good on grippers and felt particularly terrible on the day of the comp. To make matters worse, the light fixture on the gripper would not light up for me, for some reason, until the last attempt. I ended up finishing near the middle of the pack with about a 230lb close. I do not have any clips for this event, at this time.
You’ll see I was sailing pretty smoothly until the end, when I got to the narrow pinch stuff. I purposely left that stuff to the end, because it’s usually gimme weight, but the injury to the finger made each lift BURN, and I lost many of the points I desperately needed.
Double Sledge Lever
A very exciting event, the Double Sledge weighed between 30 and 33lbs. My goal was 20 reps, because it wasn’t bothering my finger. I thought this might bump me up a bit to catch the leader, Durniat. Unfortunately, he had the same number in his sights. He was successful in getting it, but I only knocked out 18, and missed my 19th.
Thank God, despite the poor finish, I didn’t worsen the injury, and nothing else went wrong.
In fact, I’d honestly say my Thick Bar and Wide Pinching strengths are really really good right now.
After the contest, while others were eating, and before & during the awards, I hit a bunch of random feats, many of which involved combo lifts with the Inch Dumbbell. Many of those are up on my YouTube already, so you can check them out there. I’ve still got a small handful that require more editing and I just haven’t had the time to do it all yet.
We covered Gripmas in the most recent episode of This Week in Grip also, so I will post that below.
This Week in Grip – Episode 37 – The Gripmas Carol
Also, I put together a complete playlist of all the Gripmas videos, and I’m going to post the link to it below.
Complete Gripmas Video Playlist
Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for some big announcements about upcoming 2018 Grip Competitions.
All the best in your training.