Big Goblet and Grip Feats Go Down on 1/6/18
Few workouts in the past six months have been as incredible as this past Saturday’s session.
It started off rocky, though brother. I’ll be honest.
I was in a rush to get out of the house and get downtown, and as a result, I took my mind off the ball and forgot to grab the empty propane tank for the heater I run during my sessions.
Call me a pussy for running a heater. That’s fine. But I’m not training to lift the Housafell stone in freezing temperatures. I’m training to keep myself sane. So I run a heater.
So, I made an extra trip downtown to get it, and it made a huge difference. The temperature outside was below 0, and the temp inside was freezing. The propane cooking helped make Saturday’s Savage Session one that probably won’t be topped in a while, at least as far as the strength feats that I pulled off are concerned.
Here’s a rundown of the highlights.
236lb Goblet Squats for a Double
It’s been a while since I pushed the envelope with Goblet Squats, and these Death Grip Bells, with their sharp edges will WRECK your hands, but I decided it was time to step it up. I attached a 50lb Scale Weight to my 186lb Homicide Bell. Getting it into position was an absolute NIGHTMARE, but with some redneck ingenuity, I got her done!
Blobzilla Plus 5 Pounds
This is a mark I’ve been working toward for a while now. I first started this hike back in October of 2015, but have not trained it consistently until the last quarter of 2017. I’ve been breaking it off the ground for a month or so, and came really close a week ago, but I made it a no-doubter on Savage Saturday.
Some people know this already, but not many. At the AOBS Dinner in October of 2015, after my performance, I successfully did an ugly Clean with Blobzilla. A combination of feeling amazing for several months, my training being locked in, and the adrenaline of having so many people around allowed me to get it done. But I hadn’t done it again since until Savage Saturday.
One of the goals that’s been on my radar, but still on the backburner is lifting the Blobfather (half 140lb York Legacy Blob). My hands feel very strong right now. I feel I am on my way, and if I can keep things going, Blobfather will be coming off the ground sometime this year. It will really come down to how much time I can put into it, as I also have some other goals I’m focused on, in addition to getting my right ring finger rehabbed in time for Nationals in June.
Stay tuned and come along for the ride.
All the best in your training.
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My grip training workouts are always changing, whether it be the main feats I’m emphasizing, the main events I’m training for contests, or the supplemental drills I’m doing to bring up individual aspects of Grip.
But, one thing that has been consistent over the last couple of years is my favorite way to finish my grip workouts: Grip Rushes.
Grip Rushes are 60-second blocks of as many reps as possible of a certain lift. By going for as many reps as possible, it enables you to train some very high volume, plus it brings about a level of conditioning, which is very important for Medley Training.
I really like using Block Weights and Thick Bar devices, because pulling them to lockout makes the quads, hamstrings, glutes and lower back really burn at the end of the 60-second period.
Recently, I tried a couple of new types of Grip Rushes.
Grip Rush: Blobzilla for Reps
Blobzilla, the half 125lb York Legacy Dumbbell Head, is starting to feel easier, so I’ve begun using it for Grip Rushes. My short term goal is 3 full lifts per hand during the 60-second period. You’ll see here, I get a couple full lifts, a partial or two, and then try a Cheat and Hold at the end.
I think by doing this, I will eventually be able to lift Blobzilla at will, and even begin adding significant weight this year as well.
Grip Rush: Blob Hula Training
I also recently gave Blob Hulas a try with my Winter Blob, a Blob I left outside for an entire winter trying to make it super rough, but when I brought it back in, it had actually become very, very smooth. Hulas are a great way to get more time under tension with your Blob, plus they force you to maintain your grip without setting it perfectly on the Blob each time you make a revolution.
If you’re stuck making only 1 rep on your Blob Deadlift, more time under tension might be what you need, so be sure to give this a try sometime soon, and let me know how it worked out for you.
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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I recently got a call from Dennis Rogers, inviting me to perform at the annual banquet/gala of the AOBS.
From their site: “The Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen (AOBS) is the arm of WLO that focuses on education regarding Iron Game history and drug free sport, while the parent (WLO) concentrates on the development of the sport of weightlifting and amateur athletes, especially for national and international competition. The organization produces an quarterly newsletter and hosts an annual gala the educates, entertains and provides an opportunity to visit with legends of the Iron Game and old time friends.”
The WLO, or Weightlifting Org., Inc., is “… a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. It was created to educate the public and public institutions regarding the nature, benefits and history of weightlifting and related activities; the hazards of drug use and benefits of drug free sport; and to develop amateur athletes for national and international weightlifting competition.”
You can learn more about WLO and AOBS here.
I am totally honored to be invited to perform this year. In the past, true legends of strength and strongmanism have performed at the AOBS dinner, including names like Slim “The Hammer Man” Farman, Dennis Rogers, Stanless Steel, “The Human Vise” Pat Povilaitis, and Steve Weiner, just to name a few.
I feel particularly privileged to be chosen to perform this year because I’ll be doing something a little different, in my presentation.
I’ll be performing feats of grip strength, with popular grip challenge items, like the Inch Dumbbell and 50-lb Blob.
50lb Blob (right-hand) Inch Dumbbell (left-hand)
Since finding out about this incredible opportunity, I’ve totally re-examined my training, and have taken some emphasis away from my Grip Sport competition preparation (the King Kong of Grip is taking place on October 24th), and more toward refining some of my specialty feats with the Blob and Inch Dumbbell.
As a result of keying in on the Blob and Inch Dumbbell, my performance has truly skyrocketed, and I’m breaking through barriers that have been in my way for several years.
Here’s a couple examples…
Blob Deadlift for Reps
In 2009, out of nowhere, I decided to go for 40 repetitions in the Blob Deadlift. I don’t remember why anymore, to be honest. Well, I ended up miss-counting and only got 39, but that’s not important.
What’s important is it took my 6 minutes. Here’s the video from 2009:
50lb Blob for 39 Reps (2009)
I had stumbled upon this video after not watching it for quite some time, and when I watched it and saw that it took me 6+ minutes to get to 40 reps, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I remember thinking back then that this was pretty much unbeatable.
What a fool I was. There have been times in my life where I have gotten complacent, and this, obviously, was one of them. As I watched myself struggle to get to 39 reps, like a man with concrete boots trudging uphill through a quagmire, I knew that I could beat this.
So, the next workout, I dragged the Blob back out and went for 40 reps again, as fast as I could. Here’s the video:
50lb Blob for 40 Reps
It’s like my Dad always said to me as a kid. “You can never rest on your laurels.” In other words, you can never feel that what you’ve done is enough. You’re always capable of more. You need to know that you can surpass what you’ve done in the past with the right training.
Inch Dumbbell Rows
Another feat I just recently FINALLY was able to reach, involves Inch Dumbbell Rows.
I have been able to perform a Side Dumbbell Row with the Inch Dumbbell since the mid-2000’s. I think I got my first one in 2007.
Here’s another case, where I was letting my mind get the best on me.
For nearly 8 years, I’ve been stuck at 1 Rep. In fact, I remember a few times thinking that I’d NEVER be able to get 2 reps, meaning 2 consecutive reps, without dropping and/or re-gripping the Inch Dumbbell.
Inch Dumbbell Rows (2011)
Again, what a fool I can be sometimes! Why would I ever think that something is impossible? Talk about mentally painting myself into a corner. Unbelievable.
Finally, for the first time I was able to perform 2 consecutive reps in the Inch Dumbbell Row. Here’s the video:
Inch Dumbbell Rows
I’m still not totally pleased with these, as there’s quite a tilt going on, but I’ll continue to work on them.
Here’s the thing guys, take a lesson from my mistakes, and get your head right with your training.
The mental side of training is HUGE. If you’re head isn’t right, it will keep you from attaining your goals.
And you can’t rest once you hit a certain mark. You can’t get complacent. You can’t hit a goal and just get comfortable. Keep pushing hard and keep growing.
Get your mindset locked in, starting today.
And if you need help with that, stay tuned for a message from me next week called Mental Muscle.
All the best in your training.
P.S. Wish me luck at the AOBS on 10/17/15!
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Making 2014 MY YEAR
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I hope you have been having a great year. I set out to make this year MINE from the get go, and I am loving it.
One of my initiatives going forward to make more posts here at the site to share more of what is going down in my training, but being a subscriber to my channel is the absolute best way to make sure you are not missing anything.
Here are some cool things I am pretty proud of that have taken place this year, but I haven’t had the chance to post here.
Inch Dumbbell Plus 10lbs
The Inch Dumbbell weighs 172-lbs and has a handle that is 2 & 3/8″ in diameter. There are many ways to add weight to an Inch Dumbbell, but perhaps the strictest way to do so is to actually set the plates on top of the globes. Any rotation of the dumbbell whatsoever and the plates will fall right off, so this method shows you have excellent control of the implement.
Earlier this year, I was able to hit a lift on Inch + 10lbs.
Robo Blob Lifts
Last last year, I partnered with a local steel company to get Fatman Blob Replicas made. Our replicas, currently called Robo Blobs, are machined directly from steel billets and carved to the perfect flawless shape of a Fatman Blob.
For the longest time, I could get NO AIR underneath my Robo Blob, until finally after several months I was able to break it free from gravity’s hold. One small break was all I needed.
Shortly after, I was able to lift the Robo Blob with about 2.5pounds added, as well.
Monster Dumbbell Curls
Over the last couple of years, I have expanded my obsession from not just developing a strength in the lower arms in the form of tremendous grip strength, but big and strong arms OVERALL. This year I have decided to set myself a goal of 20″ arms COLD, meaning not with a pump, but just walking around, regular sized.
I have been told that this is an IMPOSSIBLE goal by some, at least impossible to do it without chemical assistance, but I am determined to do so with the use of a mix of training methods, including heavy training, high volume, and other extreme tactics.
So far, the strength improvements are coming along nicely, as this year I was able to set some new PR’s in the Dumbbell Curl. Below is a set of 80-lb Curls.
A few months later, I was also able to curl 85’s.
One objective I set out for is to keep the Dumbbell Curls strict. Often, when people post Dumbbell Curl videos, there is a substantial amount of throwing going on, and I try to avoid that as much as possible.
There’s still a lot to catch up on. Like I said before, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, and be sure to sign up for my email newsletter as well.
All the best in your training.
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