How to Build Hand Strength: Blob LiftingWednesday, February 19th, 2014
Here in Wyalusing, PA, there has been some serious training going on.
This is the kind of stuff that will scare most people.
One point of focus for us has been working with the Blob. The Blob is a type of Block Weight, a weight or object shaped like a Block that you lift in a wide, open-handed, pinch grip.
Why Perform Block Weight Training?
Block Weight Training is an EXCEPTIONAL way to train the hands due to the wide open position it creates. This makes your whole lower arm work harder, especially the thumb, but the wide position also works the fingers and wrists thoroughly.
For more information on Block Weight Training, check out my ebook => Lift the Blob
Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Blob Training that has gone down.
50-lb Fatman Blob to 50cm with 60-second Time Limit
For the recently ended Grip Monsters Challenge, the challenge was to lift a 50-lb Blob to a 50-cm platform for as many repetitions as possible in 60 seconds. I did this a few times. I didn’t really hit my potential for what I can do in this though, because my left thumb had a nasty split in it for at least two of my sessions.
Luke Raymond Hits a Blob & 5-Tens Combo Feat
Luke has been challenging himself more and more with his grip training. Here, he takes a couple of solid attempts at lifting a 50-lb Fatman Blob, then he combines a 50-lb Next Generation Blob in one hand with 5-Tens loose pinch in the other hand.
Blob Lifting Terminology
In case you are not familiar with Blob Lifting terminology, here is a short list of key terms you should know:
Fatman Blob: The original style of York pill-shaped Blobs. These Blobs are a bit wider and have a more rounded edge than later models. Although seemingly a small detail, the additional slope makes lifting them quite a bit more difficult.
Next Generation Blob: The style of Blob York produced some time later, after the Blue Blob. The Blue Blob was slightly narrower and had less slope. The Next Gen had an even narrower profile and still less slope.
Loose Pinch: Pinching done with plates that are not supported in anyway, such as with a pipe. In the video above, 5-Tens Pinch (with smooth sides of outside plates facing outward) is an example of Loose Pinch.
Stay tuned for more clips on Blob Lifting.
If you are looking for tips on how to improve your Blob Lifting, be sure to check out my ebook, Lift the Blob.
All the best in your training.