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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