(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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Grip Training with the “Chunk”
My gym is filled to the brim with cool grip training gear I’ve accumulated over the years.
That’s what happens when you collect stuff for over 10 years!
Every so often, I like to dig one of the hidden gems out of the corner, dust it off, and give it a few pulls.
Recently, we pulled out the “Chunk.” This one isn’t really “new” to me, as I’ve had it since 2006, but I don’t think I’ve ever put anything out in the public about it until now. So, in that sense, I guess you could say it’s new…
The Chunk Block Weight
The Chunk is a 66-lb steel or iron drop, or scrap piece, essentially a piece that was cut off and never used. The Chunk is what’s considered a Block Weight. Even though Block Weights are usually one of the heads of a dumbbell, they can be any block-shaped implement that you lift with an open handed pinch grip.
Block Weights can be very beneficial for your training. They work the thumb very hard, and they make the entire lower arm work together in order to perform your lifts.
Block Weight Training is a great form of grip training to add into your routine.
Block Weights develop hand and grip strength in a general sense, which means it has the potential to improve strength in order types of grip training, and will carry over to other types of lifting because you’ll be stronger overall from doing Block Weight Training.
Here’s a few videos where we lift the Chunk and try some cool variations by adding weight to it…
Intro to the Chunk
Just taking a look at the Chunk to see its weight and features such as edges and surfaces.
Protected Training on the Chunk
With the sharp edges the Chunk has, we tried protecting our skin with a suede bending wrap and lifting it.
Throwing Chains on the Chunk
Adding chains makes it tougher to complete the lift because it gets heavier, the higher you pull it. It’s an excellent way to train your grip, borrowed from the world of Powerlifting (Louie Simmons introduced me to the concept).
Major Take-aways from Today’s Post
Here’s a few things to remember from today’s post for your training.
- Block Weights are beneficial because they target the thumb (often neglected in training) and develop the entire lower arm in a general sense.
- Block Weights come in nearly endless shapes and sizes and can be used for many different types of lifts.
- Don’t be afraid to pull from other established training protocols and try the concepts in your grip training in order to spice things up a bit and keep yourself progressing. Naturally, do so safely!
If you’d like to get started with Block Weight Training, but don’t know where to begin, then grab my Block Weight Training DVD today. It also comes in digital format so you don’t have to mess with shipping.
All the best in your training.
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The trip to the Arnold Classic was a ton of fun this year, probably the best time I’ve ever had there when I wasn’t competing.
Here’s some of the footage I got from the trip.
The one main place we wanted to be sure to hit was the Promera Booth so we could take the Con-Crete Challenge. Run by our new friend, James Stoppani, Sr, I’ve been hearing about this for over a year now and wanted to try it out.
First up was the Hub Lift challenge. They attach Hub Grips to Slater Stones and you must lift them to Lockout. I suck at Hubs, but Luke did really well.
Second, was the Fat Gripz row challenge. The guys have to Row a Vertical Bar with a Fat Gripz Extreme on it for as many reps as possible. I took this event. Nobody could touch my 67 reps, brotherrrr.
Lastly, there was a hold for time with 135lbs gripping onto Fat Gripz Extremes. The record was like 1:26. I was close, but the flexed position of my wrist was cutting off a nerve in my hand and it was burning like crazy, so I had to drop the bar at like 1:15. If not for that burning, I would have destroyed the record. Oh well, live to Grip another day.
Training at Durniat Strength
We got an awesome training session in at Durniat Strength on Friday. This first video shows you all kinds of stuff that we did. What a blast!
Luke also hit this awesome Concentric-Only 100-lb Preacher Curl. I tried it and couldn’t budge it. This dude is no joke, bro.
There you have it, some of the best footage from the Arnold 2015. It was an awesome time. I got to meet tons of people. Once again, I can’t wait until next year.
Finish the week strong, brother.
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