Beginner Grip Training: Basic Thick Bar Work
This is the latest installment in my Beginner Grip Training series. Up to this point, I’ve already touched on Plate Pinch Grip Training, and Gripper Training, but did you know that even if you don’t have a single piece of grip strength training equipment, you’ve got perfect access to in just about ANY gym around?
It’s true – you can work Thick Bar in your next workout, and this video shows you how.
Thick Bar Training in Any Gym
What questions do you have about Grip Training, Thick Bar Work, etc? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you.
All the best in your training,
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The WRONG Way to Train for the Inch Dumbbell
This is probably gonna surprise some people, but I’m dead serious about this.
People are always asking me, “Hey, how much do I need to lift on the Rolling Thunder to know I’ll be able to lift the Inch?”
To me, the RT and the Inch are so different, there’s no way to even give a good number.
In fact, if you’re training to lift the Inch Dumbbell by using the Rolling Thunder, you’re wasting your time.
To be honest, basing your training to lift the Inch around Rolling Thunder training, is easily the biggest mistake you can make.
Here’s my top 3 reasons why the Rolling Thunder doesn’t work to get you strong enough to lift the Inch:
1) The Action Doesn’t Match Up
Although the Rolling Thunder spins, the action doesn’t match what happens when you try to pick up the Inch Dumbbell.
2) The Pull Height Doesn’t Match Up
When you lift the RT to lockout, most people only have to lift it about 8 inches or so. When lifting the Inch, the pull distance is at least doubled, so the time under tension factor is much more intense on the Inch.
3) Specificity is the Key
There’s no single factor that can help you lift the Inch Dumbbell than actually having one to train on. People knock their head off the wall trying to build thick bar strength with the Rolling Thunder only to be stopped in their tracks when they cross paths with one.
To give you an idea of how it worked with me, I trained my butt off for over the year using the RT and other tools, and failed to lift the Inch on many occasions.
Once, I bought one, I lifted within like 2 months.
Naturally, I don’t expect everyone to run out and buy an Inch Dumbbell, because of their expense.
However, if you do intend to one day lift the Inch Dumbbell, I do expect you to pick up this video: How to Lift the Inch
My Inch Video will set you straight on proper Inch Dumbbell training.
- The best drills to do with the Inch Dumbbell so that you lift it faster
- The best tools on the market to use for lifting the Inch – believe me, I’ve got just about all of them
- One single drill to do that can make the Rolling Thunder worthwhile for training to lift the Inch
- And there’s TONS of other great tips and tidbits in this full-length DVD
Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you…
I feel so strongly about the information in this video, that if you DON’T have it in your collection, I have to doubt
your desire to ever accomplish this renowned feat of strength.
Inch Dumbbell DVD
Pick up your copy of the Inch Video, in digital format or hard copy DVD today by clicking here.
All the best in your training.
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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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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