This video talks about the most important factors in preventing skin tears when pinching: what you’re lifting, the edge of what you’re pinching, the placement you use with your thumb. The video also will help you make some modifications so that you experience fewer tears.
For additional resources and information on reducing skin tears when training pinch grip, check out the links below:
All the best in your Pinch Grip Training.
It’s the beginning of a brand new week and I’ve got an announcement I’m happy to be FINALLY making.
The DVD Sets of the Basics of Grip Training and Strongmanism Seminar ARE READY!
This seminar took place at the end of March, and the attendees had GREAT things to say about it.
This is a 2-Disk DVD Set covering the Fundamentals of Grip Training and performing Strongman Feats.
Here’s how the seminar flowed, and how the DVD set goes:
Just a quick meet-and-greet where we do introductions and I cover how I got into Grip Training and Feats of Strength.
2. Warm-up (03:24)
I knew the rides in to the seminar would be pretty long, and the last thing the guys wanted to do was just sit there, so the first thing we covered was the importance of proper warm-up, and I put the guys through the exact Warm-up protocol I go through each training session.
If you’re not Warming Up prior to your Grip Training sessions, you’re leaving strength on the table!
In my experience 2 out of 3 lifters do NOTHING before hitting grippers, besides doing a few reps of light grippers.
That’s a surefire way to not only never progress in your training, but how to GET HURT, as well.
Start implementing this routine ASAP to start instantly seeing benefits.
3. Grippers (23:06)
When you watch the Warm-up section, I encourage you to jump right down on the floor and go through it yourself. Then, grab a gripper and enjoy the Gripper section.
This section covers the importance of the Gripper Set. If you don’t have your set technique established, no drill will be able to get you where you want to be with your Gripper Training.
You’ll want to have a gripper there with you when you go through this section, so you can make sure you’re doing everything correctly with your gripper placement.
Before this section wraps up, you’ll also get to see what I consider the best gripper training drills. Most of these I do every single week, because I know how big of an impact they’ve had.
4. Pinch (1:04:54)
Now it’s time to focus on my bread and butter – Pinch Grip! Easily my favorite form of training, I do more of this than anything else.
In this section of the Disk, we talk about all the different types of Pinch Grip Training, and how the techniques for each type is similar and different from the others.
You’ll also see he nuances of how to place your thumb and hand on what you’re trying to pinch. One size DOES NOT fit all and you HAVE to make subtle adjustments depending on what you’re trying to Pinch.
1. Thick Bar
If there is any form of Grip Training that is a MUST for a true Strongman, it is Thick Bar, and we cover the topic in detail in this section.
From the use of Axles, to Fat Grip instant thick bar handles, to the most challenging types of thick-handled dumbbells like the Inch and the Death Grip Bells, you’re gonna see a host of ways to train Thick Bar for open hand strength.
You might be surprised how similar the techniques are between some of the Pinch Grip training methods and Thick Bar lifts, but when you learn about the importance of the thumb adductor pollicis muscles, it will all make sense.
2. Hub Q&A (32:01)
Before we branched out into Strongman Feats, we did one last Q&A session on Hub Style training.
Hub training is one of the few types of Grip Training where smaller hands are an advantage, believe it or not.
3. Feats of Strength (38:18)
In this section, you’ll see a little primer that I covered regarding something that many new Strongman Featists aren’t familiar with – Tension.
Feats of Strength are all about Creating and Managing Tension. Until you know how to use tension to your advantage basic feats like Card Tearing, Nail Bending, will give you trouble. But, once you master tension, the more complex feats like straightening Horseshoes come more within your reach.
4. Card Tearing (49:26)
The first Strongman Feat we jumped into was Card Tearing, and for good reason, too.
Card Tearing is the perfect feat to learn the production and management of tension.
With the techniques you’ll learn in this section, you’ll be ready to take your first steps as a strongman. You’re gonna love what it feels like to destroy a deck of poker cards!
5. Steel Bending (1:05:20)
My products have produced more certified Red Nail Benders than any other source out there, and with the info included in this section, that number is going to go up once again.
Steel Bending is easily the most addictive type of strength feat out there. There is something about how it feels when steel buckles under your might.
You get hooked on it, and before you know it, you want more and more. This portion of the video will show you how to do it the right way to see great progress and stay injury free.
6. Programming (1:23:04)
The biggest challenges about Grip Training and Feats of Strength isn’t how to get started or understanding technique. I’ve got all that covered for you.
The hardest thing is actually how to mesh Grip and Feats with the rest of your training. In this section I lay out some ways you can go about doing this the best way possible, without disrupting the rest of the training your doing and the goals you’re working on.
7. Soft Tissue (1:37:46)
As a special bonus, one of the attendees of the seminar, Dr. Jim Wagner, put us through a quick demo of some instruments he uses with his clients, called Hawk Grips.
We captured everything on video, and now you’ll get to see exactly what Dr. Jim does with his clients to get them out of pain and recovered from injuries and surgeries.
In total, this 2-Disk DVD Set is almost 4 hours of awesome content.
Order Your Copy TODAY => Basics of Grip Training and Strongmanism DVD
All the best in your training.
Feedback from the Attendees
Left to Right: Dr. Jim Wagner, me, and Chris Fritz
Learned More in 5 Hours Than the Last 5 Years!
- “I got to spend the day at a seminar with the grip legend himself, Jedd Johnson. I learned more in 5 hours than I did in the last five years. It was an awesome day and Jedd is one of the nicest guys you could meet! I’ll be seeing you again Brother, hopefully at the next contest!”
One of the Most Informational Courses I Have Taken!
- As a hand therapist and being in strength training for 28 plus years I found Jedd’s Essentials of Grip/Strongman Training Seminar one of the most informational courses I have taken! The information Jedd covered has made a huge impact on my training and how I look at treating my patients. Not only was the course informative, it was totally hands on!
- Jedd’s passion for the sport and approach to kinesthetic learning made the day!! Jedd laid the foundation for building diesel grip and forearm power! To anyone one who is considering getting into the arena of Grip sports or needs a change in training program Jedd’s course is a must have!
- Jedd Johnson CSCS is truly a national leader in the sport of Grip and Strongman competition!
Jim Wagner OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Certified Hand Therapist
Certified Strength and Conditions Specialist
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After just about every contest, it’s a free-for-all of feats of grip strength.
Juha Harju, 1st Person to Pinch 2x25kg Plates
Lots of times, especially at Gripmas, people bring cool stuff for other people to try that others might not normally get the opportunity to get their hands on.
One such item is the 2x25kg Plate Pinch.
Up until this year, no one in the world had ever pinched 2x25kg plates.
Then, all of a sudden, Juha Harju did it (shown to the right).
Then Bob Sundin did it a short time later.
Funny how once you see something can be done, it becomes that much easier for others.
Bob was nice enough to bring his set of 25kg plates with him to Gripmas, and several of us took tries on them.
So, the list of people who have achieved the 2x25kg Plate Pinch has grown again, with Kody Burns becoming the 3rd person EVER!
And you can bet in 2016 the list will keep expanding. The only question is who will be NEXT?
Stay tuned for more awesome feats that went down at Gripmas. Sign up for my free email newsletter:
All the best in your training.
Turn Steel Bars into Strongman Works of Art
The Art of Scrolling Steel
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.
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Improve Hand Strength for Strength Training and Sports
The hands and lower arms are often a forgotten aspect of a well-rounded strength training program, and they also are something that can hold us back from attaining what we want to accomplish if we fail to train them properly.
Thick about it this way…
Don’t think hand strength is important in sports?
- Try tackling a player on the football field with weak hands.
- Try holding the basketball in the paint with weak hands or fingers.
- Try maintaining control over your opponent on the wrestling mat without a good grip.
All of these things involve a great deal of general body strength in order to be successful, but if you grip is weak, then you might as well forget about all of them.
The same can be said for pulling movements like the Pull-up and the Deadlift. While both of these movements are mostly limited by the strength of the back and arm muscles, a weak grip will also be a hindrance.
Even pushing movements like Overhead Lifting and the Bench Press can be very affected heavily if you have weak hands.
With all of this in mind, it is important to include Grip Training in your routine regularly.
When speaking of Grip Training, there are several common questions that often come up…
- How much training should I do?
- When does it become too much?
- Should I buy a bunch of equipment in order to train my grip?
These are questions I am asked all the time, but the answers truly come down to what exactly your training goals are. You can’t write one program and have it work for everyone.
Instead, when I work with my clients and coach the the members of my site, The Grip Authority, I try to offer examples of movements and exercises that are high impact, meaning that you get a lot of benefit out of them regardless of your individual training goals.
One High Impact Grip Training Movement is Plate Pinch Around the World’s.
This movement is often overlooked but it is actually a fantastic movement for ANYONE to include in their training.
1. Open Hand Movement – The best Grip Training movements for complete hand strength involve an open handed position. This is beneficial because since you can’t close your hand around the implement, you have to fire your first two fingers (the strongest ones), the last two fingers (the weakest ones) and the thumb very hard in order to complete the lift.
2. Full Body Engagement – Just as Muscle-ups, Hand Stands, and even Deadlifts require coordinated strength generation from very large portions of the body, so do Around the Worlds. At first glance, this lift may look like something that hits the hands only, but it actually will leave your wrists and forearms, biceps, shoulders, lats, back and glutes tired, if you do it the right way.
3. Endurance Based – Many Grip Training drills involve just picking something off the ground, but Around the World’s are different. With this drill, you have to be ready to put forth effort for anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds, depending on the intensity (% of 1 Rep Maximum) you are training.
4. Bonus! – You probably already have ALL THE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED to do this lift, which means you can save your money and put toward Detailed Grip Training Instruction.
I could go on about why you should do this movement, but instead, let’s look at How to do Around the World’s.
The movement is so named because you will be picking up two plates (from 25 to 45-lbs) positioned together smooth-sides-out in a Pinch Grip (thumb opposing the fingers) and working all the way around the plates.
Below is a video clip of myself and some people who traveled to my location to find out more about Grip Training for a day.
One of the main drills I put them through was Around the World’s, because it requires your whole body to work together as a unit. Observe:
Keys to Watch For:
Full Body Engagement: Notice as you watch the video how the legs and glutes are brought into play in order to transition grips placed on the plates. It is not an easy thing to control 90-lbs in your hands while keeping your body limp! You have to keep your core braced and fire the hips repeatedly in order to propel the plates upwards and shift them around…
Hand Speed: Take note that the movement involves a series of rapid firings of the body and the hands. Transitioning quickly around the circumference of the plates helps you keep moving steadily, while fumbling around will cause you to drop the plates and have to start over.
Concentration: Around the World’s also require hand-eye coordination. You’ve got to make sure you move far enough on the plates to make progress around them, but not too much, because you might miss and drop the plates. Take note that I continually cue the guys to involve the lower body. Newer trainees will become engrossed in executing strength with their hands and forget about keeping the rest of their body active. They will either relax their lower body and crumble or stiffen too much and not get the spring needed.
Loading: One plate combination may be too light for some trainees, while the next one up is too heavy. One easy way to load them further is with chains, as you can see done in the video. Chains are usually incorporated in lifts for the benefit of Accommodating Resistance, but in this case they are used as a way to increase the N-Planar Force demands of the lift, randomizing the movement of the implement.
Execution: Most trainees will be more comfortable executing this lift in just one direction, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Don’t fall prey to this trap – make sure to work both directions.
As you can see, there is much more to this lift than you may have first thought. This is exactly why I consider it one of my High Impact Grip Training Movements.
Training of this nature no doubt will increase your performance in the Strength Game or with Sports.
If you are serious about strength and performance, then check out The Grip Authority. All aspects of lower arm strength are covered, in order to take your grip strength from being a liability you worry about to being an asset you are glad to have.
All the best in your training.
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