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Lots of people ask me what the difference is between the Rolling Thunder and other rolling handle devices.
With the advent of so many cool rolling handle tools on the market, this question is presented to me more and more all the time.
I know how important this information is to you, because thick bar training is one of the best ways to develop grip strength.
Today, I cover the differences between the Rolling Thunder and various other thick bar rolling handle tools, in today’s video.
I’ll also touch on how the Crusher, Trillobite, Silarukov and other thick bar rolling handle tools compare to the Rolling Thunder from IronMind.
I hope this answers your questions about how the Rolling Thunder compares and contrasts with other thick bar training handles on the market.
Incidentally, if your main interest in thick bar training is to bring up your strength on the Rolling Thunder, in order to complete the Crushed to Dust Challenge, then I recommend the Rolling Thunder, in the interest of specifics of training.
And if you’re looking for a training plan to get you to the top of the Rolling Thunder mountain faster than ever before, there’s no better resource than this workout: Crushed to Dust Workout.
All the best in your training.
“Dramatic Difference in Wrist Strength“
“Jedd, I think your tips on wrist training were really important. I’ve noticed many improvements in my wrist strength for steel bending.
It’s given me the strength necessary to destroy the gold nail, without even warming up. I’ve never had this feeling of power in my wrists before.
I’m also seeing improvements on the Rolling Thunder lift – on good days, I’m getting 15-20 reps with 70kg, which is a BIG improvement.
I’m getting close to reaching my goals (CTD Challenge and Inch Dumbbell lift) and every day that passes I feel stronger and stronger.
Thank you so much, for everything!”
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As if the dozens and dozens of medieval Grip torture devices I already had in my collection were not enough, one day about 5 years ago, I was looking for a tool that I could use to take my thick bar training to another level of insanity.
Singles and doubles weren’t enough anymore. I wanted to be able to train thick bar dynamically for reps after reps after reps, by picking up a thick big-handled beast and swinging it around with speed and power.
What I had in mind would create not only tremendous thick bar lifting strength, but also hyper-gravity eccentric loading that would test my fingers to the maximum capacity.
And, I wanted to be able to train both hands at the same time.
Alas, I could not find what I was looking for anywhere on the market, so I reached out to my good friend, Chris Rice, who had a way of taking my crazy ideas and turning them into reality by using very simple tools and materials.
What he came up with is something that turned out to be one of the absolute most brutal ways to train not only the hands for incredible grip strength, but also the glutes, core, legs, arms and shoulders all at the same time.
This device is called Napalm’s Nightmare.
Napalm’s Nightmare is the realization of my truly sick and twisted mind. Napalm was the pyromaniac wrestling character I pitched to WWE back in 2001, who would celebrate victories by lighting his hands and arms on fire. While they did not think that was as good of an idea as I did, at least the name gets to live on with this device.
This grip training tool combines the rotating effect of the IronMind Rolling Thunder Handle with the dynamic swinging nature of the Kettlebell. It is attached to a loading pin with weight added, making it fully adjustable for trainees of any strength level. ANYONE can benefit from this device in the way of GRIP STRENGTH and full body strengthening.
As often is the case, when one insane individual meets another, things can go much further than what the first maniac intended. While I designed Napalm’s Nightmare to be used in one way, others have taken my brainchild and produced even more sinister ideas.
Darrin Shallman, a long-time member of The Grip Authority, took the premise of Napalm’s Nightmare and has pushed the envelope of what is possible to new heights. Not happy with submaximal weight lifted for long durations of time, Darrin has begun testing the limits of Napalm’s Nightmare lifting with maximal lifts.
Here is Darrin showing Napalm’s Nightmare who is boss.
Take note, in case your speakers are busted, Darrin is only 157-lbs and his hands are about 7.5″ in length. This is a tremendous lift that only a true Sick Grip monster would attain.
My brother from another mother, Rindo, also has posted some tremendous lifts with the NN. Here is 328. His training with this tool of grip sickness is even more intense because lives in an apartment above two elderly folks, so he has to set everything down as quietly as possible so he doesn’t wake them up every day.
After watching these two Sicko’s going for their max, I had to try it as well. I worked up to 315 for a nearly full lift. It’s not counting the loading pin – who knows it might be 320 total. That kind of stuff doesn’t matter until we get to the platform. In training, i am all about feeling the BURN brotherrrrr.
As you can see, Napalm’s Nightmare is a lovely piece of home made equipment that has many benefits and many uses. To top it all off, for younger lifters or ladies who are just now beginning to get the Grip Fever, the rolling outside PVC handles can bee removed to expose smaller, yet still thick and Grip Power Producing handles.
Want to make your own Napalm’s Nightmare handle? It’s easy. Just check out my Home Made Strength 2 <=Click that link, brother. HMS2 - Grip Strength Edition will show you how to build a slew of Sick Grip Gear, plus you will learn how to use it to build Monster hand Strength.
“I Got a Fever. And the only cure is MORE THICK BAR.” – Rick Walker
All the best in your training,
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During the Arnold Classic I gathered with a bunch of friends from around the nation at a little park in Columbus and we all had a few tries at some grip feats. One of the feats I was interested in trying was the Double Blob Farmer’s Walk. The record for this right now is a bit over 107 feet!
I tried five or six attempts. The one in this video clips is my third. After this one, my distance dropped off.
For those of you who may not know, the Blob is one head of a York 100-lb dumbbell. Here are some other facts about the Blob.
For more Blob lifting videos, check out my YouTube Channel.
All the best in your training,
Tags: arnold classic, grip challenge, grip feats, grip strength, grip strength blob, hand strength, pinch grip, rolling thunder, strong hands, the arnold
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I just returned from my trip to the Arnold Classic, in Columbus, Ohio. We have been going for years and this year the trip was as great as ever. The Arnold Classic weekend is packed full of strength sport action, including strongman and powerlifting as well as many grip challenges at various expo center booths. However, this year I had my sights set on the biggest Arnold grip challenge of them all – the GNC Grip Gauntlet.
Tags: arnold classic, gnc grip gauntlet, grip challenge, grip feats, grip strength, grip strength blob, hand strength, rolling thunder, strong hands, the arnold
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