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Beginner Grip Training: Basic Thick Grip Training

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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,


One Day Grip Training Seminar

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By request of the Diesel Universe, I was asked to hold a 1-Day Intensive Grip Training Seminar.

I have set this up for Thursday, March 31st, starting at 9AM in Wyalusing, PA

We’re covering the 3 main areas of Grip Training: Grippers, Pinching, and Thick Bar.

These are the foundations of developing a Mighty Grip, and you’ve gotta train them right to build your Grip right.

The goal is make sure each person there is setting Grippers correctly, and knows the ins-and-outs of Plate Pinching, Thick Bar Training, and other Open Hand methods.

We’re also gonna get into the basics of Card Tearing and Steel Bending, because these feats make up the foundation of Strongman feats.

There’s going to be a BIG EMPHASIS on hands-on training.

After all, you learn by doing, not by hearing me talk.

This is going to be an AWESOME session for a small group of 5 individuals.

However, there’s already 2 slots filled.

Which means if you want to grab 1 of the 3 available slots, you’ve gotta act fast.

Click Here to Join the Seminar

It’s gonna be a sweet, comfortable and intense 5 hours of learning on March 31st.

Get ready to learn a ton, have a bunch of fun, and get your hands chalky.

All the best in your training.


P.S. I’m also looking to set up the cameras to capture everything on film. Gonna be awesome.

Grab Your Spot Now: Click Here to Join the Seminar

The Coulter Dumbbell

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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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Heavy Back Training with Thick Bar for Grip Strength

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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This past Thursday, Luke and I used Thick Bar Handles for just about everything on our Back Day, please we went pretty darn heavy, as well.

Here’s how the workout went:

Rolling Thunder Pull-ups with Weight Added – 3 sets of 3

Luke (203lbs) went with a 24-kg kettlebell added

Jedd (255lbs) went with 90lbs in plates added

I had to re-grip for all my 3rd reps. We also threw in some holds at the top of some of the reps.

Narrow Handle Thick Grip Pull-downs

We worked up to 305lbs and did 6 to 10 reps per set. These were extremely heavy, and resulted in some partial reps, as well as holds. We focused on controlling the weight, not throwing it.

Thick Handled Loadable Dumbbell Rows

I used a plate loadable handle with a 2.5″ grip. I started with 165lbs, then dropped it down to 150lbs.

Luke used the 120lb shot loadable dumbbell. Aimed for 5 reps per hand. We did 3 work sets.

Banded Straight Arm Lat Pulls

These might have a different name, but I’m drawing a blank. They hit your lats, teres major, posterior deltoids, rhomboids, and your glutes & hamstrings as well. They’re VICIOUS. 4 sets. 2 with black bands, 2 with purple bands.

All the best in your training.


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What’s Covered in “How to Lift the Inch?”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

I’ve got a sale going on right now, on my DVD, “How to Lift the Inch Dumbbell.”

Grab it today and you’ll save yourself $20, and you’ll be instantly closer to lifting what was once considered “the unliftable dumbbell.

The Thomas Inch Replica Dumbbell, at 172lbs, with a nearly 2.5-inch handle, is a massive construction of cast iron that has tormented grip enthusiasts for too long.

This DVD gives you the weapons you need to do battle with the Inch.

From technique and grip application know-how, to training drills and programming expertise, the next time you face the Inch Dumbbell, you can rest assured that you will be ready.

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You’ve struggled with the Inch Dumbbell long enough.

It’s time to ram your sword into the heart of the Inch Dumbbell, right now.

Grab this DVD today, and get the knowledge you need to take the Inch Dumbbell down, and conquer one of the most widely known feats of grip strength in the world today.

All the best in your training,


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