Training for Living Legends Grip Contest
On August 13th, I’ll be in Wooster, Ohio, competing at the Living Legends Grip Challenge.
This field of competitors is going to be AWESOME.
Not only will some of the very best from North American Grip Sport be at the competition, but some serious monsters from around the world, especially the Grip Monster himself, Juha Harju. Most recently, one of the guys who frequently trains with Juha, Arto Jaronen, has also tossed his name in the hat.
This is going to be quite a field indeed!
Aside from the top level competition, the events in the contest are going to be very interesting as well.
The Legends category will feature 4 events that have rarely or even NEVER been contested before…
Andrew’s Axle 2-3/8″
Andrew Durniat’s event, Deadlift to Lockout
Glass Bar 2.5″ Pinch Barbell
Adam Glass’s event, Lift to crossbar
Cast Anvil Horn Trainer
Kody Burns’s event, Lift to Crossbar
4″ Climber Pinch
Jedd Johnson’s event, Lift to Crossbar
I’ve been doing my best to learn each of these new events. Little things like where to put your hand, how to position your thumbs and fingers, how far to have your hands separated, whether to go conventional or sumo stance – I’ve been going through each of these variables, trying to figure out what the best options are for me.
Training 2 & 3/8″ Axle
I don’t have an official Andrew’s Axle, but we do have a couple of 2 & 3/8″ diameter axles we’ve been training on, of various lengths. Here, I got in the 330’s for a few reps…
Training the Anvil Horn
We’ve worked with Anvil horn trainers, but I’ve been enjoying loading weight to an actual anvil much better.
Training the Climber Pinch
My specialty piece was supposed to be a loadable Fatman Blob, but it wasn’t completed in time for the competition, so instead, we’ll be using the 4″ Climber Pinch.
Training the Saxon Bar
I’ve never worked on the Saxon Bar too much, so I’m trying to figure out the best angles, grips, and other details. Here’s 220lbs x 4.
Like anything new, the events of this contest are a learning process. It’s been fun trying new things and implementing strategy for this contest. It’s really going to be a good time. I can’t wait for August 13th to get here, so the chalk dust can fly!
All the best in your training.
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